Category Archive: Match Reports

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.

Arsenal recover to battle for a draw at Bournemouth

Bournemouth 1 Arsenal 1
Gosling 35, Aubameyang 63

Arsenal came from behind to battle for a point in a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth. Having dominated the early sequence of possession and play, the Gunners were unable to capitalise on their early chances. Pierre-Emerick Aumabeyang was lively but unable to hit the target, with Bukayo Saka and Reiss Nelson also having half chances which should have delivered more. Alexandre Lacazette was put in with a neat ball over the Bournemouth back line, however coming under pressure, the France striker lost his footing at the vital time.

Arteta era greeted with battling goalless draw at Goodison Park

Everton 0 Arsenal 0

Arsenal’s new head coach Mikel Arteta watched on from the stands as his side gave a brave battling display in a 0-0 at Goodison Park. Appointed 24 hours earlier, Arteta who played 150 games for the Gunners since he arrived from Everton in 2011 for £10m, netting 16 times and lifting the FA Cup in 2014 and 2015 has spoken of instilling his philosophy in a side he witnessed as down following his former club Manchester City prevailing 3-0 at the Emirates stadium last week. Although Freddie Ljungberg remained in charge for this fixture, Arteta would have had a say in the team selection where Arsenal sent out a young side. Emile Smith-Rowe started behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while Bukayo Saka was entrusted as a left back with Gabriel Martinelli ahead of him. Calum Chambers and David Luiz partnered in central defence, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles at right back. Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira patrolled in front of their defence. No starting places for either Alexandre Lacazette or record signing Nicolas Pepe who were on the bench, while Mesut Ozil wasn’t available following an ankle knock.

Arsenal blitzed in first half City mauling

Arsenal 0 Manchester City 3
De Bruyne 2, 40, Sterling 15

Arsenal were blitzed by a ruthless Manchester City at the Emirates in a brutal first half footballing display from the Premier League champions. Kevin De Bruyne lashed home with less than two minutes on the clock from Gabriel Jesus’s cross after the Gunners offered no resistance as City tore down their left. Freddie Ljungberg looked on in frustration, but his side hadn’t heeded the power of City’s attacking prowess. The visitors once again tore down the same side, this time De Bruyne was the creator, and with only Raheem Sterling to aim for in the box, the Arsenal defence put out the welcome mat for Sterling to tap in City’s second. The Gunners had no firepower, no creativity and no defence. Five minutes before the break, De Bruyne was afforded too much time through the middle, and with just a flimsy attempt to hold him up by Matteo Guendouzi, the Belgian guided his low shot using the static Calum Chambers as a guide to curl his low effort beyond Bernd Leno’s dive.