Arsenal v Watford - story of the match

Kristopher Nichols
March 12, 2018

Arsenal move to within 10 points of the top four, although the Europa League now appears their most likely route to next season's Champions League. In the end it was a convincing win. "But I think you'll see it for the remaining home games".

"Sometimes you just go and you have that feeling and today I felt it". We had a nightmare week.

"I don't know how much negativity is out there, I focus on my job, I have shown in 22 years that I can do that and that I respect everybody's opinion but I focus on my job with total commitment". has rated the Arsenal players, after their English Premier League clash against Watford.

Obviously, Arsenal fans were loving it, both in the ground and on social media.

"He had to wait a while to save a penalty first of all", Wenger said.

'They are two big signings for the club (Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan).

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"In one week we got from hell to heaven", Wenger said.

Arsenal was menacing in attack right from the start as Mesut Ozil slid Aubameyang through on goal within two minutes, only for Watford goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis to save well with his legs.

Wenger's men struggled to clear their lines in the closing minutes of the first half and were lucky not to have conceded an equaliser as they took the 1-0 lead into the break.

However, Arsenal's quality shone through, with Shkodran Mustafi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan getting the goals.

Five months later in the reverse fixture, Watford were awarded a penalty when 2-0 down at the Emirates after Ainsley Maitland-Niles brought down Roberto Pereyra inside the box.

Troy Deeney missed a second-half penalty to get Watford back in the game as Petr Cech became the first goalkeeper to reach 200 Premier League clean sheets.

From then, Petr Cech managed to make his maiden penalty save for Arsenal to deny Troy Deeney from 12 yards, and thereafter, there was a role reversal with Aubameyang assisting Mkhitaryan's goal, 13 minutes from time. "It's quite fortunate it was against Deeney on top of that".

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