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Watford boss Gracia happy for Deeney to (again) wind up Arsenal players

Watford boss Javi Gracia is happy for Troy Deeney to wind up Arsenal's players this weekend.

Watford's talismanic captain upset the Gunners with his post-match comments about their lack of backbone after his intervention from the bench inspired a 2-1 win in October's reverse fixture at Vicarage Road.

Gracia said: “Troy is our captain and a very good player. Everyone is free to explain feelings and a point of view as he wants – I like this way.

“I don't know what happened with him and the squad in the past and I don't care.

“If you say something about what happened in the past, you are talking about different coaches – I prefer only to think about the future for Troy and all the players."

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