Lacazette double inspires Arsenal win over Albion

Arsenal 2 West Bromwich Albion 0
Lacazette 20, 66 (pen)

Arsenal got back to Premier League winning ways with what turned out to be a comfortable win over West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates stadium on Monday night. Gunners’ man of the moment, their record summer signing from Lyon Alexandre Lacazette scored in each half to keep up his remarkable record of scoring in every Arsenal home game this season. Lacazette followed up to head in after Alexis Sanchez saw his first half free kick come back off the bar. Albion looked lively and could have drawn level through Jay Rodriguez, but Petr Cech’s goal wasn’t to be breached. When Allan Nyom impeded Aaron Ramsey midway through the second half, up stepped Lacazette to slot home beyond the dive of Ben Foster to seal what transpired to be a routine win.

Wilshere shines in Arsenal Carabao Cup win over Doncaster

Arsenal 1 Doncaster Rover 0
Walcott 25

Arsenal saw off Doncaster Rovers 1-0 in the two side’s encounter in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night thanks to Theo Walcott’s first half strike. The Gunners were later drawn to a fourth round hime time against Norwich City. Arsene Wenger made 11 changes from the side which started in the goal less draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last Sunday, but the combination of experience and youth came though with Jack Wilshere especially reminding us all of his undoubted talent. Wilshere made his first Arsenal start in over a year and completed a full ninety minutes in about the same time frame. Following match, Wenger was pleased with the contribution of Wilshere, insisting that his future at N5 will depend on what transpires from now on in.

Arsenal battle Blues for point at the Bridge. Luiz sees Red

Chelsea 0 Arsenal 0

As an away performance, this was much better that Arsenal’s trip to Anfield and at Stamford Bridge, the Gunners not only turned up, but arguably were worthy of more than a point. Aaron Ramsey danced his way through to see his first half shot beat Thibaut Courtois, but come back off his upright where Alexandre Lacazette, couldn’t tap in for the follow up. Shkodran Mustafi thought his second half header had given the game it’s opening goal from a free kick, but he looked back in horror – as did the thousands in the away end at Stamdord Bridge to see that the linesman had his flag raised. Late on in the game, David Luiz was shown a straight red card for his challenge of Sead Kolasinac, the Bosnian was caught, but managed to recover to see out the game.

Arsenal come back against FC Koln inspired by Alexis

Arsenal 3 FC Koln 1
Córdoba 9, Kolasniac 49, Alexis 67, Bellerin 81

It may be unfamiliar to Arsenal, but seventeen years after their last participation in this competition, the Gunners were once again in Europa League action as FC Koln arrived at the Emirates stadium. Making a mockery of their official 2,900 ticket allocation, the Bundesliga visitors were supported by close to their 20,000 army who had travelled from Germany, and after an absence of 25 years, all were desperate not to miss the side’s return to European action. Soon they were roaring in response to Jhon Córdoba’ opener after David Ospina made a hash of a clearance. Olivier Giroud saw a succession of towering headers go either off target or collected by Timo Horn. However the German keeper could do nothing to prevent substitute Sead Kolasinac firing in four minutes after the break. Alexis then produced a brilliant stunner to give Arsenal the lead, with Hector Bellerin getting Arsenal’s third to cap off an eventual night in North London.

Arsenal back to winning ways with demolition of Bournemouth

Arsenal 3 Bournemouth 0
Welbeck 6, 50, Lacazette 27

It was back to winning ways for Arsenal, another home fixture and another three points for the Gunners. Danny Welbeck headed in after six minutes, with Alexandre Lacazette firing in a second. 2-0 at the break and Arsenal were cruising. The France striker is finding good early season form, now netting in consecutive home fixtures. Arsenal were on top, but that didn’t mean that they let up in their intensity. They continued their stylish passing game, as Welbeck fired in his second from a tight angle after the re-start. Özil and Welbeck couldn’t capitalise on further chances, with Jermain Defoe reminding us of his threat, heading onto the post after the break. Arsenal however were never really stretched and when Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez added to the Gunners’ firepower from the bench, more goals looked inevitable. Despite the scoreline, Asmir Begovic had a good game. Having denied a nailed on goal from Özil’s first half free kick, he denied Alexis late on with a near post save as Arsenal wrapped up what in the end proved to be a comfortable win.

