Wenger refuses to engage over Deeney's Arsenal slur

The Gunners return to Premier League duty on Saturday when they face a Watford side who beat them earlier on in the season, prompting Hornets striker Troy Deeney to claim the Arsenal players "lack cojones" after his side came back from 1-0 down to win at Vicarage Road.

Arsenal closed in on the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expressed his relief after his side's Europa League success at AC Milan on Thursday by describing it as an important win after a nightmare week.

"At the end of the day I have to stand up for what is important for the club", he said. "We could definitely have scored some goals, but we could also have [conceded] more". "We played against the best team in the country".

Wilshere is a fan favorite for his long Arsenal history, gritty way of playing and technical skills.

Arsene Wenger, who was under a heavy barrage of criticism, silenced his critics with a clinical performance. That said, there is still a game to play and for that, we are here to preview the match with team news and how to watch.

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Arsenal lost 3-0 to Manchester City in the League Cup final at Wembley following an underwhelming performance last month. "When you are a young manager you think you can win every game but it's not like that".

They have suffered defeat in their last three league games; they have not lost four straight Premier League fixtures since March 1995, under Stewart Houston. I don't know what has happened in the past but I am sure our players will do their best as they do in all the matches. Our games are not as bad as everybody has said, but we have to live with that.

Arsenal will be desperate to pick up three points if they harbour any hope of catching the top four and qualifying for the Champions League ahead of next season.

Club-record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is nearly certain to start as he is cup-tied in Europe but Wenger could be tempted to bring in the likes of Mohamed Elneny and Rob Holding to give some key players a breather. Which also means that a win against Gattuso's wounded men, presumably out for revenge, will propel Arsenal out of the Round of 16 - a graveyard for the club - for only the second time this decade.

The 59-year-old has, according to reports, already turned down one London Premier League club with Chelsea apparently keen to lure him to Stamford Bridge.