Arsenal thrashed at Anfield as rampant Liverpool provide Emery a reality check

Liverpool 5 Arsenal 1
Firmino 14,16,65 pen, Mane 32, Salah 47, Maitland-Niles 11

Arsenal received a 5-1 thrashing at Anfield as Liverpool provided a reality to check to Unai Emery’s side. That 22 game unbeaten run in all competitions under Emery seems to have masked over a number of personnel cracks, even if that results sequence involved draws against Liverpool at the Emirates and against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Liverpool are in menacing form, and their attack trio of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino who grabbed his first treble for the Reds showed their title intent to the rest of the Premier League of . The Gunners had an early chance when Alex Iwobi forced a fine save from Alisson. With their next move, Arsenal silenced Anfield by taking the lead. Ainsley Maitland-Niles slotted home after a testing cross from Iwobi. Not used to being behind, the Reds were level within three minutes through Firmino. Stephan Lichsteiner’s attempt to clear came off Shkodran Mustafi and Firmino tapped into the empty net. More defensive woe as the Brazilian slalomed past the Gunners ineffective backline to put Liverpool ahead. Mane increased the lead from Salah’s cross, while Salah himself struck from the penalty spot after he was caught by Sokratis in the box. Arsenal were all over the place defensively, and while matters marginally improved when they only conceded once more after the break when Firmino struck from the penalty spot following Sead Kolasinac’s push on Dejan Loveren, their luck couldn’t have gotten any worse as Aaron Ramsey couldn’t finish from Iwobi’s pass, while Alexandre Lacazette was denied a nailed on penalty when he was caught by Nathanial Clyne.

Aubameyang strikes again but Arsenal pegged back by Brighton

Brighton 1 Arsenal 1
Locadia 35, Aubameyang 7

Pierre-Emerick Aubamryang scored his fifteenth goal of the season as Arsenal looked set to grab a second festive fixtures win in succession. However they found themselves pegged back when Jurgen Locadia pounced to level for the home side ten minutes before the break. The Gunners could and should have been out of sight by then, with Aubameyang seeing two golden chances thwarted by Mat Ryan. The Australian back peddled to tip over the bar from the Gabon striker from Matteo Guendouzi’s pass. With his side still in the ascendency, Aubameyang was favourite to double their lead from Lucas Torreira’s through ball, only to see Ryan dive down to his right and make the save. Unai Emery made three changes from the side which beat a tenacious Burnley, and although the point here is more than Arsenal’s last visit to the south coast at Southampton, he will be frustrated having seen his side dominate without taking full advantage while defensively Arsenal seem to be unable to get any coherent strategy.

Aubameyang double inspires Arsenal win over Burnley

Arsenal 3 Burnley 1
Aubameyang 14, 48, Iwbobi 90 A. Barnes 63

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s double either side of the of the break inspired Arsenal to get back to winning ways with a well earned win over Burnley at the Emirates. Aubameyang finished off a neat patient build up move for the opener, where Mesut Ozil’s pass out to the left for Sead Kolasinac to pull back for the assist was just brilliant. Ozil was named captain for the day, and his jinking run and blocked shot late on enabled substitute Alex Iwobi to pounce for Arsenal’s third goal. Aubameyang had already given the Gunners their and his second by that stage, another free flowing move involving Kolasinac from the left again, Alexandre Lacazette and finally Aubameyang to rifle in from ten yards to beat Joe Hart at his near post for his 12th goal of the season. Burnley had given the Gunners a few nervy moments following Ashley Barnes profiting from the Arsenal defence dithering when trying to clear their lines. That strike heartened the Clarets at 2-1, but Arsenal found the strength and the substance to finally overcome a dogged opponent. Aubameyang is now top of the goal scoring chart and more goals will surely follow in the Gabon strikers first full season in the Premier League.

Arsenal suffer Carabao Cup loss to Spurs

Arsenal 0 Tottenham Hotspur 2
Son 20 AllĂ­ 59

Arsenal suffered Carabao Cup elimination in their quarter-final with Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates after Son Heung-Min and Dele All struck in either half to ensure the visitors were in the hat for the semi-final. In the draw after the game, Spurs were paired with Chelsea while Carabao Cup holders Manchester City will face Burton Albion in the other semi-final.

Arsenal’s 22 game unbeaten run comes to an end at Southampton

Southampton 3 Arsenal 2
Ings 20, 44, Austin 85 Mkhitaryan 28, 53

Arsenal’s 22 game unbeaten run in all competitions came to a sudden end at Southampton where Unai Emery’s side were beaten 3-2. The Saints new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl’s winning home start was a combination of his new methods of high energy, high pressing and closing down when out of possession. Arsenal never really got going on a heavy pitch and under constant rainfall. It was similar to the Gunners encounter with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park where they couldn’t hold out for the win and allowed Palace to grab a point. Here they were much more “generous,” with Bernd Leno coming out to a Shane Long cross which he didn’t need to. Charlie Austin had the simple task of heading in the winner on 85 minutes. Danny Ings had twice given the Saints the lead with two headers, and twice Arsenal responded through Henrikh Mkhitaryan to level. When Emery brought on Meust Ozil for the last 20 minutes to replace Alex Iwobi, it was a bold move. Emery has stated that some games aren’t right for Ozil and has therefore has omitted the German as he did in the win at Bournemouth. Returning from a back injury, perhaps brining Ozil on here wasn’t the best thing to have done and especially when Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny would have given more bite to the Gunners’ rearguard. All flicks and tricks, it’s great when Ozil gets going but you will raraely see a defensive shift from the talismanic German. His misguided trick deep in the away half was pounced on by the Saints defence to counter and launch the move which led to Austin’s winner.

