Cech delighted with clean-sheet milestone

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal and Adrian Mariappa of Watford in action during their Premier League match

The win against the Hornets leaves Arsenal 10 points off Champions League qualification in sixth place in the standings, while Watford stays in 10th.

Earlier this season Watford came from behind to beat Arsenal late in the game with Arsene Wenger turning his attention to a penalty incident as the reason why his side lost the match.

The victory over Watford completed a successful week for Arsenal having also defeated AC Milan 2-0 during mid-week's Europa League quarter-finals.

With the second leg against Milan looming on Thursday, Wenger rested Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny and left Jack Wilshere on the bench. "Just thanks to the fans who were supporting".

The Germany worldwide defender headed the home side into the lead in the eighth minute and took Arsenal into a half-time lead.

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On the hour mark, Mkhitaryan played a defence-splitting through ball for Aubameyang to round Karnezis and slot home. The victory was finally sealed 13 minutes from the end, when Aubameyang set up Mkhitaryan for his first EPL goal in an Arsenal shirt.

Cech alertly kept out Richarlison's dipping free-kick, but Roberto Pereyra should have done better than blaze the rebound over.

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.

Fans were delighted with the result and praised the performance of Mustafi on social media after the game.

Aubameyang has scored two in two for Arsenal and helped them to a 3-0 win over Watford yesterday.

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And on managing Arsenal himself, Viera said: "Let's say that someday it might interest me".

"I always believe in the work I'm doing every day and I knew one day it was going to turn".

"It's been a while and I have to say that it's never happened that I've had to wait for 11 games for a clean sheet".

"But the most important thing is when the team wins".

"I'm buzzing for Petr to get over that milestone".

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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. It is quite fortunate that it was against Deeney.


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