Last month Arsenal fans took considerable pleasure in Troy Deeney's misfortune after the Watford man missed a penalty during a 3-0 loss to Arsene Wenger's side. It came after Deeney had claimed Arsenal lack 'cajones' earlier in the season.
You know you’re an average striker if Petr Cech saves your attempt from the penalty spot. Troy Deeney AKA no cojones.
— Asif. (@Asif9707) March 11, 2018
— Moh Haider 🌹 #VoteLabour (@ArsenalMoh8) March 11, 2018
However, speaking to Youtube channel XO, Deeney suggested his influence has helped make Arsenal's season by enticing out their fans.
I spoke to Maitland-Niles, after I missed the penalty, and said 'I'm glad I can help you bring out a decent crowd.
Because I watched the game when they lost a week before to Man City, when the snow came and they had like 10,000 there - but then for the next game it's sold-out and everyone's giving Troy grief.
I've made Arsenal's season. They've stepped up since then.
After suffering back-to-back losses against Manchester City including an abject League Cup Final defeat, Arsenal kicked on to overcome AC Milan and progress in the Europa League. Deeney feels Arsenal's level now is competing with Watford.
I'm more qualified than most people to talk about Arsenal - I grew up watching Arsenal - back when they had five or six proper players. When we played Arsenal and they lost on that day I thought they didn't have enough leaders on the pitch. So I said it. Look where we were seven years ago and where Arsenal were seven years ago - now they're competing with Watford.