Arsene Wenger says Arsenal’s second win and clean sheet in the space of four days will help them get out of the negative spiral that has so damaged their season in recent weeks.
Goals from Shkodran Mustafi and new boys Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan helped the Gunners to a 3-0 win on a day when Petr Cech kept a first clean sheet since December by saving Troy Deeney’s penalty; the first spot-kick he’s saved since moving to the Emirates in 2015.
After the game, Wenger said: “I thought we had a very good first half. I regret that we couldn’t take our chances and after that, in the second half, we suffered a bit because Watford put us under pressure. But we dealt well with the set-pieces.
“After that we stuck together and could take advantage of the weak moments they had defensively.
“In the end, it was a convincing win. Of course, it highlights what Petr Cech has done with 200 clean sheets in his career. That is remarkable. On top of that, he saved a penalty today, that having just seen it again, was a very generous one.”
He added: “I wanted absolutely to win this game and it was difficult, but overall, it gets us a little bit out of that negative spiral that we were in.”
“Yes,” was Wenger’s response when asked if his side, who’d suffered four consecutive defeats prior to Thursday’s win in the San Siro, had turned a corner.
“We need some more games. We had a nightmare week, so overall we still have some work to do. But we are on a good way.”