Maligned recruits fire to give Wenger 700th win

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.

After a wretched run left Wenger fighting to save his job, a 2-0 win at AC Milan in the Europa League on Thursday offered the Frenchman temporary respite from the torrent of abuse he has endured this season. "We took only 18 games to get nine clean sheets at the start of the season to reach the 199 and we had to wait 11 games, which is sometimes frustrating".

Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira has said the criticism being levelled at Arsene Wenger is "hard to accept", but conceded he would like to manage the club one day.

Despite the meagre numbers the biggest cheer heard in these parts for months erupted when Deeney had that second-half penalty saved by Petr Cech.

Petr Cech did just that on Sunday in Arsenal's victory over Watford as he set a Premier League record for keeping a clean sheet.

Arsenal's German defender Shkodran Mustafi opened the scoring in the eighth minute, heading home from a Mesut Ozil free kick for his third goal of the season and the home side's 1,000th of the Premier League era.

Stunningly, the 35-year-old denied the Watford striker and in turn made his first ever penalty save for Arsenal - which was also his first in the league since 2011.

"We talked after the recent poor results and we agreed that Arsenal deserve a better place in the league table", explained Elneny. The save helped the Czech stopper achieve his 200th clean sheet in the Premier League. "I believe it was important to continue after Milan to show that consistency".

However, Arsenal fans were all very happy with what he said.

I told you that the confidence comes back slowly, but it comes back with spirit.

Towards the end of the video, Mkhitaryan says to the fans: "You know we are always playing for the fans and it doesn't matter if they could have come today or not".

Vanessa Coleman