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Mar 11, 2018 at 1.30pm UK at ​Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 59,131
Arsenal
3-0
Watford
Mustafi (8'), Aubameyang (59'), Mkhitaryan (77')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Result: Arsenal beat Watford for back-to-back wins for first time since January

Result: Arsenal beat Watford for back-to-back wins
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Petr Cech saves a Troy Deeney penalty and becomes the first Premier League goalkeeper to keep 200 clean sheets as Arsenal beat Watford 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal ended a run of three successive Premeir League defeats with a morale-boosting 3-0 victory over Watford at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon.

Goals from Shkodran Mustafi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan saw the Gunners build on Thursday's Europa League win at AC Milan.

Troy Deeney missed a second-half penalty which could have got Watford back in the game, as Petr Cech became the first goalkeeper to reach 200 Premier League clean sheets.

Aubameyang was one of six players recalled as Arsene Wenger rotated ahead of next week's return leg with the Italians, and had a golden opportunity to score inside three minutes. The Gabonese striker was released by Mesut Ozil's slide-rule pass but saw his powerful shot blocked by Oscar Karnezis.

Arsenal's opener came five minutes later when Ozil swung in a free kick which Mustafi directed back across Karnezis and into the top corner, after being allowed to run in between two Watford defenders.

The visitors had a couple of first-half chances to equalise as Cech saved from Abdoulaye Doucoure, and Roberto Pereyra blazed over the crossbar after the goalkeeper had parried a Richarlison free kick.

Cech dived low to his left to keep out a header from the Brazilian in stoppage time as Watford grew into the game, and they continued this momentum into the second period only to be hit by a sucker-punch.

Mkhitaryan timed his through-ball perfectly and Aubameyang kept his composure to round Karnezis and slot home on 59 minutes, for his third goal in six matches since joining the Gunners in January.

Aubameyang later returned the favour to his former Borussia Dortmund teammate as he teed up a left-footed shot which went through Karnezis, who may have been blinded by Adrian Mariappa's attempted block.

Watford had previously wasted a great opportunity to mount a comeback when Cech saved Deeney's central penalty, after Ainsley Maitland-Niles had tripped Pereyra two minutes after Arsenal's second goal.

The fight that the Hornets had showed to match their hosts for an hour disappeared with the third goal as they slipped to just a second defeat under new manager Javi Gracia, although they remain in the top half of the table.

Arsenal are still 10 points adrift of the top four but appear to be getting back on track after a difficult run.

ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Cech; Maitland-Niles, Holding, Mustafi (Chambers, 73'), Kolasinac; Elneny, Xhaka; Iwobi (Welbeck, 66'), Ozil, Mkhitaryan (Wilshere, 78'; Aubameyang

WATFORD (4-2-3-1): Karnezis; Femenia (Hughes, 62'), Prodl, Mariappa, Holebas; Doucoure, Capoue; Janmaat (Britos, 80'), Pereyra (Okaka, 67'), Richarlison; Deeney

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1Liverpool1714303773045
2Manchester CityMan City17142148103844
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs17130431161539
4Chelsea17114235142137
5Arsenal17104337231434
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd177552929026
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves177461919025
8Everton176652422224
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham177372525024
10Watford177372325-224
11Bournemouth177282528-323
12Leicester CityLeicester176472121022
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton176382024-421
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle174491422-816
15Crystal Palace1743101423-915
16Cardiff CityCardiff1742111733-1614
17Southampton172691632-1612
18Burnley1733111533-1812
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1724111028-1810
20Fulham1723121642-269

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