Alex Iwobi’s impressive form continued at the Emirates as Arsenal coasted to a comfortable 4-0 home win over Odion Ighalo’s Watford in a Premier League tie on Saturday.
Goals from Alexis and the excellent Alex Iwobi put Arsenal in charge at half-time against the Hornets before Hector Bellerin extended the lead three minutes after the break. Theo Walcott’s final minutes effort secured the home side a comfortable 4-0 victory.
Having gone into that two-week interval on the back of such an impressive victory at Goodison Park, Wenger named an unchanged side for the visit of Watford. It meant that Gabriel retained his place at the heart of the defence alongside captain Laurent Koscielny, while Mohamed Elneny – fresh from being named the Vitality Player of the Month for March – continued in the centre of midfield.
Welbeck was once again entrusted to lead the line after his goal at Everton, while the other scorer, Iwobi, started on the left flank. The only change to the matchday squad saw Petr Cech return after his recovery from a calf injury, but he had to make do with a place on the bench.
Watford, meanwhile, arrived in north London in confident mood after knocking the Gunners out of the FA Cup on their turf less than a month earlier. Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo were so hard to handle that day and, having scored 77 per cent of the Hornets’ league goals this season, keeping them quiet was vital.
Alex Iwobi was the star of the show as Arsenal kept the pressure in the title race with a swaggering performance against Ighalo and his Watfor side. The Nigeria international was in electric form all afternoon, and took just four minutes to set up the opening goal as he picked out Alexis with a curling cross.
Iwobi then went close with a curling strike, before being involved in the move that saw Danny Welbeck fire just wide of the near post.
Having scored his first senior goal for the Gunners just before the international break, Iwobi doubled his tally just before the break when he finished off a slick move involving Francis Coquelin and Mesut Ozil.
Hector Bellerin added a third when his deflected strike beat Heurelho Gomes, before Iwobi cannoned a shot off the crossbar moments later.
It was a dazzling performance from the 19-year-old, but from front to back the Gunners were in ebullient form as they toyed with the Hornets to the pleasure of the home fans.
There was still time for Theo Walcott to slot home from close range after good work from fellow substitute, Joel Campbell. Arsène Wenger’s side may be outsiders for the title, but performances such as this should give them a quiet confidence that they can do it.