Arsenal defeated Watford 3-0 to end a run of three consecutive Premier League loses. The Gunners had lost to Tottenham, Manchester City and Brighton & Hove before Watford came around the Emirates in what is now cheekily called “The Cojones Derby”.
Writing about Arsenal has been difficult following the results – 2-1 home loss to Ostersunds, 3-0 League cup final loss to Manchester City, 3-0 Premier League loss to Manchester City again and 2-1 loss to Brighton. Four consecutive loses in all competition was halted by the 2-0 away win at AC Milan in the Europa League.
It was about Cojones and Troy Deeney before the game but Arsenal were having none of it. Ozil’s 8th minute freekick was directed in by Mustafi for Arsenal’s 1000th Premier League home goal and the first for the match. It was Ozil’s 50th assist and became the fastest to achieve that amount of assist – 2 games less than any other player ever in the Premier League (141 appearances).
There were chances for both sides but the next goal came from Arsenal’s latest import – Peirre-Emerick Aubameyang. A good attacking move, a through pass like hot knife through butter from Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang rounded the goalie to grab Arsenal’s second goal in the 59th minute. They switched assist and goal scoring roles in the 77th minute. PEA turned provider for Mkhitaryan.
The biggest moment of the evening came before Arsenal’s third goal. Niles conceded foul in the box and Deeney’s penalty was saved by Petr Cech. I mean: PETR CECH SAVED A PENALTY. The world is coming to an end – REPENT. That was Cech’s penalty save for Arsenal and he pulled out other saves to ensure he got his 200th Premier League clean sheet. Finally.
Arsenal remain 6th but will hope to continue their Europa League run as the more realistic route to the Champions League. Bring on AC Milan on Thursday.