Arsenal beat Everton for fourth Premier League win in a row

Arsenal 2 Everton 0
Lacazette 56, Aubameyang 59

Arsenal beat Everton 2-0 at the Emirates stadium on Sunday to record their fourth consecutive Premier League win. After a largely forgetful first half, goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang settled the result, however the Gunners were made to suffer a few Everton scares as Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and former Arsenal favourite Theo Walcott all tested Petr Cech. The Gunners’ keeper produced save after save in a man of the match performance. Time and time again, Arsenal’s defence looked distinctly wobbly and with Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin more wingers than defenders, the Toffees sensed rich pickings. But for Cech, they would have profited. Unai Emery however was left to savour a fourth Premier League on the bounce, and this one will have tasted all the sweeter for the Spaniard given that it was Arsenal’s first clean sheet since his summer arrival from Paris Saint-Germain.

Back to back Premier League wins as Gunners down Toon

Newcastle United 1 Arsenal 2
Clarke 90+1, Xhaka 49, Özil 58

Arsenal secured back to back Premier League away wins for the first time since May 2017 with a well earned victory against Newcastle United at St James’ Park. Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil scored in a lethal ten minute second half spell to ensure that the Gunners had their third Premier League win in a row. After their two opening game losses against Manchester City and the narrow 3-2 loss against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in August, the Gunners seem to have settled under Unai Emery, his system and his liking for playing from the back. Ok, so the last bit may still give Arsenal fans the jitters and rightly so, especially when given that Petr Cech is tasked with playing the ball out to his defenders rather that boot it out. Newcastle were fully aware of their opponents uncomfortable defensive stance playing out from the back, and the sight of Cech clearing away for a corner under pressure from an under hit back pass and later Shkodran Mustafi slipping high up means that Emery still has a job of work to do. However the winning mentality will help drive his message home. Moments away from their first clean sheet under Emery, Kieran Clark struck in time added on, but it was Arsenal who would take the three points. Whisper it quietly, and the penny seems to have dropped for Ozil. The German rarely speaks to the media, and rarer still is a post match interview in English. Almost back to his high level and a goal to boot, he may be realising that more input from him is continually required.

Lacazette gets winner as Gunners mix fire and fright at Cardiff

Cardiff 2 Arsenal 3
Camarasa 45+2, Ward 70, Mustafi 11, Aubameyang 62, Lacazette

Alexandre Lacazette walloped in the winner in a match of fire and fright at Cardiff. The result was a step in the right direction. Goals from Shkodran Mustafi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette ensued that Arsenal emerged from Cardiff with three points. However the home side who hadn’t scored in the Premier League until Sunday came back from a goal down, then at 2-1 to draw level before the Gunners superior fire power gave Unai Emery’s side back to back Premier League wins for the first time. Now for the scary part. Arsenal’s defence remains a basket case. Petr Cech has never been tasked with playing out from the back. Saves and grabbing his side clean sheets have been the hallmark of the giant Czech. Emery’s philosophy urges for playing out from the back, and for Cech that is becoming a concern.

Arsenal recover to sink Hammers for Emery’s first win

Arsenal 3 West Ham 1
Monreal 30, Diop(og) 70, Welbeck 92, Arnautovic 25

On the face of it, this was a very welcomed three points and Arsenal’s first Premier League win under Unai Emery. Goals from Nacho Monreal, an Issa Diop own goal and substitute Danny Welbeck sunk the Hammers who took the lead through Marco Arnautovic’s powerful drive from outside the box. Despite a defence of the very fragile kind, the Gunners managed to prevent conceding further goals, but in truth, Petr Cech played his part as did some indifferent finishing from the visitors. Not so from Arsenal in attack. Here the Gunners appear to have got it right, and Emery will have been heartened with the first goals at the Emirates. Hector Bellerin and Monreal were more wingers than defenders and that is something that will need to be tempered. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was once again unable to open his account for the season, however after two defeats, this win will give Arsenal a platform to build from.

