Arsenal faced more shots versus Watford than when they lost 8-2 to Man Utd

Arsenal manager Unai Emery is struggling to get things right at the Emirates

Arsenal's 2019/20 season is yet to get going.

There have been sporadic showings of quality from Unai Emery's side, but the Gunners seem unable to maintain momentum for 90 minutes.

Against Tottenham, they found themselves 2-0 down and had to claw the game back to earn a 2-2 draw.

But when Emery's team visited Watford on Sunday, they found themselves 2-0 up at half-time thanks to two more goals from the irrepressible Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

However, by the time the full-time whistle had blown, Arsenal were lucky to escape Vicarage Road with a point.

The Gunners were simply woeful in the second-half, allowing Watford to pepper Bernd Leno's goal.

Quique Sanchez Flores' side mustered 31 shots on goal, with 10 of those on target.

And amazingly, those 31 shots were more than Arsenal faced than when they lost 8-2 to Manchester United back in 2011.

Sir Alex Ferguson's Red Devils only managed 24 shots on the Arsenal goal on that memorable day at Old Trafford.

Man Utd beat Arsenal 8-2 back in 2011

Imagine if Watford were more clinical...

Both Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz were mistakes waiting to happen in defence, with Matteo Guendouzi and Granit Xhaka offering very little defensive protection in midfield.

If Arsenal are to make progress this season, they simply need to change their system in the middle of the park to gain control of games.

Lucas Torreira's absence from the starting XI was bizarre given the fact that the Uruguayan is the only natural 'defensive midfielder' in the Arsenal squad.

Emery left Torreira on the bench vs Watford

Then you have the eyebrow-raising decision to sub off Dani Ceballos early in the first-half.

The Spaniard's ability to retain and regain possession was sorely missed in the latter stages of the game, with Joe Willock turning in his worst performance of the season.

Things need to change under Emery, otherwise he will be one of the big favourites to get the sack.

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