Arsenal ease to victory over Watford as Petr Cech reaches milestone

  • Arsenal ease to victory over Watford as Petr Cech reaches milestone

Arsenal ease to victory over Watford as Petr Cech reaches milestone

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the Gunners' advantage in the second half, before Henrikh Mkhitaryan fired in a third in the 77th minute from the edge of the box for his first Premier League goal for the Gunners.

Arsenal's attention seems firmly fixed on the Europa League after they fielded a heavily rotated side for the win against Watford. We had the good result in Milan and we wanted to build on that and get another clean sheet.

Petr Cech (Arsenal): It's been a tough time for the keeper, who was forced to accept some responsibility after a bad result last weekend against Brighton.

Deeney had questioned Arsenal's spirit after Watford beat them in October and Wenger said a desire to prove the striker wrong had motivated their performance.

Despite an official attendance of 59,131, there were empty seats all around the Emirates with a number of season-ticket holders seemingly put off by the Gunners' disappointing league season.

Aubameyang made it 2-0 for Arsenal 14 minutes into the second half with a left-footed shot.

"It's been a while and I have to say it's never happened that I've had to wait 11 games for a clean sheet", the lanky goalkeeper told the club's website.

Cech alertly kept out Richarlison's dipping free-kick, but Roberto Pereyra should have done better than blaze the rebound over.

The scoreline was flattering for the home side but Watford only had itself to blame after spurning multiple chances, most notably a penalty miss by captain Troy Deeney.

Ray Parlour still doesn't expect Arsene Wenger to be at Arsenal next season.

Elsewhere on Saturday, it was: Manchester United 2, Liverpool 1; Leicester 4, West Brom 1; Chelsea 2, Crystal Palace 1; Everton 2, Brighton 0; Newcastle 3, Southampton 0; Swansea 0, .

Wenger remains under pressure to step down at the end of the season, despite having a year remaining on his contract, though wins over Milan and Watford in recent days have calmed the situation slightly.

Wenger is encouraged by the way his players have stayed united in a hard time. They face Stoke on April 1st, in their first game back after the global break.