Arsene Wenger has admitted what went wrong on Tuesday as his side lost more ground in the Premier League title race.
The Gunners miserably failed to keep the pressure on league leaders Chelsea in what many expected to be a winnable game against Watford.
Arsenal never recovered from conceding two goals in the opening 14 minutes of the affair as they succumbed to their fourth loss of the season.
And according to Arsene Wenger, the defeat occurred largely because his side allowed the damage to be done early on.
“It was not good in the first half, especially in the first 20 minutes.” the Arsenal manager said in his post-match interview after the disappointing result.
“We were beaten in the duels, they were sharper than us and on top of that we were a bit unlucky because I felt we were unlucky to concede a free-kick and then it was deflected too.”
“After that we responded. We didn’t start the way we wanted, in the second half it was all us, and we were unlucky to lose the game as well. We did not deserve to lose this game.”