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.”

Stephan Lichtsteiner becomes first Emery signing

Stephan Lichtsteiner became the first signing of Unai Emery’s tenure, joining Arsenal from Juventus as a free agent. Lichtsteiner won the Serie A title in each of the seven seasons he was at Juve, and Arsenal fans would happy to see something similar happen now he is in N5. An experienced right-sided defender, Lichtsteiner made over 250 appearances for Juventus, and is the fourth-most capped player in Switzerland history with 99 appearances for his country. He has also been the Swiss captain since 2016.

Emery aims to return Arsenal to top tier status

Unai Emery has wasted no time in declaring his ambitions for Arsenal. The new Arsenal Head Coach wasn’t to see Arsenal return to Champions League football, to, challenge there while also re-asserting the Gunners as genuine Premier League title contenders. Speaking at his first Arsenal press conference, the slick Emery cast an aura of confidence and freshness injetected into the club following the culmination of the 22 year Arsene Wenger reign.

Unai Emery takes over from Wenger

Arsenal confirmed the arrival of Unai Emery to take over from Arsene Wenger. In a move which stunned many, the Gunners announced that Emery will be Arsenal’s Head Coach for the 2018-19 season, signing him on a two year deal. Mikel Arteta had been strongly tipped to take over from his former Arsenal boss who steps down after 22 years in charge at N5. Emery began managerial career with Lorca Deportiva, going on to win trophies with Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain. Former Gunner greats Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira were also in the frame, however having impressed the board with his meticulous preparation and knowledge of players he will now work with, Arsenal went for the established credentials of Emery who will be tasked with guiding the Gunners back to Champions League football and also to challenge for the Premier League title.

Wenger ends 22 years at Arsenal with a win

Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1
Aubameyang 38

Arsene Wenger saw the end of his 22 year reign as Arsenal manager in the same manner in which he started it, a win in the north. Without an away point in 2018, the Gunners had Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to thank with his tenth goal in 13 games since his January arrival from Borussia Dortmund. With Huddersfield already assured of their Premier League safety, the carnival atmosphere in the Yorkshire sunshine aided the ideal departure point for Wenger who even had two separate aircraft banners in praise of his time in North London. Alexandre Lacazette and Danny Welbeck had chances to increase Arsenal’s lead, with Mooy hitting the bar late on, but Arsenal and Wenger ended the game with the win.

Arsenal suffer more away day misery at Leicester

Leicester City 3 Arsenal 1
Ihenacho 14, Vardy 76 pen Mahrez 90 Aubameyang 56 (Mavropanos (R)15)

So the wait for Arsenal’s first away point on 2018 goes on. It should have arrived here, but having gone a goal down to Kelechi lhenacho’s strike, the Gunners quest appeared to be doomed, and even more so when Konstantinos Mavropanos was red carded for hauling down Leicester City striker. A second half leveller fro Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Arsenal hope and actually there were signs that this could be a point or better on the road. Those hopes were snuffed out however when Henrikh Mkitaryan was adjudged to have brought down Demarai Gray in the area.