Aubameyang sees red as ten man Arsenal are held at Palace

Crystal Palace 1 Arsenal 1
Ayew 54, Aubameyang 12

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was shown a straight red card on 67 minutes after an unfortunate lunge on Max Meyer. Following VAR intervention, the Gabon striker who was initially shown a yellow card for the clumsy offence, saw that changed to a red after the revue. Aubameyang had given the Gunners a first half lead having slotted past Vincente Guaita following an interchange from Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette. Arsenal had been untroubled in a first half which they dominated, but were unable to add to their tally. Crystal Palace had been content to sit back and soak up the pressure, and it was just before the break when they had their first effort on goal through Cheikhou Kouyate.

Reiss Nelson scores as Arsenal see off Leeds and progress to the FA Cup 4th round

Arsenal 1 Leeds United 0
Nelson 55

Reiss Nelson’s second half strike against Leeds United ensured Arsenal safely progressed to the FA Cup fourth round. The Gunners were made to fight to see off Leeds in their FA cup third round clash at the Emirates on Monday night. Nelson’s goal proved to be enough for the Gunners to claim the win which earns a trip to Bournemouth in the fourth round. Mikel Arteta had spoken of wanting to see his team suffer collectively and then find solutions. However, having dominated respective first halves at home Chelsea and Manchester United, the Arsenal head coach would not have been pleased to see Leeds dominate a first half in which they could have been at least two goals to the good going into the break.

Arsenal beat United in Arteta’s first win as head coach

Arsenal 2 Manchester United 0
Pepe 8, Sokratis 42

Arsenal achieved their first win under new head coach Mikel Arteta, a resounding 2-0 victory over Manchester United at the Emirates. First half goals from Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis ensured that the Gunners got the new year off and firing with three points. United had started brightly and looked to capitalise on the pace of Daniel James on the left wing. Sead Kolasinac was shown an early yellow card as he tried to keep up with the Wales winger. It was from Kolasinac’s cross after some good work from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang which gave Arsenal the lead. Nicolas Pepe composed himself before taking aim to fire past David De Gea after eight minutes.

Arsenal fall to late double blow to lose to Chelsea

Arsenal 1 Chelsea 2
Aubameyang 13, Jorginho 83, Abraham 87

Arsenal fell to a late double blow to lose 2-1 to Chelsea in Mikel Arteta’s first home game since he beecame head coach. However it needn’t have been that way. When Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the Gunners the perfect start heading home his 13th Premier League goal of the season, Arteta’s side created the perfect platform to build from. But defending deep and inviting Chelsea to put on second half pressure paid off when Jorginho tapped in following a goalkeeping howler from Bernd Leno. At 1-1 with seven minutes remaining, the Blues hit the Gunners on the break for Tammy Abraham to slot home from Willian’s pass. It was cruel on the Gunners who despite having long periods of possession, where unable to further trouble Kepa Arrizabalaga’s goal any further. Jorginho was fortunate to still be on the pitch following his second yellow card warranting foul of Alexandre Lacazette which went unpunished.

Arsenal recover to battle for a draw at Bournemouth

Bournemouth 1 Arsenal 1
Gosling 35, Aubameyang 63

Arsenal came from behind to battle for a point in a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth. Having dominated the early sequence of possession and play, the Gunners were unable to capitalise on their early chances. Pierre-Emerick Aumabeyang was lively but unable to hit the target, with Bukayo Saka and Reiss Nelson also having half chances which should have delivered more. Alexandre Lacazette was put in with a neat ball over the Bournemouth back line, however coming under pressure, the France striker lost his footing at the vital time.

Arteta era greeted with battling goalless draw at Goodison Park

Everton 0 Arsenal 0

Arsenal’s new head coach Mikel Arteta watched on from the stands as his side gave a brave battling display in a 0-0 at Goodison Park. Appointed 24 hours earlier, Arteta who played 150 games for the Gunners since he arrived from Everton in 2011 for £10m, netting 16 times and lifting the FA Cup in 2014 and 2015 has spoken of instilling his philosophy in a side he witnessed as down following his former club Manchester City prevailing 3-0 at the Emirates stadium last week. Although Freddie Ljungberg remained in charge for this fixture, Arteta would have had a say in the team selection where Arsenal sent out a young side. Emile Smith-Rowe started behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while Bukayo Saka was entrusted as a left back with Gabriel Martinelli ahead of him. Calum Chambers and David Luiz partnered in central defence, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles at right back. Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira patrolled in front of their defence. No starting places for either Alexandre Lacazette or record signing Nicolas Pepe who were on the bench, while Mesut Ozil wasn’t available following an ankle knock.

