On his return to the Premier League, Quique Sanchez Flores discovered that nothing ever changed.
Arsenal surrenders to setbacks. It happened in 2015 when Sanchez Flores first took charge of Watford.
It still happens in September 2019 – as they shamefully demonstrated on Vicarage Road on Sunday.
Arsenal & # 39; s front three costs together £ 170 million, but there was only one star in town last night.
Back in Watford for his second spell, Quique Sanchez caused Flores pandemonium as he got out of the team bus, fans recklessly pushed each other out of the way in an attempt to catch a glimpse of the returning boss.
For the lucky three who received a signature before the security came in, it was a total jubilation. Despite all the good work of Javi Gracia, few had him in mind when Flores, in his appropriate gray shirt, came forward with a smile on his face.
& # 39; I feel like I'm back in the right place, & he said in the run-up to Arsenal's visit and few could argue after a memorable kickback.
It would be the day of the Spaniard – even if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did his best to ruin it first with two half goals.
While his opposite number, Unai Emery, wildly gestured at his players, Flores remained composed. He wanted to translate his calmness into that in the stands, while passing on the message to his players that chances would come.
Just a few weeks ago, Watford fans lost hope, but with Flores treated like an emperor returning home, it was hard not to think the good times were back on the horizon.
Even by the sad standards of the gunners, this was a surrender of almost laughable proportions.
Two targets up and cruising, towards the end, Unai Emery & # 39; s side thanked their lucky stars for leaving Vicarage Road with a point.
Arsene Wenger was tormented for Arsenal's Invincibles to soften – he eventually paid the price for his shortcomings.
Question is: what exactly has changed since Emery & # 39; s arrival over 12 months ago? Not much in appearance.
The cold, harsh truth for Emery is that his task is at stake if he cannot repair the defensive weaknesses that have haunted this club for so long.
But you get the impression that no amount of tactical work can correct these errors.
There are deeper problems within this Arsenal team. They lack courage, backbone and spirit – training cannot help that.
And to think, it all went so swimming.
In the event that Sanchez needed Flores to recall how ruthless the Premier League is, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang renewed his memory in the first half.
On another day, the Hornets could have scored two goals before Aubameyang moved through the gears.
Bernd Leno had to be on hold in the sixth minute to hold Gerard Deulofeu's shot before the German goalkeeper acrobatically knocked over the rasping of Tom Cleverley from outside the box after excellent work by Will Hughes.
Jose Holebas was the next guilty party who shot from the edge of the area – with time and space left – after Deulofeu put the ball on the plate.
Until now, Arsenal was a non-entity in attack – one Nicolas Pepe attack that made their only contribution harmless.
That was until the 22nd minute when Hughes lost careless possession just inside his own half, an error that led Arsenal to take the lead.
WATFORD (4-2-3-1): Foster 6; Femenia 6.5, Dawson 6.5, Kabasele 7, Holebas 6.5 (Janmaat 78); (Pereyra 63, 7), Doucoure 7, Capoue 7; Hughes 6.5, Cleverley 7, Deulofeu 8; Gray 5.5 (Sarr 54, 6.5)
Subs not used: Gomes, Mariappa, Chalobah, Sarr, Foulquier
Booked: Holebas, Femenia , Capoue Flores: 7
ARSENAL (4-1-2-1-2): Leno 6.5; Maitland-Niles 5.5, Sokratis 4.5, Luiz 4.5, Kolasinac 6; Xhaka 5; Ceballos 6.5 (Willock 60, 5.5), Guendouzi 6 (Torreira 67, 5); Ozil 6.5 (Nelson 71); Pepe 6, Aubameyang 8
Subs not used: Martinez, Chambers, Martinelli, Saka. Booked: Guendouzi, Kolasinac, Leno Emery: 5.5
Referee: Anthony Taylor 7
] Attendance: 21,360
After Ceballos won the ball, Sead Kolasinac rode through the heart of Watford & # 39; s rear guard before he squared to Aubameyang – who did the rest brilliantly.
 The finish was almost ballistic; swirling and shooting in one poetic movement to numb the home crowd.
