Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin believes that their win over Watford was down to their effective defensive organisation at the back, which allowed their frontmen to play freely. The Gunners played the same eleven that lost 3-1 to Barcelona at the Camp Nou and beat Everton 2-0 in a comprehensive display at Goodison Park in the week before the international break.
Alexis Sanchez, Alex Iwobi, Bellerin and Theo Walcott got on the scoresheet as the Gunners kept another clean sheet. However, the Gunners are currently eight points behind league leaders Leicester City, with only seven games left in the season.
The north London club suffered a massive drop in form since the turn of the year, taking only two points from games against Liverpool, Stoke City and Chelsea in January and followed that up with only a point against the likes of Manchester United, Swansea City and Tottenham. This has made their job extremely difficult, but Arsene Wenger has made a few changes to the squad which has helped turn around their fortunes.
Iwobi has been introduced in the left with Sanchez now moving to the right where he has been a more potent force. Mohamed Elneny, who came from Basel in January, is now partnering Francis Coquelin in the middle of the park and the Egyptian has helped some much needed technical stability to the squad in the absence of the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla. It was evident against Watford when the players behind the front four were first to the ball on every occasion and did not let the opposition take a shot on goal in the first half.
"Defending-wise we were on the front foot and we didn't even let them have many chances," Bellerin told Arsenal's official website.
"The defenders were always first to the ball and that was key. With the ball there was a lot of creativity and patience, which is really important and there was some very good football flowing.
"We have shown that we are a team who, when we have momentum, can be really strong and very dangerous, so it is important for us to build those wins in a row as that is going to lift us up," he added,