Mkhitaryan scores as Arsenal thrash Watford 3-0


Arsenal were comfortable 3-0 winners over Watford at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday to snap a run of three straight Premier League defeats and also keep doubters silent for some time.

Despite returning to winning ways at AC Milan on Thursday night, Arsene Wenger's side were without a Premier League victory since February 3 as they welcomed the Hornets to the Emirates Stadium with pressure mounting on the Frenchman.

Shkodran Mustafi's early opener and a cool finish from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put them in control.

Watford's Troy Deeney had a penalty saved three minutes later before Henrikh Mkhitaryan sealed the win on 77 minutes.

"But our job is to perform and to stick together in hard moments, and to get the fans back on our side again".

"All these things come in, for how much I don't know, but of course it plays a part".

The Europa league seems to be the only glimmer of hope for a piece of silverware, and a way into the champions league for Arsenal.

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Ainsley Maitland-Niles conceded a penalty with a foul on Pereyra, but when Deeney stepped up to take the spot-kick, Cech made a fine save. "I am going to say no".

He later returned the favour to Mkhitaryan who netted his first premier League goal for Arsenal and the Gunners' third of the day.

"It was a bit frustrating but we have eight games and we have to make sure we win a lot of them". In addition, he thanked Aubameyang for providing the assist for his goal and said they need to continue working in the same spirit and scoring more goals.

'I think if it's the end of the story, he'll be the first to recognise it, ' Vieria added.

"It's been a while and I have to say it's never happened that I've had to wait 11 games for a clean sheet", Cech told the club's website. "It's quite fortunate that it's against Deeney", he said.

According to Sky Sports, the record was previously held by Manchester United legend Eric Cantona, who reached his 50th assist in 143 appearances, during the Red Devil's game against Leeds in 1997. That kept us out of trouble.

Arsenal's decline in recent years has perhaps contributed to their struggles in recruiting top players when compared to their domestic rivals, with the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez proving to be exceptions in that regard.