Arsene Wenger pleased with "convincing win" over Watford

Sheri Evans
March 12, 2018

The fine victory follows their 2-0 win over AC Milan at the San Siro in a Europa League round of 16 first leg tie on Thursday, which ended their run of defeats in all competitions.

Just a minute later, Watford were awarded a penalty after an Ainsley Maitland-Niles error that could've got the guests back in the game.

"I wanted to absolutely win this game, it was hard, but it gets us out of that negative spirit that we were in".

Watford, beaten for only the second time in six matches, saw Troy Deeney's penalty saved by Petr Cech, who registered the 200th Premier League clean sheet of his career to become the first keeper to reach that mark.

Wenger, who was the subject of intensifying scrutiny over his future following four consecutive losses - including the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City - and underwhelming performances, suggested the tanker of despair had begun to turn.

Shkodran Mustafi's early opener and a cool finish from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put them in control.

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They trailed fourth-placed Tottenham by 10 points ahead of their north London rivals' trip to Bournemouth later yesterday. Cech stepped up and made some good saves to claim his 200th Premier League clean sheet after a wait of 11 games.

Despite the obvious signs, there is no place for Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere in the starting eleven, with the latter on the bench while the former is not included in the matchday squad itself.

"It is an important win today against a big team like Watfod as it comes after a series of league losses", the Egyptian worldwide, who played the full 90 minutes and produced a fine display in the heart of midfield, told beIN Sports channel after the match. "We dealt well with set pieces which is why they could not come back".

Cech kept 162 of his clean sheets for Chelsea, while 38 have come since his move to Arsenal, and manager Arsene Wenger hailed his goalkeeper's achievement.

It was also his first spot-kick save in England's top flight since February 2011.

Arsenal then slowed down the game's tempo by keeping possession in their own half. We need some more games now.

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