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

Patrick Vieira responds to calls for him to take over from Arsene Wenger

But the day belonged to the 35-year-old this time around when Watford visited Emirates Stadium, as he saved a penalty from Troy Deeney - who has previously been open in his criticism of the Gunners - and ultimately secured a shutout in Arsenal's 3-0 victory.

Arsenal are sixth in the league with 48 points and face an uphill task to qualify for next season's Champions League by finishing in the top four.

Aubameyang has, however, responded with two efforts in as many Premier League outings of late and is pleased to be playing his part in relieving some of the pressure on Arsene Wenger's shoulders.

"We're always playing for those who come and support us, (those) who are really coming and supporting us are real fans. The first 18 games with nine clean sheets got me to 199 but then the last 11 games was sometimes frustrating but the most important thing is to win and so it was defeats that was more frustrating".

"I am really happy for the boss because I am here because of him". "I didn't play a lot in January so it was hard to find the rhythm", he said.

Those Arsenal fans who had turned up were nearly celebrating after only two minutes when Aubameyang was clean through, but he was denied by a fine save by Orestis Karnezis.

"You don't last so long in the game if you're not intelligent".

"He had to wait a while to save a penalty first of all", said Wenger after Cech's first spot-kick save since 2011. "We feel the confidence is back".

The Czech goalkeeper admitted it has been a tough recent period for Arsenal, adding: "When you are in the hard moment and you have a run of results which go against you, you need to look at yourself and find the way out".

"I selected my team to have the chance to win the game and also rest some players I did not want to get injured".

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