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

Premier League: Everton v Arsenal

Last weekend saw the return of fans to Goodison for the first time this season thanks to Liverpool being named in a Tier 2 area, and the 2,000 spectators watched on as Carlo Ancelotti downed his former side Chelsea 1-0 thanks to Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty.

Arsenal’s week didn’t go so well though, as they picked up just a point from their games against Southampton and Burnley, going down to ten men both times. As a result, both Granit Xhaka and Gabriel will miss out.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did manage to score against Saints, and will be hoping he can kickstart a goal scoring run which is desperately needed if Arsenal are to start moving up the table.

The Gunners will go into the game 15th in the table, with bottom half rivals Fulham and Newcastle playing just after the final whistle goes on Saturday night.

Ancelotti may welcome back Seamus Coleman for the visit of the Gunners, after the Irishman missed the last three games with a thigh injury. The Everton captain was left out of the win over Leicester on Wednesday night as a precaution, so should start, but James Rodriguez is unlikely to return after a calf injury.

Lucas Digne is still missing with an ankle injury and won’t return until the end of January, and will be joined on the sidelines by Allan, who was stretchered off after 41 minutes at the King Power in the week. Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Fabian Delph will also miss out.

Arsenal, on top of their suspension worries, will welcome back Hector Bellerin from a ban and have mostly the same group that played against Southampton available, after no new injuries. David Luiz may return after his head injury suffered against Wolves.

Thomas Partey is still out after taking a knock in the defeat to Spurs, while Gabriel Martinelli played 45 minutes of an under-21 game last week and is targeting January as a potential comeback date.

If Everton manage to make it three wins on the spin, they could go as high as second in the table ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures. Arsenal arguably need the win more though, and what better place to get it than somewhere Arteta spent six years as a player.

Everton take on Arsenal at Goodison Park on Saturday, December 19th. Kick-off is at 5.30pm.

Premier League: Arsenal vs Southampton

The Gunners have usually been in excellent form in midweek games this season, winning all six of their Europa League fixtures, but woeful against Premier League opposition, losing four of their last five league games as pressure mounts on Arteta.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored more goals against Arsenal at the Emirates than for them so far this season, but will continue to be relied upon as Southampton visit the capital.

Granit Xhaka will be suspended after ridiculously getting sent off against Burnley on Sunday for grabbing Ashley Westwood around the neck. Whether or not that improves the Gunners’ chances of a result remains to be seen.

Arteta will definitely be without Thomas Partey with a thigh injury, while Nicolas Pepe is also suspended. Reiss Nelson has a chance of returning after a head injury, but Sead Kolasinac is unlikely to make the squad.

David Luiz will be assessed after missing the 1-0 defeat to Burnley with the after effects of a concussion injury sustained in that horrific clash with Raul Jimenez, while the game will come too soon for Gabriel Martinelli, who has stepped up his recovery from an ACL injury in the past week.

As for Southampton, Ralph Hassenhuttl has a fully fit squad to choose from, which seems entirely in keeping with everything going well at St Mary’s at the minute.

Danny Ings and Nathan Redmond are both available after injuries recently, and the pair combined for Saints’ third goal against Sheffield United at the weekend.

A win for Hassenhuttl could send Southampton top of the table for the second time this season, albeit for a maximum of two hours as Liverpool and Spurs play at Anfield ten minutes after the full-time whistle goes at the Emirates.

Arsenal need a win to affect things at the other end of the table, as they bid to pull themselves away from a relegation battle that is starting to tighten up.

Defeat coupled with a win for Brighton could send the Gunners as low as 16th, while a much-needed win could see them leapfrog Leeds United into 14th and stop the rot.

Arsenal take on Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday, December 16th. Kick-off is at 6pm

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

Mikel Arteta linked with Eric Garcia swoop

The Spanish international has made clear his intention to leave City when his contract expires at the end of campaign despite being elevated into a first team role.

Former club Barcelona have reportedly reached out over a deal with Garcia keen on a return to Catalonia.

However, according to reports from Metro, Arteta could challenge Barcelona with a January swoop.

City rejected a £15m offer from Ronald Koeman’s side during the summer, but due to his expiring contract situation that could now be open to bids.

Arteta is keen to improve his Gunners defence after a poor start to the season with Shkodran Mustafi and

Sokratis both almost certain to leave the club in 2021.
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Premier League Preview: Tottenham v Arsenal

Mikel Arteta’s side make the short trip across the capital without a league win in over a month and with the hosts currently riding high at the top of the table.

Mourinho rested some of his star names for the midweek draw at Linz and he’s expected to bring Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Sergio Reguilon back into the starting XI tomorrow.

However, skipper Hugo Lloris looks certain to miss out due to a muscle injury, meaning that Joe Hart could start his first Premier League game since Boxing Day 2018.

