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Arsene Wenger anxious by Arsenal's stay-away fans; says frustration 'understandable'

Arsene Wenger anxious by Arsenal's stay-away fans; says frustration 'understandable'”

"There is a lot of negativity". It's like rain in England, it's easy to get.

"Of course I worry because I want our fans to be behind our team and be happy", Wenger told the London Evening Standard.

"I wanted to absolutely win this game, it was hard, but it gets us out of that negative spirit that we were in".

"I don't know how much negativity is out there".

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.With the second leg against Milan looming on Thursday, Wenger rested Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny and left Jack Wilshere on the bench. Changing a winning team:The old adage is "don't change a winning team" - Arsene Wenger decided to make six changes from the 2-0 victory at the San Siro.

Wenger is encouraged by the way his players have stayed united in a hard time.

"Overall it's a convincing win and an important one".

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"We took 18 games [of this season] to get to nine clean sheets, I got to 199 and then had to wait 11 games to get another clean sheet", said Cech.

Cech's penalty save was his first since joining Arsenal in 2015 and it helped him secure a landmark 200th Premier League clean sheet.

Deeney had questioned Arsenal's spirit after Watford beat them in October and Wenger said a desire to prove the striker wrong had motivated their performance.

The Hornets forward converted a penalty after he was controversially adjudged to have been fouled by Bellerin, Deeney saying on BT Sport: "He had his long hair in the way, he couldn't see what he's doing".

Watford boss Javi Gracia refused to blame the defeat on Deeney's jibes, which came before he was in charge.

Deeney's penalty miss was one of two fine chances Watford passed up to get back into the game.

"He (Deeney) scored a penalty when we played the first game over there and he kind of surprised me that he shot the other side", said Cech, who had 10 seasons and 162 clean sheets with Chelsea.



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