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3 things that went right for Arsenal against Watford

Akshaj Sinha
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Arsenal v Watford - Premier League
Mustafi scored an early opener

Arsenal beat Watford 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium to end their losing run in the Premier League. They were high on confidence after beating AC Milan in the Europa League and got off to the ideal start when Shkodran Mustafi headed the ball in from a Mesut Ozil free kick in the eighth minute.

Watford looked equally good going forward as the first half surprisingly finished at just 1-0 with the opportunities that were being created by either team. It didn't take long for the Gunners to score in the second half as Pierre Emerick Aubameyang went around the keeper to double the lead from a Henrikh Mkhitaryan assist.

However, a penalty was conceded just after the goal when Roberto Pereyra was brought down. But, the resulting spot kick was saved by Petr Cech to deny Troy Deeney's weak effort.

Mkhitaryan also got on the scoresheet to grab his first goal for the North London club in a 3-0 win that moves the Gunners up to 48 points, five points clear off seventh-placed Burnley and as per Watford, they stay in 10th.

Here's what went right for Arsenal:

#3 Arsenal find their cojones

Arsenal v Watford - Premier League
Mustafi and his defensive partner did a good job against Deeney

"I'll have to watch what I say. It's (having) a bit of cojones, a bit of nuts."

"Whenever I play Arsenal, I'll go up and think, 'Let me whack the first one and see who wants it'. I came on today (Saturday) and jumped with (Per) Mertesacker. I didn't even have to jump, actually - I nodded it down. The crowd gets up - 'Yeah, we've got somebody who can win it' - and they all just backed off."

The above statement was Troy Deeney's comments when Watford beat Arsenal 2-1 earlier in the season. It caused a lot of outrage and attraction among the fans as well as the media.

However, Arsenal was up to the challenge that they were going to face against the Watford captain, especially the aerial battle not just with him but with the entire Hornets team. The Gunners back four won a total of 14 aerial duels, with Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding winning five each.

The defensive duo did a good job of shutting down down Deeney as he only had two shots in the entire game with a pass completion rate of just 55% and had only 31 touches.

Things got even worse when the 29-year-old striker failed to convert his penalty adding more salt to the wounds which were rubbed in his face by the vocal Arsenal fans in the Emirates stadium as their team won 3-0.

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