Watford striker Troy Deeney insists he does not regret Arsenal ‘cojones’ jibe as he gets set to face Gunners at Vicarage Road
- Troy Deeney questioned Arsenal’s mentality after Watford beat them last season
- Ahead their match at Vicarage Road, Deeney said he doesn’t regret the claims
- Deeney even said some Arsenal fans admire him for speaking so openly
Watford striker Troy Deeney says he does not regret his infamous ‘cojones’ comment about Arsenal.
The Hornets welcome Unai Emery’s men to Vicarage Road on Monday night in the Premier League looking to repeat their 2-1 victory from last season.
Watford came from a goal behind to defeat Arsenal that day, with Deeney questioning Arsenal’s nerve after the game.
Watford striker Troy Deeney does not regret his infamous ‘cojones’ comment about Arsenal
Quoted in Tales From The Vicarage Volume 7: Captains, Deeney said: ‘Hindsight’s a wonderful thing, and I might have been better off just saving it for the boozer afterwards, but I don’t ever regret it.
‘If I’m out in London now, I get Arsenal fans coming up to me and saying, “That cojones comment was out of order, but fair play for saying what you think”.
Others will tap me on the shoulder and say, ‘Good on you, Troy, I’ve been saying that for years’.
‘I was the first one to come out and say it, and one or two people piled into me. But when they lost at Brighton , Swansea, Bournemouth and others, it was safe for experts to come out and say, ‘They have the quality but they lack the fight’. It gave others a licence to repeat it.
Watford hero Deeney even claimed some Arsenal fans admire him for speaking so openly
‘People used it as a pretext for saying Arsene Wenger should go as the Arsenal manager – but I never said that, and I’ve got nothing but respect for Mr Wenger. He built the Invincibles, one of the greatest football teams we’ve ever seen in this country.’
Watford beat Wolves 3-2 last weekend in the FA Cup semi-final, fightback from 2-0 down to record victory.
Javi Gracia’a team are 10th in the Premier League but can rise up to seventh with a win.
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