Kalu makes Watford debut as Arsenal win five-goal thriller

Super Eagles midfielder Samuel Kalu marked his debut for Watford in their 2-3 Premier League loss against Arsenal at Vicarage Road on Sunday.

The Nigeria international who joined Watford in the January transfer reason replaced Tom Cleverley in the 89th minute, but could not save the Hornets from defeat as Arsenal claimed all three points at the end of the five-goal thriller.

This very entertaining encounter saw four superb goals, beginning with Martin Odegaard and Bakary Saka linking up on the right flank before the former pulled the ball back for the Norwegian to slot home.

Arsenal’s Brazilian striker Gabriel Martinelli (C) celebrates after scoring his team third goal during the English Premier League football match between Watford and Arsenal at Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, north-west of London on March 6, 2022.

Then came the coup de gras. Kiko clipped a ball to the back post which hung in the air invitingly for Cucho Hernandez to launch at the ball with a bicycle kick that powered low past Aaron Ramsdale’s left hand.

Arsenal took the lead once more on the half-hour mark when Saka exchanged passes with Lacazette before powering an effort inside the top right hand corner with Ben Foster diving the other way.

The game seemed effectively over as a contest eight minutes into the second half when Odegaard flicked the ball to Lacazette on the edge of the area and he laid the ball back for Gabriel Martinelli to curl an effort just inside the top left corner.

Moussa Sissoko ensured a nervous ending for Arsenal when he beat Ben White in the box before slipping a shot past Ramsdale.

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