UNAI EMERY refused to get drawn into a war of words with fuming Troy Deeney after the Watford skipper’s red card meltdown.
Deeney raged at the Arsenal boss after being sent-off for an 11th minute elbow on Lucas Torreira last night.
He appeared to be blaming Torreira’s reaction for his dismissal and now faces a three match ban which could cost him his place in next month’s FA Cup final.
But Emery played down Deeney’s tirade and said: “He said something to me but I don’t know what.
“I didn’t listen to him and I didn’t answer him. It wasn’t important.
“I didn’t see the red card but I respect the decision of the referee and it is clear the decision helped us.
“It was a very physical match and we didn’t play the way we wanted to but we can be happy with the result because to win here is very difficult.”
Deeney insisted to referee Craig Pawson that he barely brushed Torreira’s face with his lower forearm and manager Javi Gracia said: “I don’t agree with the red and I don’t understand the referee’s decision.
I didn’t listen to him and I didn’t answer him. It wasn’t important
Unai Emery on his exchange of words with Troy Deeney
“Troy doesn’t have anything to explain to me. If anyone has to explain what happened it’s the referee with that decision.
“I could see the play and I could see there was contact with his hand but never with his elbow.
“It was a foul and maybe a yellow card, but I never saw any aggression in this movement.”
Watford keeper Ben Foster added: “I don’t think anyone saw the Troy incident, not even Troy!
“He is unhappy in the changing room and he said it was absolutely nothing and that he didn’t mean to do it.”
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 23rd goal of the season was enough for Arsenal to go back into the top four and the £60million striker said: “This result gives us a lot of confidence because now we know we can win away.
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“Our most difficult games will be away from the Emirates so it’s great to get three points tonight.”
Angry Gracia added: “To play against Arsenal with ten men was very demanding for us but we created many chances and dominated right to the end.
“We hit the post and the bar and I’m very proud of all my players for the very big effort they gave.”