Wenger praises Arsenal for getting out of 'negative spiral' after Watford scalp

Jonathan Hernandez
March 12, 2018

Watford had the chance to pull a goal back instantly as Ashley Maitland-Niles brought down Pereyra.

Cech celebrated his 200th Premier League clean sheet after Arsenal sealed the victory and it was a miserable day for Deeney in the end. "Second half, we suffered a bit but spirit was high and we stick together". Deeney, who was extremely vocal with his criticism of Arsenal after the sides last met, was denied by Cech much to the delight of the Emirates crowd. But Wenger feels his side are now on an upward curve after a run of four consecutive defeats.

Arsenal, who had lost eight of their previous 14 matches in all competitions, remain in sixth place.

In the wake of Watford's win over Arsenal in October's reverse fixture, Deeney suggested that the Gunners lacked a "bit of cojones, a bit of nuts", but it was the Hornets striker who had a hard afternoon this time around as he missed a second-half penalty in a comprehensive defeat.

Cech had been stuck on 199 clean sheets - already a record - since Arsenal's 1-0 win over Newcastle on December 16, a run of 11 games.

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Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny were rested ahead of this week's return leg against the Rossoneri but Shkodran Mustafi's eighth-minute opener had Arsenal swiftly on the front foot.

"It is an important win today against a big team like Watfod as it comes after a series of league losses", the Egyptian global, who played the full 90 minutes and produced a fine display in the heart of midfield, told beIN Sports channel after the match.

Ultimately, it was the Gunners who were smiling following their 3-0 victory, but arguably the loudest roar of the afternoon from the home faithful came when the Hornets skipper saw his second-half penalty saved by Petr Cech. For the experienced Cech, it was his first penalty save since 2011 when playing for Chelsea against Fulham. We took advantage of their weak moments.

We may have lacked a bit of freshness, but at least we showed some cojones again!

"Obviously, people in the media speak a lot when things aren't going right, but we as players do communicate with each other". "I thought we had a very good first half". When told after the game "Hector Bellerin is sure it wasn't a foul" Deeney had a classic quick response.

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