Southampton dump holders Arsenal out of the FA Cup

The Gunners boss opted to rotate his options for the trip to the south coast but his changed team were unable to rouse themselves at St. Mary’s.

Both sides did create early chances in a busy opening with Che Adams testing Bernd Leno and Fraser Forster denying Gabriel Martinelli.

But despite neither side really edging it early on, the Saints were handed a helping hand before the break as Gabriel Magalhaes diverted home Kyle Walker-Peters’ cross.

The visitors did try and force the issue after the restart with Arteta throwing on Thomas Partey and Bukayo Saka.

The returning Eddie Nketiah did force a crucial late stop from Forster but in the end the Gunners limped out as the Saints power on.

Full Time at the St. Mary’s Stadium it’s Southampton 1 Arsenal 0

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 Preview: Arsenal v Chelsea

The Gunners host local rivals Chelsea on Boxing Day and defeat could see them slide right down into the drop zone.

But it’s not all bad news for the Spanish coach ahead of this tie, with club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s return offering a welcome boost.

Swiss international Granit Xhaka is also back for this one but whether or not that’s a good thing remains a conundrum for Arteta.

As for Chelsea, Frank Lampard’s side looked back to their slick best against West Ham and he could go for a largely unchanged line up.

The only real issue for him appears to be at full back with Reece James and Ben Chilwell both out.

Skipper Cesar Azpilicueta is set to keep his place as James’ replacement on the right with Emerson drafted in to cover at left back.

And it’s all good to go under the Tier 4 lights at 5.30pm on Boxing Day at the Emirates Stadium.

Everton deepen Arsenal’s Premier League woes with 2-1 Goodison Park win

The Gunners are facing the very real prospect of Christmas on the brink of the relegation zone as Yerry Mina header pushes the Blues up to second.

On a night of few chances at either end of Goodison Park, it was the hosts that hit their stride early on, as Michael Keane slammed a spectacular effort wide.

And with all the traffic heading in one direction in the opening half hour, it was Everton that edged in front on 28 minutes.

Former Gunner Alex Iwobi’s whipped cross caused problems in the Arsenal box and the unfortunate Rob Holding diverted home past Bernd Leno.

The visitors struggled to bounce back from that, but Arteta’s side were given a massive helping hand just after.

Everton failed to clear their lines at a corner and Tom Davies caught Ainsley Maitland-Niles in area, with Nicolas Pepe confidently tucking home from the spot.

But that proved to be merely a temporary reprieve for Arteta on his return to Goodison as Mina powered
Everton ahead again before the break.

Arsenal did look to up the tempo and haul themselves into again after the restart as David Luiz skidded against the post and Joe Willock flashed on wide.

Bukayo Saka did carve out a chance in added time but Toffees keeper Jordan Pickford was equal to it as Arsenal boss Arteta faces a tense few weeks ahead.

Full Time at Goodison Park it’s Everton 2 Arsenal 1

The Gunners are facing the very real prospect of Christmas on the brink of the relegation zone as Yerry Mina header pushes the Blues up to second.
On a night of few chances at either end of Goodison Park, it was the hosts that hit their stride early on, as Michael Keane slammed a spectacular effort wide.
And with all the traffic heading in one direction in the opening half hour, it was Everton that edged in front on 28 minutes.
Former Gunner Alex Iwobi’s whipped cross caused problems in the Arsenal box and the unfortunate Rob Holding diverted home past Bernd Leno.
The visitors struggled to bounce back from that, but Arteta’s side were given a massive helping hand just after.
Everton failed to clear their lines at a corner and Tom Davies caught Ainsley Maitland-Niles in area, with Nicolas Pepe confidently tucking home from the spot.
But that proved to be merely a temporary reprieve for Arteta on his return to Goodison as Mina powered Everton ahead again before the break.
Arsenal did look to up the tempo and haul themselves into again after the restart as David Luiz skidded against the post and Joe Willock flashed on wide.
Bukayo Saka did carve out a chance in added time but Toffees keeper Jordan Pickford was equal to it as Arsenal boss Arteta faces a tense few weeks ahead.
Full Time at Goodison Park it’s Everton 2 Arsenal 1