ARSENAL put Watford to the sword to ease strain on Arsene Wenger and set them up properly forward of their crunch conflict with AC Milan on Thursday.
With any hopes of top-four soccer all however over, the Gunners at the moment are reliant on successful the Europa League to make the Champions League subsequent season.
And so they warmed up for his or her second-leg match with AC Milan –the place they maintain a 2-Zero benefit after successful on the San Siro- by seeing off the Hornets.
Targets from Shkodran Mustafi, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhytaryan noticed Wenger’s aspect to a snug win in entrance of a sparse Emirates Stadium.
Mustafi, 25, put the Gunners forward after six minutes, heading residence unopposed from Mesut Ozil’s free-kick to ease any fears inside the floor.
Ozil grew to become the quickest participant to achieve 50 Premier League assists, doing so in 141 video games and breaking Eric Cantona’s report by two video games.
The German, 29, ought to have doubled Arsenal’s lead quickly after, however having been put by by Mohamed Elneny and giving Orestis Karnezis the eyes, he may solely shoot straight on the keeper.
Watford had possibilities to stage the sport up however have been wasteful when alternatives got here their manner.
Roberto Pereyra fired over from solely six-yards out whereas Richarlison noticed an honest header turned away by Petr Cech simply earlier than half-time.
Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang made it two after the hour, latching onto Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s through-ball earlier than rounding the keeper and slotting into an empty web.
Troy Deeney –who claimed Arsenal lacked “cojones” earlier within the season- ought to have put the Hornets again into rivalry from the penalty spot after Ainsley Maitland-Niles introduced Pereyra down.
However he fired straight down the center to permit Cech to make a snug save.
And it was extremely the FIRST penalty he had saved in over 110 video games for Arsenal since shifting from Chelsea.
And Mkhitaryan grabbed his first league objective for Arsenal after 76 minutes, ending from the sting of the previous the hapless Karenezis after being teed up by Aubameyang.