Watford’s unbalanced comeback was not enough as they lost 3-2 at Arsenal to end their five-year stay in the Premier League.
Watford went to the Emirates on the final day of an incredibly tough season, which had to boost Aston Villa’s success at West Ham, with a victory for their relegation rivals at London Stadium, ensuring that they would still have to win – but by two more goals.
They started the match on the wrong foot as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted the penalty of the first minute before Kieran Tierney added the second after 33 minutes.
Aubameyang piled misery on the Hornets as he acrobatically scored his second and Arsenal’s third to put the hosts 3-0 up.
Troy Deeney did provide a glimmer of hope after the Watford skipper converted a penalty on 43 minutes – the fifth that David Luiz has conceded this season – as they went in 3-1 down at the break.
Danny Welbeck cut Arsenal’s lead to 3-2 with 66 minutes on the clock, as Arsenal looked like they were about let a three-goal lead slip to ensure a nervy finish.
Meanwhile, Bournemouth’s brilliant and brave 3-1 win at Everton was not enough to lift them out of the drop zone because of Aston Villa’s nervy point at West Ham.
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Watford will join Bournemouth and Norwich City in the Championship, the three sides that were promoted in 2015.