For Arteta, he is also expected to rotate after Europa League action, but the Spaniard is still without two key players through injury.

Thomas Partey and David Luiz will both miss this one as they edge back to full fitness with striker Nicolas Pepe serving the second match of a three-game ban

And we are all set to go in North London with a 4.30pm kick off on Sunday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Premier League Preview: Tottenham v Arsenal

Mikel Arteta’s side make the short trip across the capital without a league win in over a month and with the hosts currently riding high at the top of the table.

Mourinho rested some of his star names for the midweek draw at Linz and he’s expected to bring Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Sergio Reguilon back into the starting XI tomorrow.

However, skipper Hugo Lloris looks certain to miss out due to a muscle injury, meaning that Joe Hart could start his first Premier League game since Boxing Day 2018.

For Arteta, he is also expected to rotate after Europa League action, but the Spaniard is still without two key players through injury.

Thomas Partey and David Luiz will both miss this one as they edge back to full fitness with striker Nicolas Pepe serving the second match of a three-game ban

And we are all set to go in North London with a 4.30pm kick off on Sunday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

10-man Arsenal draw 0-0 at Leeds United

The Whites were the better side throughout at Elland Road, but despite Nicolas Pepe’s second half red card, Bielsa’s couldn’t force the win.

Leeds had the better of a tight first half, as Raphinha and Mateusz Klich both fired wide and Bernd Leno produced a instinctive stop to deny Patrick Bamford before the break.

The hosts lack of killer instinct meant Arsenal stayed in the game after the restart, but Mikel Arteta’s side shot themselves in the foot on 50 minutes.

Pepe clashed off the ball with Ezgjan Alioski, and after a quick VAR check, Anthony Taylor sent him off for a clear headbutt.

With a man advantage in the final half hour, Leeds did push for a winner, but Leno proved to be a vital barrier for Arteta.

The German produced a huge stop to deny Stuart Dallas on 66 minutes before blocking another effort from substitute Rodrigo.

But as the game began to see saw in the final ten minutes, both sides had chances to win it.

Rodrigo and Bamford were both denied by the woodwork before the anonymous Illan Meslier to deny Bukayo Saka.

But despite the late flurry of chances, this game was destined to stay goalless.

Full Time at Elland Road it’s Leeds United 0 Arsenal 0

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

Premier League Preview: Arsenal v Aston Villa

Mikel Arteta’s side returned to winning ways at Old Trafford last weekend but Dean Smith’s Villa are unbeaten on the road this season.

Arteta has already confirmed no fresh injuries to deal with, but he is certain to rotate following the Europa League win over Molde.

Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding are expected to return to the defence, with Bukayo Saka, Thomas Partey and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang also rested against the Norwegians.

Villa only have one new injury to deal with ahead of the trip to the capital with striker Bertrand Traore set for a month on the sidelines.

Trezeguet is set to replace him in the starting line up with Smith only making limited changes from last weekend’s defeat to Southampton.

It’s set to be a late one on Sunday night with a 7.15pm kick off at the Emirates Stadium.

Premier League: Manchester City vs Arsenal

When the two sides last met, it was Arteta’s Arsenal who came out on top, eliminating Manchester City from the FA Cup at the semi-final stage, before going on to lift the trophy at Wembley by beating Chelsea in the final.

And the Spaniard will be confident he can repeat the feat, given the two sides’ contrasting starts to the season. Arsenal are fourth, having won nine points from a possible 12, while City have only won one of their three games in the league, and sit 14th in the table at this early stage.

The Gunners will be boosted by the signing of Thomas Partey, who joined the club on deadline day from Atletico Madrid. The €45m signing may be involved in some capacity against City, who will be hoping to get back to winning ways after a loss to Leicester and a draw with Leeds United.

They still have problems up front though, as their two out-and-out centre forwards are both still struggling with injuries. Sergio Aguero has stepped up his recovery, and could make the squad, but Gabriel Jesus will miss out as he continues his recovery from an injury of his own.

Oleksandr Zinchenko is rated 50/50 after a spell out injured, but Raheem Sterling is expected to be fit after pulling out of the England squad with a tight hamstring last week. Kevin De Bruyne has also been ruled out after picking up an injury on international duty.

As for Arsenal, defenders Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari are ruled out, while Gabriel Martinelli remains sidelined until close to the end of the year with a knee injury. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang suffered a sprained ankle recently but should shake it off to play.

Kieran Tierney was identified as a close contact of Scotland team mate Stuart Armstrong, who tested positive for COVID-19. Rules state that Tierney should self-isolate for 14 days as a precaution, but has also tested negative for the virus. Arteta is hoping for some clarification from the Premier League on the matter as it affects his participation.

Manchester City take on Arsenal at the Etihad on Saturday, October 17th. Kick-off is at 5.30pm.

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.