Arsenal fans name Mkhitaryan Man of the Match

Winning the Europa League guarantees qualification for next season's Champions League and, with Arsenal's hopes of achieving that goal via a top-four finish looking bleak, it was no surprise Wenger prioritised the continental competition.

However the 28-year-old can not take part in his side's Europa League campaign as he is ineligible, in spite of not playing in the tournament so far this season.

He has therefore been forced to sit out of both legs against Swedish side Ostersund as well as the trip to face boyhood club AC Milan last week, a game the Gunners won 2-0. He is frustrated by the UEFA eligibility rules, he said, and "disappointed because I can't help my team".

"That's life. I have to deal with it".

"Then we can discuss how the team plays or something else, but I find that the criticisms that fall on Arsene on a personal level are hard to accept". I remember very well every time he refused the biggest clubs to stay at Arsenal. "It is not easy".

Cech, who joined Arsenal from London rivals Chelsea, had to wait eleven games to reach the landmark and saved his first ever penalty since joining the Arsene Wenger's side.

Aubameyang celebrating after his goal against Watford on Sunday.

Nigeria forward Alex Iwobi made his 15th English Premier League start of the season for Arsenal who avoided a fourth straight defeat by beating Watford 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Former West Ham striker and manager Trevor Brooking cut a lonely figure as he sat in the directors' box alone for the final stages of the match that saw West Ham slip to 16th in the EPL, just three points above the relegation zone. We needed it. I think the fans were happy, which is really important.

"Now I am feeling better".

'I can not say anything more because there is nothing to say about it and I do not want to offend Arsene, whom I adore and for whom I have a lot of respect.

'Let's say that someday it might interest me.

"At 2-0 they had a penalty and if they had come back to 2-1 it is a fact that we have a bit of fatigue and we could have been in trouble but we took advantage of that miss".

  • Rosalie Stanley