Emery urges calm after loss at Chelsea

Chelsea 3 Arsenal 2
Pedro 9, Morata 20, Alonso 81, Mkhitaryan 37, Iwobi 41

Say what you like about Arsenal’s first two fixtures. Two losses to Manchester City and Chelsea have had elements of improvement, but pragmatic Arsenal fans will know that Unai Emery will be afforded time to get his philosophy across. Pressing high up in a 4-2-3-1 system at least created Arsenal’s first goals of the season through Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi in the space of four minutes. Both were to bring the Gunners back to parity to respective Chelsea goals from Pedro and Alvaro Morata. But for wasteful finishing from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan and Iwobi, by then, the Gunners should’ve very much been in front. Chelsea had chances too with Ross Barkley, Morata and substitute Giroud threatening. At 2-2, this London derby looked set for a gripping climax.

City ease past Arsenal as Emery era begins in defeat

Arsenal 0 Manchester City 2
Sterling 14, Bernado Siva 64

Arsenal began the Unai Emery era with a loss which will no doubt dent the Gunners’ confidence, but at least their new manager will be heartened with some aspect of his side’s game. When first up you face last season’s runaway Premier League winners who elected to keep Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne on the bench, and only succumb to a two goal reverse despite the visitors overwhelming dominance of the game, then at the very least, you have a platform to build up from. Two goals either side of the break from Raheem Sterling and Bernado Silva sunk the Gunners who rarely threatened Ederson’s goal. Only a Hector Bellerin first half pile driver worried the Brazilian, with the City stopper’s own loose pass out almost costing his side, until substitute Alexandre Lacazette could only sky his shot after some good play from Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Matteo Guendouzi enjoyed a mixed afternoon on his debut, the 19 year old has the talent to go far, but his game know how will need much improvement if he is to be the Gunners’ go to guy.

Young France star Matteo Guendouzi joins Arsenal

Matteo Guendouzi has joined Arsenal from Ligue 2 side Lorient, the same club from which Laurent Koscielny arrived from. The 19-year-old midfielder began his career at the Paris Saint-Germain academy before joining Lorient’s academy in 2014. With his distinctive hair style and known flair play, the teenager is sure to become an Arsenal favourite with his hard work and patience for game time.

Lucas Torreira joins Arsenal in £26m deal

Lucas Torreira has joined Arsenal in a reported £26m deal and becomes the fourth signing of Unai Emery’s tenure. Rumours linking the Uruguayan with a summer switch to Arsenal had been present up to and during the World Cup in Russia. Torreira however refused to be drawn on the matter, preferring to focus on his country’s World Cup campaign. Compact, robust and with a never say die attitude, Torreira will be a welcome midfield addition, in front of his back line as we saw so ably demonstrated in Uruguay’s World Cup campaign which included the elimination of Portugal. Safely on the ground in N5, the midfielder said “I feel very happy. I want to make the most of this opportunity life has given me. I am really looking forward to starting this new adventure.”

Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos joins Arsenal

Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has joined Arsenal for a fee reportedly around the £18m mark. The experienced 30-year-old arrives from Borussia Dortmund, where he won the German Cup in 2017. The defender also played at Werder Bremen, AC Milan, Genoa and AEK Athens. Papastathopoulos will wear the No 5 shirt at Arsenal and has been capped 79 times for Greece. He described his signing for the Gunners as a “beautiful moment,” and added “I’m very happy that I will be here for the next years. Arsenal is one of the three biggest teams in the Premier League and one very big club. It has a lot of fans and a very big history. I’m very happy that for the next years I will be here to help the team.

German keeper Bernd Leno signs for Arsenal

German goalkeeper Bernd Leno has joined Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen in a deal reported to be around the £20m mark. The 26 year old made 230 appearances in the Bundesliga, and in September 2011 became the youngest goalkeeper to feature in a Champions League match at the age of just 19 years and 193 days, when Leverkusen played a group-stage game against Chelsea. Arsenal Head Coach Unai Emery was delighted with his latest signing. “We are very pleased that Bernd Leno will be joining us. Bernd is a goalkeeper of high quality and experience. He has been a top performer and regular number one goalkeeper with Leverkusen in the Bundesliga for the past seven years. We are all excited that Bernd has chosen Arsenal Football Club and look forward to start working with him in pre-season.”