Arsenal power past West Brom with 4-0 win at The Hawthorns

The Gunners look set to move up into the top ten in the coming week as a late brace from Alexandre Lacazette put the gloss on a dominant performance in the West Midlands.

Arteta’s team were on the front foot right from the start in this one with Sam Johnstone called into early action to deny Hector Bellerin and Bukayo Saka.

And with all the traffic heading in one direction it was only a matter of time before Arsenal edged ahead as Kieran Tierney netted a superb opener.

The Scotsman raided forward from full back, turned Darnell Furlong one way and then the other and curl home a beauty past Johnstone.

And with The Baggies unable to offer resistance, Saka tucked home a brilliant second.
Lacazette’s delayed pass released Emile Smith-Rowe and his cutback was buried by Saka.

Arsenal kept on coming and coming before the break with more Johnstone keeping the score down as he denied Lacazette and Rob Holding.

And the Arsenal avalanche showed no signs of slowly after the break before Lacazette finally made it three.

Saka was right at the heart of it once again Semi Ajayi deflected his cross onto the post before Lacazette pounced to tuck home.

Arsenal smelt blood in the final stages as Lacazette volleyed home Tierney’ cross for Goal No.4 as Sam Allardyce’s miserable start continues with The Baggies.

Full Time at The Hawthorns it’s West Brom 0 Arsenal 4

Arsenal secure crucial 1-0 Premier League win at Brighton

The Gunners will now kick off the New Year in 13th place after Alexandre Lacazette secured a vital three points.

Despite showing signs of moving in the right direction in recent weeks, the Gunners were second best in the first half, as Brighton created the better chances.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh’s low drive was the best Graham Potter’s team could muster in the first 45 with Bernd Leno equal to his effort.

Arteta’s side did slowly begin to turn the tide after the break as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tested Robert Sanchez and Gabriel Martinelli fired over.

And as Arsenal found themselves in the ascendency late on, Lacazette grabbed his chance to put them in front.

Bukayo Saka’s driving run had the Brighton defence on the back foot and Lacazette collected his square ball to fire home.

Neither side were able to create a grandstand finish on the south coast as Arsenal grabbed back to back wins for the first time since the opening day.

Full Time at the Amex Stadium it’s Brighton 0 Arsenal 1

Premier League: Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea

Alexandre Lacazette converted a penalty before Granit Xhaka’s superb free-kick doubled Arsenal’s lead just ahead of the break.

Chelsea, looking to stay hot on the heels of the chasing pack, were caught out again after 56 minutes when Bukayo Saka clipped home a third.

Mohamed Elneny drilled a fierce effort against the crossbar before Chelsea pulled a goal back after 85 minutes through Tammy Abraham, who was ruled onside by VAR after initially being flagged offside.

Gunners keeper Bernd Leno produced a fine save from Jorginho’s penalty in stoppage time as Arsenal closed out a first league win since beating Manchester United away at the start of November.

Before kick-off, the Gunners announced defender Gabriel was set to miss the next three matches due to self-isolation after being flagged as a close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19.

Brazilian duo David Luiz and Willian were said to be “unwell”, but both recently returned negative tests.

The result sees The Gunners climb to 14th in the table whilst Frank Lampard’s Chelsea drop to 6th.

Arsenal suffer damaging 1-0 defeat at home to Burnley

This result will only ramp up the growing pressure on Arteta in the weeks ahead as the Spaniard has picked up just one league win in two months.

The Gunners struggled to get into any sort of rhythm in the first half as Rob Holding nodded over and Alexandre Lacazette brilliantly tested Nick Pope.

Arteta looked to have rattled a few cages during the break at the Emirates as Pope was called into quick action to deny Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

But just as the hosts looked to be edging themselves towards breakthrough, Granit Xhaka’s brain fart derailed their efforts.

The Swiss international tangled with Ashley Westwood before losing his head and grabbing the Clarets man by the throat as Graham Scott flashed a red card.

Arsenal looked to cling on from there as Burnley smelt blood in the closing stages.

But it wasn’t to be as Arteta’s miserable was completed as Aubameyang flicked home from a corner………….but unfortunately for the Gunners skipper it was at the wrong end.

Full Time at the Emirates Stadium it’s Arsenal 0 Burnley 1

Tottenham cruise to 2-0 derby win over Arsenal

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min continued their excellent start to the season with a goal apiece as Mourinho ensured North London bragging rights in front of 2,00 returning fans.

