Category Archive: Match Reports

Arsenal squander two goal lead to then cling on at Watford

Watford 2 Arsenal 2
Cleverley 53, Pereyra, pen, 81 Aubameyang 21, 32

Arsenal squandered a two goal lead at Vicarage Road to allow Watford to claim a point when it could have been more. The Gunners were clinging on at the end as the inspired Hornets who having gone down 2-0 in the first half, came with wave after wave of attack against a seemingly startled visitors. It could and should have been much for the Unai Emery’s men who saw Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pounce twice just past the half hour mark. More Arsenal goals seemed inevitable, but newly arrived Watford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores sent his men out for the second half with a message to win the second period. However, Arsenal had a massive hand in allowing their hosts back in the game. Emery’s reliance of his players playing out from the back would cost the Gunners dear. It almost happened in the first half when with his back to the onrushing attackers, Matteo Guendouzi was mobbed, but the ball was recovered. No such luck when Sokratis tried to find the young France midfielder from his own area, only for Tom Cleverley to slot past Bern Leno. David Luiz then conceded a penalty as Roberto Pereyra raced through, and made no mistake from the spot. Arsenal were out on their legs, and out of ideas. Abdoulaye Doucoure saw his burst and late effort denied by Leno, while at the other end, Ben Foster was a virtual spectator. Emery has to accept that he doesn’t have the manpower capable of playing out from the back, anything other the that and the Spain coach could find it a very difficult season in N5.

Arsenal recover from two down to salvage a point in North London derby

Arsenal 2 Tottenham Hotspur 2
Lacazette 46, Aubameyang 73, Eriksen 10, Kane, pen 40

Arsenal fought back from a two goal deficit to grab a point at the Emirates stadium in the first North London derby of the season. Arsenal had seen summer signing Nicolas Pepe go close, but with their first attack, the visitors took the lead. Christian Eriksen was on hand to tap in after Bernd Leno spilt the ball from Erik Lamella’s shot and then Granit Xhaka’s moment of madness gave Spurs a penalty when the Swiss midfielder needlessly hacked down Son Heung-min for Harry Kane to slot home. On the stroke of half time, Alexandre Lacazette fired in at Hugo Lloris’s near post. The Gunners then lay total siege to the Spurs half after the break and got their reward when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang poked in from Matteo Gunedouzi’s through ball to level 2-2. Sokratis thought he had won it for the Gunners, but looked on as he was judged to be offside when beating Lloris.

Arsenal suffer loss at Liverpool

Liverpool 3 Arsenal 1
Matip 41, Salah 49, pen 58 Torreira 85

Liverpool handed Arsenal a reality check with with a 3-1 win at Anfield. The Gunners had started the Premier League season with two wins out of two, as had their hosts, but the gulf in class of personnel between the two sides ensured that Mohamed Salah’s brace and Joel Matip’s headed opener just before the break would mean that the Reds maintained their 100 per cent winning record. Arsenal did get on the score-sheet late on in the second half when substitute Lucas Torreira beat Adrian from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s assist.

Ceballos shines as Arsenal beat Burnley

Arsenal 2 Burnley 1
Lacazette 13, Aubameyang 64, Barnes 43

Arsenal secured their second Premier League win in as many games with a classy but testing encounter against Burnley at the Emirates. Alexandre Lacazette swept Arsenal into the lead after he held off the attentions of two markers before nutmegging Nick Pope. Enjoying the lion’s share of possession Arsenal couldn’t add to their tally with Pope denying Matteo Guendouzi after a neat move involving debutant Dani Ceballos. The on loan Real Madrid midfielder enjoyed a memorable debut for the Gunners, and the question as to why Unai Emery readily dispensed with the services of Aaron Ramsey has found an answer in parts. The trick will be to keep him at Arsenal, while onlookers in the Spainish capital will have other ideas. For the season at least however he is a Gunner and the N5 faithful rose to acclaim a new hero following his industrious display and late second half substitution for Lucas Torreira. When Ashley Barnes levelled just before the break, the Gunners had a fight on their hands. Pope continued to frustrate the Arsenal front line, but could do nothing to keep out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s low shot after Ceballos won back possession high up the pitch. The Gabon striker’s second goal of the season proved to be the winner for a stylish Arsenal who also gave David Luiz and substitute Nicolas Pepe their home debuts.

Arsenal start the new Premier League season with a win at Newcastle

Newcastle United 0 Arsenal 1
Aubameyang 58

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck the only goal of the game to give Arsenal the win in a rain sodden affair at St. James’ Park. The Gunners achieved that recently rare feat of not only an away win, but a clean sheet, and that is something which will hearten Unai Emery who witnessed very little of that combination last season. Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ speed enabled him to cut off the supply line as Newcastle looked to break out. The Arsenal defender pushed off on the right wing to release Aubameyang, whose deft first time touch enabled him to control the ball before prodding it past the advancing Martin Dubravka after 58 minutes.

