Chelsea thrash Arsenal in Europa League final

Chelsea 4 Arsenal 1
Giroud 49, Pedro 60, Hazard 65 pen, 72, Iwobi 69

Arsenal suffered a Europa League nightmare in Baku, as Chelsea inflicted a 4-1 thumping of their London rivals to claim a fifth European trophy.

Eden Hazard was instrumental in the Blues’ dominance, this after the score was goal-less at the break. That changed in the space of 16 second half minutes, as former Gunner Olivier Giroud’s swooping header beat the attentions of Laurent Koscielny and Petr Cech for the game’s opener after 49 minutes. Chelsea were two up when Pedro swept home from Hazard’s cross, and when Ainsley Maitland-Niles fouled Giroud in the box, Hazard beat Cech from the penalty spot and Chelsea were cruising at 3-0.

Aubameyang double inspires Arsenal’s win at Burnley

Burnley 1 Arsenal 3
Barnes 65 Aubameyang 52, 63, Nketiah 94

Hot on the heals of his hat-trick against Valencia, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbed a double and narrowly missed another treble in Arsenal’s win against Burnley at Turf Moor. Ben Mee’s poor control enabled Aubameyang to open the scoring on 52 minutes, racing away to slot past Tom Heaton for the game’s opener. The Gabon striker doubled his tally from a thumping volley. He should have had another hat-trick but struck wide twice after that. Aubameyang’s 22 goal Premier League tally saw him jointly win the Golden Boot along with Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. Burnley got back into the game when Ashley Barnes capitalised on some sloppy defending, but it was the Gunners who saw out their Premier League with just their seventh away win. It is that away form which Unai Emery will need to address next season. Arsenal’s final game of this season is the Europa League final in Baku and the all London derby against Chelsea. Unai Emery parsed his team’s performance, but accpeted that they fell just short of the mark.

Arsenal reach Europa League final with thrashing on Valencia

Valencia 2 Arsenal 4
Gameiro 11, 58 Aubameyang 17, 69, 88, Lacazette 50 (Agg 3-7)

A stunning treble from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang helped Arsenal reachthe Europa League final with a thrashing of Valencia to set up an all English team final against Chelsea who saw off Eintracht Frankfurt in the other semi-final. The Gunners recovered from a shaky start at the Mestalla when Kevin Gameiro had the home crowd buzzing with the early strike. The La Liga side went close to doubling their lead, which would have levelled the tie at that stage, but with their first real attack, Aubameyang levelled with a majestic shot from Alexandre Lacazette’s flick on. The France striker then gave Arsenal the lead with a placed effort. Gameiro tapped in for Valencia’s second, but Arsenal took control when Aubameyang raced in to find the goal after a fizzing cross from Ainsley Maitland-Niles. The Gabon striker rifled into the roof of Neto’s net for a 7-3 aggregate win, after a neat move on the right to set up Arsenal’s first European final since 2006. Unai Emery has won the Europa League three times and will now look to make history with a fourth with in Baku.

Arsenal stutter to draw with Brighton, top four finish hopes now all but over

Arsenal 1 Brighton 1
Aubameyang 9, pen, Murray 61, pen

Arsenal stuttered to a tame draw against Brighton in their last home Premier League game of the season, the result all but confirms that they will finish outside of the top for. An unlikely sequence of an Arsenal eight goal margin win at Burnley, coupled with a Spurs loss means that the Gunners will have to give it their all in the Europa League. They lead 3-1 from their first leg against Valencia and will hope to cement their place in the final where either Chelsea or Eintracht Frankfurt could stand in their way. Having taken the lead against a Brighton side who scraped away from the drop, when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his 20th Premier League goal of the season from the spot after Alireza Jahanbakhsh impeded Nacho Monreal, the Gunners should have gone ahead to claim the three points, but the visitors had other ideas.

Lacazette double and late Aubameyang third gives Arsenal Europa League advantage over Valencia

Arsenal 3 Valencia 1
Lacazette 18, 25 Aubameyang 90, Diakhaby 11

Alexandre Laczette struck a double with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang adding a late third Arsenal goal to give the Gunners the advantage in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final over Valencia at the Emirates. However the hosts got off to a shaky start, Ezequiel Garay striking high over the bar from three yards out, and when Mouctar Diakhaby rose unchallenged to head in from Rodrigo’s initial header back across the area to beat Peter Cech at the back post the La Liga side had a crucial away goal. Lacazette started the move from his own half to take Aubameyang’s return pass and strike into the open net with Neto stranded for the leveller. Valencia couldn’t handle Lacazette and the France striker put Arsenal in the lead with a powerful downward header from Granit Xhaka’s cross, which despite Neto clawing the ball out, goal line technology proved that his goal line had been crossed. The Gunners poured forward in search of a third. Neto twice denied Lacazette, but deep in injury time, Sean Kolasinac’s cross fell right for Aubameyang to hook in for a 3-1 scoreline to take to Spain next week.

