Two late goals were enough to give Arsenal a fifth consecutive Premier League win as they saw off a spirited Watford at the Emirates Stadium.
Second-best for parts of the contest, Unai Emery’s side survived a number of scares and an injury to goalkeeper Petr Cech before securing the points late on with a 2-0 victory.
An 81st-minute Craig Cathcart own goal saw the hosts hit the front before Mesut Ozil tucked home just two minutes later to secure the points.
Aaron Ramsey started for the Gunners despite news breaking earlier in the week that negotiations over a new deal had collapsed.
The Wales international now looks destined to leave either in January or at the end of the season, with Emery insisting the ongoing uncertainty will not affect Ramsey on the pitch, although he was largely anonymous before being replaced by Alex Iwobi after the break.