Elneny features as Arsenal stroll to 3-0 win over Watford

Cheryl Sanders
March 12, 2018

Petr Cech became the first goalkeeper to keep 200 Premier League clean sheets, while Mesut Ozil became the quickest to reach 50 Premier League assists and Arsenal scored their 1,000th home Premier League goal when Shkodran Mustafi opened the scoring.

Arsenal have lost four of their last five games in the Premier League to fall a long way behind north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who are in fourth spot.

Richarlison then shot into the side netting for Watford before Arsenal made the breakthrough after eight minutes when Ozil's cross was headed powerfully home by Mustafi. Aubameyang netted his third goal in an Arsenal shirt, after converting Mkhitaryan through ball into the back of the net on the hour mark.

The win against the Hornets leaves Arsenal 10 points off Champions League qualification in sixth place in the standings, while Watford stays in 10th.

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Understandably maybe, considering the country was in the midst of being battered by "Storm Emma", as well as the fact Arsenal's showing the League Cup final the Sunday prior was not exactly the most inspirational display.

With the second leg against Milan looming on Thursday, Wenger rested Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny and left Jack Wilshere on the bench, and his gamble paid off.

Arsenal blamed heavy snow for the low attendance in their recent defeat against Manchester City, but the no-show against Watford could only be put down to a combination of anger and apathy after another miserable season.

Alex Iwobi: Impressed with his hold-up play during the game, but was disappointing with his crossing once more.

"But after what happened in that week, I understand a bit".

"It's quite fortunate that it's against Deeney", Wenger said, adding that his players had been keen to send a message to the striker.

"Watford came back strong in the second half but overall it was a convincing win and an important one".

"You are 4-0 up and conceded late goals".

"The spirit kept us out of trouble".

Patrick Vieira has ruled out succeeding Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager - though the Gunners legend admitted that the job would interest him "someday".

Watford play in the Premier League next Saturday with a trip to Liverpool (17:30 GMT).

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