Troy Deeney

Troy Deeney reveals how he’s the catalyst for Arsenal’s season turnaround

Strange claim

Watford’s Troy Deeney has claimed that he has ‘made Arsenal’s season’ and is actually the catalyst for a season that could see the win the Europa League.

The player was part of the Watford side that beat the Gunners towards the beginning of the season.

After that, he claimed that Arsene Wenger’s side lacked ‘cojones’ and ever since then the side’s performances have improved.

Speaking after the game, Deeney explained:

“I’ve heard Wenger’s already blaming that [the penalty] as the reason they lost,” he said.

“Well, I’m not one to tell Mr Wenger about himself, but the reason they lost wasn’t due to one penalty.

“Having a bit of cojones, I think the word is.

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Troy Deeney of Watford celebrates scoring the first goal with team mates during the Premier League match between Watford and Chelsea at Vicarage Road on February 5, 2018 in Watford, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Upturn in form

Speaking about the cojones comment, Deeney talked about the grief he had been getting for his comment.

“When [Watford] played Arsenal and they lost on that day I thought they didn’t have enough leaders on the pitch. So I said it.

“I spoke to [Ainsley] Maitland-Niles, after I missed the penalty, and said ‘I’m glad I can help you bring out a decent crowd,” added Deeney.

“Because I watched the game when they lost a week before to Man City, when the snow came and they had like 10,000 there – but then for the next game it’s sold-out and everyone’s giving Troy grief.

“I’ve made Arsenal’s season. They’ve stepped up since then.”