Arsenal beat Watford at Emirates


He said: "You can not be a football player or any sportsman without pride, so these things come into it".

So does he think we are back on track?

The win eased a little of the pressure on beleaguered Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. "Then you carry the chance that you might qualify for the Champions League".

Many supporters will likely require some more convincing before they return to the Emirates, while an apparent lack of faith in Wenger may have severed the connection more permanently for other absent fans. Or is this just the sequel to the horror show of before?

Arsenal blamed heavy snow for the low attendance in their recent defeat against Manchester City, but the no-show against Watford could only be put down to a fatal combination of anger and apathy after another miserable season.

And Wenger suggests players have to be stronger mentally than in previous eras, given the amount of criticism Ozil often receives from Arsenal fans.

Taking to Twitter, he wrote: "Must be -4 and snowing again at the Emirates". 'I worry because I want our fans to be behind the team and happy, but after what happened in that week it's a bit understandable, ' he said.

Those who came were rewarded with an entertaining game of football.

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Troy Deeney embraces Javi Gracia at full-time.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Missed a glorious opportunity during the first 10 minutes of the game, but continued to make his runs behind the defence.

Speaking to reporters after the match, Wenger said: "I felt we had a very good first half, there was a regret that we couldn't take our chances".

Things started well for the Gunners on the pitch when Shkodran Mustafi headed in from a fine Mesut Ozil set-piece delivery.

Elneny is rarely neither brilliant nor awful but on Sunday he was finding the sort of intricate, cute passing that Wenger has been craving this season. Jack Wilshere played him in but the forward's goal bound shot was saved by Karnezis.

Mkhitaryan who up until the hour mark had had a poor game, was able to slip in Aubameyang.

Watford refused to go away, however, and were awarded a penalty within a minutes of conceding when Pereyra was bundled inside the box, but captain Deeney saw his effort down the middle saved by an inspired Cech.