Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Aubameyang says 'confidence is back' after Watford win

Aubameyang says 'confidence is back' after Watford win

Shkodran Mustafi opened the scoring with a brilliant header off a Mesut Ozil in the 8th minute, and the Gunners should have extended the lead further with clear-cut chances for both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ozil.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan set up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Arsenal's second, with Petr Cech saving Troy Deeney's penalty before the former Borussia Dortmund pair combined again for Arsenal's third.

After Watford's 2-1 win over Arsenal at Vicarage Road in October, Deeney criticised the Gunners' players and their character. "I am disappointed because I can't believe that we didn't score a goal". "But our job is to perform and stick together in important moment and get the fans back on side". Over his years of service for the Blues, Cech collected several records in quick fashion before passing the torch to young keeper Thibaut Courtois in his last season at Stamford Bridge, leaving SW6 as a Premier League and League Cup victor to then join Arsenal in the summer of 2015. For all of the recent turbulence of the club that many attribute to the stubbornness of Wenger, to win 700 games for one club is an astounding achievement that should be praised.

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.

And the striker was the target of yet more gleeful goading from the Arsenal faithful when Mkhitaryan made sure of the three points with 13 minutes left to play, Karnezis failing to adjust in time to deal with the strike.

Petr Cech shows a little bit how quickly things change in football.

"It's an unbelievable personal milestone obviously", Cech said. "He had the interest in me so I am happy to play for him".

Towards the end of the video, Mkhitaryan says to the fans: "You know we are always playing for the fans and it doesn't matter if they could have come today or not".

Arsenal play on Thursday at home to Italian side AC Milan in the second leg of their Europa League last-16 tie, with the London side holding a 2-0 advantage after the first leg. That kept us out of trouble.

We knew we're on a hard run at the moment, we had to look at ourselves and we had a big result in midweek in Milan and I felt we carried the determination into today.

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