The Gunners still have five games to play and are firmly in place at fourth position.
In the Monday night kick-off against Watford, Arsenal went home with all three points courtesy to an early goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as they keep their place in the top four of the Premier League. Shortly after the goal, Watford captain, Troy Deeney was sent off forcing the Hornets to play at least 79-minutes with a man less.
But it was an impressive performance from the FA Cup finalists as they kept the Gunners in check despite putting in efforts for an extra man on the field. Arsenal’s boss, Unai Emery, felt that they could have produced a better performance than this.
“We were competitive but in the circumstances, we can control the match better. We didn’t make it easy to score the second goal. We did not control the ball in the attacking third. When it is 1-0 they have chances, their moments. Mostly they attack with set-pieces. This three points is very important in the table,” Emery told the BBC.
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Whether they failed to score yet they kept a clean sheet and Unai did put that on focus.
He also quipped, “A clean sheet is very important,” he said. “It is going to give us a lot of information, this match. Our analysis will give us confidence. For some players like Konstantinos Mavropanos, it is good, to play some minutes and give other players some rest for Thursday. It is a different competition, we have a two-goal advantage against Napoli but it is going to be very difficult.”
Arsenal will travel to Naples to play against Napoli in the UEFA Europa Cup on Thursday. They have a two-goal advantage in aggregate as they will look to book their ticket for the Semi-final stage.