Arsenal claim Europa League group H top spot despite Cologne loss

FC Cologne 1 Arsenal 0
Guirassy 62

Arsenal finished top of their Europa League group H despite going down by a goal to FC Cologne in Germany. Mathieu Debuchy was controversially ruled to have fouled Sehrou Guirassy, the France striker dusted himself down to beat David Ospina from the penalty spot for the only goal of the game. Arsene Wenger made eleven changes from the side which beat Spurs 2-0 in last Saturday’s North London derby. Danny Welbeck returned as did Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere. With Red Star Belgrade and Bate Borisov also playing out a draw, the Gunners finished in pole position to go into the last 32 of the Europa League with Wenger declaring ” job done.”

Mustafi and Alexis derby goals ensure North London is red

Arsenal 2 Tottenham Hotspur 0
Mustafi 36, Alexis 41

Arsenal struck two first half goals to sink their bitter North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and deservedly took all three points in their first game following the international break. Shkodran Mustafi rose to head in from Mesut Ozil’s free kick after 36 minutes with Alexis Sanchez doubling the Gunners’ lead rifling into the roof of Hugo Lloris’s net from Alexandre Lacazette’s square ball five minutes later. 2-0 that ‘awkward’scoreline and no one, not even the side commanding it was able to relax and especially given that the second half was still to come. What did transpire however was a robust Arsenal defence, coupled with an attacking flair which could have seen the Gunners further increase their lead though Alexis. Petr Cech was rarely troubled but when he was called into action, he produced a world class save to deny Eric Dier’s angled header to maintain a clean sheet.

Arsenal in Red Star stalemate, but they reach Europa League last 32

Arsenal 0 Red Star Belgrade 0

After three successive wins, Arsenal’s Europa League winning run stalled to a 0-0 against Red Star Belgrade at the Emirates stadium, however the Gunners’ unbeaten sequence did at least continue to sixteen games in all competitions. This match was high energy stuff from both sides, but the finishing and clinical quality that it craved was sadly lacking. Both sides had chances, Jack Wilshere was almost back to his imperious best and only a last minute clearance from Damien Le Tallec denied him getting the opener. At the other end, Matt Macey had to be alert when threatened, the Gunners’ keeper diverting the ball onto his woodwork from Vujadin Savid. Richmond Boakye spurned two gilt edged opportunities to give the visitors the lead. Arsenal introduced Eddie Nketiah for the last 20 minutes, but even the new Arsenal cult hero was unable to replicate his Carabao Cup heroics against Norwich City. With FC Koln beating Bate Borisov, the Gunners qualified for the last 32 of the Europa League with two games to spare. At the final whistle, Arsene Wenger accepted that the visitors made a strong start and also praised his side and insisted that he will continue to rotate in this competition.

Kolasinac powers Arsenal to win over Swansea in Wenger’s 800th game

Arsenal 2 Swansea City 1
Kolasinac 51, Ramsey 58, Clucas 22

After the midweek heroics came more of the humdrum, and a record win. Eddie Nketiah might be the player all Arsenal fans want to see right now, and amid speculation that he’d be on the substitutes bench, he was nowhere to be seen when Arsenal met Swansea City at the Emirates stadium. The same could actually be said of the Gunners’s defence, who were prised apart with the Swans first attack. Sam Clucas couldn’t believe his luck as he ran the back-tracking red shirts before finishing beyond Petr Cech. Chasing the game, the Gunners seemed lack lustre and bereft of ideas as the visitors sat deep to defend their lead. That all changed after the break, when Sead Kolasinac’s pile-driver stung the fingertips of Lukasz Fabianki for the Gunners to draw level with his first Premier League goal.

Arsenal salute new hero Nketiah after his double sinks Norwich

Arsenal 2 Norwich City 1 aet
1-1 after 90 mins
Nketia 85, 96, Murphy 34

Arsenal have a new hero in teenager Eddie Nketiah. With Norwich City a goal to the good in this fourth round of the Carabao Cup, Nketiah came on to replace Reiss Nelson and levelled with his first touch following his 85th minute introduction. City had earlier stunned the Emirates faithful when Josh Murphy dinked over debutant keeper Matt Macey to give the Championship side the lead. Having taken the lead, the visitors then spurned chances falling to Oliveira, Murphy and Mario Vrancic and the game finished at 1-1 after 90 minutes.

