TROY DEENEY famously said of playing Arsenal last year: "Let me whack the first one and see who wants it."
On this night at Vicarage Road, Lucas Torreira was the first player he whacked…but this time, it didn't escape the notice of the officials.
Rex Features6 Troy Deeney saw red after an elbow on Lucas Torreira
Getty Images – Getty6 Ben Foster gifted Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a goal moments earlier
Getty Images – Getty6 Arsenal claimed a vital away-day win in the battle for top four
The moment of madness came just over a minute after the usually dependable Ben Foster had gifted Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang his first away goal of 2019.
Javi Gracia was let down by his two most influential players as Unai Emery compelled his men to show the cojones that they were accused of lacking under his predecessor.
Nothing but a win would have done for the Gunners in the tough battle for Champions League qualification after Chelsea lost 2-0 against Liverpool on Sunday.
Arsenal had won only five of their 15 Premier League games on the road this season but Watford gave them the perfect chance to banish those demons within eleven minutes.