Iwobi in, Cech stars as Arsenal bounce back with Watford win


ARSENAL: Cech, Maitland-Niles, Mustafi (Chambers, 73 mins), Holding, Kolasinac, Elneny, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan (Wilshere, 78 mins), Ozil, Iwobi (Welbeck, 67 mins), Aubameyang.

Although Arsenal did breeze to the points in the end, they were reliant on goalkeeper Petr Cech who saved Deeney's second-half spot-kick along with several other key stops. There's a lot of negativity. "It is like rain in England, it is easy to get", he said. But after what happened in that week, it's a bit understandable. We've essentially thrown another year in the garbage under Wenger and this situation is exactly what he wants. I don't know how much negativity is out there, I focus on my job.

The stay-aways missed a solid Arsenal performance as goals from Shkodran Mustafi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan ended a run of three successive Premier League defeats.

Arsene Wenger received a welcome boost as Arsenal eased a little of the pressure on their beleaguered boss with a 3-0 win over Watford on Sunday.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has explained why he is yet to show his best form for Arsenal following his arrival in January.

But after four straight losses, Arsenal have returned to winning ways, defeating Milan 2-0 in the San Siro in the first leg of their last-16 Europa League tie, and Watford 3-0 in the Premier League. Wenger was questioned if that was a worrying aspect for him. "We have still some work to do, but we are on a good way".

The visitors were showing plenty of objective, giving Arsenal's defenders little time on the ball, and Femenia saw a volley blocked before Mustafi fouled Richarlison as he attempted to break clear and picked up a yellow card for his troubles.

Arsenal players celebrate after Shkodran Mustafi's opening goal at the Emirates Stadium
Arsenal players celebrate after Shkodran Mustafi's opening goal at the Emirates Stadium

Of course, Arsenal fans enjoyed the fact that Deeney's comments from October came back to bite him, but they're also respecting and commending him for fronting up.

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"Troy was concentrated on playing well and helping the team", Gracia said.

"I'm feeling really better; in January I didn't play a lot so it was hard when I came here, but I'm feeling better and I try to do my best of course for the team and for the club", Aubameyang told BBC Africa Sport.

"I'm responsible for my words".

'I can not say anything more because there is nothing to say about it and I do not want to offend Arsene, whom I adore and for whom I have a lot of respect.