Mkhitaryan scores late leveller as Arsenal held by Wolves

Arsenal 1 Wolves 1
Mkhitaryan 86, Cavaleiro 13

Henrikh Mkhitaryan came off the bench to score a late leveller against Wolves at the Emirates stadium, the 1-1 draw ensured that Arsenal’s unbeaten run continued to now 16 matches in all competitions. The Gunners had gone a goal behind when Ivan Cavaleiro exchanged passes with Raul Jimenez to punish Granit Xhaka’s decision not to control the ball. Cavaleiro outpaced the back peddling Xhaka to strike first time past Bernd Leno after 13 minutes. The visitors were full of imagination and enthusiasm, and but for a string of fine saves from Leno, one from substitute Diogo Jota in particular kept the fighting Wolves at bay. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck the post after a neat move, while late on, the pace of Wolves substitute Adama Traore almost gave the visitors the winner.

Arsenal reach Europa League last 32 but suffer horrific Welbeck injury

Arsenal 0 Sporting Lisbon 0

Arsenal assured progression to the last 32 of the Europa League despite only managing a goalless draw at home to Sporting Lisbon. The result however was overshadowed with the 25thminute first half horrific injury to Danny Welbeck who landed awkwardly following an attempted header from a corner. The England man stayed down as Bruno Gaspar fell onto him as they fought for the ball. Welbeck’s right ankle appeared to buckle and after receiving oxygen on the pitch, had to be stretchered off. Unai Emery later described the injury as “very big,” Welbeck who has already fought back to fitness from two serious injuries will now have to do the same again.

Arsenal progressing under Emery as they recover to hold Liverpool

Arsenal 1 Liverpool 1
Lacazette 82, Milner 61

When Arsenal hosted Liverpool, it was widely accepted that we would get a true barometer reading of how far the Gunners were progressing under Unai Emery. Thirteen games unbeaten in all competitions going into the Saturday evening’s arrival of the Reds, Emery’s side it was said hadn’t really played any side of note.Arsenal’s winning run may have stalled with the 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace last week end but this post Arsene Wenger Arsenal demonstrated both steel and substance against a Liverpool side who are on track to mount their first genuine Premier League title assault in years.

Arsenal secure Carabao Cup quarter-final after seeing off Blackpool and now play Spurs

Arsenal 2 Blackpool 1
Lichsteiner 33, Smith-Rowe 50, O’Connor 66

Arsenal came through a bit of a Halloween fright night at the Emirates stadium on Wednesday night but ultimately progressed to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals where they were later drawn to host arch rival Tottenham Hotspur. Having taken the lead through Stephan Lichsteiner’s first goal for the club, the Gunners looked on coarse for safe passage to the next round. That much was given further credence when Emile Smith-Rowe scored after the break.

Arsenal draw at Palace as eleven game winning run comes to an end

Crystal Palace 2 Arsenal 2
Milivojevic 45+1 pen, 83 pen Xhaka 51, Aubameyang 56

Arsenal will have tougher battles than this one at Selhurst Park. A London derby with Crystal Palace stood in the way of the Gunners increasing their eleven game winning run, and that was on the cards until seven minutes from time. Having come from behind to a Luka Milivojevic penalty on the stroke of half time, the Gunners had fired themselves into the lead courtesy Granit Xhaka’s stunning free kick to level on 51 minutes and then five minutes later, Pierre-Emmerick Aubameyang with a poachers’s finish at the back post. Palace hadn’t scored at home in the Premier League prior to this match, but late on they would level via the same route. Wilfried Zaha won a controversial penalty, there was minimal contact with Xhaka, but a penalty was awarded and Milivojevic converted again from the spot.

Welbeck strikes for winner at Sporting Lisbon

Sporting Lisbon 0 Arsenal 1
Welbeck 77

Danny Welbeck struck his fifth goal of the season which enabled Arsenal to beat Sporting Lisbon in Thursday’s Europa League Group E game in Lisbon. It was the first time Arsenal had won in the Portugal, and the victory was all the sweeter given that it was the Gunners 11th consecutive win in all competitions.
Welbeck has almost become the forgotten man in this Arsenal team where Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette appear to be Unai Emery’s first choice strike pair. Not being selected as much as he would like to however hasn’t phased the England man who was lively throughout.

