Monday, 19 March, 2018

From 'hell to heaven' in a week - Wenger salutes Cech's penalty heroics

Arsene Wenger sends message to Troy Deeney ahead of Watford showdown Arsene Wenger will not allow Troy Deeney to distract him
Kristopher Love | 12 March, 2018, 21:49

Arsenal custodian Petr Cech, on Sunday, starred in the Gunners' 3-0 win over Watford, bringing up an unprecedented 200th Premier League clean-sheet in style as he saved a second-half penalty from Troy Deeney and his teammates showered him with praise on Twitter after his momentous feat.

"I am really frustrated because the rules are a bit - I don't know how to say in English but I am disappointed because I can't help my team", he said.

After the intermission, Arsenal doubled the score just when Watford was dominating, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made the most of Henrikh Mkhitaryan's nice through shot in the 59th minute.

Arsenal, which had lost eight of its previous 14 matches in all competitions, remains in sixth place and trails fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur by 10 points ahead of its rival's trip to Bournemouth later yesterday. The Germany midfielder became the fastest man to reach that milestone - in 141 games - when Mustafi headed his precise free kick back across goal in the 8th minute.

Mkhitaryan bagged his second goal in successive matches with a low strike that crept under Karnezis in the 77th minute.

Four of Mustafi's five Premier League goals have been assisted by Mesut Ozil (two from corners, two from free-kicks) - all four of the Ozil-assisted goals have been at the Emirates.

According to Sky Sports, the record was previously held by Manchester United legend Eric Cantona, who reached his 50th assist in 143 appearances, during the Red Devil's game against Leeds in 1997.

"Looks like you couldn't see today either @T_Deeney", wrote Bellerin, who missed the game through injury. "There is still some work to do, but overall we are in a good way". "We'll try to do our best in this end of the season and of course [hope fans] come to the stadium".

"The spirit kept us out of trouble".

"I selected my team to have the chance to win the game and also rest some players I did not want to get injured".

The 28-year-old has sat out three Europa League ties so far - both legs of the last 32 against Östersunds and the first-leg of the last 16 at Milan, which Arsenal won 2-0. They'll next play against Ramadan Sobhi's Stoke City in the league on April 1.