Arsenal Fall To Man City At Emirates Stadium

Manchester City’s French defender Benjamin Mendy (L) vies with Arsenal’s Brazilian striker Gabriel Martinelli (C) during the English Premier League football match at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 15, 2019. Ben STANSALL / AFP

 

 

Kevin De Bruyne scored twice and teed up Raheem Sterling for Manchester City’s other goal as Arsenal crumbled to another humiliating 3-0 home defeat on Sunday.

The victory sees City close the gap on runaway leaders Liverpool back to 14 points and edge to within four of second-placed Leicester, who they host next weekend.

Arsenal, on the other hand, remain ninth on the back of just one win in their last 12 games in all competitions.

That victory came at West Ham on Monday, but if there was any hope a corner had been turned under caretaker boss Freddie Ljungberg for the Gunners, it was quickly quashed by the brilliant De Bruyne.

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Arsenal could have taken the lead even before the Belgian opened the scoring after just 90 seconds.

Gabriel Martinelli retained his place ahead of Alexandre Lacazette after scoring for the first time in the Premier League on Monday and got the better of Fernandinho and Nicolas Otamendi to muscle his way in on goal before his shot was blocked by Ederson.

City broke straight up the other end and Gabriel Jesus’s low cross picked out De Bruyne to stroke the ball into the roof of the net.

Pep Guardiola’s men had been ruthlessly cut apart on the counter-attack in losing to Manchester United last weekend and were conscious not to make the same mistake again as they allowed Arsenal possession for large spells before breaking at speed.

The visitors doubled their lead just 15 minutes in with De Bruyne this time the creator as he carried the ball forward before squaring for Sterling to slot home his 16th goal of the season.

De Bruyne showed his superior quality to any other player on the pitch again five minutes before half-time as this time he curled into the bottom corner on his weaker left foot from outside the box.

And only a brilliant save from Bernd Leno denied the City midfielder a first-half hat-trick moments later as the German’s fingertips turned another long-range De Bruyne effort onto the post.

Arsenal’s preparation for the game had been disturbed by the controversy surrounding Mesut Ozil’s support for the Muslim minority Uighurs in Chinese province Xinjiang.

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV pulled coverage of the match and Arsenal distanced themselves from Ozil’s comments.

The German was still selected by Ljungberg but made a little impact before being substituted on the hour mark and his slow walk to the touchline with his side trailing 3-0 drew the wrath of some disgruntled Arsenal fans.

Only Leno prevented the scoreline from becoming even more embarrassing for Arsenal as he saved one-on-one from Jesus and at his near post from Riyad Mahrez.

However, with just one win in five games since Ljungberg took temporary charge after the sacking of Unai Emery, the appointment of a new manager cannot come soon enough if they are to salvage anything from a thoroughly disappointing season so far.

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Arsenal’s Sanchez Picks Up Muscle Injury On Chile Duty

Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez, ChileArsenal’s Alexis Sanchez has suffered a “low grade muscle injury” while on international duty with Chile.

The injury has led to the exclusion of the 27-year-old from Chile’s squad for Thursday’s World Cup qualifier in Colombia.

The country’s medical team disclosed in a statement that Sanchez could return for the home game against Uruguay next Tuesday.

“He will remain in Santiago, under treatment and in evaluation for the meeting against Uruguay,” they said.

The former Barcelona player has scored eight goals for Arsenal in the current English Premier League season.

He played the whole 90 minutes of Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium.

Guardiola Says Manchester City Win Against Barcelona Is Vital

Pep Guardiola, Manchester City, Barcelona
Pep Guardiola, Manchester City, Barcelona

Pep Guardiola has described Manchester City’s 3-1 win over Barcelona as momentous, considering he has only been working at the club for four months.

Guardiola, who believes it is just a beginning for City, however, says it shows his team is on the right track.

It was a dream come true for the coach as two goals from Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne’s fine free-kick handed the hosts a famous win.

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Lionel Messi had open the scoring in the 21st minute with the aim to replicate the Spanish side’s 4-0 win at Camp Nou.

However, the story changed down the line, as the match ended 3-1 on Tuesday at the Etihad Stadium.

This means Manchester City have one foot in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages.

Ozil Again Secures Arsenal’s Victory Against Razgrad

Arsenal, Ludogorets Razgrad, Mesut Ozil, Manchester United, BarcelonaArsenal have yet again beaten Ludogorets Razgrad 3-2 in a UEFA Champions League return match on Tuesday night.

Although the Gunners had a poor beginning, they later displayed a brilliant performance at the Ludogorets Arena in Bulgaria.

Goals from Jonathan Cafu and Claudiu Keseru had set Razgrad on the spot before Granit Xhaka gave the English visitors a reason not to lose their winning hope.

Olivier Giroud also made good use of Aaron Ramsey’s assist to level the score for Arsenal in the 42nd minute.

After a strong battle for the winner, Mohamed Elneny made a superb pass which led to Mesut Ozil’s 88th minute goal.