Neither side created much in a busy opening quarter of hour but a moment of Son inspired magic eased Spurs into a 1-0 lead.

The hosts instantly turned over an Arsenal counter attack on half way and Kane’s reverse ball sent Son clear to bend a super effort past Bernd Leno.

A shell shocked Arsenal were unable to muster a response to Son’s stunner as Spurs kept them at arms length before Kane doubled their lead just before the break.

Son swapped places with the England skipper this time as his neat pass cut the Arsenal defence in half and Kane slammed home.

Mikel Arteta’s side did look to force their way back in after the break as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headed over and Hugo Lloris denied Alexandre Lacazette with an instinctive stop.

However, with two goals and three points already in the bag Mourinho was only to happy to run down the clock and continue his brilliant

Full Time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium it’s Tottenham 2 Arsenal 0

Premier League Preview: Arsenal v Wolves

The Gunners have won just once since the start of October in Premier League action and Mikel Arteta is certain to rotate his options.

Nicolas Pepe misses out through suspension, with Alexandre Lacazette set to return to the starting team as his replacement.

Bukayo Saka and Willian are also back in full training and should start, but Thomas Partey and David Luiz are expected to miss out.

For the visitors, Santo and his players are also stuck in a rut, with one win in four in the league.

But the Portuguese boss is set to stick to his guns in North London, with skipper Conor Coady the only change to his side, replacing Matt Kilman in defence.

And it’s all set for a 7.15 kick off on Sunday night at the Emirates Stadium.

Aston Villa secure shock 3-0 Premier League win at Arsenal

The Gunners were unable to live with their high energy visitors who won away in North London for the first time since 2011.

Villa were quickest out of the blocks at the Emirates, as John McGinn’s goal inside 60 seconds was overturned by VAR.

However, Dean Smith’s side did finally edge in front on 25 minutes as Bukayo Saka diverted Matt Targett’s cross into his own net.

Arsenal did look to rally before the break however, as Thomas Partey and Alexandre Lacazette both wasted half chances.

Neither side were able to get a grip on the game after the restart with Arteta’s team worryingly short on attacking intent.

With Arsenal unable to create anything meaningful in the final third, Villa doubled their advantage on 72 minutes.

Ross Barkley’s corner flew past a line of Arsenal defenders and Ollie Watkins powered a header past Bernd Leno.

That goal took the sting out of any potential Arsenal comeback as Watkins netted his second with 15 mintues to go.

Villa skipper Jack Grealish led the counter attack, and he feed in Watkins inside the box and the former Brentford striker confidently fired past Leno.

Full Time at the Emirates Stadium it’s Arsenal 0 Aston Villa 3

Arsenal end Old Trafford hoodoo with 1-0 Premier League win at Manchester United

On a night of few clear chances for either team a second half penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang secured a crucial three points for the Gunners.

Neither side created much in the early stages on a rainy night in Manchester before a chance apiece just before the break.

United striker Mason Greenwood wriggled away from Gabriel inside the box but Bernd Leno reacted smartly to block his effort.

Arsenal’s best chance of the first 45 minutes fell to Bukayo Saka but the teenager could only head over from Hector Bellerin’s cross.

The visitors picked up the initiative after the break with Alexandre Lacazette releasing Aubameyang to release Aubameyang who curled just wide.

With neither really able to take charge of the game, the match turned on a decisive moment on 65 minutes.

Bellerin collided with Paul Pogba inside the box and despite the Frenchman’s protests, referee Mike Dean pointed straight to the spot and Aubameyang confidently slotted past David De Gea.

United almost pinched a point in the closing stages as Donny van de Beek’s effort deflected onto the post but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were unable to stage a big finale.

Full Time at Old Trafford it’s Manchester United 0 Arsenal 1

Jamie Vardy clinches 1-0 Leicester City Premier League win at Arsenal

The former England international has a fantastic record against the Gunners and his 80th minute header made it ten goals against Mikel Arteta’s side.

The hosts dominated the early stages in North London as Alexandre Lacazette and Bukayo Saka both forced saves from Kasper Schmeichel.

Arsenal struggled to maintain that rhythm after the break as Leicester began to grow into the game in the second half.

With Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang unable to make any inroads on Leicester, Arsenal best chance fell to Hector Bellerin.

The Spaniard did brilliantly to keep his rising effort on target but Schmeichel was once equal to it.