Watford smoked and believed that Hughes had been polluted by Ceballos. Referee Anthony Taylor had none of it, nor was VAR officially Chris Kavanagh.
Ten minutes later, the Gunners doubled their lead – Aubameyang tapped into an empty net from close range after Ainsley Maitland-Niles' pass.
Arsenal & # 39; s No. 14 received the acclaim, but it was Mesut Özil's beautiful pass to set up Maitland-Niles that opened the door.
At his first appearance since the last loss of the Europa League to Chelsea on May 29, Ozil showed the kind of magic that still applauds his greatest opponents after all those years.
It was hard at Watford after their promising start – but there is a reason that the Hornets are at the bottom of the table and Sanchez Flores is searching the hard way.
Indeed, Watford & # 39; s frustrations seemed to get better – Holebas went to rest in an unnecessary confrontation with Pepe, which led to a massive battle that ended in the Greek defender and Matteo Guendouzi who yellow cards saw.
Roberto Firmino & # 39; contacted by Bayern Munich & # 39; while Bundesliga champions sound Brazilian about possible summer switch
Roberto Firmino has been contacted by Bayern Munich according to a proposed summer circuit, according to reports.
However, the Reds seem to be strengthening in the summer, with Timo Werner strongly linked to a move to Anfield.
That has opened the door for the possibility that one of the best attackers of the club continues, and according to The Transfer Window Podcast, Bayern has recognized this by taking the opportunity to gauge Firmino.
Speaker on the podcast, expert Ian McGarry said: & # 39; Interestingly enough, news has been received that the representatives of Roberto Firmino have been approached by Bayern Munich in the last 10 days regarding & # 39; would he be willing to leave Anfield?
& # 39; Would he be interested in a return to the Bundesliga? And would he be interested in participating in the rebuilding of Bayern? What of course they have planned since the beginning of last season.
& # 39; Firmino may fit very well as a replacement for Robert Lewandowski, who might grow into MLS in the summer. & # 39;
Firmino spent four seasons in the Bundesliga with Hoffenheim before joining Liverpool in 2015.
Barcelona 2-1 Getafe: Antoine Griezmann and Sergi Roberto on goal while Catalans level with Real Madrid at the top of La Liga
- Getafe saw the early goal of Allan Nyom not allowed after a VAR review
- Barcelona reacted through Antoine Griezmann's opener in 33 minutes
- Sergi Roberto made six minutes later 2-0 when Barca took control of the game
- Getafe withdrew a goal via Angel Rodriguez but could not find an equalizer
Getafe thought they had taken the lead when Allan Nyom shot at x, but the right back saw his goal disapproved after a VAR assessment.
Barca made the most of their happy escape, with Griezmann opening the score 33 minutes after placing home after Lionel Messi & # 39; s brilliant by ball.
Sergi Roberto made it 2-0 six minutes later and although Getafe retrieved a goal by the 66th minute strike by Angel Rodriguez, they were unable to force an equalizer.
Compare facts and player ratings
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Alba (Firpo 22), Umtiti, Pique, Roberto; De Jong, Busquets, Arthur (Rakitic 75); Fati (Vidal), Messi, Griezmann
Unused subs: Neto, Araujo, Semedo, Vidal, Manaj
Getafe: Soria, Olivera (Kenedy 52), Etxeita, Djene, Nyom; Etebo, Arambarri, Maksimovic, Cucurella; Mata, Molina (Rodriguez 52)
Unused subs: Chichizola, Cabaco, Timor, Deyverson, N & # 39; diaye
Bayern Munich attracted £ 75 million bid for Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino & # 39 ;, while German giants come up with an ambitious plan to pair Brazilian with Leroy Sane
- Bayern Munich is the newest club to be paired with Roberto Firmino of Liverpool
- The Germans are said to be preparing a £ 75 million summer offer for the 28-year-old
- Leroy Sane still remains a priority for the ruling Bundesliga champions
- There is hope that a double raid on the Premier League in the summer is possible
The German giants are looking for an elite replacement for center defender Robert Lewandowski and they are said to focus on Brazilian No. 9 in Anfield.
Firmino, 28, is wanted to come in and initially play alongside the free-scoring Lewandowski, while offering an outlet for another top summer transfer target in Leroy Sane, such as report the Sun .
