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Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang left frustrated with Europa League exclusion at Arsenal

12 March 2018, 10:18 | Opal Carroll

Laurent Koscielny is rested for today’s game

Why Koscielny and Ramsey were left out of Arsenal's squad to face Watford

Shkodran Mustafi's header had put Arsenal ahead while Troy Deeney, who had accused Wenger's side of lacking "cajones" as Watford came from behind to win the reverse fixture in October, saw a second-half penalty saved by Petr Cech - who went on to keep his 200th Premier League clean sheet.

Cech kept 162 of his clean sheets for Chelsea, while 38 have come since his move to Arsenal, and manager Arsene Wenger hailed his goalkeeper's achievement.

The 28-year-old has sat out three Europa League ties so far - both legs of the last 32 against Östersunds and the first-leg of the last 16 at Milan, which Arsenal won 2-0.

But the Gunners took the lead only six minutes later when Mesut Ozil's free-kick from the left touchline was powerfully headed in by Mustafi.

In the wake of Watford's win over Arsenal in October's reverse fixture, Deeney suggested that the Gunners lacked a "bit of cojones, a bit of nuts", but it was the Hornets striker who had a hard afternoon this time around as he missed a second-half penalty in a comprehensive defeat.

With the momentum back in their favour, Aubameyang doubled Arsenal's lead in the 59th minute.

Arsenal controlled possession until the end of the game to secure a 3-0 win that leaves them sixth, 12 points behind fourth-placed Liverpool.

Aubameyang played for Dortmund in this season's Champions League but they finished third in their group to drop into the knockout phase of the Europa League, where Arsenal are competing.

Jack Wilshere and Calum Chambers are on the substitutes bench following their midweek exertions while Aaron Ramsey and the aforementioned Koscielny are not in the squad altogether.

NC unemployment rate stuck again in January at 4.5 percent
In the fourth quarter of 2017, the official unemployment rate in Albania, for the population aged 15 years and over is 13.4 %. The state lost jobs in the government and financial activities sectors and saw little change in manufacturing.

After Petr Cech saved a Deeney penalty on the goalkeeper's way to a 200th Premier League clean sheet, Bellerin was quick to aim a barb at Deeney over social media.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles: The Gunners graduate played at right-back for the first time this campaign, and he managed to frustrate Richarlison throughout the game.

Alex Iwobi: Impressed with his hold-up play during the game, but was disappointing with his crossing once more.

"It's quite fortunate that it's against Deeney", Wenger said, adding that his players had been keen to send a message to the striker.

However, Ozil wouldn't be denied his 50th Premier League assist for long.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan now has the same record this season in nine appearances for Arsenal in all competitions as he did in 22 games for Manchester United (two goals, five assists).

"The spirit and desire was good". We focus on performances and when the pressure is on like this you have to show that strong organisation and unite, not divide.

"You are 4-0 up and conceded late goals".

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