Ozil shines as sizzling Arsenal beat Leicester

Arsenal 3 Leicester City 1
Özil 45, Aubameyang 63, 65, Chilwell 31

Mesut Ozil shone at the Emirates last night. His contribution to Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Leicester City was immense, none more so than the sweeping move which saw substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grab his second goal. Captain for the night, Ozil powered through the midfield to feed Hector Bellerin on the right. Ozil then dummied Bellerin’s cross and the ball came to Alexandre Lacazette. The France striker clipped it back to Ozil who was now deep on the right. As Kasper Schmeichel came out to narrow the angle, Ozil’s side footed chip beat the Denmark keeper for Aubameyang to strike into the empty net. It was a move of brilliance and hallmark Arsenal.

Five star Arsenal sparkle to sink Fulham at the Cottage

Fulham 1 Arsenal 5
Schurrle 44, Lacazette 29, 49, Ramsey 67, Aubameyang 79, 91

Arsenal produced a sparkling five star performance to sink Fulham 5-1 at Craven Cottage. A double each from Alexandre Lacazette and substitute from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who came on for Danny Welbeck just past the hour mark added to what is an early contender for goal of the season by Aaron Ramsey just 39 seconds after his introduction for Alex Iwobi. The move began when the former Wales captain flicked the ball over his marker to find Lacazette. He fed Hector Bellerin, and the Spain defender then flicked up for Ramsey to surge deep into the Fulham half and head onto Henrikh Mkhitaryan. His pass out to his left instinctively found Aubameyang, who spotted Ramsey and crossed to enable him to finish with the most exquisite of back heels beyond the reach of Marcus Bettinelli. The goal was a thing of beauty, the move reminiscent of Arsenal in their pomp. ” We’ve got our Arsenal back,” sang the travelling Gunners’ supporters, who were also paying homage to the stars of the past, with Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, David Rocastle and Patrick Vieira getting a mention. The latter’s famous VIEIRA chant has a new version with Lucas Torreira the beneficiary. “Torreira oh, oh, oh. He comes from Uruguay, he’s only five feet high” the chant echoed over Craven Cottage and will be heard for a while yet as the thought tackling Torreira continues his fine post World Cup form at Arsenal.

Sokratis, Smith-Rowe and Guendouzi first Arsenal strikes see off Qarabag

Qarabag FK 0 Arsenal 3
Sokratis 4, Smith-Rowe 53, Guendouzi 79

Arsenal triumphed for the eighth consecutive game in all competitions when Sokratis, Emile Smith-Rowe and Matteo Guendouzi first Arsenal strikes saw off Qarabag FK 3-0 in Baku. The much changed Gunners had to come through a tough Europa League examination in a hostile but lively stadium where the final of this year’s competition will also take place. Unai Emery made nine changes from the side which saw off Watford last weekend. Rob Holding, Sokratis and Nacho Monreal were at the back for a three man defence, with Stephan Lichsteiner and Sean Kolasinac providing the width. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan didnt travel for health and political reasons respectively. The latter’s Armenian nationality would not have been well received in the host nation which is still in territorial disputes with Armenia. Emery who has won the Europa League three times, named a strong substitutes bench where Hector Bellerin, Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil, Lucas Torreira, Shkodran Mustafi and Granit Xhaka awaited nvolvement.

Emery guides Arsenal to fifth consecutive Premier League win

Arsenal 2 Watford 0
Cathcart og 80, Ozil 83

There were a lot of unknowns for Arsenal going into the current Premier League campaign. What was known however was that after more than two decades at the helm, the club’s most successful manager Arsene Wenger was stepping aside for the relatively unknown Unai Emery. Further unknown was how Arsenal would play under the former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain head coach, and also how his new charges would react to his arrival.

Wenger was known as a win with style kind of manager. Not for him was a ground out result, no. If the Gunners were winning they would always seek to add to their tally even if that meant sacrificing the defensive discipline to maybe concede a leveller or worse. Of course there was the sheer brilliance of the Wenger way which gave us the Invincibles of 2003-04, and a trophy haul of three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups adding to his legacy.