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Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville takes pop at Arsenal during Watford win

Arsenal FC players celebrate a goal during a match against Watford FC on 11 March 2018 Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville takes pop at Arsenal during Watford win
Kristopher Love | 12 March, 2018, 14:39

It was the first time the 35-year-old has kept out a spot-kick since joining Arsenal in 2015 and helped him secure a landmark 200th Premier League clean sheet.

With 13 minutes to go, Mkhitaryan sealed the victory- his first league goal for Arsenal- with a shot from inside the box following Aubameyang's pass.

The 3-0 win ended Arsenal's 11-match run without a clean sheet but left them still sixth in the table with 48 points, eight points off fifth-placed Chelsea and 10 off Tottenham Hotspur who occupy the last Champions League spot and are in action against Bournemouth later on Sunday.

After a wretched run left Wenger fighting to save his job, a 2-0 win at AC Milan in the Europa League on Thursday offered the Frenchman temporary respite from the torrent of abuse he has endured this season.

Cech was at fault for both goals as Arsenal lost 2-1 at the Amex Stadium in their last top-flight outing, responding on social media after the game by taking full responsibility for the defeat.

"I am disappointed because we could have done more and taken more from the game if we had taken our chances, but now we have to forget this game".

Wenger, who was the subject of intensifying scrutiny over his future following four consecutive losses - including the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City - and underwhelming performances, suggested the tanker of despair had begun to turn.

Watford should have been level as Cech pushed Richarlison's free-kick straight back into play only for Roberto Pereyra to blaze wildly over. Ozil became the fastest player to reach 50 assists in the premier league.

And Wenger made a point of mentioning the incident after the match saying: "I wanted to win this game".

Arsenal have been playing many games recently, as John Ibrahim keeps telling us, it was their 5th match in 19 days, but for a change we have won the last two despite the exhausted legs.

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". I am convinced that is a good basis for the team on the spirit front and overall I am very happy with the spirit of the players.

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

Arsenal, look like they are now going to be focusing on winning the Europa league, having been overtaken by two teams in the race to finish fourth in the premier league.

Watford face a tough trip to Liverpool in their next Premier League fixture.