Arsene Wenger believes that Arsenal are still not at their very best despite making easy work of Watford at Vicarage Road for a 3-1 win. The Gunners scored three in the opening half and Wenger believes that they dropped physically in the second half, something that they would improve on as the season progresses.
Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil scored the goals for the Gunners in the first half, marking their first victory in the campaign, following an opening day loss to Liverpool and a draw against Champions Leicester City. Watford made a comeback in the second half by putting one across, but it was too little too late as the Gunners had already done the damage in the opening period.
Wenger believes that they will only get better after the international break when they return to optimum physical levels and will be able to bridge the five-point gap at the top of the league, with Chelsea and Manchester United having chalked up wins in their first three games.
"I believe we shot ourselves in the foot in the first game [against Liverpool] and were under huge pressure," Wenger said, as quoted by the Mirror. "We then had two difficult away games, but today I believe we had a good solid performance. We had a good cushion at half-time. At the moment we are not completely there physically and could see that in second half."
Meanwhile, the Gunners are all set to complete deals for Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez, with the Gunners boss confirming that both have had their medicals and an announcement is due pending some paperwork. The duo would take Arsenal's summer signings to five, having already completed the transfers of Granit Xhaka, Rob Holding and Takuma Asano.
"We have bought two players in Mustafi and Lucas Perez. They've both had medicals but we need to complete the paperwork," Wenger told Sky Sports.
"We have a good little break now and we can help them to join the squad. Lucas Perez is not in the Spanish national team so can join straight away but for Mustafi we have to wait until after the break because he goes with Germany."