EPL: What Wenger said on Arsenal's 3-0 defeat of Watford

EPL: What Wenger said on Arsenal's 3-0 defeat of Watford

EPL: What Wenger said on Arsenal's 3-0 defeat of Watford

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hailed his side's spirit and declared their 3-0 victory over Watford as an important one as the Gunners look to end the season on a high note.

The under-fire manager's first victory came against Blackburn Rovers way back in 1996, when Ian Wright scored twice in a 2-0 win at Ewood Park.

After easing into a 2-0 lead on the hour through goals from Shkodran Mustafi on eight minutes and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Watford were awarded a penalty 60 seconds later after Roberto Pereyra draws a foul from Maitland-Niles in the box. But it also ensured that Cech, who saved his maiden spot-kick in a Gunners shirt at the 16th attempt, became the first stopper to register 200 clean sheets in Premier League history. Meanwhile, Watford had a couple of decent chances, a free-kick from Richarlison that Petr Čech saved brilliantly and a shot from inside the penalty area by Abdoulaye Doucouré that was saved by the 35-year-old keeper.

"He had to wait a while to save a penalty, and it's quite fortunate that it's against Deeney", Wenger smiled. He shows a huge level of intelligence. In Milan we moved the ball very quick and today we did again, but today we lost our legs a bit in the second half.

Asked whether the Deeney comments had fired up the players, Wenger said: "You can not be a football player without pride". I like him in both situations.

"It was a convincing win".

But the Armenia worldwide, who opened his Arsenal account in Milan, added the third courtesy of Aubameyang's pass with substitute Danny Welbeck coming close to grabbing a fourth late on.

He added: "There's a lot of negativity [around the club]".

"We have to work on that, we know that, and we have been trying to do that so, hopefully, we will be able to show signs of that togetherness soon".

"You don't last so long in the game if you're not intelligent". "I don't know how much but of course it plays a part".

Arsenal should have been ahead inside three minutes as Mohamed Elneny and Mesut Ozil combined to set Aubameyang in behind.

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