Arsenal slip to third consecutive Premier League loss with surrender at Leicester

Leicester City 3 Arsenal 0
Tielemans 59 Vardy 86, 95

Arsenal slipped too their third consecutive Premier League loss with an abject performance at Leicester. Unai Emery’s side just couldn’t get going and when Ainsley Maitland-Niles was shown a second yellow card on 36 minutes with the scores at 0-0, the visiting side’s task got all the tougher. The Foxes were up for the fight and for a side who had played four times in April they fizzed and fought . Arsenal by contrast had played double that amount of games in the month, and it definitely showed. Youri Tielemans headed in the opener from James Maddison’s cross on the hour mark, and a re-organised Gunners back line seemed to be faring relatively well, given that Shkodran Mustafi was now at right back, with Alex Iwobi being sacrificed for Laurent Koscielny. Arsenal looked jaded, out of sorts, and out of on the road form, but did they have Thursday’s Europa League semi-final home first leg against Valencia on their minds? They surely should have taken care of business here, but in truth, not even Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette paired to start at the King Power stadium were able to make any inroads. A long Kasper Schmeichel punt out to Jamie Vardy and a rebound off the bar from his earlier effort doubled the Leicester lead, with Vardy then tapping in late on from close range to ensure a second Midlands’ away day horror show leaving Arsenal almost gasping for the final throws of the season.

Arsenal mauled by Wolves as top four spot takes another hit

Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 Arsenal 1
Neves 28, Doherty 37, Jota 47, Sokratis 80

Arsenal succumbed to a first half mauling by Wolves, who raced to a three goal lead at the break. Rubén Neves hit a free kick from 25 yards after Nacho Monreal bundled over Jonny. Granit Xhaka and Sokrtais appeared to turn away in the wall as the ball flew past Bernd Leno for the opener. The Gunners were able to play and pass, but without substance. The home side doubled their advantage when Matt Doherty headed in from Jonny’s cross as Arsenal switched off from a corner, and in first half stoppage time, Xhaka and Henrikh Mkhitaryan contrived to give the ball away enabling Diogo Jota to race away and fire a shot which went under Leno. Despite having three quarters of the possession, Arsenal didn’t test Rui Patricio, until the 80th minute when Sokratis headed in from Xhaka’s corner. But this was a poor Arsenal, almost a replica to the jaded one of last season. Back to back losses mean that they’ll have it all to do to finish in the top four.

Palace win at Emirates to dent Arsenal top four hopes

Arsenal 2 Crystal Palace 3
Ozil 47, Aubameyang 77, Benteke 17, Zaha 61, McArthur 69

Crystal Palace dented Arsenal’s a top four finish with a resounding 3-2 win at the Emirates. The pre-kick off scenario was simple for Arsenal. Win an 11th Premier League game at home and you go into third spot. Maybe that was too big of an ask on the back of the Europa League win at Napoli and a team selection which included Carl Jenkinson and Mohamed Elneny in the starting eleven. Both are good squad players, but in a game of this magnitude, maybe Unai Emery will feel he should have omitted them in preference to the substitutes bench. Christian Bentke, Wilfried Zaha and James McCarthur gave the Gunners a master class in how to finish when the defence is obliging. Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang responded twice, but try as they might, Arsenal could not find a final leveller and the visitors claimed the three points.

Arsenal see off Napoli with Lacazette stunner sealing Europa league semi-final place

Napoli 0 Arsenal 1
Lacazette 36

Arsenal beat Napoli 1-0 in their second leg Europa League quarter final match with an Alexandsee Lacazettee free kick stunner to secure a 3-0 aggregate win over the Serie A side and secure consecutive Europa Leagues semi-finals. The Gunners will now play Valencia with the first match at the Emirates on May 2nd. One note of concern was the injury Aaron Ramsey sustained just past the half hour mark. He was replaced by Henrick Mkhitaryan and could be out for several weeks. Lacazette becomes the first Arsenal player to score in Europe with a direct free-kick since Thierry Henry against Roma in 2002-03.

Aubameyang pounces, Deeney is sent off as Arsenal win at Watford

Watford 0 Arsenal 1
Aubameyang 10

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal in an incident packed game at Vicarage Road which saw Arsenal beat Watford to claim fourth spot in the Premier League. Aubameyang’s goal was all down to his determination and sheer ground speed as he chased down a back pass from Daryl Janmaat. Hornets keeper Ben Foster seemed to have enough time to comfortably clear the ball, but Aubameyang put on the after burners to get his leg in front as Foster was about to kick the ball. The deflection off Aubameyang went into Foster’s net after 10 minutes and a minute later, the hosts were reduced to ten men. Troy Deeney raised his forearm as he went past Lucas Torreira to send the Uruguayan flying. After consultation with his assistant, referee Craig Pawson produced a straight red card much to the annoyance of Deeney. The Warford striker didn’t have a defence for his action, while the Arsenal defence were put through the ringer with some fine saves from Bernd Leno enabling the Gunners to claim a rare away day victory and a first Premier League clean sheet away from the Emirates.