Category Archive: Match Reports

Rampant Arsenal thrash Hammers

Arsenal 4 West Ham United 1
Monreal 51, Ramsey 82 Lacazette 85, 89 Arnautovic 64

It was perhaps the best response following the dramatic announcement that Arsene Wenger would leave Arsenal after 22 years at the helm. The farewell will last three home games, the first of which got off to a great start with Sunday’s 4-1 thrashing of West Ham United. 0-0 at the break, goals from Nacho Monreal, Aaron Ramsey and a double from Alexandre Lacazette ensured the Gunners kept their good home form going, despite being pegged back at 1-1 when Marko Arnautovic levelled after Monreal had given Arsenal the lead. Playing their pass and move, Arsenal looked stylish n the sunshine, although their defensive frailties continue to worry.

Toon recover to inflict more Wenger away day woe

Newcastle United 2 Arsenal 1
Perez 29, Ritchie 68, Lacazette 14

End of term. You know that feeling. All academia has been largely surmounted, it’s just the results that matter but you still have to turn up for lessons. Arsenal were certainly given another Premier League away day lesson, despite having taken the lead through Alexandre Lacazette. But when will they learn to keep what they hold and then build on it ? Making sure of their top flight status for another season, kudos to Rafa Benitez who despite having virtually nothing in the way of funds or support from Newcastle United’s owner, he does however have the players on side with the exception of maybe a certain striker. Ayoze Perez’s leveller lifted the mood on Tyneside and Matt Ritchie ensured that the home side had their first win over the Gunners in 13 years. Arsenal have their eye on Europa League success as the springboard to Champions League football next season, but first they must overcome Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals. At least they’ll have close to their strongest line up possible out there, unlike here where the players’ minds seemed elsewhere

Arsenal reach Europa League semi-finals where Atletico Madrid now wait

CSKA Moscow 2 Arsenal 2
Chalov 39, Nababkin 50 Welbeck 75, Ramsey 92 (3-6 agg)

Arsenal came thorough a tough examination of their Europa League credentials despite an initial scare in Russia. Having been down 1-0 at half time to CSKA in Moscow, they fell further behind, before eventually coming through to reach the last four with goals from Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey to level 2-2 on the night. Having had a 4-1 lead from the first leg at the Emirates, the Gunners should have been out of sight, however they conceded when Fedor Chalov and Kirill Nababkin strikes threatened another shock European comeback. At 2-2, Arsenal not only rallied but held off the Russian side with Mohamed Elneny having his best game for the Gunners. His two assists and combative midfield game provided the catalyst for his side’s turnaround. Arsenal were drawn to face Atletico Madrid in the Europe League semi-finals, with Marseille facing Salzburg in the other tie.

Both sides see red but Arsenal see off dogged Saints

Arsenal 3 Southampton 2
Aubameyang 28, Welbeck 38, 81 Long 17, Austin 73

Danny Welbeck scored a double to lead Arsenal to an eventful win over Southampton at the Emirates stadium. Shane Long had given the visitors the lead after Shkodran Mustafi failed to clear the ball and in nipped Long. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang levelled for the Gunners with Welbeck then giving Arsenal the lead after a solo run and shot. Minutes after his second half introduction, Charlie Austin tapped in to make it 2-2 and having missed a sitter moments earlier, Welbeck headed in from Iwobi’s cross to give Arsenal the lead they would hold on to. Both sides were reduced to ten men when Jack Stephens was red carded for raising his hands on Jack Wilshere. Matters were evened up a minute later following the fall out from the initial red card, Mohamed Elneny was shown a red card for what appeared to also be raised hands.

Arsenal make giant leap to Europa semi-final with CSKA demolition

Arsenal 4 CSKA Moscow 1
Ramsey 9, 28, Lacazette 23, pen 35 Golovin 15

Almost there. That will be the Arsenal thinking after they blitzed CSKA Moscow 4-1 in the first half at the Emirates stadium in their Europa League quarter final first leg. Two goals each from Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette underlined the Gunners superiority over the Russian side, although there was a minor scare when Alexsandr Golovin delivered a pinpoint free kick to then make it 1-1 after 15 minutes. Mesut Özil was in superb form, and his run earned the penalty after being bundled over by Georgi Schennikov. Lacazette despatched the penalty to restore Arsenal’s lead. Ramsey had earlier given the Gunners the lead, and his second was an exquisite finish from Özil’s pass to make it 3-1. Out on the sidelines, Özil was again the instigator, cutting back for Lacazette to fire in his second and Arsenal’s fourth of the night. There looked to be more goals in the game, and although Ramsey had chances to compete his hat trick, CSKA keeper Igor Akinfeev led a charmed life with either the finishing or the post preventing further damage to the Russian side.

