Premier League Preview: Arsenal v Newcastle

Goals from Emile Smith-Rowe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang secured a 2-0 FA Cup win in that tie and Arsenal Mikel Arteta will be hoping for another positive result against Steve Bruce.

The Spanish coach is expected to shuffle his options however after his team slipped to a disappointing 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace in midweek.

Scottish international Kieran Tierney should be fit to come back in alongside the returning Thomas Partey and Nicolas Pepe.

Meanwhile the pressure continues to build on Bruce with no Premier League wins in over a month.

The former defender will make a few late fitness checks before naming his team with Jamal Lewis, Jonjo Shelvey and Jamaal Lascelles all battling to be fit.

Argentinian centre back Federico Fernandez has already been ruled out due to a thigh problem with Ryan Fraser serving a one game ban.

And Kick Off is all set for 8pm start on Monday night at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal edge out Newcastle in FA Cup win

The Gunners finally broken their visitors resistance after the 100 minute mark with crucial goals from Emile-Smith Rowe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Arsenal looked bright and breezy in the opening stages with Reiss Nelson and Nicolas Pepe testing Martin Dubravka.

But despite the positive start in North London the game descended into a slug fest after the break with half chances for Willock and Andy Carroll.

The introduction of Smith-Rowe tipped the balance for Arsenal in the extra 30 as the England U20 international superbly fired home.

Newcastle threw the kitchen sink at it in the final minutes but Arsenal wrapped it up in last few seconds as Aubameyang tucked home his first goal in over a month.

Full Time at the Emirates Stadium it’s Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0

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.

Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ruled out of Manchester City clash

The Gabonese international missed the weekend trip to Everton in Premier League action and boss Mikel Arteta will not risk him against City.

The Spanish boss is expected to rotate his team as he did in previous rounds with a host of squad faces in line to face Pep Guardiola’s visitiors.

Back up keeper Runar Runarsson should replace Bernd Leno between the sticks with fellow forgotten men Cedric Soares, Saed Kolasinac and Gabriel Martinelli all set to come into the starting line up.

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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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Wolves pick up vital 2-1 Premier League win at Arsenal

Mikel Areta’s team have won just once in Premier League action since October and goals from Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence condemned them to another home defeat.

Both teams struggled for fluidity in the opening stages as Neto converted the first genuine chance on the night.

Leander Dendoncker powered Adama Traore’s cross against the Gunners crossbar and Neto reacted quickest to the rebound to slot home the opener.

But despite the setback, Arsenal did react quickly as Gabriel emphatically nodded home Willian’s corner.

However, the game seesawed back into Wolves’ favour as Podence edged them back in front before the break.

Again it was the Arsenal defence that shot themselves in the foot as Bernd Leno could only parry Neto’s drive and the sharp Podence pounced on the rebound.

Arsenal did look to haul themselves back into after the break, but their sporadic threat only yielded a wasted effort from Reiss Nelson as Nuno Santo’s Wolves stayed on course for all three points.

Full Time at the Emirates Stadium it’s Arsenal 1 Wolves 2

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

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

Premier League Preview: Arsenal v Leicester City

The Gunners have endured a mixed start to the campaign so far with three wins balanced against defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City.

Mikel Arteta should have the bulk of his squad available for this game with Willian and Dani Ceballos both returning to training this weekend.

For the visitors, Rodgers is boosted by the return of star man Jamie Vardy following a calf injury.

Daniel Amartey is ruled out with a thigh problem he picked up last weekend meaning that Rodgers only has five fit defenders for the weeks ahead.

Kick off is a late one on Sunday night with a 7.15pm start at the Emirates Stadium.

Premier League Preview: Arsenal v Sheffield United

The Gunners overcame Liverpool in a Carabao Cup penalty shootout in midweek, but his regular first eleven lost 3-1 at Anfield in Premier League action on Monday.

The Spaniard is expected to recall his big guns for the visit of the Blades, with Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang coming back in.

Chris Wilder’s side are boosted by the return of John Egan from suspension, with the Irishman coming straight back into the side.

Captain Oliver Norwood came off the bench against Leeds last weekend, and the former Manchester United man is expected to start tomorrow.

It’s a 2pm kick off tomorrow at the Emirates Stadium.