Arsenal 4-0 Watford: The inside view

Manager Quique Sanchez Flores and defender Sebastian Prodl have taken time out of their training routines to reflect on the heavy defeat to Arsenal at the weekend, as they spoke to the club's website during the week.

Arsenal 4-0 Watford: The inside view
Alexis Sanchez' opening goal was crucial according to the Watford manager (photo: Getty Images)

Watford suffered their heaviest defeat of the season on Saturday, as a rampant Arsenal took revenge for the Hornets knocking them out of the FA Cup.

'When Arsenal score in the beginning of the games they have confidence to keep the ball'

Both Quique Sanchez Flores and Sebastian Prodl identified the early goal scored by Alexis Sanchez as a major pitfall to their game plan, ultimately setting Watford on their way to a defeat. Sanchez scored as early as the fourth minute when he peeled away from Nathan Ake and Flores admitted 'we conceded the first goal very easily and then it was very difficult for the players'. Prodl added 'when Arsenal score in the beginning of games they have confidence to keep the ball'.

Alexis Sanchez fires in the third at the Emirates. Photo: Getty Images
Alexis Sanchez fires in the third at the Emirates. Photo: Getty Images

It is certainly not the first time Arsenal have ran away with a match after scoring an early opening goal. Against rivals Manchester United back in October of last year, they produced probably the best 45 minutes of the season when they took a 3-0 lead within 20 minutes. Prodl admitted Arsenal 'scored at perfect times' as they prevented their visitors from getting a foothold in the game.

'Our focus is the Premier League'

Both Flores and Prodl have identified the need to turn their current 37 points into the magical 40 number to guarantee Premier League survival. With contrasting performances between the league and FA Cup, Flores still maintains that the league is the priority. He suggested 'our focus is the Premier League. If we want to arrive well in the FA Cup, we have to play well in the Premier League', eluding to the importance of finding some form before their trip to Wembley Stadium for a semi-final clash with Crystal Palace.

Austrian Prodl echoed his manager's sentiments and realises 'we need to analyse our mistakes...we can get back on track now with a different performance against Everton'. Watford host the Toffees on Saturday as they look to rise from their current league position of 14th.