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Arsenal 4-0 Watford: Let the good times roll

Arsenal continued their run of impressive form with a comfortable win over Watford today at the Emirates.

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Arsenal kept their faint title hopes alive today with a comfortable 4-0 win against Watford at The Emirates. Arsene Wenger kept with his recent lineup of David Ospina in goal, a Mohamed Elneny/Francis Coquelin double pivot, and Alex Iwobi on the left wing. The only injury returnee was Petr Cech who was only fit enough to make the bench.

Arsenal opened the scoring in the fourth minute. Iwobi played a brilliant cross to Alexis Sanchez whose header was well saved from Heurelho Gomes. Luckily for Arsenal, the rebound fell right to the Chilean who was able to put in the ball into the back of the net.

Arsenal continued piling on the pressure with Iwobi and Danny Welbeck combining well down the left flank and Alexis and Hector doing the same down the right. The formula of either one of those pairings plus Mesut Özil equaled lots and lots of xGs. Watford were not anything to write home about, but at least the Gunners exerted some dominance over the proceedings.

A little past the halfway mark, Arsenal finally converted that pressure into a second goal. Coquelin played Alexis through down the right flank. The Chilean cut back to Iwobi who hammered home. It was a calm, confident finish from the youngster who has scored in two consecutive league matches.

It only took Arsenal three minutes after the break to put the match out of reach for the visitors. A Watford clearance fell straight to Hector Bellerin whose shot took a wicked deflection and popped over Gomes.

The rest of the match was elementary. Olivier Giroud replaced Welbeck, Theo Walcott replaced Iwobi, and Joel Campbell came on for Alexis to close out the match. The latter two substitutes combined well for Arsenal's fourth. Özil brilliantly found the Costa Rican in space down the left flank, but Joel still had plenty of work to do to get past his defender and cut back the ball back to Theo.

All in all, it was a fun and impressive performance from an Arsenal side that has lacked in that department this season.