Aubameyang double and Lacazette fire Gunners in win over Stoke

Arsenal 3 Stoke City 0
Aubameyang 75 pen, 86, Lacazette 89 pen

Arsenal overcame a resilient Stoke City in Sunday’s lunchtime kick off at the Emirates, prevailing 3-0 courtesy of a late second half onslaught. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang’s double, one from the penalty spot and substitute Alexandre Lacazette who also slotted home from the penalty spot when dumped over in the area by Badau N’Diaye eventually saw off a stubborn Stoke who put up an initial struggle in the fight for their Premier League lives. A largely unforgettable first half which saw both sides fail to get going almost had the deadlock broken when Aaron Ramsey clipped the bar following Jack Butland spilling the ball. Booed off at half time, the Gunners almost went a goal behind from Xherdan Shaquiri’s corner which flew over Ospina but hit the post.

Arsenal see off Milan to progress to Europa League quarter finals

Arsenal 3 AC Milan 1 (5-1 agg)
Welbeck 39 pen, 86, Xhaka 71, Calhanoglu 35

Arsenal cruised into the Europa League quarter finals with a 3-1 win over AC Milan at the Emirates stadium on Wednesday night. Leading 2-0 from the first leg in the San Siro, it was actually Milan who took the lead through Hakan Calhanoglu’s 30 yard stunner, and the Serie A side looked to be in the ascendancy. Arsenal had strung a few neat moves without really troubling Gianluigi Donnarumma, but going a goal behind sparked another level of onslaught. Danny Welbeck won a controversial penalty when Ricardo Rodriguez was adjudged to have caught the England man’s leg. Welbeck dusted himself down to calmly slot past Donnarumma for the leveller. Another howler from the giant Italian Milan keeper allowed Granit Xhaka’s speculative effort through for a 2-1 lead. Welbeck was then best placed to head home from Jack Wilshere’s cross after Aaron Ramsey’s initial header was pushed out. 3-1 on the night, 5-1 on aggregate and for once the Gunners progressed beyond the last 16 in Europe.

Arsenal show big Cajones to sink Watford

Arsenal 3 Watford 0
Mustafi 8, Aubameyang 59, Mkhitaryan 77

The rebuilding process continues. Three unanswered goals with Shkodran Mustafi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan on target, as well as Petr Cech finally claiming a record 200 Premier League clean sheets. For now all seems right in the Arsenal camp. Watford had beaten the Gunners last October, and afterwards, their captain Troy Deeney questioned Arsenal’s “cajones.” With the score at 3-0, the Emirates faithful asked him what the score was, the Hornet’s striker’s afternoon had become all the more miserable when Cech saved his second half penalty with the score then at 2-0. The Gunners rallied and should have won by a greater margin, but following their 2-0 Europa League win over AC Milan in the San Siro, this represented the perfect build up to Thursday’s return clash at the Emirates against the Rosseneri.

AC Milan shattered by Arsenal in San Siro stunner

AC Milan 0 Arsenal 2
Mkhitaryan 15, Ramsey 45+4

Not many would have predicted the outcome of Arsenal’s Europa League last 16 first leg clash at the San Siro. Coming into the tie, four consecutive defeats on the bounce, poor form and rumours of dressing room splits had not contributed to the best preparation at the home of one of the European football’s giants. However from somewhere, the Gunners began to fire and fired themselves into a two goal first half lead. Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored his first Arsenal goal, initially winning back possession before smartly finishing off from Mesut Özil’s pass, and with a deflection off Milan skipper Leonardo Bonucci. In first half stoppage time, the German was at it again, this time finding Aaron Ramsey following some pacy play out from Danny Welbeck.

Thierry Henry in frame as tame Gunners surrender on South coast

Brighton 2 Arsenal 1
Dunk 7, Murray 26, Aubameyang 53

The count of consecutive losses now numbers four games and judging from another abject performance, there appears little in the way of Arsenal being capable of arresting that appalling form. Lewis Dunk has an unfortunate knack of scoring own goals, but he chose Brighton’s game against the Gunners to finish off at the right end after Petr Cech failed to deal with a corner. Glenn Murray scored in his side’s second after Lauren Koscielny gave away possession, heading past Cech who was at error again. Under the cosh for most of the half, Arsenal grabbed a lifeline on the south coast, when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang slotted in from Granit Xhaka’s pass. Before the break, Arsenal could have been level, but Koscielny saw his header hit the post. The Gunners search for a leveller would prove to be ill founded, despite Mesut Özil seeing his shot well saved at the near post. Further pressure now mounts on the shoulders of Arsene Wenger, who not only seems to be unable to get an effective game plan going, but crucially, appears to have hit a brick wall with his players.