Arsenal recover to battle for a draw at Bournemouth

Bournemouth 1 Arsenal 1
Gosling 35, Aubameyang 63

Arsenal came from behind to battle for a point in a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth. Having dominated the early sequence of possession and play, the Gunners were unable to capitalise on their early chances. Pierre-Emerick Aumabeyang was lively but unable to hit the target, with Bukayo Saka and Reiss Nelson also having half chances which should have delivered more. Alexandre Lacazette was put in with a neat ball over the Bournemouth back line, however coming under pressure, the France striker lost his footing at the vital time.

Arteta era greeted with battling goalless draw at Goodison Park

Everton 0 Arsenal 0

Arsenal’s new head coach Mikel Arteta watched on from the stands as his side gave a brave battling display in a 0-0 at Goodison Park. Appointed 24 hours earlier, Arteta who played 150 games for the Gunners since he arrived from Everton in 2011 for £10m, netting 16 times and lifting the FA Cup in 2014 and 2015 has spoken of instilling his philosophy in a side he witnessed as down following his former club Manchester City prevailing 3-0 at the Emirates stadium last week. Although Freddie Ljungberg remained in charge for this fixture, Arteta would have had a say in the team selection where Arsenal sent out a young side. Emile Smith-Rowe started behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while Bukayo Saka was entrusted as a left back with Gabriel Martinelli ahead of him. Calum Chambers and David Luiz partnered in central defence, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles at right back. Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira patrolled in front of their defence. No starting places for either Alexandre Lacazette or record signing Nicolas Pepe who were on the bench, while Mesut Ozil wasn’t available following an ankle knock.

Arsenal blitzed in first half City mauling

Arsenal 0 Manchester City 3
De Bruyne 2, 40, Sterling 15

Arsenal were blitzed by a ruthless Manchester City at the Emirates in a brutal first half footballing display from the Premier League champions. Kevin De Bruyne lashed home with less than two minutes on the clock from Gabriel Jesus’s cross after the Gunners offered no resistance as City tore down their left. Freddie Ljungberg looked on in frustration, but his side hadn’t heeded the power of City’s attacking prowess. The visitors once again tore down the same side, this time De Bruyne was the creator, and with only Raheem Sterling to aim for in the box, the Arsenal defence put out the welcome mat for Sterling to tap in City’s second. The Gunners had no firepower, no creativity and no defence. Five minutes before the break, De Bruyne was afforded too much time through the middle, and with just a flimsy attempt to hold him up by Matteo Guendouzi, the Belgian guided his low shot using the static Calum Chambers as a guide to curl his low effort beyond Bernd Leno’s dive.

Arsenal recover from two goal deficit to claim draw at Standard Liege

Standard Liege 2 Arsenal 2
Bastien 47, Amallah 69 Lacazette 78, Saka 81

Arsenal revered from a two goal deficit to claim a 2-2 draw at Standard Liege, a result which ensuredthe Gunners finished in top spot of their Europa League Group F and progression to the last 32. The first hour or so was as woeful and as worrisome as we have seen this season from Arsenal, but on a bog of a pitch in Belgium, these young Gunners found a way to restore parity from going two goals behind. The catalyst for Arsenal’s comeback was 18 year old Gabriel Martinelli. He came on for Sokratis on 69 minutes, by which time were already Arsenal 2-0 down after Sameul Bastien’s defleted shot edged past Emiliano Martinez. Roared on by a partisan hone crowd, Liege looked lively with M’Poku causing more than a few concerns when Arsenal attempted to play out from the back. Selim Amallah’s deflected shot then doubled his side’s lead, and at that point, interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg turned to Martinelli.

Arsenal recover from a goal down to give Ljungberg first win in West Ham derby

West Ham United 1 Arsenal 3
Ogbonna 38, Martinelli 60, Pepe 66, Aubameyang 69

Arsenal recovered from going a goal down through Angello Ogbonna’s deflected header to West Ham to then blitz the Hammers with three second half strikes in the space of nine minutes. Gabriel Martinelli side footed the leveller past David Martin after some good build up work from Sead Kolasinac. Six minutes after that, Nicolas Pepe demonstrated why he is such a talent, when he curled a superb effort past Martin from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s pass. Three minutes after taking the lead, Pepe then returned the favour by setting up Aubameyang for a powerful volley for Arsenal’s third. The onslaught seemed to knock the Hammers out of their stride, as the game took on a markedly different reflection from the first half. Arsenal were a shadow of themselves, and their play suggested a team low on confidence and morale. Having taken the lead West Ham created more but at half time, the score remained 1-0.

