Wenger racks up 700th Arsenal win


Shkodran Mustafi scored Arsenal's 1000th home Premier League goal.

Wenger has come under increasing pressure over recent weeks following a run of four consecutive defeats in all competitions, although a 2-0 Europa League win over AC Milan on Thursday offered the French coach something of a reprieve.

Despite their impressive win at San Siro on Thursday, thousands of fans opted to stay away, making pockets of red seats visible all around Emirates Stadium.

That tally is six ahead of Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand, who racked up 189 shut-outs during his days at Old Trafford. "There is a lot of negativity", he said. "It is like rain in England, it is easy to get", he said.

"I worry because I want our fans to be behind the team and happy", Wenger admitted, "but after what happened in that week [I understand]".

"I respect everyone's opinion but I focus totally on my job".

Arsenal's poor run of Premier League form came to an end on Sunday as they followed up a win in midweek with a 3-0 victory over Watford.

The win leaves the Gunners sixth, 12 points behind fourth-placed Liverpool, who are in the final Champions League spot.

Following the match, Arsenal took to Twitter to relay that the team accomplished three premier league milestones, subsequently adding more feathers to the players' and teams' cap.

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Speaking after Sunday's game, the Arsenal boss provided fans with an encouraging update regarding the defensive pair.

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan each contributed a goal and an assist after Shkodran Mustafi's header had given the Gunners an early lead in a clinical attacking display at the Emirates Stadium in London.

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

Speaking to reporters after the match, Wenger said: "I felt we had a very good first half, there was a regret that we couldn't take our chances". We had a nightmare week.

"We have to work on that, we know that, and we have been trying to do that so, hopefully, we will be able to show signs of that togetherness soon".

Deeney had infuriated Arsenal by accusing them of a lack of "cojones" after Watford beat Wenger's men in October.

"He had to wait a while to save a penalty, and it's quite fortunate that it's against Deeney", Wenger smiled.

Deeney's penalty miss moments after Arsenal's second goal was greeted with inevitable ridicule from the stands.