Wenger praises Arsenal for getting out of 'negative spiral' after Watford scalp

Arsenal will be without Pierre Emerick Aubameyang

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PETR Cech gave Arsenal fans the best Mother's Day day present they could imagine after saving a penalty from Troy "no cajones" Deeney to notch up a new Premier League milestone, as the Gunners enjoyed a comfortable win against Watford.

After league defeats by Tottenham, Manchester City and Brighton, the win over Watford came to ease the pressure on under-fire coach Wenger.

But he still appeared in good spirits after the game when he stopped to take pictures with Arsenal fans.

Arsenal's final match before the two-week global break comes in the Europa League on Thursday night, as they welcome AC Milan to North London for the second leg of their last-16 tie.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the lead just short of the hour mark, running onto a pass from former Borussia Dortmund teammate Henrikh Mkhitaryan and rounding the goalkeeper to slot the ball home.

"I want our fans to be behind the team and be happy. said the Frenchman", whose side are sixth, 12 points adrift of fourth-placed Liverpool despite building upon their Europa League win against AC Milan on Thursday.

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And so ahead of the return game against Milan on Thursday night, Arsenal have a chance to restore a certain sanity going into the global break, perhaps even salvage something from their season.

They hold a 2-0 lead against Milan and will host the Serie A giants in the second leg on Thursday. For all of the recent turbulence of the club that many attribute to the stubbornness of Wenger, to win 700 games for one club is an astounding achievement that should be praised.

Watford pressed Arsenal back into their own area as the first half came to a close, but they were unable to equalise.

Cech was still needed to make four stops, including his first penalty save in 16 faced for the club.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fluffed two good chances in the first half and "playmaker" Henrik Mkhitaryan once again looked clumsy.

A lot of people would have been looking at Arsenal heading into this game. It also shows remarkable intelligence because without remarkable intelligence you don't last in the game, because you have to deal with so many different problems.

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