And with Arsenal unable to make the most of their chances, Vardy was more than happy to hand them familiar lesson.

Youri Tielemens’ ball released Cengiz Under and the Turkish international lofted ball found Vardy lurking at the back post and the Foxes talisman gleefully bulleted a header home.

Full Time at the Emirates Stadium its Arsenal 0 Leicester City 1

Liverpool see off unambitious Arsenal at Anfield.

Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Diogo Jota, on his home debut, all scored after Alexandre Lacazette had been gifted the opener after a Robertson error.

If the France international’s finish from Arsenal’s first shot on target in the 25th minute was not that convincing his performance in two second-half one-on-ones – one latterly flagged offside – with Alisson Becker was even less so and his misses will have left Mikael Arteta wondering what night have been on a wet Monday night in Anfield.

Liverpool dominated however and had 21 shots on goal compated to their opponents 4 and in truth looked very comfortable beofre Diogo Jota marked his debut with a late goal on the 88th minute.

Arsenal, with David Luiz restored to a back three and two holding midfielders in Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka, seemed in no mood to take the game to their hosts as Premier League newcomers Leeds had so thrillingly done on the opening weekend of the season.

Instead they sat back, rarely engaging as Liverpool played out from the defence, in the hope of hitting on the break.

There was a touch of fortune rather than thought about the Gunners opener with a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s over-hit cross mis-controlled by Andy Roberson into the path of Lacazette.

The France international also mis-kicked his shot but he succeeded in bouncing it into the floor and agonisingly over the outstretched arm of Alisson.

However, if Arteta was hoping to hold on to that lead his plan was dashed after 147 seconds as Leno parried Mohamed Salah’s shot and Mane pounced for the equaliser.

Seven minutes later Liverpool were ahead as yet another Alexander-Arnold cross found its target in the penalty area, this time his opposite full-back Robertson making amends for his earlier error by controlling on his chest and poking home.

The final word was left to Liverpool’s new signing Jota, on as a late substitute, who finally put the match to bed two minutes from time when he seized a weak David Luiz header, controlling and firing low into the Kop net having earlier wasted a better chance with only Leno to beat.

Liverpool are now joint top of the League with Leicester and Everton with the final score at Anfield Liverpool 3 – Arsenal 1.

Arsenal snatch late 2-1 Premier League win at home to West Ham

Alexandre Lacazette netted for the second game running, but Michail Antonio first half equaliser set up a nervy second period, before Eddie Nketiah stole all three points late on.

Both sides struggled to create any meaningful rhythm in the opening stages, but Arsenal showed their efficiency as Lacazette buried their first chance on 25 minutes.

Bukayo Saka’s quick ball released Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Gunners skipper hung up an inviting cross, and Lacazette powered past Lukasz Fabianksi.

But with Arsenal unable to build on Lacazette’s opener, the pragmatic Hammers found a deserved equaliser just before the break.

Ryan Fredricks showed pace to burst in behind Saka and the squared for Antonio to poke past Bernd Leno.

The Hammers were the better side after the break, with Leno called into action to bravely deny Antonio and former Hull City winger Jarrod Bowen.

David Moyes’ side certainly looked the more likely to nick a winner, but Arsenal again showed a killer instinct in front of goal, as substitute Nketiah latched onto Dani Ceballos’ pass to curl past Fabianski.


Arsenal cruise to 3-0 win at Premier League new boys Fulham

The hosts showed flashes of promise, but goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Magalaes and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang secured all three points for the Gunners.

Both sides had their fans wincing in the opening stages with dodgy defending, but it was Arsenal that broke the deadlock on eight minutes.

Pinball inside the Fulham box caused panic for the home side, but Lacazette kept his cool to scramble home the scruffiest of opening goals.

That defensive horror show looked to rattle Fulham, and they were fortunate not to be two goals behind at the break, as Brazilian international Willian rattled the post from a free kick.

And with the shell shocked hosts unable to react, Gabriel helped himself to a debut goal just after the restart.

That ended any slim chance of a possible Fulham fight back, but their top-flight return would not be complete without an goal from Aubameyang.

Willian found himself in space on the hour mark, his through ball left the Fulham defence standing and Aubameyang raced on and on to fire past Marek Rodak.

Parker threw on Aleksandar Mitrovic in the closing stages, and despite the Serbian testing Bernd Leno late on, Parker knows his side will need to improve dramatically for the long road ahead.