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Arsene Wenger Admits Concern Over Empty Seats Following Arsenal's Watford Win

Arsene Wenger Admits Concern Over Empty Seats Following Arsenal's Watford Win

But goals from Shkodran Mustafi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were enough to secure a fairly comfortable 3-0 win over Watford, who had a second-half Troy Deeney penalty saved by Petr Cech.

Arsenal moved to within 10 points of the top four, although the Europa League now appears its most likely route to next season's Champions League.

Having already turned out for them in the Champions League this season, Aubameyang can not represent two sides in the same UEFA event across any given campaign.

While Deeney's Watford travel to Liverpool next weekend, Arsenal's attention now turns to Thursday's important Europa League Round of 16 second leg against Milan.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles conceded a penalty with a foul on Pereyra, but when Deeney stepped up to take the spot-kick, Cech made a fine save.

"I always believe in the work I'm doing every day and I knew one day it was going to turn".

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Those who did turn up were treated to an early goal, with Mustafi heading home from a Mesut Ozil free-kick - Arsenal's 1000th home goal in the Premier League.

Deeney had questioned Arsenal's spirit after Watford beat them in October and Wenger said a desire to prove the striker wrong had motivated their performance.

And on his 141st appearance for Arsenal, Ozil, who is well-known for his creative abilities, subsequently became the fastest player in Premier League history to reach 50 assists. "It was not as easy as the score says because we scored those goals in the right moments".

The Gunners lost 4-2 to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round before a 3-0 defeat by Manchester City in the League Cup final. I didn't play a lot in January so it was hard to find a rhythm.

"But it was a big week and a big step forward to finish the season on a high, try to win the remaining games and see how far we can get".

Arsenal's next game is on Thursday against AC Milan in the second leg of their last-16 tie in the Europa League at the Emirates, with the score now 2-0 to the Gunners. The Gunners do not play in the league again until Sunday, 1 April when they entertain Stoke.


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