Arsenal left it late to secure a fifth Premier League win in a row as a Craig Cathcart own goal and a Mesut Ozil strike earned them a hard-fought 2-0 win over Watford at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners had been pushed hard by Watford throughout a first half when Lacazette had been their most consistent threat, chipping wide when one-on-one with Ben Foster and being denied a penalty after he stayed on his feet when he had been challenged by Christian Kabasele.
Petr Cech was withdrawn before half-time with a hamstring injury and his replacement Bernd Leno kept Arsenal in the game, saving superbly from Troy Deeney at close range.
Alex Iwobi who is enjoying some renaissance under Unai Emery was the game changer. The youngster replaced Aaron Ramsey in the 64th minute and made it count.
Arsenal still had to ride a wave of Watford pressure before the final 10 minutes, when Cathcart turned in Iwobi’s fine cross at the near post ahead of Lacazette.
The Nigerian combined again with the French striker who then linked up with Ozil to tee up the German playmaker moments later.