Arsenal blitzed in first half City mauling

Arsenal 0 Manchester City 3
De Bruyne 2, 40, Sterling 15

Arsenal were blitzed by a ruthless Manchester City at the Emirates in a brutal first half footballing display from the Premier League champions. Kevin De Bruyne lashed home with less than two minutes on the clock from Gabriel Jesus’s cross after the Gunners offered no resistance as City tore down their left. Freddie Ljungberg looked on in frustration, but his side hadn’t heeded the power of City’s attacking prowess. The visitors once again tore down the same side, this time De Bruyne was the creator, and with only Raheem Sterling to aim for in the box, the Arsenal defence put out the welcome mat for Sterling to tap in City’s second. The Gunners had no firepower, no creativity and no defence. Five minutes before the break, De Bruyne was afforded too much time through the middle, and with just a flimsy attempt to hold him up by Matteo Guendouzi, the Belgian guided his low shot using the static Calum Chambers as a guide to curl his low effort beyond Bernd Leno’s dive.

Arsenal recover from two goal deficit to claim draw at Standard Liege

Standard Liege 2 Arsenal 2
Bastien 47, Amallah 69 Lacazette 78, Saka 81

Arsenal revered from a two goal deficit to claim a 2-2 draw at Standard Liege, a result which ensuredthe Gunners finished in top spot of their Europa League Group F and progression to the last 32. The first hour or so was as woeful and as worrisome as we have seen this season from Arsenal, but on a bog of a pitch in Belgium, these young Gunners found a way to restore parity from going two goals behind. The catalyst for Arsenal’s comeback was 18 year old Gabriel Martinelli. He came on for Sokratis on 69 minutes, by which time were already Arsenal 2-0 down after Sameul Bastien’s defleted shot edged past Emiliano Martinez. Roared on by a partisan hone crowd, Liege looked lively with M’Poku causing more than a few concerns when Arsenal attempted to play out from the back. Selim Amallah’s deflected shot then doubled his side’s lead, and at that point, interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg turned to Martinelli.

Arsenal recover from a goal down to give Ljungberg first win in West Ham derby

West Ham United 1 Arsenal 3
Ogbonna 38, Martinelli 60, Pepe 66, Aubameyang 69

Arsenal recovered from going a goal down through Angello Ogbonna’s deflected header to West Ham to then blitz the Hammers with three second half strikes in the space of nine minutes. Gabriel Martinelli side footed the leveller past David Martin after some good build up work from Sead Kolasinac. Six minutes after that, Nicolas Pepe demonstrated why he is such a talent, when he curled a superb effort past Martin from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s pass. Three minutes after taking the lead, Pepe then returned the favour by setting up Aubameyang for a powerful volley for Arsenal’s third. The onslaught seemed to knock the Hammers out of their stride, as the game took on a markedly different reflection from the first half. Arsenal were a shadow of themselves, and their play suggested a team low on confidence and morale. Having taken the lead West Ham created more but at half time, the score remained 1-0.

Woeful Arsenal humbled by Brighton in Ljungberg’s Emirates disaster show

Arsenal 1 Brighton 2
Lacazette 50, Webster 36, Maupay 80

Woeful Arsenal continued their winless plight with a 2-1 humbling by Brighton in Freddie Ljungberg’s first home Premier League game as caretaker head coach. There was little to suggest that the Gunners were up for the fight in an opening 45 minutes which saw the visitors take the lead through Adam Webster. More disastrous defending from a corner enabling the Seagulls to have two chances to score, Webster lashing hone as a static Arsenal defence watched on. Joe Willock had an ideal chance to level, but saw his header saved by Matt Ryan. In truth, the lack of confidence, lack of urgency, lack of interest from a side who on paper should have come out firing was laid bare in an embarrassment of an effort. Ljugberg’s half time words would have stung, as five minutes after the re-start, Arsenal were level. Mesut Ozil’s corner was met at the near post by Alexandre Lacazette to head home on his 100th Arsenal game.