Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Poor attendances at Arsenal home games a worry for Wenger

Poor attendances at Arsenal home games a worry for Wenger

ARSENE WENGER SALUTED Petr Cech's reaction to his poor display against Brighton and Hove Albion as the goalkeeper went from "hell to heaven" in a week by playing a vital role and reaching 200 Premier League clean sheets in Sunday's win over Watford.

British media reports said there were thousands of empty seats in Arsenal's 3-0 Premier League win over Watford on Sunday despite the club selling 59,131 tickets, just short of their total capacity of 59,867 seats.

The scoreline was flattering for Arsenal, which ended a three-game Premier League losing streak, but Watford only had itself to blame after spurning multiple chances, most notably captain Troy Deeney's tame penalty.

After Watford's 2-1 win over Arsenal at Vicarage Road in October, Deeney criticised the Gunners' players and their character.

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"He (Deeney) scored a penalty when we played the first game over there and he kind of surprised me that he shot the other side", said Cech, who had 10 seasons and 162 clean sheets with Chelsea.

"But our job is to perform and to stick together in hard moments, and to get the fans back on our side again".

The England Under-21 worldwide made just his sixth Premier League start of the season in place of Laurent Koscielny with Arsenal keeping a first top-flight clean sheet since December 16.

Unlike most Arsenal players, and despite not being one himself, Deeney actually took the time to confront supporters outside the Emirates straight after Watford's 3-0 loss.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has received a vote of confidence from club record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is sorry he can not play this week's Europa League clash with AC Milan. He left the club with 165 clean sheets in the Premier League, being only 4 away of the previous record established by David James over 18 seasons and 572 games in the Premier League.

"I believe his situation shows how football is".

The forward claimed that it's "not easy" having to wait for a long time between matches.

The home side made another change as the game headed for its final 15 minutes, Mustafi coming off to be replaced by Calum Chambers. "We dealt well with set pieces which is why they could not come back".

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