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Mignolet denies Chelsea win; Deeney’s strike helps Watford stun Arsenal

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet went from zero to hero as Premier League leaders Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield, while Arsenal’s title challenge was torpedoed by Watford’s shock 2-1 win on Tuesday.

Mignolet denies Chelsea win; Deeney’s strike helps Watford stun Arsenal
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Wartford?s Troy Deeney (left) in action against Arsenal. Watford beat Arsenal 2-1

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Antonio Conte’s Chelsea grabbed the lead in the 25th minute when David Luiz cheekily took a quick free-kick that flashed past Mignolet, who was caught out while he lined up his defensive wall. 

Mignolet looked bewildered that the Brazil defender’s effort wasn’t ruled out, but referee Mark Clattenburg allowed Luiz to celebrate his first goal since rejoining Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain in August.

Georginio Wijnaldum came to Liverpool’s rescue as the midfielder equalised with a 57th minute header from James Milner’s cross. Costa should have won it for Chelsea in the 76th minute when Joel Matip fouled him in the penalty area. However, the Spain striker’s spot-kick was pushed away by Mignolet as the keeper made amends for his earlier error. 

At the Emirates Stadium, Arsene Wenger was again watching from high in the stands as he served his touchline ban and the Arsenal boss was rocked in the 10th minute when Younes Kaboul’s powerful strike deflected in off Aaron Ramsey. But the view from the posh seats got even more uncomfortable for Wenger three minutes later as Troy Deeney doubled Watford’s lead with a closerange finish after Etienne Capoue unhinged the Arsenal defence. Alex Iwobi got one back for Arsenal when the young winger rammed home from Alexis Sanchez’s cross in the 58th minute.

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