Arsene Wenger mocks Troy Deeney after penalty miss

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Arsenal were 2-0 winners against AC Milan in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 clash at the San Siro on Thursday night.

Just a minute later, Watford were awarded a penalty after an Ainsley Maitland-Niles error that could've got the guests back in the game.

But when Troy Deeney stepped up to take the spot kick, Cech made a fine save that saw him become the first goalkeeper in Premier League history to keep 200 clean sheets.

"We knew before the game that physically it might be a bit hard but we had a good spirit". But Wenger feels his side are now on an upward curve after a run of four consecutive defeats.

Shkodran Mustafi's early opener and a cool finish from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put them in control.

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.

Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey were not in the matchday squad at all, while David Ospina, Calum Chambers, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck were on the bench. But I wanted absolutely to win this game and it was hard, but overall, it gets us a little bit out of that negative spiral that we were in.

Sunday's win marked goalkeeper Petr Cech's 200th Premier League clean sheet.

Cech played a key role in both of the goals last weekend against Brighton but he responded brilliantly today, saving a second-half penalty from Troy Deeney. We have shown spirit and we are in a strong position now against Milan. "We dealt well with set pieces which is why they could not come back". The North Londoners looked nearly unrecognisable from their game against Brighton last week, but they'll have a long way to go before they're back in their fans' good books, and their inconsistency will no doubt be the cause of much frustration. In the first half, the game gave us the opportunity to be direct, fast and score goals, more than we did.

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