Category Archive: Match Reports

Lacazette late strike seals Arsenal’s away win at Olympiakos

Olympiakos 0 Arsenal 1
Lacazette 81

Alexandre Lacazette’s late strike sealed an impressive Arsenal win over Olympiakos in Athens to give the Gunners a first leg advantage in their Europa League last 32. Lacazette who had been going through a barren nine game drought until his Premier League goal in the 4-0 rout of Newcastle last week-end, netted his second goal in as many games. Shkodran Mustafi’s 60 yard pass out from the deep was smartly kept in by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang deep on the left wing. Bukayo Saka surged forward to receive Aubameyang’s pass and as he looked up, Saka’s cross went beyond the outstretched arms of Malheiro de Sa for Lacazette to tap in to the empty net.

Arsenal thrash Newcastle with lethal second half goal salvo

Arsenal 4 Newcastle United 0
Aubameyang 54, Pepe 57, Ozil 90, Lacazette 95

Arsenal thrashed Newcastle United with four unanswered second half goals to earn their second Premier League win since Mikel Arteta took over in December. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang started the goal fest on 54 minutes with Nicolas Pepe doubling the lead three minutes later. Newcastle who had threatened in a lively opening half hour when Joelinton, Allan Saint-Maximin and on loan Valentino Lazaro created chances, but couldn’t deliver the end product.

Gunners fail to fire in draw at Burnley

Arsenal 0 Burnley 0

Arsenal failed to fire in a 0-0 draw at Burnley despite welcoming back leading goal scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from a three game ban following his sending off at Crystal Palace. Like his team mates, Aubameyang had a lively start at Turf Moor, initially setting up Alexandre Lacazette for a header which the France striker headed wide of the target. Aubameyang was then put through by David Luiz’s searching ball but got his angles horribly wrong with a shot which was just as forgetful. The Gabon striker could and should have opened the scoring when this time he was put in by Granit Xhaka. Burnley’s goal keeper came off his line as Aubameyang went for a lob, but Pope’s huge reach enabled him to grab the rising ball before it was able to rise over his head.

Saka and Nketiah strikes guide Arsenal into FA Cup 5th round

Bournemouth 1 Arsenal 2
Surridge 94, Saka 5, Nketiah 26

Arsenal progressed to the FA Cup 5th round with a resounding 2-1 victory against Bournemouth at the Vitality stadium. Bukayo Saka opened the scoring after just five minutes, thumping in from Gabriel Martinelli’s assist. The Gunners were total control in a dominant first half, and when Eddie Nketiah netted his first FA Cup goal, it suggested that Mikel Arteta’s side would score a few more goals. Saka turned provider for Nketiah who had been recalled early from his Leeds United loan spell with worries surrounding a lack of first team action there. Mark Travers was certainly a busy keeper in the opening half. But the Cherries rallied late in the second half and substitute Sam Surridge slotted home when the Arsenal rearguard failed to deal with a cross. Earlier, Shkodran Mustafi had to be stretchered off after landing awkwardly on his ankle, but in truth, Arsenal had been in control for much of the match. They’ll face a trip to Fratton Park to face Portsmouth in the fifth round on the competition.

Luiz sees red, but Martinelli inspires Arsenal comeback to draw at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 2 Arsenal 2
Jorginho 28, Azpilicueta 84, Martinelli 63, Bellerin 87

David Luiz was sent off after 26 minutes on his return to Stamford Bridge, but Arsenal came back twice to level and earn a point against Chelsea. It may be another draw for the Gunners, but following a pulsating 2-2 encounter against Chelsea which saw Luiz receive a straight red card not even that scoreline seemed likely following the early exchanges in west London. Luiz clattered into Tammy Abraham as he tried to recover possession after Shkodran Mustafi’s poorly weighted back pass to Bernd Leno.

Martinelli’s strike cancelled out as Sheffield United earn a point at Emirates

Arsenal 1 Sheffield United 1
Martinelli 45, Fleck 83

Gabriel Martinelli scored Arsenal’s first half opener at the Emirates stadium, but Sheffield United’s never say die attitude saw them come back for a leveller seven minutes from time through John Fleck for a share of the spoils. The Blades have now taken four points off the Gunners and sit three places above them in the Premier League table, four points better off too. Mikel Arteta has urged his players to step up their fitness and they have come out flying in recent games against Chelsea and Manchester United. However Arteta has seen a return of just one Premier League win in the five matches since his first game in charge at Bournemouth on Boxing Day. The Gunners head coach expressed his disappointment on an afternoon where Arsenal should have upped their game.

Aubameyang sees red as ten man Arsenal are held at Palace

Crystal Palace 1 Arsenal 1
Ayew 54, Aubameyang 12

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was shown a straight red card on 67 minutes after an unfortunate lunge on Max Meyer. Following VAR intervention, the Gabon striker who was initially shown a yellow card for the clumsy offence, saw that changed to a red after the revue. Aubameyang had given the Gunners a first half lead having slotted past Vincente Guaita following an interchange from Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette. Arsenal had been untroubled in a first half which they dominated, but were unable to add to their tally. Crystal Palace had been content to sit back and soak up the pressure, and it was just before the break when they had their first effort on goal through Cheikhou Kouyate.

Reiss Nelson scores as Arsenal see off Leeds and progress to the FA Cup 4th round

Arsenal 1 Leeds United 0
Nelson 55

Reiss Nelson’s second half strike against Leeds United ensured Arsenal safely progressed to the FA Cup fourth round. The Gunners were made to fight to see off Leeds in their FA cup third round clash at the Emirates on Monday night. Nelson’s goal proved to be enough for the Gunners to claim the win which earns a trip to Bournemouth in the fourth round. Mikel Arteta had spoken of wanting to see his team suffer collectively and then find solutions. However, having dominated respective first halves at home Chelsea and Manchester United, the Arsenal head coach would not have been pleased to see Leeds dominate a first half in which they could have been at least two goals to the good going into the break.

Arsenal beat United in Arteta’s first win as head coach

Arsenal 2 Manchester United 0
Pepe 8, Sokratis 42

Arsenal achieved their first win under new head coach Mikel Arteta, a resounding 2-0 victory over Manchester United at the Emirates. First half goals from Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis ensured that the Gunners got the new year off and firing with three points. United had started brightly and looked to capitalise on the pace of Daniel James on the left wing. Sead Kolasinac was shown an early yellow card as he tried to keep up with the Wales winger. It was from Kolasinac’s cross after some good work from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang which gave Arsenal the lead. Nicolas Pepe composed himself before taking aim to fire past David De Gea after eight minutes.

Arsenal fall to late double blow to lose to Chelsea

Arsenal 1 Chelsea 2
Aubameyang 13, Jorginho 83, Abraham 87

Arsenal fell to a late double blow to lose 2-1 to Chelsea in Mikel Arteta’s first home game since he beecame head coach. However it needn’t have been that way. When Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the Gunners the perfect start heading home his 13th Premier League goal of the season, Arteta’s side created the perfect platform to build from. But defending deep and inviting Chelsea to put on second half pressure paid off when Jorginho tapped in following a goalkeeping howler from Bernd Leno. At 1-1 with seven minutes remaining, the Blues hit the Gunners on the break for Tammy Abraham to slot home from Willian’s pass. It was cruel on the Gunners who despite having long periods of possession, where unable to further trouble Kepa Arrizabalaga’s goal any further. Jorginho was fortunate to still be on the pitch following his second yellow card warranting foul of Alexandre Lacazette which went unpunished.