Chelsea thrash Arsenal in Europa League final

Chelsea 4 Arsenal 1
Giroud 49, Pedro 60, Hazard 65 pen, 72, Iwobi 69

Arsenal suffered a Europa League nightmare in Baku, as Chelsea inflicted a 4-1 thumping of their London rivals to claim a fifth European trophy.

Eden Hazard was instrumental in the Blues’ dominance, this after the score was goal-less at the break. That changed in the space of 16 second half minutes, as former Gunner Olivier Giroud’s swooping header beat the attentions of Laurent Koscielny and Petr Cech for the game’s opener after 49 minutes. Chelsea were two up when Pedro swept home from Hazard’s cross, and when Ainsley Maitland-Niles fouled Giroud in the box, Hazard beat Cech from the penalty spot and Chelsea were cruising at 3-0.

Aubameyang double inspires Arsenal’s win at Burnley

Burnley 1 Arsenal 3
Barnes 65 Aubameyang 52, 63, Nketiah 94

Hot on the heals of his hat-trick against Valencia, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbed a double and narrowly missed another treble in Arsenal’s win against Burnley at Turf Moor. Ben Mee’s poor control enabled Aubameyang to open the scoring on 52 minutes, racing away to slot past Tom Heaton for the game’s opener. The Gabon striker doubled his tally from a thumping volley. He should have had another hat-trick but struck wide twice after that. Aubameyang’s 22 goal Premier League tally saw him jointly win the Golden Boot along with Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. Burnley got back into the game when Ashley Barnes capitalised on some sloppy defending, but it was the Gunners who saw out their Premier League with just their seventh away win. It is that away form which Unai Emery will need to address next season. Arsenal’s final game of this season is the Europa League final in Baku and the all London derby against Chelsea. Unai Emery parsed his team’s performance, but accpeted that they fell just short of the mark.

Arsenal reach Europa League final with thrashing on Valencia

Valencia 2 Arsenal 4
Gameiro 11, 58 Aubameyang 17, 69, 88, Lacazette 50 (Agg 3-7)

A stunning treble from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang helped Arsenal reachthe Europa League final with a thrashing of Valencia to set up an all English team final against Chelsea who saw off Eintracht Frankfurt in the other semi-final. The Gunners recovered from a shaky start at the Mestalla when Kevin Gameiro had the home crowd buzzing with the early strike. The La Liga side went close to doubling their lead, which would have levelled the tie at that stage, but with their first real attack, Aubameyang levelled with a majestic shot from Alexandre Lacazette’s flick on. The France striker then gave Arsenal the lead with a placed effort. Gameiro tapped in for Valencia’s second, but Arsenal took control when Aubameyang raced in to find the goal after a fizzing cross from Ainsley Maitland-Niles. The Gabon striker rifled into the roof of Neto’s net for a 7-3 aggregate win, after a neat move on the right to set up Arsenal’s first European final since 2006. Unai Emery has won the Europa League three times and will now look to make history with a fourth with in Baku.

Arsenal stutter to draw with Brighton, top four finish hopes now all but over

Arsenal 1 Brighton 1
Aubameyang 9, pen, Murray 61, pen

Arsenal stuttered to a tame draw against Brighton in their last home Premier League game of the season, the result all but confirms that they will finish outside of the top for. An unlikely sequence of an Arsenal eight goal margin win at Burnley, coupled with a Spurs loss means that the Gunners will have to give it their all in the Europa League. They lead 3-1 from their first leg against Valencia and will hope to cement their place in the final where either Chelsea or Eintracht Frankfurt could stand in their way. Having taken the lead against a Brighton side who scraped away from the drop, when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his 20th Premier League goal of the season from the spot after Alireza Jahanbakhsh impeded Nacho Monreal, the Gunners should have gone ahead to claim the three points, but the visitors had other ideas.

Lacazette double and late Aubameyang third gives Arsenal Europa League advantage over Valencia

Arsenal 3 Valencia 1
Lacazette 18, 25 Aubameyang 90, Diakhaby 11

Alexandre Laczette struck a double with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang adding a late third Arsenal goal to give the Gunners the advantage in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final over Valencia at the Emirates. However the hosts got off to a shaky start, Ezequiel Garay striking high over the bar from three yards out, and when Mouctar Diakhaby rose unchallenged to head in from Rodrigo’s initial header back across the area to beat Peter Cech at the back post the La Liga side had a crucial away goal. Lacazette started the move from his own half to take Aubameyang’s return pass and strike into the open net with Neto stranded for the leveller. Valencia couldn’t handle Lacazette and the France striker put Arsenal in the lead with a powerful downward header from Granit Xhaka’s cross, which despite Neto clawing the ball out, goal line technology proved that his goal line had been crossed. The Gunners poured forward in search of a third. Neto twice denied Lacazette, but deep in injury time, Sean Kolasinac’s cross fell right for Aubameyang to hook in for a 3-1 scoreline to take to Spain next week.