Arsenal ease to victory over Watford as Petr Cech reaches milestone

From ESPN - March 11, 2018

Arsenal strolled to a much-needed win as Shkodran Mustafi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan saw off Watford 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium and Petr Cech kept his 200th Premier League clean sheet.

The Gunners had a fine early chance to take the lead at a sparsely-populated Emirates when Mesut Ozil found Aubameyang but the striker fired straight at keeper Orestis Karnezis.

Richarlison then shot into the side netting for Watford before Arsenal made the breakthrough after eight minutes when Ozil's cross was headed powerfully home by Mustafi.

The visitors responded well and Abdoulaye Doucoure blasted an effort that Cech parried before the Gunners came forward once more and an Ainsley Maitland-Niles cross was headed over by Alex Iwobi.

Watford should have been level shortly before the half-hour when Cech pushed away a Richarlison free kick and Roberto Pereyra, following up, thrashed an effort wildly over when he had time to take a touch and then shoot.

Karnezis then denied Ozil as Arsenal pressed for a second goal but, with half-time approaching, back came Watford and Kiko Femenia's cross was diverted onto the roof of his own net by Rob Holding.

There was still time for Cech to make another save, repelling Richarlison's header, as the Gunners went into the break with a much-needed lead.

Granit Xhaka had a long-range shot stopped by Karnezis as Arsenal began the second half brightly, and moments later Cech was relieved as a Watford corner flew dangerously across his six-yard area with no visiting player able to get a touch.


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