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English Premier League: Arsenal ease pressure with 3-0 win over Watford

English Premier League: Arsenal ease pressure with 3-0 win over Watford

Goals from Shkodran Mustafi, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ensured it was a comfortable afternoon but it could have been slightly more problematic had Troy Deeney converted his penalty.

Last October the striker had a pop accusing Arsene Wenger's side of lacking "cojones" when they beat Arsenal at Vicarage Road.

He said at the time: 'There's a reason they lost.

"I always believe in the work I'm doing every day and I knew one day it was going to turn".

Watford almost hit back four minutes later but Petr Cech produced a good save to deny Abdoulaye Doucoure from just inside the box.

Arsenal supporters reveled in Deeney's misery and Hector Bellerin trolled Watford's club captain immediately after his spot-kick was saved by Petr Cech.

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And Wenger suggests players have to be stronger mentally than in previous eras, given the amount of criticism Ozil often receives from Arsenal fans. "I felt my timing was quite good to put him off".

"The record is absolutely remarkable", said the Frenchman, who reached 700 wins as Arsenal boss.

The excellent performance by Cech resulted in a 200th league clean sheet for the 35-year-old, and a rather embarrassed Deeney, whose own words were more than on display by Arsenal this time round. His situation shows what football is like. In one week he goes from hell to heaven, and that's how life can be. There's a lot of negativity.

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

Wenger rested Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny as he prepares to welcome AC Milan to north London for the second leg of a Europa League last-16 tie Arsenal lead 2-0 following Thursday's initial clash at San Siro.


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