Five star Arsenal gun down Everton

Everton 2 Arsenal 5
Rooney 12, Niasse 90, Monreal 40, Ozil 53, Lacazette 74, Ramsey 90, Alexis 90

The question marks over their character had been voiced since the loss at Vicarage Road, but Arsenal responded in the best manner possible with the 5-2 thrashing of Everton at Goodison Park. Question marks still remain over the long term future of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil, but say what you like about that situation, the duo are crucial to the immediate future of Arsenal and proved as such here. Both scored and gave assists as Arsenal recovered from a going a goal behind to overpower the Toffees 5-2 who had Idrissa Gueye sent off for a second yellow card.

Giroud Stunner seals Arsenal win at Red Star Belgrade

Red Star Belgrade 0 Arsenal 1
Giroud 85

Olivier Giroud struck a stunner of a late goal to seal all three points at a very raucous Red Star Belgrade. With the clock running down, and five minutes remaining, Jack Wilshere caused havoc in the away area and laid the ball off to Theo Walcott. The England striker did well to direct his brave header towards Giroud who with his back to goal struck with the perfect overhead kick to break the deadlock. The Gunners now have maximum points from three Group H Europa League games and look favourites to finish top of the group. Arsene Wenger made nine changes to his starting line up, but it was the experienced trio of Wilshere, Walcott and Giroud who created the winning goal. Giroud was pleased to have scored and Wenger later revealed that he predicted as such earlier in the match. The Serbian side had Rodic sent off after 80 minutes for receiving his second yellow card.

Arsenal surrender lead and capitulate at Watford

Watford 2 Arsenal 1
Deeney 72, pen, Cleverley 90, Mertersacker 39

The win was well within sight after Per Mertersacker had risen to power in Arsenal’s opener at Watford. Gilt edged chances were then spurned by Alex Iwobi and substitute Mesut Ozil, and one wondered if these would come back to haunt the Gunners. Busy and always asking questions, the Hornets got lucky when Richarlison went past Hector Bellerin. Under no direct contact, the Brazilian went down and substitute Troy Deeney struck from the penalty spot. Petr Cech and his defence were now under intense pressure and when an injury time attack enabled the unmarked Tom Cleverly to fire in the winner, Arsenal’s misery was complete with another away day loss to add to those at Stoke and Liverpool.

Monreal and Iwobi on target as Arsenal gun down Brighton

Arsenal 2 Brighton 0
Monreal 16, Iwobi 56

Arsenal secured a comfortable 2-0 win over Brighton at the Emirates stadium courtesy of goals from Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi either side of the break. Brighton were content to defend in depth do large periods of the game, and the consistent forays from the front trio of Alexis Sanchez, Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey were frustrated in large parts by a line of at times six defenders. That said when they ventured forward, Brighton seemed capable of troubling the Gunners rearguard with Solly March cracking his long range effort onto the post in the first half. Lacazette had done likewise for the Gunners after just two minutes and that set up the mood of a game where Arsenal had come to win, while their visitors were content on not losing. Monreal and Iwobi ensured the Gunners went way on the international break in continued home winning form and a win which lifts Arsene Wenger’s men to fifth place and level on points with Chelsea.

Giroud joins 100 club as Wilshere shines against Borisov

Bate Borisov 2 Arsenal 4
Ivanic 28, Gordeichuck 67, Walcott 9, 22, Holding 25, Giroud 49 pen

Arsenal eased past Bate Boris with a 4-2 win and an performance which spoke volumes about the skill and adaptability of the Gunners squad than. Arsene Wenger made nine changes from the side which saw off West Bromwich Albion, with only Mohamed Elneny and Shkodran Mustafi featuring in Belarus. Theo Walcott got the goal scoring started with a shot which he eventually got over the line. Sent in on an earlier chance from Jack Wilshere’s incisive pass, Walcott had struck the upright.