Nathan Ake has quite rightly received many plaudits for a collection of impressive performances for Watford this season, but he was taught a lesson by Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez in a 4-0 battering by Arsene Wenger's men.
Ake left back by Sanchez
Ake's torrid afternoon began as early as the fourth minute when expert movement from Sanchez caused the left-back to be caught underneath a cross, falling to the striker who gave Arsenal an early lead at the second attempt.
Arsenal soon doubled their advantage as Sanchez once again was too quick for Ake, before finding Alex Iwobi who also found too much space away from Allan Nyom as he put the Gunners 2-0 ahead.
Like Sanchez, Iwobi had a terrific match and was unlucky not to scored two on the day. Sanchez broke away from Ake for the third key moment of the game before laying on Iwobi again, this time finding room whilst the entire Watford defence stood off him, only to see his effort rebound off the crossbar.
Too 'light and soft'
Ake's nightmare was completed late in the day by another striker in Theo Walcott, 15 minutes after Sanchez had been rested. The defender inexplicably ran towards the goalline to try and block the Englishman's inevitable shot rather than closing down the speed demon. Ake could not get close as Walcott buried a fourth of the game.
Nathan Ake was not the only Watford defender who could not get close to Arsenal attackers as the FA Cup holders ran riot. Nyom lost Iwobi for the second of the game and substitute Ikeychi Anya switched off for the third when he lost Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin on two occasions as the unlikely goalscorer bagged a rare goal just after the break.
The Hornets have now lost five of their last six games and Quique Sanchez Flores described his defence as 'light and soft' and knows they will need to improve before they play free-scoring Everton next weekend.