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.

Déjà Vu, as City inflict more pain on Arsenal

Arsenal 0 Manchester City 3
Bernardo Silva 15, David Silva 28, Sané 33

We could have all just stayed at home and given Manchester City the points. Judging by the empty seats at the Emirates, thousands had concluded just as much. On the pitch, and Arsenal merely opened the door and allowed City to walk all over them. When a chink of second half light appeared and Arsenal were awarded a penalty, with the game already 3-0 to the visitors at that time and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang couldn’t get beyond Ederson. The Brazilian keeper comfortably saving. Bernard Silva had given City a stunning opener, David Silva did likewise and when Leroy Sane capped off a swift passing move (yes the kind the Gunners once inflicted on their prey) the match was well and truly over. No leadership, no heart, no idea. The Gunners were firing blanks at City who had turned up with missiles. Arsene Wenger watched on, forlorn and employing methods beyond their sell by date. Pep Guradiola symbolises how the game has sprinted on as Arsenal continue in the slow lane. Following Sunday’s Carabao Cup mauling at the hands of City, Wenger felt his side would always be up against it.

Poor Gunners blown away by City

Carabao Cup final
Arsenal 0 Mancester City 3
Aguero 18, Kompany 58, Silva 65

If you continue to play like that, you’ll always get turned over. No leadership, no plan and having gone a goal down to Sergio Aguero, no back up plan as Arsenal capitulated in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final at Wembley. A push in the back of his marker Shkodran Musrafi wasn’t seen, and in any case, why was the German in front of Aguero in the first place ? City didn’t need any help, but got more of the same when Vincent Kompany slotted home, the goal stood despite Leroy Sane in the line of view of David Ospina. No excuses for City’s third, David Silva rammed home from a sharp angle to complete the misery and inflict the Gunners worse ever cup final result.

Arsenal limp past Ostersunds to Wenger’s frustration

Arsenal 1 Osterusunds FK 2
Kolasinac 47, Aiesh 22, Sema 23
Arsenal 4-2 agg

Arsenal stuttered and staggered into the Europa League last 16 with a nondescript and unimaginative performance against Ostersunds at the Emirates stadium. 3-0 up from the first leg in Sweden, the Gunners were stung into a two goal first half deficit mid way through the first half, and in real danger of elimination. Only Sead Kolasinac’s early second half reply eased the fears after the Gunners had been two goals down. Calum Chambers appeared to have the last touch on Hosam Aiesh’s effort and seconds later Ken Sema powered past Hector Bellerin to fire low past David Ospina. Shocked and in disbelief the Emirates faithful looked to be witnessing a new low for Arsene Wenger’s men and boos rang out at both half time and at the end of the match. Wenger has to get his side back up for Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City and said the showpiece Wembley final coupled with the first leg lead may have been a factor in Arsenal’s poor showin