Arsene Wenger anxious by Arsenal's stay-away fans; says frustration 'understandable'

Arsenal 3-0 Watford Bellerín fires back at Deeney as row continues
PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 3-0 Watford Bellerín hits back at Deeney as row continues Getty Images

13 March, 2018

Cech had been stuck on 199 clean sheets - already a record - since Arsenal's 1-0 win over Newcastle on December 16, a run of 11 games.

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. "Fantastic motivation, fantastic desire and remarkable intelligence", he said.

"We had a disappointing period and our supporters suffered like we suffered", said Wenger.

Around one-third of the seats were empty against Watford as thousands of season ticket holders vented their frustration by staying away.

Deeney's words evidently hit a nerve with Arsenal as, five months later, Bellerin got his revenge on the 29-year-old after the Gunners earned a 3-0 victory at Emirates Stadium.

The Germany global defender headed the home side into the lead in the eighth minute and took Arsenal into a half-time lead.

"It's been a while and I have to say it's never happened that I've had to wait 11 games for a clean sheet", the lanky goalkeeper told the club's website.

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Mustafi headed in Mesut Ozil's free-kick in the eighth minute after Pierre Emerick Aubameyang was fouled.

Watford almost hit back four minutes later but Petr Cech produced a good save to deny Abdoulaye Doucoure from just inside the box.

The Armenian playmaker played an inch-perfect pass to Aubameyang who raced clear of the Watford defence to double Arsenal's lead yesterday.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can't play for Arsenal in the Europa League, which has made his schedule sparse-and his move to Arsenal more hard than it might have been otherwise.

There was more cause for Wenger to wear a rare smile a few minutes later.

Watford's chance to reduce the deficit from the spot came two minutes later, when Ainsley Maitland-Niles clumsily left his body in the path of Pereyra to go tumbling over.

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

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