Five star Arsenal sparkle to sink Fulham at the Cottage

Fulham 1 Arsenal 5
Schurrle 44, Lacazette 29, 49, Ramsey 67, Aubameyang 79, 91

Arsenal produced a sparkling five star performance to sink Fulham 5-1 at Craven Cottage. A double each from Alexandre Lacazette and substitute from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who came on for Danny Welbeck just past the hour mark added to what is an early contender for goal of the season by Aaron Ramsey just 39 seconds after his introduction for Alex Iwobi. The move began when the former Wales captain flicked the ball over his marker to find Lacazette. He fed Hector Bellerin, and the Spain defender then flicked up for Ramsey to surge deep into the Fulham half and head onto Henrikh Mkhitaryan. His pass out to his left instinctively found Aubameyang, who spotted Ramsey and crossed to enable him to finish with the most exquisite of back heels beyond the reach of Marcus Bettinelli. The goal was a thing of beauty, the move reminiscent of Arsenal in their pomp. ” We’ve got our Arsenal back,” sang the travelling Gunners’ supporters, who were also paying homage to the stars of the past, with Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, David Rocastle and Patrick Vieira getting a mention. The latter’s famous VIEIRA chant has a new version with Lucas Torreira the beneficiary. “Torreira oh, oh, oh. He comes from Uruguay, he’s only five feet high” the chant echoed over Craven Cottage and will be heard for a while yet as the thought tackling Torreira continues his fine post World Cup form at Arsenal.

Sokratis, Smith-Rowe and Guendouzi first Arsenal strikes see off Qarabag

Qarabag FK 0 Arsenal 3
Sokratis 4, Smith-Rowe 53, Guendouzi 79

Arsenal triumphed for the eighth consecutive game in all competitions when Sokratis, Emile Smith-Rowe and Matteo Guendouzi first Arsenal strikes saw off Qarabag FK 3-0 in Baku. The much changed Gunners had to come through a tough Europa League examination in a hostile but lively stadium where the final of this year’s competition will also take place. Unai Emery made nine changes from the side which saw off Watford last weekend. Rob Holding, Sokratis and Nacho Monreal were at the back for a three man defence, with Stephan Lichsteiner and Sean Kolasinac providing the width. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan didnt travel for health and political reasons respectively. The latter’s Armenian nationality would not have been well received in the host nation which is still in territorial disputes with Armenia. Emery who has won the Europa League three times, named a strong substitutes bench where Hector Bellerin, Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil, Lucas Torreira, Shkodran Mustafi and Granit Xhaka awaited nvolvement.

Emery guides Arsenal to fifth consecutive Premier League win

Arsenal 2 Watford 0
Cathcart og 80, Ozil 83

There were a lot of unknowns for Arsenal going into the current Premier League campaign. What was known however was that after more than two decades at the helm, the club’s most successful manager Arsene Wenger was stepping aside for the relatively unknown Unai Emery. Further unknown was how Arsenal would play under the former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain head coach, and also how his new charges would react to his arrival.

Wenger was known as a win with style kind of manager. Not for him was a ground out result, no. If the Gunners were winning they would always seek to add to their tally even if that meant sacrificing the defensive discipline to maybe concede a leveller or worse. Of course there was the sheer brilliance of the Wenger way which gave us the Invincibles of 2003-04, and a trophy haul of three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups adding to his legacy.

Stylish Arsenal progress in Carabao Cup with Brentford win

Arsenal 3 Brentford 1
Welbeck 5, 37, Lacazette 90+3, Judge 58

Arsenal turned on the style in what ended up a comfortable Carabao Cup third round win over Brentford at the Emirates. A Danny Welbeck double and substitute Alexandre Lacazette’s late third ensured the margin of victory was comfortable. However when Brentford’s Alan Judge curled in from a free-kick just before the hour mark to make the then score 2-1, the visitors raised their game, asking many questions of the Gunners’ back line. Sergi Canos had a gilt edged opportunity to level almost immediately after Judge’s strike, but struck wide. The Gunners rallied and re-grouped, playing some stylish and combative football to run out winners and progress to the fourth round. Gunners’ head coach Unai Emery made nine changes from last Sunday’s Premier League win 2-0 over Everton. Bernd Leno started in goal and 18 year old Emile Smith Rowe also made his first Arsenal start.

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.

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.

Arsenal get their Europa League campaign off to a perfect start against FC Vorskla

Arsenal 4 FC Vorskla 2
Aubameyang 32, 56, Welbeck 48, Ozil 76, Chesnakov 77, Sharpar 90

Arsenal got their Europa League campaign off to a perfect start with a win against Ukrainian side FC Vorskla. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a classy double with Danny Welbeck and substitute Mesust Ozil adding to the four goal tally. Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has won the Europa League three times, and will be pleased with what he saw as the Gunners aim to go one better than reaching last season’s semi-final in this competition. Berndt Leno made his Arsenal debut, with Lucas Torreira making his first Arsenal start under Emery. Leno looked composed and comfortable to play out from the back and that will have heartened Emery who is keen to also adapt this philosophy in the Premier League. While Leno did concede two late Vorskla strikes, they were mere consolations as Arsenal were too far in the ascendency for that to have mattered at that stage

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.