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.

Ramsey and deflected Torreira shot give Arsenal first leg lead over Napoli

Arsenal 2 Naploi 0
Ramsey 14, Koulibaly og 25

Aaron Ramsey shone as Arsenal beat Napoli 2-0 in their Europa League quarter-final first leg at the Emirates. The former Wales captain got the Gunners off to a perfect start, slotting home after a neat move from the right after 14 minutes. The Gunners were at their imperious first half best and when Lucas Torreira won possession and let fly with a shot which caught Kalidou Koulibaly to fly past Alex Meret for th second goal, Arsenal were in complete control and looked odds on to get even more goals. Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ramsey had efforts which could have given Arsenal a bigger first leg lead, but Meret made some fine saves to keep the score at 2-0.

Arsenal succumb to another away day loss at Everton

Everton 1 Arsenal 0
Jagielka 10

Arsenal succumbed to another away day shocker with a 1-0 loss at Everton. The Gunners have had a miserable away day sequence, winning only five Premier League games. Contrast that with their form at the Emirates where they have lost only once in fifteen Premier League matches, and you can see where Arsenal have to remedy the situation. Everton took only ten minutes to get what would prove to be the only goall of the game. Phil Jagielka reacted the quikest to poke home from close range following a following a throw in which Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed on. Shkodran Mustafi’s defensive work has been called into question of late, and the German will feel that he should have been alert to the loose ball danger.

Ramsey and Lacazette strikes ensure Arsenal record perfect ten at home

Arsenal 2 Newcastle United 0
Ramsey 30, Lacazette 83

Arsenal recorded a perfect ten with their tenth consecutive home Premier League after a deserved 2-0 win over Newcastle United at the Emirates. Aaron Ramsey struck the game’s opener on the half hour mark, with a precise finish after some good build up play from Alexandre Lacazette. The France striker was denied a first half goal when Matt Ritchie headed off his line after a smart shot on the turn. But Lacazette got his just rewards seven minutes from the end. Guendouzi won possession high up for Lacazette to deliberately sky a ball which Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headed on. Lacazette was on to the return in a flash to produce the deftest of lobs to beat Martin Dubravka and double the Arsenal lead.

Aubameyang double inspires Arsenal to reach Europa League quarter-finals

Arsenal 3 Rennes 0 (4-3 on agg)
Aubameyang 5, 72, Maitland-Niles 15

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s double inspired Arsenal to a 3-0 win over Rennes in their Europa League second leg at the Emirates. Trailing 3-1 going into this tie, Aubameyang struck within five minutes, and then provided the assist for Ainsley-Maitland Niles header after 15 minutes. The scores were then level going into the break, however, Aubameyang went through the gears after some good build up play from Aaron Ramsey and Sead Kolasinac to tap in from the latter’s cross. The Gunners held onto their one goal advantage although the Ligue 1 side did show some aggression. Alexandre Lacazette seemed to be targeted, but Unai Emery replaced him late on in the second half. That was the cool head needed on a night when Arsenal showed a steely side to their game to progress to the last eight of the competition.

Xhaka and Aubameyang strike to inflict first defeat on Solskjaer’s United

Arsenal 2 Manchester United 0
Xhaka 12, Aubameyang, (pen) 69

Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck either side of the break to inflict a first Premier League defeat on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United. Xhaka received Alexandre Lacazette’s pass on the right of the United defence. As they backed off, the Switzerland midfielder let fly from 20 yards. David De Gea seemed to have the ball covered, that was until it took a vicious change of direction to beat the Spain keeper for the opener. Romelu Lukaku hit the bar with the score at 0-0, with Fred hitting the post. Berne Leno denied Lukaku as he tried to round the Germany keeper. The Gunners doubled their lead after Lacazette was bundled over in the area by Fred. Referee Jon Moss pointed to the penalty spot, and up stepped Aubameyang. Having missed from 12 yards in the north London derby, the Gabon striker made no mistake this time to give Arsenal the win that takes them above United into fourth place in the table.

Rennes stun ten man Arsenal with Europa League win in France

Rennes 3 Arsenal 1
Bourigeaud 42, Monreal og, 65, Sarr 88, Iwobi 3

Rennes stunned Arsenal with a Europa League 3-1 win in France. It is the first time French opposition got the better of the Gunners who took the lead with Alex Iwobi’s opener after three minutes. Arsenal looked comfortable until Sokratis was given his second yellow card on 41 minutes and from that moment on, the visitors were up against it. Benjamin Bourigeaud struck from the resultant free kick, beating Petr Cech to the top right hand corner after his initial effort had been blocked by the wall. Former Newcastle United midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa was pulling the strings for Rennes who exposed the depleted Gunners’ rearguard. Henrikh Mkhitaryan was never going to be an effective right back however, and the home side took the lead when Nacho Monreal got the last touch on a cross which flew past Cech. As Arsenal went looking to level, they were hit with a quick counter, resulting in Ismaila Sarr’s diving header to leave Arsenal two goals adrift going into next Thursday’s return leg at the Emirates.

Arsenal and Spurs share the North London derby spoils

Tottenham Hotspur 1 Arsenal 1
Kane 74 pen Ramsey 16

Arsenal and Spurs shared the north London derby spoils after a highly charged and controversial affair at Wembley. Aaron Ramsey gave the Gunners a first half lead after a smart run and low shot beyond Hugo Lloris. The Gunners held onto the lead until late in the second half, when Spurs were awarded a controversial penalty. Christian Eriksen floated in a free kick and Harry Kane was bundled over by Shkodran Mustafi in the area. Replays of the free kick showed a line of white shirts clearly offside, but Kane scored from the resultant spot kick. With time running out, Arsenal had a penalty of their own. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was adjudged to have been fouled by Davinson Sanchez. Referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot, and up stepped the Gabon striker only to see his spot kick saved by Lloris. Further controversy in the 95th minutes when Lucas Torreira’ made a studs up challenge on Danny Rose earning him a red card. That proved to be the last real action of a thorough contest and one after which neither side will be happy with just a point.

Five star Arsenal gun down Bournemouth

Arsenal 5 Bournemouth 1
Ozil 4, Mkhitaryan 27, Koscielny 47, Aubameyang 59, Lacazette 78, Mousset 30

Arsenal turned on the style in a five star performance to gun down Bournemouth at the Emirates. Five goals and five different scorers in a thoroughly satisfying night for the Gunners. Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan gave Arsenal a two goal lead after 27 minutes, and more first half Gunners’s goals were on the cards. The next goal however came from Lys Mousset to make it 2-1 at the break. Two minutes after the re-start, Laurent Koscielny’s ball had crossed the line despite Artur Boruc clawing the ball out, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rifled it in just to be sure. The Gabon striker then scored the goal of the night, outpacing two defenders from Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s pass to round Boruc and slot home. Alexandre Lacazette then came off the bench and curled a beautiful strike from a free kick for Arsenal’s fifth goal on a night when Unai Emery’s men delivered one of their best performances since his arrival in north London.