Arsenal secure Europa League group with win over Qarabag

Arsenal 1 FK Qarabag 0
Lacazette 16

Arsenal finished their Europa League group phase with a routine 1-0 win over FK Qarabag at the Emirates stadium. Alexandre Lacazette latched onto Mesut Ozil’s pass after the Gunners re-gained possession deep in the opponents half to strike hard and low past Vagner for the only goal of the game. Unai Emery made nine changes to the starting eleven with the youthful energy of 17 year old Bukayo Saka in particular proving that the Arsenal academy system is doing some great work. Joe Willock shone in midfield, as did Eddie Nketiah and Ainsley Maitland-Niles. After a five match absence due to a back spasm, Mesut Ozil returned as did Laurent Koscienly for his first start since rupturing his Achilles in last season’s Europa League semi-final loss to Atletico Madrid last May. Mohammed Elneny and Carl Jenskinson provided some experience as did Sokratis who will miss Sunday’s trip to Southampton due to suspension.

Torreira stunner earns Arsenal late win over Huddersfield

Arsenal 1 Huddersfield Town 0
Torreira 83

Lucas Torreira struck a late stunning overhead kick to finally break Huddersfield’s resistance at the Emirates on Saturday. With the visitors digging in deep and valiantly aiming to get something from this game, the Gunners cut shadows of frustration with a lack of luck also costing them. That all changed seven minutes from time when Matteo Guendouzi’s ball to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the right of the Huddersfield area was floated back over by the Gabon striker where Torreira swivelled his body to bicycle kick the ball into the net. Arsenal had earned that goal, but were made to work hard for the three points against a side who will once again be fighting for their Premier League lives.

Arsenal take lead twice but United fight back for a draw

Manchester United 2 Arsenal 2
Martial 30, Lingaard 69, Mustafi 26, Lacazette 68

Arsenal took the lead twice at Old Trafford, but on both occasions, a case not for the defence came to cost the Gunners the win. Buoyed by the 4-2 thrashing of Spurs last week end, Arsenal were comfortable for large portions of the game, at a venue which has been of rare rewards in seasons past.The draw means that Unai Emery’s side are now unbeaten in their last 20 games in all competitions. Shkodran Mustafi gave the visitors the lead heading downwards from Lucas Torreira’s corner to cause confusion to the usually dependable David De Gea. He palmed the ball high with goal line technology revealing that the ball crossed the line despite the efforts of Ander Herrera to clear. Within four minutes, United were level. Bernd Leno made a fine save to keep out Marco Rojo’s free kick. Following up from a marginally offside position, Herrera was the first to react, clipping the ball back for Anthony Martial to find the target.

Arsenal storm to 4-2 win over Spurs in feisty north London derby

Arsenal 4 Tottenham Hotspur 2
Aubameyang 10 pen, 56 Lacazette 75, Torreira 77, Dier 30, Kane 34, pen

Arsenal stormed past Tottenham Hotspur in a feisty north London derby which ended 4-2 to the Gunners at the Emirates stadium on Sunday. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring from the penalty spot when Jan Vertonghen handled from a corner. The Gunners had further chances to increase their lead when Iwobi and Aubameyang went close. Dominating but not taking your chances can come back to cost you, and that is what happened here. Out of nowhere, Eric Dier headed in at the near post from a free kick awarded when Heung-Min Son tumbled under pressure from Sokratis.

Arsenal secure top Europa League group E spot with 3-0 rout of Vorskla

Vorskla Poltava 0 Arsenal 3
Smith-Rowe 10, Ramsey 27, Willock 41

Arsenal secured top spot in Group E of the Europa League with a 3-0 win over Vorskla Poltava in Kiev. Emile Smith-Rowe struck after ten minutes with a well taken goal and in bitterly cold conditions, the Gunners fired two further strikes when Aaron Ramsey struck from the penalty spot after he was bundled over. Joe Willock then also netted before half time for a 3-0 first half scoreline from which the hosts were never going to recover from. Unai Emery made ten changes from the side which prevailed at Bournemouth last week end, with only Rob Holding retaining his place. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil were among a host of first team players to have remained in London, and given UEFA’s decision to switch the game to Kiev, 200 miles away from the original venue due to security concerns along the Russian border, that turned out to be an even better move, and especially with Sunday’s north London derby on the immediate horizon.