Xhaka – Arsenal Were Scared Against Watford

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Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka conceded he and his team-mates were ‘scared’ in the second half of their Premier League clash with Watford on Sunday, allowing the Hornets to battle back for a 2-2 draw.

The Gunners took a two-goal lead in the first half thanks to a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the second a superb team goal , with the Gabon international capping off a 20-pass move.

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Two defensive errors in the second period led to Watford pulling level and eventually gaining a share of the spoils.

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Xhaka was honest about his team’s performance after the match, saying the Gunners were disappointed, and had been punished for being ‘scared’.

“We are very disappointed, we had a good first half and then we came out and played so bad in the second half,” he said to BBC Sport. “We paid for that.

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“We knew they had nothing to lose and they would come for us but we didn’t show our game, we were too scared, nobody wanted the ball.”

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