Arsene Wenger hails Petr Cech after recording 200th Premier League clean sheet

The Watford captain had mocked the Gunners after their defeat at Vicarage Road in October - but Arsenal had the last laugh today.

The victory over Watford does however mean the Gunners have won two on the bounce, having ended a four-game losing run with the 2-0 win over Milan at the San Siro on Thursday.

Arsene Wenger has chosen not to start Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere as Arsenal go up against Watford in the Premier League.

"All these things come in, for how much I don't know, but of course it plays a part". Troy Deeney stepped up for Watford but Cech got a strong hand to his effort to keep it out.

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

Arsenal remained in firm control of their one-club race to finish in sixth place.

That made him the first goalkeeper to reach 200 clean sheets in England's top division and Wenger believes the Czech's situation over the last week provides a measure of Cech's "humility" and "intelligence".

Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny were rested ahead of this week's return leg against the Rossoneri but Shkodran Mustafi's eighth-minute opener had Arsenal swiftly on the front foot.

Arsenal lost on penalties and European success continues to elude Wenger - could this season's Europa League break their continental drought under the Frenchman?

"This win after a series of bad results is very important for us", Elneny told beIN SPORTS following the Watford game.

"The spirit kept us out of trouble". If you are going to make statements such as those, however fun, you really have to demonstrate the size of your own by sticking in a spot kick that could've got his side back in the game.

Cech had gone an incredible ten games without keeping a clean sheet between the sticks before today.

  • Angelo Rivera