In an earlier visit to the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal humbled the Bulgarian side 6 – 0.

Ozil netted a hat-trick while Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a goal apiece.

Dream Come True

Meanwhile, it was a dream come true for Coach Pep Guardiola as Manchester United thrashed Barcelona 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

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Pep Guardiola

Football legend, Lionel Messi had open the scoring in the 21st minute with the aim to replicate the Spanish side’s 4-0 win at Camp Nou.

However, the story changed down the line, as Ilkay Guendogan equalised for City.

The first half subsequently ended 1-1.

Kevin de Bruyne netted a brilliant goal few minutes after the second half began before Guendogan scored his second goal.

Arsenal Beat Everton To Revive Title Ambition

arsenalArsenal defeated Everton 2-0 in Saturday’s early kick off in the English Premier League.

Welbeck opened scoring in the 7th minute with Alex Iwobi doubling the lead in the 42nd minute to put Arsenal two goals up at half time.

Arsenal kept the ball for ages until Sanchez quickened things up with a short ball into Ozil. Then he took the return and slid a gentle through pass to Welbeck, who moved smoothly around the keeper to score.

The second was a simple counter-attacking goal. Bellerin curled an excellent long pass that allowed Iwobi to charge through on goal from the halfway line. He ran into the box and slid the ball through Joel’s legs and into the net.

It was Alex Iwobi’s first Premier League start.

Giroud also had a goal disallowed by Referee Mark Clattenburg in the 83rd minute. He headed Sanchez’s corner into the net from six yards, but the whistle had gone for a foul by Iwobi on Jagielka.

The gunners held on to the highly important victory which ensures that they remain third on the log, moving within eight points of Leicester City having played same number of games.

Other Results 

 

Chelsea 2 – 2 West Ham United
Crystal Palace 0 – 1 Leicester City
Watford 1 – 2 Stoke City
West Bromwich Albion 0 – 1 Norwich City
Swansea City 1 – 0 Aston Villa

Lukaku Will Be Arsenal’s Headache – Lukaku

ArsenalArsène Wenger says Romelu Lukaku will provide Arsenal with “another headache” on Saturday.

The Gunners defence faced Barcelona’s feared front three of Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar on Wednesday, and will now have to deal with the Belgian international at Goodison Park.

Lukaku has scored five times in his last four appearances and Wenger has been impressed with how the striker has developed since arriving in England as an 18-year-old.

“We knew him from Belgium, but he went to Chelsea,” he said. “He then went out on loan to Everton and I expected him to go back to Chelsea. After that, we were never on the case [to sign him].

“He’s developing well – year after year he’s better. His finishing his better, technical link-up play is better. He is promising a big career, it’s always a sign when the numbers are better year after year.

“We’ve just played against Neymar, Messi and Suarez, so [Lukaku] give us another headache. Our defenders should take encouragement from the performance they put in against Barcelona.”

The Gunners head into Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off against Everton 11 points behind league leaders Leicester City, but with a game in hand.

Wenger’s side have not won a league game since February 14, and the manager feels they must be pragmatic if they are to get back into the race.

“I would say we have to go step by step,” he said. “Let’s get back to winning habits first, that starts tomorrow… if we win tomorrow, we’ll see. That’s our target.

“But at the moment, the only way to achieve something special is first to be realistic and humble enough to deal first with Everton.

“Things will change until the end of the season, that’s for sure. We have to take care of our own destiny, and that’s by producing the performances we expect from ourselves.

“It’s very tight, but I believe the Premier League is far from over. We are in a position where we hope for the best. I agree that a negative result would be very bad for us, but we focus on a positive result. We know now is the time for us to produce the result we want.

“We also have to look behind us because things can change very quickly. We want to move forward, but I’m conscious that our position is not secure, even where we are.”

Champions League: Arsenal Must Attack Barcelona – Mertesacker

ArsenalPer Mertesacker says Arsenal can rediscover their “killer instinct” by attacking Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

The Gunners head into the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie having lost 2-0 at Emirates Stadium in February.

Arsène Wenger’s side were knocked out of the FA Cup by Watford on Sunday, but Mertesacker believes a strong attacking performance in Barcelona can get their season back on track.

“You have to give us credit because we kept going against Watford and created chance after chance,” he said. “But at the moment we lack that killer instinct. We need to work on that if we want to be successful in the Premier League and the Champions League.

“We were not relaxed against Watford. Even in the box we played and always found good positions, with the man in the right position but we lacked that relaxation even to hit the target. We did not do that sometimes. We missed it too often.

“We cannot afford to concede against Barcelona. We have to go there and try to attack, no matter what, that is the only possibility we have. We can be fortunate to have such big game in front of us.

“They are the ultimate team at the minute, so we are straight away under pressure and we have to go away from home. I think the confidence is there, we are just missing something.

“The season is not over. We play in a confident way, we maybe lack that bit at the end. The desire to play together and to be good as a team is there, you can feel that.”

