Watford fought back from two goals down at half-time to draw at home to Arsenal in Quique Sanchez Flores‘ first match since being reappointed Hornets manager.
Flores’s return following the dismissal of Javi Gracia after four games of the Premier League season seemed to be going flat as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck twice for Arsenal in the first half.
Aubameyang put the visitors in front when he collected Sead Kolasinac‘s pass on the turn before firing past Ben Foster.
Arsenal doubled their lead as Aubemeyang finished a sweeping team move but the hosts improved after the break as the Gunners unravelled in front of the vociferous home support.
The hosts fired in 31 shots – a club-record for a Premier League game – as Arsenal’s shaky defence finally cracked after the break.
Tom Cleverley halved the deficit in the 53rd minute after an Arsenal mix-up when defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos gave away possession inside his own area. Watford later leveled the scores after being rewarded for a much-improved display when substitute Roberto Pereyra converted an 81st-minute penalty awarded for a foul on him by David Luiz.
Watford came agonisingly close to winning it with Gerard Deulofeu curling just wide and then Abdoulaye Doucoure having a stoppage-time shot saved by Bernd Leno after a counter-attack.
The result sees Arsenal move into seventh, while the Hornets remain rooted to the bottom.