Woeful Arsenal humbled by Brighton in Ljungberg’s Emirates disaster show

Arsenal 1 Brighton 2
Lacazette 50, Webster 36, Maupay 80

Woeful Arsenal continued their winless plight with a 2-1 humbling by Brighton in Freddie Ljungberg’s first home Premier League game as caretaker head coach. There was little to suggest that the Gunners were up for the fight in an opening 45 minutes which saw the visitors take the lead through Adam Webster. More disastrous defending from a corner enabling the Seagulls to have two chances to score, Webster lashing hone as a static Arsenal defence watched on. Joe Willock had an ideal chance to level, but saw his header saved by Matt Ryan. In truth, the lack of confidence, lack of urgency, lack of interest from a side who on paper should have come out firing was laid bare in an embarrassment of an effort. Ljugberg’s half time words would have stung, as five minutes after the re-start, Arsenal were level. Mesut Ozil’s corner was met at the near post by Alexandre Lacazette to head home on his 100th Arsenal game.

Aubameyang double gets Ljungberg caretaker role up and running with a point at Norwich

Norwich City 2 Arsenal 2
Pukki 21, Cantwell 47, Aubameyang 29, pen 57

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s double got Freddie Ljungeberg’s caretaker head coach role up and running to earn Arsenal a point against Norwich City at Carrow Road. Having dominated the early play, which saw Alexandre Lacazette mis hit his shot from five yards out with only Tim Krull to beat, and Shkodran Mustafi seeing his header cleared off the line, the indications were that post Unai Emery, the Gunners were growing in the mood to release the shackles. However with their first meaningful assault on Bernd Leno’s goal, the Canaries took the lead. Teemu Pukki was given too much time to shoot as both Mustafi and David Luiz backed off. The ball came off Mustafi and past Leno for the game’s opener. The Gunners were rewarded for they early efforts with a penalty when Christoph Zimmerman handled the ball from a corner. Krull’s mind games as Aubameyang was getting ready to take the spot kick enabled the Dutch keeper to save the ball.

Emery sacked as Ljungberg given caretaker role

Unai Emery has been sacked as Arsenal, Head Coach. His former assistant Freddie Ljungberg has been given the caretaker head coach role until a replacement is identified. Arsenal’s poor showing in the 2-1 Europa League Group F defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night appears to have been the final straw for the Arsenal board, as Emery who was given the club’s backing only a few weeks ago was dismissed in an early morning meeting at the club’s London Colney training ground. In truth, this had been coming. Rumours of player frustration over tactics, formations and instructions seemed to bear fruit, with on field performances just a shambles.

Arsenal surrender lead to capitulate against Eintracht Frankfurt

Arsenal 1 Eintracht Frankfurt 2
Aubameyang 46, Yamada 55, 64

Arsenal surrendered another lead to capitulate 2-1 against Eintracht Frankfurt in their Europe League Group F fixture at the Emirates. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the Gunners the lead in first half time added on, but the Bundesliga side returned with replies of their own in a revitalised second half which saw Daichi Kamada firstly level ten minutes after the re-start and then give the visitors the lead nine minutes later with a low shot beyond the dive of Emiliano Martinez. It was fifth time Arsenal have led in games during their current seven-match winless run, drawing four and losing one from that sequence. Unai Emery cut a forlorn figure on the sidelines. His decision to leave Alexandre Lacazette, Pepe and Mesut Ozil on the bench looked as puzzling as his expressions in a stadium which registered a mere 25,000 fans, well short of the 64,ooo capacity.

Arsenal struggle to a draw with Southampton as Emery fails to inspire

Arsenal 2 Southampton 2
Lacazette, 18, 96, Ings, 8, Ward-Prowse, 71

Arsenal left it late as they struggled to get a point at home to Southampton with Unai Emery failing to inspire his side to more. A calamitous Gunners’ defence let in Danny Ings to fire in the opener past an exposed Bernd Leno and in truth, the Saints had several opportunities to add to their lead. However Alexandre Lacazette levelled for the Gunners, but that did nothing for the home side’s confidence as the visitors sensed further rich pickings. Maybe they hadn’t relied on the generosity and further naive defending from Kieran Tierney. The Scott tugged back Ings and although Leno saved the resultant penalty, he could do nothing as James Ward-Prowse followed up to restore his side’s lead. Emery looked out of his depth as his talented side struggled against the Saints. Deep into time added on, Gabriel Martinelli’s cross was pounced on by Lacazette to level and give Arsenal a somewhat fortuitous point when in truth, the visitors should have claimed much more.