Arsenal 4 Watford 0
Alexis 4, Iwobi 38, Bellerin 48, Walcott 90

Arsenal continued their recent Premier League winning ways with what proved to be a thumping if somewhat straight forward 4-0 win over Watford at the Emirates stadium. Alexis Sanchez, the impressive Alex Iwobi, Hector Bellerin and substitute Theo Walcott were all on target for the Gunners whose second consecutive Premier League win moves them to within eight points off top spot, and crucially maintains a title lifeline. Having been eclipsed by the Hornets in their FA Cup encounter three weeks ago, this resounding win and the three points will do wonders for Arsenal’s end of season games run in when traditionally they have finished strongly.

It was perhaps the best antidote to face the same opponent after relinquishing the grasp on their FA Cup trophy against a Watford side who surprised many with progression to the FA Cup semi-final. Seemingly with their Premier League status guaranteed for another season, Watford haven’t had the best of recent Premier League results and that is what proved to be the case here.

A lively start by the Gunners and with just four minutes on the clock, Alexis Sanchez had put Arsenal in the lead. Iwobi is so confident and full of tricks when he has the ball at his feet and his cross for Alexis enabled the Chile striker to head powerfully. Heurelho Gomes got down to save, but pushed the ball back into the path of Alexis who coolly clipped in from close range. It may be just his third Premier League goal since last October, but could come to resurrect the return of the firepower for the Gunners’ number 17.

In bright north London sunshine, Arsenal seemed to have found a return to home form. Francis Coquelin fed Alexis on the right and his cross fell to Danny Welbeck, but the England man somehow managed to fluff his shot.

Iwobi worked an opening from the left and let fly with a beautifully curling effort which had Gomes stretching to save. Now it was Alexis to cross for Welbeck to shoot and this time the retreating Watford rear guard managed to deflect the ball for a corner.

There was first half controversy when Sebastian Prodl appeared to push Welbeck in the area but referee Anthony Taylor ruled against a penalty. Replays suggested he may have got that decision wrong.

The visitors were sitting deep and hardly got a look in as Arsenal kept the ball well. Francis
Coquelin won the ball to set up sequence which saw his final effort blocked.

A free kick to the Gunners and Alexis had Gomes in a panic but the Watford ‘keeper did well to push the ball away for a corner.

Alexis and Mohamed Elneny appear to have struck up a quick understanding since the latter’s arrival from FC Basel. The two exchanged a sequence of passes, from which Coquelin then fed Alexis. He crossed from the right and just perfectly for Iwobi to time his run and slot past Gomes to double the Arsenal lead. It was the 19-year olds’ second consecutive Premier League goal.

Comfortable and two up at the break. Arsenal would go further ahead three minutes after the re-start. Alexis and Bellerin caused havoc on the right hand side. Bellerin who spent three months on loan at Vicarage Road two season’s ago saw his cross weakly headed clear by Allan Nyom. Bellerin was alert to the loose ball and pounced with a shot which deflected off Ben Watson for a 3-0 scoreline after 48 minutes.

Almost straight from the re-start, Arsenal could have grabbed a fourth goal. Iwobi shifted the ball to strike onto the bar. Mesut Ozil struck wide for the follow up.

The Gunners continued their excellent build up play, tricks and Cruyff turns, Ozil saw his shot saved by Gomes

Another keep ball and passing sequence, and Alexis let fly with a shot which was too hot to handle for Gomes, with Welbeck out too wide to effect follow up. The game was all but over however Nacho Monreal had to be alert to head clear from a Craig Cathcart header.

Walcott came on for Iwobi and duly got his name on the score sheet. Ozil’s raking path was brilliant as was Joel Campbell’s control and movement to move past Nyom to cross for Walcott to tap home.

A fine victory from a fine performance. Arsenal know that they must produce similar if they are to finish where they feel they should finish.