Gunners implode as Liverpool run riot at Anfield

Liverpool 4 Arsenal 0
Firmino 17, Mané 40, Salah 57, Sturridge 77

Another low in an ever growing series of lows. The deflating 4-0 loss at Liverpool spoke more of the ineptitude of Arsenal than the breathtaking simplicity of Liverpool who carved up a porous Arsenal midfield and back line at will. The thrashing could have been by an even higher margin as Mesut Özil, Alexis Sanchez and company were ripped to shreds. Roberto Firminio’ header and Sadio Mane plundered a 2-0 lead at the break. The Reds’ could have been further out of sight and after the break, Mohammad Salah raced through almost two thirds of the pitch to slot home Liverpool’s third and then substitute Daniel Sturridge headed home for the Reds’ fourth. Shorn of ideas, bereft of leadership, short of confidence, and with just one win from their first three Premier League fixtures, the Gunners go into the international break is possibly the worse possible frame of mind under Arsene Wenger.

Gunners sunk at Stoke

Stoke City 1 Arsenal 0
Jesse 47

Any trip to Stoke conjures up visions of a tough away day in harsh challenging conditions at the Britannia stadium and also maybe from the elements too. So when Arsenal saw this fixture was in August, and just the second game of the new Premier League season, Arsene Wenger’s men could have hoped for a similar performance to that of last season when they ran out comfortable 4-1 winners. This time however, the Potters were ready and Jesé was the Gunners’ sleigher, getting the only goal of the game soon after the break, in a controversial 90 minutes. Arsenal were denied at least three nailed on penalties and a strike from Alexandre Lacazette which was ruled out for offside. Some excellent saves from Jack Butland also helped the home side hold on as the Gunners although finished strongly, were nevertheless unable to get any joy on another tough Staffordshire outing.

Arsenal in seven goal Emirates thriller as Leicester are sunk

Arsenal 4 Leicester City 3
Lacazette 2, Welbeck 45+2, Ramsey 83, Giroud 85, Okazaki 5, Vardy 29, 56

Arsenal stormed to a 4-3 win over Leicester City with Olivier Giroud heading in the 84th minute winner on a dramatic Premier League season opener at the Emirates stadium. Having taken the lead through Alexander Lacazette’s first Arsenal goal inside 2 minutes of his Premier League debut, Leicester City levelled through Shinji Okazaki three minutes later. The Foxes then took the lead through Jamie Vardy, and the Gunners defence looked vulnerable. But Danny Welbeck levelled in first half time added on after neat work from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sead Kolisanac. Vardy then headed the visitors into the lead from Riyad Marhez’s corner at which the Gunners’ defence went AWOL. With time running out and some fine saves from Kasper Schmeichel and desperate defending from the Foxes, Craig Shakespeare’ side seemed to be headed for all three points. However under a relenting barrage of Gunners’ firepower, substitute Aaron Ramsey levelled after 83 minutes, and two minutes later, fellow substitute Giroud powered in a header to seal the three points for Arsenal.

Kolasinac scores on his debut as Arsenal beat Chelsea to win Community Shield on penalties

FA Community Shield
Arsenal 1 Chelsea 1
Kolasinac 82, Moses 46 Arsenal win 4-1 on penalties

Arsenal won the Community Shield on penalties after they and Chelsea had nullified each other out with a goal apiece in 90 minutes. Victor Moses gave the Blues the lead shortly after the break, but on his debut, Sead Kolasinac headed home on 82 minutes from Granit Xhaka’s free kick. Chelsea were reduced to ten men when Pedro was shown a straight red card for a lunging tackle on Mohammed Elneney. It was from the resultant free kick that the Gunners levelled. Neither side were able to craft a winner, and so, using the ABBA penalty system, Theo Walcott, Nacho Monreal, the outstanding Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and finally Olivier Giroud were successful past Thibaut Courtois to grab the Gunners their first trophy of the season. Courtois himself took Chelsea’s second spot kick and skied it so high, that it must still be coming down now. Blues summer signing Alvaro Morata also missed his spot kick before Giroud thumped home the winning penalty to record the Gunners ninth consecutive Wembley triumph.

Wenger laments pre-season closer to home as Lacazette strikes for Gunners to lift Emirates Cup

Arsenal concluded their Emirates Cup tournament with a 2-1 loss to Sevilla, however having scored a 5-2 win over Benfica ( and with each goal resulting in a point ) the Gunners retained their crown despite the La Liga side winning both of their games. Bundesliga side RB Leipzig were the fourth team involved. Arsenal will now turn their focus to facing Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley next Sunday before they kick of the new Premier League season with a Friday evening fixture against Leicester City. Wenger said his side will be ready and will not be caught out with low fitness levels or any lack of preparation as they were in last season’s opening day home loss to Liverpool. Had they won that game against the Reds, their points tally would have earned the Gunners a Champions League spot, and Wenger knows that Arsenal can ill afford to start their Premier League campaign with anything other than a win against the Foxes.