Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Javi Gracia says Troy Deeney elbow against Arsenal not a red card

Javi Gracia says Troy Deeney elbow against Arsenal not a red card

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Javi Gracia insists Troy Deeney's elbow did not merit a red card against Arsenal in Watford's 1-0 defeat at Vicarage Road.

Gracia gave his players three days off following their semi-final exertions but he has no intention of rotating his squad for Premier League duty with seventh spot still up for grabs.

"Everyone knows me and Arsenal don't get on too well", he said.

"I respect the referee's decision".

Arsenal travelled to Watford on Monday night, looking to reclaim a top-four place as the season enters its climax.

They have lost both away knockout ties in this season's Europa League to BATE Borisov and Rennes, two teams not considered as strong as Napoli - who sit second in Serie A.

"Our goal, we worked to push the goalkeeper when he wanted to play like he was playing and I think it was a very good action from Aubameyang".

Let's be realistic, as things stand right now we cannot offer Alderweireld wages above what Spurs could offer him, we cannot guarantee him success any more than what Tottenham can, we cannot even guarantee Champions League football right now. "I am not interested in the result, we had our chances, hit the woodwork and created chances with 10 players. We know the assistant coaches and Javi Gracia and we appreciate them".

Unai Emery's plans this season has been seriously hampered by a series of defensive injuries and the manager is planning to bring in some reinforcements during the summer.

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