Garth Crooks has claimed that Watford attacker Gerard Deulofeu should be on Arsenal’s radar in his BBC Sport Team of the Week, and that Hornets manager Quique Sanchez Flores should replace Unai Emery.
Deulofeu, 25, was the architect of Watford’s excellent 2-0 win away at newly-promoted Norwich City on Friday night. The £11.5million signing (Guardian) scored his second of the season, and created Watford’s second.
The former Everton winger caught Emi Buendia napping in the early stages of the match, stealing possession before slotting an excellent solo run and shot past Tim Krul. His cross was expertly turned into the net by Andre Gray in the second half.
Sanchez Flores has returned to Watford after being harshly sacked back in 2016 and Friday night’s win was his first of his second spell. Crooks believes winger Deulofeu, and indeed manager Flores, should be eyed by Arsenal.
“I think Watford are very lucky to have Quique Sanchez Flores at the helm considering the way he was unceremoniously sacked during his first spell at the club,” Crooks said. “The Hornets have been threatening to win away from home under Flores.
“They did it quite comprehensively against Norwich. The reason was Gerard Deulofeu. When the Spaniard is in this mood he’s almost unplayable. Deulofeu should be playing for Arsenal and Quique Flores managing them.”
TBR’s view – So, Deulofeu a good signing and Flores a good replacement?
The pressure on Emery has only increased after a dismal performance littered with mistakes against Leicester City, which saw Brendan Rodgers’ side climb into second place in the Premier League.
Deulofeu’s problem is that he is inconsistent, as Crooks eluded to. Should he churn out the kind of performance he did against Norwich on a regular basis, he would certainly be a good addition for Arsenal and apply pressure to Nicolas Pepe.
Sanchez Flores has enormous experience in the world of management, that has taken him to Spain, England, Portugal, China and the middle east. Whether or not he is the calibre of manager to take over at Arsenal, though, is up for debate.