Category Archive: Match Reports

Torreira stunner earns Arsenal late win over Huddersfield

Arsenal 1 Huddersfield Town 0

Torreira 83

Lucas Torreira struck a late stunning overhead kick to finally break Huddersfield’s resistance at the Emirates on Saturday. With the visitors digging in deep and valiantly aiming to get something from this game, the Gunners cut shadows of frustration with a lack of luck also costing them. That all changed seven minutes from time when Matteo Guendouzi’s ball to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the right of the Huddersfield area was floated back over by the Gabon striker where Torreira swivelled his body to bicycle kick the ball into the net. Arsenal had earned that goal, but were made to work hard for the three points against a side who will once again be fighting for their Premier League lives.

Arsenal take lead twice but United fight back for a draw

Manchester United 2 Arsenal 2

Martial 30, Lingaard 69, Mustafi 26, Lacazette 68

Arsenal took the lead twice at Old Trafford, but on both occasions, a case not for the defence came to cost the Gunners the win. Buoyed by the 4-2 thrashing of Spurs last week end, Arsenal were comfortable for large portions of the game, at a venue which has been of rare rewards in seasons past.The draw means that Unai Emery’s side are now unbeaten in their last 20 games in all competitions. Shkodran Mustafi gave the visitors the lead heading downwards from Lucas Torreira’s corner to cause confusion to the usually dependable David De Gea. He palmed the ball high with goal line technology revealing that the ball crossed the line despite the efforts of Ander Herrera to clear. Within four minutes, United were level. Bernd Leno made a fine save to keep out Marco Rojo’s free kick. Following up from a marginally offside position, Herrera was the first to react, clipping the ball back for Anthony Martial to find the target.

Arsenal storm to 4-2 win over Spurs in feisty north London derby

Arsenal 4 Tottenham Hotspur 2

Aubameyang 10 pen, 56 Lacazette 75, Torreira 77, Dier 30, Kane 34, pen

Arsenal stormed past Tottenham Hotspur in a feisty north London derby which ended 4-2 to the Gunners at the Emirates stadium on Sunday. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring from the penalty spot when Jan Vertonghen handled from a corner. The Gunners had further chances to increase their lead when Iwobi and Aubameyang went close. Dominating but not taking your chances can come back to cost you, and that is what happened here. Out of nowhere, Eric Dier headed in at the near post from a free kick awarded when Heung-Min Son tumbled under pressure from Sokratis.

Arsenal secure top Europa League group E spot with 3-0 rout of Vorskla

Vorskla Poltava 0 Arsenal 3
Smith-Rowe 10, Ramsey 27, Willock 41

Arsenal secured top spot in Group E of the Europa League with a 3-0 win over Vorskla Poltava in Kiev. Emile Smith-Rowe struck after ten minutes with a well taken goal and in bitterly cold conditions, the Gunners fired two further strikes when Aaron Ramsey struck from the penalty spot after he was bundled over. Joe Willock then also netted before half time for a 3-0 first half scoreline from which the hosts were never going to recover from. Unai Emery made ten changes from the side which prevailed at Bournemouth last week end, with only Rob Holding retaining his place. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil were among a host of first team players to have remained in London, and given UEFA’s decision to switch the game to Kiev, 200 miles away from the original venue due to security concerns along the Russian border, that turned out to be an even better move, and especially with Sunday’s north London derby on the immediate horizon.

Arsenal get back to winning ways with 2-1 win at Bournemouth

Bournemouth 1 Arsenal 2
King 45+1, Lerma og 30, Aubameyang 67

Arsenal got back to winning ways and moved to within a point of the top four in the Premier League with a well earned 2-1 victory against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday. Jefferson Lerma’s spectacular deflection from Sead Kolasnic’s cross beat Asmir Begovic to give the Gunners the lead. Josh King levelled for the home side on the stroke of half time, but Arsenal grabbed their first Premier League win in four games when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s tenth goal of the season on 67 minutes proved to be the winner.

Mkhitaryan scores late leveller as Arsenal held by Wolves

Arsenal 1 Wolves 1
Mkhitaryan 86, Cavaleiro 13

Henrikh Mkhitaryan came off the bench to score a late leveller against Wolves at the Emirates stadium, the 1-1 draw ensured that Arsenal’s unbeaten run continued to now 16 matches in all competitions. The Gunners had gone a goal behind when Ivan Cavaleiro exchanged passes with Raul Jimenez to punish Granit Xhaka’s decision not to control the ball. Cavaleiro outpaced the back peddling Xhaka to strike first time past Bernd Leno after 13 minutes. The visitors were full of imagination and enthusiasm, and but for a string of fine saves from Leno, one from substitute Diogo Jota in particular kept the fighting Wolves at bay. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck the post after a neat move, while late on, the pace of Wolves substitute Adama Traore almost gave the visitors the winner.

Arsenal reach Europa League last 32 but suffer horrific Welbeck injury

Arsenal 0 Sporting Lisbon 0

Arsenal assured progression to the last 32 of the Europa League despite only managing a goalless draw at home to Sporting Lisbon. The result however was overshadowed with the 25thminute first half horrific injury to Danny Welbeck who landed awkwardly following an attempted header from a corner. The England man stayed down as Bruno Gaspar fell onto him as they fought for the ball. Welbeck’s right ankle appeared to buckle and after receiving oxygen on the pitch, had to be stretchered off. Unai Emery later described the injury as “very big,” Welbeck who has already fought back to fitness from two serious injuries will now have to do the same again.

Arsenal progressing under Emery as they recover to hold Liverpool

Arsenal 1 Liverpool 1
Lacazette 82, Milner 61

When Arsenal hosted Liverpool, it was widely accepted that we would get a true barometer reading of how far the Gunners were progressing under Unai Emery. Thirteen games unbeaten in all competitions going into the Saturday evening’s arrival of the Reds, Emery’s side it was said hadn’t really played any side of note.Arsenal’s winning run may have stalled with the 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace last week end but this post Arsene Wenger Arsenal demonstrated both steel and substance against a Liverpool side who are on track to mount their first genuine Premier League title assault in years.

Arsenal secure Carabao Cup quarter-final after seeing off Blackpool and now play Spurs

Arsenal 2 Blackpool 1
Lichsteiner 33, Smith-Rowe 50, O’Connor 66

Arsenal came through a bit of a Halloween fright night at the Emirates stadium on Wednesday night but ultimately progressed to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals where they were later drawn to host arch rival Tottenham Hotspur. Having taken the lead through Stephan Lichsteiner’s first goal for the club, the Gunners looked on coarse for safe passage to the next round. That much was given further credence when Emile Smith-Rowe scored after the break.

Arsenal draw at Palace as eleven game winning run comes to an end

Crystal Palace 2 Arsenal 2
Milivojevic 45+1 pen, 83 pen Xhaka 51, Aubameyang 56

Arsenal will have tougher battles than this one at Selhurst Park. A London derby with Crystal Palace stood in the way of the Gunners increasing their eleven game winning run, and that was on the cards until seven minutes from time. Having come from behind to a Luka Milivojevic penalty on the stroke of half time, the Gunners had fired themselves into the lead courtesy Granit Xhaka’s stunning free kick to level on 51 minutes and then five minutes later, Pierre-Emmerick Aubameyang with a poachers’s finish at the back post. Palace hadn’t scored at home in the Premier League prior to this match, but late on they would level via the same route. Wilfried Zaha won a controversial penalty, there was minimal contact with Xhaka, but a penalty was awarded and Milivojevic converted again from the spot.