Arsenal didn’t have the ‘cojones’ to beat Watford, says Troy Deeney

first_img Troy Deeney netted the equalising goal from the penalty spot, before Tom Cleverley scored an injury time winner for Watford Arsenal’s heart for the battle has been questioned once more after Watford’s Troy Deeney explained his side’s come-from-behind win against them.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was left blaming a penalty – converted by Deeney – after Watford came from 1-0 down to triumph 2-1 at Vicarage Road.But Deeney did not subscribe to Wenger’s view and felt basic physicality had spurred his side – something Arsenal are often accused of being unable to deal with.Speaking to BT Sport, Deeney said: “I’ve heard Wenger’s already blaming (the decision) as the reason why they lost.“I’m not going to be the one to tell Mr Wenger about himself, but there’s a reason why they lost and it wasn’t because of one penalty.“I’ll have to watch what I say. It’s (having) a bit of cojones, a bit of nuts.”Deeney went on to say that by making his presence felt amongst the Arsenal players, he is able to work out which of them are committed to the battle.He added: “Whenever I play Arsenal, I’ll go up and think, ‘Let me whack the first one and see who wants it’.“I came on today (Saturday) and jumped with (Per) Mertesacker. I didn’t even have to jump, actually – I nodded it down. The crowd gets up – ‘Yeah, we’ve got somebody who can win it’ – and they all just backed off.“For me as a player I just think, ‘Happy days’. That’s my strength. I know I’m not technically gifted like they are, not as quick, but if you want to fight with me, I’m gonna beat you all day.”Martin Keown, interviewing Deeney and a former Arsenal defender noted for his commitment, said his “blood would be boiling” if he were a current player listening to Deeney’s analysis.Deeney is not the first person to question Arsenal. Earlier this season, former England defender and current pundit Gary Neville said they “deserved a battering” during a dismal loss at Liverpool, calling the attitude of a number of key players “disgraceful”. 1last_img read more

Chelsea goalkeeper Rob Green announces his retirement after 20-year career

first_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 1 Rob Green has called time on his career no dice Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow tense Getty gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS shining Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January REVEALED REAL DEAL Green started his career at Norwich and made 12 appearances for England.He said in a statement: “Following an incredible evening in Baku on Wednesday and after a 23 year career spanning three decades, I’ve decided that now is the right time to announce my retirement from professional football.“Being part of the group and celebrations with such a special squad of players after winning the Europa League seems a fitting way to end what’s been an amazing journey for me in the game.”Green also played for West Ham, QPR and Leeds, winning promotion to the Premier League with the Hammers and Rangers.He won the First Division title with Norwich in 2004 and started the 2010 World Cup as England’s first choice goalkeeper. deals Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Chelsea goalkeeper Rob Green has announced he has retired from playing football.The former England goalkeeper had been with the Blues for a year but did not make an appearance, although he was in Baku for Wednesday’s 4-1 Europa League final win over Arsenal. LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star REPLY But Green was dropped following the opening 1-1 draw with the United States after allowing Clint Dempsey’s tame shot to creep through his legs.Green added: “I’ve had the joy of representing some fantastic clubs, all of whom have helped to shape me in their own varying way.“Thank you to all of the fans and everybody connected with Norwich City, West Ham United, Queens Park Rangers, Leeds United, Huddersfield Town and Chelsea. Representing my country will always be one of my proudest achievements and I feel honoured to have played for England.“Thank you to all of the managers, coaches and staff I’ve worked with and thank you to all of the teammates that I’ve shared a dressing room with over the years.“Collectively we’ve shared some amazing times and I leave the game with memories that I’ll always treasure.”last_img read more