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Nathaniel Chalobah reveals how Harry Arter tricked him into not shooting

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Watford have enjoyed an encouraging start to the season under their new manager, Marco Silva.

The Hornets drew 3-3 with Liverpool in their opener and followed that result up with a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday.

Goals in the final 20 minutes of the match from summer signing Richarlison and Etienne Capoue sealed all three points for the visitors at the Vitality Stadium.

However, 2-0 could - and probably should - have been 3-0 to Watford.

Why? Because there was a bizarre moment during the match when Nathaniel Chalobah inexplicably opted against touching the ball when it was rolled back to him inside the box by Nordin Amrabat.

Instead of shooting, Chalobah allowed the ball to roll past him and into the path of Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter, who then cleared the danger.


Jenas thinks he knows why Chalobah left the ball

Speaking about the incident on Match of the Day on Saturday evening, pundit Jermaine Jenas appeared to solve the mystery over why Chalobah decided against touching the ball.

The former England international commented: “I’m pretty sure you can see here that Harry Arter screams ‘leave it!’, ‘it’s mine!’”


Gary Lineker then added: “We’ve all done it. It should be a foul, you know.”

Chalobah looked extremely annoyed with Arter after the incident and you can understand why.


Watch the incident in full here...

Chalobah has revealed why he left the ball

The 22-year-old has now confirmed that Jenas’s theory is correct.

"He called 'leave it' and I thought it was Tom Cleverley, because he was behind me,” the ex-Chelsea starlet was quoted as saying by the Watford Observer.

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"But I’ll put my hands up. It was a bit naïve and I should have just struck it."

Fair play to Chalobah for being so diplomatic.

Some football fans are calling Arter a 'cheat'

Some football fans on Twitter weren’t as forgiving towards Arter, with some even calling him a cheat.

Should Harry Arter face retrospective punishment for this - or was it just a clever moment of gamesmanship? Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

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