Troy Deeney has got the green light to carry on speaking his mind — especially with Arsenal coming up on Sunday.
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.
Subsequent events have arguably proved him right — the Gunners are now 33 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City.
There will surely be a hint of revenge on the agenda when Deeney’s side visits the Emirates at the weekend, but new head coach Javi Gracia admits he likes his captain’s honesty – even if it rubbed Arsenal fans up the wrong way.
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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But Deeney, who has scored three goals in his last four games, famously retorted: “I’m not one to tell Mr Wenger about himself, but there’s a reason they lost and it wasn’t one penalty.
“I have to watch what I say, but having a bit of cojones, I think the word is — a bit of nuts.”
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