Nketiah and Willock on target as Arsenal see off Saints

Southampton 0 Arsenal 2

Nketiah, 20,Willock 86

The positive is back in Arsenal. Their 2-0 win over Southampton on the UK’s hottest day of the year was just the tonic for head coach Mikel Arteta. He had been under a consecutive Premier League loss negative since fixtures resumed following the Covid-19 induced lockdown. Prior to that, Arsenal had been on a positive themselves in the Premier League, until Arteta himself tested positive for Coronavirus to accelerate the shutdown. Happily recovered for months now, Arteta’s mood was lifted with two goals from his talented youngsters. Eddie Nketiah pounced as Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy attempted a clearance following a back pass. Substitute Joe Willock doubled Arsenal’s lead late on to complete the win.

Arsenal suffer second Premier League loss in four days

Brighton 2 Arsenal 1

Dunk 75, Maupay 95, Pepe 68

Two Premier League games, two defeats inside four days, and a side seemingly unable to pull out of reverse. Arsenal may have been unbeaten in 2020 before lockdown, but their post lockdown re-emergence suggests more pain to follow. Having been swept away at the Etihad on Wednesday by Manchester City, they were castaway on the south coast despite taking the lead. Pepe, that 75m summer enigma produced what Arsenal fans had been expecting, a delicious curling effort to beat Mathew Ryan for the game’s opener. Neal Maupay had irked the Arsenal players with an unnecessarily robust first half challenge on Bernd Leno who had both hands on the ball ahead of the clattering.

David Luiz sent off as Arsenal suffer Etihad drubbing

Manchester City 3 Arsenal 0

Sterling 45, De Bruyne 51 pen, Foden 90

David Luiz was shown a straight red card as ten man Arsenal suffered their first Premier League defeat of 2020 with an all- round drubbing at the Etihad. The Gunners first outing since the coronavirus pandemic forced everything into shutdown mode was very disappointing following the three month absence. Project Restart may be up and running now, however it may be a case of Project Rebuild for Mikael Arteta. On a wet Manchester summer’s evening, everything that could go wrong, did go wrong for Arsenal. Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari sustained early first half injuries.

Lacazette’s VAR assisted winner sinks West Ham

Arsenal 1 West Ham 0

Lacazette 78

Arsenal edged past West Ham at the Emirates London derby when Alexandre Lacazette’s VAR assisted winner proved to the the difference. The Gunners have not had much VAR joy up until now. Sokratis was denied a late winner against Crystal Palace last October, but the controversial technology finally came good as far as Mikel Arteta’s side were concerned to deny the Hammers. Substitute Alexandre had been introduced to replace Eddie Nketiah on the hour mark, and his volley past Lukasz Fabianski after 78 minutes from Mesut Ozil’s cushioned header which was ruled out for offside, needed to be looked at again.

Young Gunners fire at Portsmouth in comfortable FA Cup 5th round win

Portsmouth 0 Arsenal 2
Sokratis 45+4, Nketiah 51

Arsenal beat Portsmouth in their FA Cup fifth round encounter against Portsmouth at Fratton Park courtesy of goals either side of the break for Sokratis and Eddie Nketiah. The Gunners evening however was marred with an ankle injury to Lucas Torreira following a heavy tackle by James Bolton. Dani Ceballos replaced him after 16 minutes. Mikel Arteta elected to make nine changes from his side’s Europa League shock exit to Olympiacos, making nine changes, and with seven of his starting line up under 23 years old. Pablo Mari made his debut in an Arsenal defence which held firm from a Pompey who had not been beaten at home in the league.

Arsenal suffer Europa League heartache against Olympiacos

Arsenal 1 Olympiacos 2 (2-2 on aggregate)

Olympiacos win on away goals

Mikel Arteta expressed his “hurt,” following the Gunners Europe League exit at the hands of Olympiacos. “It hurts, big time. We had a lot of hope in this competition. It was a great way for us to be able to go to Europe and it is a very beautiful competition to try to win. I think we did a lot of positive things in the game. I think we created enough chances to win the game, but if you concede two set-pieces again in a tie like this, then you put yourself in big trouble,” said Arteta.

Arsenal recover after sticky start against the Toffees to win at Emirates

Arsenal 3 Everton 2
Nketiah 27, Aubameyang 33, 46 Calvert Lewin 1, Richarlison 45+4

Mikel Arteta was heartened with his side’s reaction having conceded after less than a minute against Everton at the Emirates. The recovery and subsequent win saw the Gunners prevail over determined opposition.

“This is part of the game, you know. This is the reaction I’m hoping for from my team. There’s disappointment and things we can’t control. One day theses things are going to happen, and one day we’re going to have to play with 10 men, or another day it will be the referee… but we kept going, we kept trying, we started to do the things we talked about and we generated the chances and the type of game that we wanted,” said Arteta after Arsenal kep their 2020 unbeaten run going.

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.