Bayern hopes to make a double Premier attack and sign both companies ino and Sane, although it is a move for the latter that seems the most realistic.
Sane has already expressed his uncertainty about his future in Manchester City and was expected to leave for Germany last summer – but sustained a late injury in the Community Shield final that was writing off his season.
Bayern & # 39; s stand-in manager Hans Flick is said to be a huge admirer of Firmino, who is a vital component in Jurgen Klopp & # 39; s productive Liverpool front line.
Bayern is willing to immediately test Liverpool's decision by putting £ 75 million on the table.
The Reds signed Firmino from Hoffenheim for £ 29 million in June 2015, after attracting attention with a series of impressive performances in the Bundesliga.
Firmino wrote a new deal on Merseyside in April 2018 and committed to the club until 2022.
Firmino catapulted the new contract into the top bracket of earners in Anfield, along with teammates Mohamed etc. Salah and Virgil van Dijk.
Regarding Sane, the German will enter the last 12 months of his contract this summer and last year's offer of a new bumper agreement has not been signed.
The 24-year-old, approaching a return of the first team after a long-term knee injury, has City's desire to make it clear to him by manager Pep Guardiola .
Bayern remains interested in landing Sane, but thinks it will cost them more than £ 80 million to praise him from Etihad Stadium – even given his contract situation.
& # 39; Sane is a great player that we are interested in, which is a well-known fact & # 39 ;, said Bayern President Herbert Hainer. "Now we have to see how he returns after his injury."
Roberto Firmino is the best striker in the world … along with Luis Suarez, according to Kaka – but he claims that Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp have difficulty replicating this season
- Roberto Firmino has been an integral part of Liverpool's success in recent times
- Kaka says Firmino with Luis Suarez are the best attackers in the world
- The Brazilian major has warned Liverpool that it will be difficult to repeat this season
Kaka has proudly watched as a Brazilian-inspired backbone to Liverpool including Alisson and Fabinho, have dominated and are almost certain to win the Premier League this season.
The work ethic of 28-year-old Firmino is an integral part of how the front runners play and he has contributed to the side with eight goals and seven helps this campaign.
& # 39; Alisson is the best goalie in the world right now, Fabinho is one of the best midfielders and Firmino and [Luis] Suarez are the best strikers in the world & # 39; , told the winner of the Balloon d & # 39; Or 2007 Sky Sports News.
& # 39; Firmino understands its place on the field and changes its position. He doesn't stay in the box all the time, he comes and gets the ball and makes the plays. & # 39;
Liverpool has the best season a club has had so far in Premier League history with an unbeaten record of more than 25 games, with 24 wins and one draw.
They are currently only six wins away from crowned champions, although that could be sooner if their closest league drops more points.
Kaka, although impressed by Liverpool's performance, has warned that current European champions may struggle to replicate this season.
He said: & # 39; It's good to see a team play this way because it's only one season.
& # 39; I'm not saying Liverpool is bad, but in a league like the Premier League, it's hard to have a season like this.
& # 39; It shows that Liverpool is in very good shape and has a very good coach and players.
As the children play, the stars disappear … the big names of Liverpool leave on holiday after controversial abandonment of the young people to face Shrewsbury in FA Cup replay on Anfield
- Liverpool stars fired away from their heavy duties for a rare break
- Jurgen Klopp gave his stars a rest despite their FA Cup clash versus Shrewsbury
- Reds boss Klopp comes in for much criticism for staying away from FA Cup
 Liverpool will, just like in the Carabao Cup, their youth on Tuesday
Liverpool & # 39 ; s top stars have been beamed away to enjoy the sun while the club's youngsters prepare to take to the field in the FA Cup fourth-round repeat against Shrewsbury.
Jurgen Klopp recently revealed that his young pigeons play on Tuesday evening to give a break to his team from the first team as they get closer to their first title Premier League and want to defend their Champions League crown amid a hectic schedule of competitions.
And while the Liverpool youth put the finishing touches to their preparations prior to the FA Cup collision, Roberto Firmino, Georginio Wijnaldum, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Co. decided to make the most of their rare break. utilize off.