 

FA Cup: Watford Beat Arsenal To Book Semi-Final Ticket

ArsenalWatford have defeated FA Cup defending champions Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday as they battle for a place in the semi-finals at Wembley.

Sequel to the Gunners’ misuse of a series of good chances, Odion Ighalo scored his first goal in the 50th minute for Watford, who are currently 14th on the English Premier League table.

Consequently, Adlene Guedioura gave Watford a winning hope after a shot on target in the 63rd minutes to make the score 2-nil.

Danny Welbeck scored a consolation goal for the Cup  holders with two minutes left to the end of the match.

This is Arsenal’s third consecutive defeat at the Emirates Stadium after losses to Swansea and Barcelona.

It was also their first FA Cup knockout since February 2013, when they lost to Blackburn Rovers.

Arsenal Trash Hull City 4-0 In FA Cup Replay

ArsenalEnglish club, Arsenal, have beaten Hull City 4-0 in an FA Cup fifth-round replay to set up a quarter-final match against Watford.

Oliver Giroud set the pace for the Gunners as he netted the first goal in the 41st minute of the game which lasted till the end of the first half.

The Frenchman scored his second goal in the 72nd minute which gave Arsenal a hope of winning the game.

Theo Walcott remarkably sealed the win for the Gunners when he side-footed in and then rifled in a late shot in the 77th and 89th minutes as they edged Hull City out of the competition.

The Tigers had forced a replay after Arsenal failed to beat them at the Emirates Stadium.

Messi Scores Twice As Barca Humiliate Arsenal In London

ArsenalLionel Messi scored a brace as champions Barcelona humiliated hosts Arsenal 2-0 in the first leg of their last 16 tie in London.

Neymar and Luis Suarez combined to set up Messi to calmly slot in and the Argentine also scored a late penalty.

In the second game, Juventus fought back from a 2-goal deficit to force German champions, Bayern Munich to a 2-2 draw in Turin.

The second leg comes up on March 16th.

Wenger Hails Joel Campbell’s Arsenal Resurgence

ArsenalArsène Wenger feels that Joel Campbell’s loan spells helped his strength of character.

The Costa Rica international was in fine form in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Swansea and scored his first Arsenal goal with a calm finish.

Wenger believes Campbell’s strike was important for his confidence, having had limited game time since his return to the club.

“I think he wanted to go (in the summer) because he didn’t play, which you can understand and as well because he didn’t play at all,” he said.

“Sometimes people want you to buy more and more players but after a while you have to look at your own players.

“He comes from Costa Rica, to get out of there and to come to (England) and to go to different leagues and survive, you need some character and he has shown that again today. In our job, all you can do is be ready and when you get your chance, take it and I think he did.

“When he came back he was on the waiting list and finally he got the chance and I’m very happy for him.

“I think he worked very hard, defended very well, created chances in the first half – he had that shot that was not that far off. He had another shot and in the second half he scored a goal and on top of that he worked very hard.”

Arsène Wenger added that he always knew that Joel Campbell had the attributes to succeed at Arsenal.

Meanwhile, Campbell has also expressed his joy at scoring his first goal for the club.

“I’m very happy,” he told Arsenal Player. “I had to wait for this moment and now we have to keep working to strengthen our team.

“I’m very happy but the important thing is the team wins. We had a good game so we have to keep going and prepare for the next game against Bayern Munich.

“The fans were incredible. They supported us the whole game and it was very important for us.”

The sweet away victory also saw Olivier Giroud scoring Arsenal’s 2,000th goal under Arsène Wenger.

The striker struck the opener in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Swansea to continue his fine run of six goals in as many games for club and country.

Arsenal now head to Munich on Wednesday to take on the German Champions, Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in the Champions League.

Arsène Wenger’s side became the first team to beat Bayern Munich since the German Super Cup when winning their Champions League Group F fixture 2-0 at Emirates Stadium recently.

Guardiola Says Bayern Lack ‘Killer Instinct’

Guardiola Says Bayern Lack 'Killer Instinct'Bayern Munich coach, Pep Guardiola, says he is disappointed with his team’s performance, as he struggled to explain the Bundesliga giants’ 2-0 loss to Arsenal on Tuesday night.

The German side, which controlled huge swathes of the Group F game at the Emirates, had 68% of the ball, carved out several great chances, but unusually lacked a killer instinct in front of goal.

Until the disappointing loss, Bayern had won the 12 games they had played in all competitions, setting a Bundesliga record of nine straight victories from the start of the season.

Meanwhile, Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, had expressed satisfaction with the Gunners performance at Emirates Stadium.Wenger

He said he was delighted that his team reproduced their recent outstanding premier league form to revive their faltering European fortunes with the 2-0 win over Bayern.

For long periods, it seemed the English side were either going to lose, or at best secure a draw.

A 77th-minute header from substitute Olivier Giroud and a stoppage-time second from Germany international, Mesut Ozil gave them an unexpected but hugely important victory.

The result means Arsenal have revived their chances of qualifying for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League for the 16th successive season, even as they trail Bayern and Olympiakos by three points.