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Sep 15, 2019 at 4.30pm UK
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Granit Xhaka admits Arsenal were "scared" during Watford collapse

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The Gunners squandered a two-goal half-time lead as defensive errors again cost Unai Emery's side.
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Captain Granit Xhaka said the Arsenal players were "scared" as Watford launched a second-half comeback to earn a Premier League point on the Vicarage Road homecoming of Quique Sanchez Flores.

The Gunners squandered a two-goal half-time lead as defensive errors again cost Unai Emery's side and were lucky to leave Hertfordshire with a 2-2 draw as Watford had 31 shots on goal during the game.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's brace looked to have the visitors cruising only for Sokratis Papastathopoulos to gift possession to Watford inside his own box and allow Tom Cleverley to strike.

David Luiz then tripped substitute Roberto Pereyra to concede a penalty, which the Argentina international coolly tucked away as Watford collected just their second point of the season.

The performance saw Xhaka concede that the Arsenal players were afraid as Watford lay siege to their goal after the interval.

"We were scared in the second half," he told Sky Sports. "We knew they would come at us and push us hard but we have to show more character and not be scared.

"What went wrong? That's a good question. At half-time we went to the dressing room and everything was good.

"When we are analysing inside about the mistakes, we prefer to speak about the mistakes collectively," he said.

"I have responsibility. I don't want to say it's for one player or another. It's my responsibility and after give them confidence and capacity to get better from our game plan.

"It (feeling scared) might have been individual. You never need to be scared."

For the returning Flores, the reaction of his players left him delighted as he took charge of Watford for the first time having been reappointed last weekend.

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He replaced fellow Spaniard Javi Gracia in the dugout having left the club at the end of the 2015/16 campaign.

"The second-half, I am really happy with the reaction," he said.

"They showed me that they are strong, they can make a big effort. It's very difficult to do what they did against Arsenal.

"It's very difficult to push, to be in control of the match and create a lot of attempts. It's difficult, but the most important thing is we had a good experience now."

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