Date:Tuesday January 30 2007
A young Hornets' side made up of Academy players faced an equally youthful team from The Emirates Stadium.
Both sets of players often produced football beyond their years and provided the crowd with an entertaining 90 minutes of football.
It was an unchanged side from the one that was defeated against Reading last week.
Albert Jarrett was a threat all evening with a number of dangerous runs and crosses.
He was the first to test Vito Mannone in the Arsenal goal.
Jarrett's cross-come-shot caught the keeper unaware and he parried the ball on to the post.
Jarrett was ably assisted out wide by Alex Campana who headed narrowly wide after an excellent Jarrett cross.
Arsenal played attractive football all evening and some of their neat build up play was reminiscent of Arsene Wenger's first 11.
However Watford handled the Gunners well - John-Joe O'Toole and Dominic Blizzard worked tirelessly in midfield to close down their early build-up play.
Jay Simpson shot just wide of Scott Loach in the Hornets' goal as Arsenal produced another example of their free-flowing football.
The 'Orns were rewarded a penalty just after a quarter-of-an-hour when Blizzard was brought down by Paul Rodgers.
Liam Henderson stepped up to take the spot kick but his low drive was well saved by Mannone as he dived to his left.
Just minutes later Henderson had the perfect opportunity to make up for his miss but he saw his header sail over the bar.
The chance was created after the Hornets out-muscled Arsenal in midfield and Henderson and Theo Robinson combined before the striker saw his effort go over the bar.
Chances kept on coming for the young side and Campana was denied a shooting opportunity when a perfect last-ditch challenge stopped the wide man pulling the trigger.
Then on 23 minutes Henderson finally got his reward for all his hard work and running.
Following a Jarrett corner Henderson was left unmarked to tap home from six yards.
The Gunners tried to get back into the game but were thwarted by a resilient Hornets' side.
Blizzard and O'Toole both found their way into the referee's book for late challenges in and around the centre circle.
Henderson and Robinson continued to work tirelessly in attack and were always on their toes to close down the Arsenal back four.
Arsenal didn't lie down though with Francisco Merida Perez sending a rasping shot wide of the Watford goal from the edge of the 18 yard box.
The second half continued with more end-to-end football with chances at both ends.
Simpson was proving a threat for Arsenal with a number of well-timed runs and Jordan Parkes was on form to handle his roving runs down the wing.
Robinson was having a frustrating time in front of goal and he couldn't finish off a cross from Jarrett after the Gunners' midfield was caught in possession once again.
Simpson found space again on the Arsenal right and his strong ball into the box couldn't connect with anyone.
Mark Randall then clattered Loach's cross bar from 25-yards out but the Gunners were reduced to more long range efforts as the clocked ticked on.
Blizzard tested Mannone once again in the Arsenal goal was a well-hit half volley that was palmed away.
The hard working Hornets' continued to cover every blade of the Borehamwood grass and they continued to deny young Gunners until the referee blew up after three minutes of injury time.
Watford: Loach, McCoy, Parkes, O'Toole, Gill, Kamara, Campana, Blizzard (c), Robinson, Henderson, Jarrett.
Subs not used: Seanla, Beasant, Clarke, Bennett, Forbes.
Booked: Blizzard, O'Toole
Arsenal: Mannone (c), Ogogu, Steer, Randall, Hoyte, Rodgers, Dunne (Fonte), Perez, Simpson, Berg, Gibbs (Efrem)
Subs not used: Butcher, Lokando, Parisio
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