Delight for Cech as Arsenal show their 'cojones'

Delight for Cech as Arsenal show their 'cojones'

Arsenal ended a three-game English Premier League losing streak with a 3-0 victory over Watford yesterday.

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.

Arsenal's German defender Shkodran Mustafi opened the scoring in the eighth minute, heading home a Mesut Ozil free-kick for his third goal of the season and the home side's 1,000th of the Premier League era.

They trailed fourth-placed Tottenham by 10 points ahead of their north London rivals' trip to Bournemouth later yesterday.

"He had to wait a while to save a penalty and it's quite fortunate it was against Deeney".

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

Nearly immediately, Watford were handed a lifeline when Pereyra knocked the ball passed Ainsley Maitland-Niles and tumbled over.

It was not just the superior technical quality that secured them three goals and three points, but the physical resilience they displayed against a club that have become something of a bellwether opponent of late, a yardstick, a barometer of their essential footballing manliness.

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'We had a nightmare week so we have some work to do but overall we are in a good way.

Asked if he was concerned by the empty seats, Wenger added: "I worry because I want the fans to be behind the team".

"We knew before the game that physically it might be a bit hard but we had a good spirit".

"It is an unbelievable personal milestone, but the most important thing is to win and so it was defeats that were more frustrating", said Cech.

Per Mattias Karen of ESPN FC, a number of the Emirates faithful stayed away, seemingly put off by Arsenal's poor recent form in the Premier League.

After a wretched run left the Frenchman fighting to save his job, a 2-0 win at AC Milan in the Europa League on Thursday offered him temporary respite from the torrent of abuse he has endured this season.

Watford controlled the game either side of halftime, but was punished for failing to make its dominance pay when Aubameyang doubled the lead in the 59th as he rounded Karnezis after latching onto Mkhitaryan's through ball.

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