Fulham 1 – 5 Arsenal | Premier League 2018/19 – Highlights

Fulham 1 - 5 Arsenal | Premier League 2018/19 - Highlights

Arsenal climb up to the 4th position in the Premier League table after a 5 – 1 victory over Fulham on Sunday.

Arsenal were sloppy in the beginning and granted Fulham the first chance of the match, but goalkeeper Bernd Leno denied Luciano Vietto with a brilliant save.

Fulham started splendidly but were caught on the counter by Arsenal, with Alexandre Lacazette finishing superbly in the 29th minute to open the scoring. Alex Iwobi fed Nacho Monreal down the left side and Monreal was allowed far too much time to pick out his man Lacazette, whose excellent first touch took him away from his marker before firing into the net.

Fulham were reacting well but were goalless until Andre Schurrle equalised for the hosts on the stroke of half-time. Vietto‘s through ball was perfect but Schurrle still had plenty to do and he expertly lofted the ball over Leno to restore parity.

After the half-time, however, Fulham had no answer to Arsenal’s display of their attacking talents, with the in-form Lacazette restoring Arsenal’s lead at the 49th minute, beating goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli, who had just pulled off an exceptional save to deny Hector Bellerin‘s ferocious strike from distance.

Ramsey nonchalantly finished off a flowing move to add a third in the 67th minute, in less than a minute after coming off the bench. Arsenal’s third goal was so brilliant that it could be a contender for goal of the season, and a reminder of the old Arsenal. There were flicks, through passes and brilliantly-timed runs, finishing perfectly when substitute Ramsey backheeled the ball into the bottom corner from Aubameyang’s pass. This style of attacking often referred to as “Wengerball” by the Gunners‘ fans. 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had quite the impact from the bench himself, as he helped himself and the team to 2 late goals. Arsenal attacking with the confidence like never before, Aubameyang scored the goal at the 79th minute. His first was a grand finish, as he spun sharply in the box and fired into the bottom corner, almost a splitting image of Lacazette’s first goal. In his second, he slotted home after an Aaron Ramsay pass gave him the time and space to fire it into the bottom-left corner past Bettinelli in stoppage time to complete a stylish victory.

Arsenal occupy the 4th spot in the table just above bitter rivals Tottenham after their 6th consecutive Premier League victory, while Fulham sit just above the relegation zone in 17th after a second consecutive league defeat.

Arsenal host Leicester next after the international break, 23rd October, Tuesday while Fulham travel to Cardiff on the 20th, Saturday.

Also read: Qarabag 0 – 3 Arsenal | UEFA Europa League Highlights

Aaron Ramsey set to leave Arsenal

Aaron Ramsey set to leave Arsenal

Reports from London suggest that Arsenal have withdrawn their offer of a new contract for Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey. This means that Arsenal’s player of the year from last season will leave the club this January or will leave on a free transfer next season. Arsenal seemed confident that they will agree on fresh terms with the Welshman but sources say that the talks of a new four-year contract have broken down and this have alerted many rival clubs of the midfielder’s availability. Ramsey has been seeking a large pay rise at the club, something that has been influenced by the deal that was offered to Mesut Ozil. Arsenal were initially ready to meet his demands but now believe that they will not be able to pay him the money he will demand in an open market. Ramsey attracted interest from various clubs around the world including a big money move from China in the summer transfer window but decided to stay at Arsenal

Many doubt his ability to fit into the playing style of Emery and this has certainly played a role in Arsenal deciding to not offer a contract for the midfielder. They would, however, want to cash in on him in January or will have to lose him on a free, come next summer. Ramsey would be a great addition to any top club in the world and would be an absolute bargain to get a man of his caliber on a free. Ramsey is very experienced and would be a great fit for numerous Premier League teams.

Ramsey joined the Gunners in the year 2008 for 5 million euros from Cardiff and has been a key figure in their squad ever since, winning three FA Cups with them and scoring the winning goal in two of them. Ramsey will be a definite loss for Arsenal but with a new manager and new ideals, there is a new aura of belief in and around the Emirates

 

Arsenal 2 – 0 Everton | Premier League 2018/19

Arsenal 2 - 0 Everton | Premier League 2018/19

Arsenal got their fourth consecutive victory in the Premier League after a 2-0 win over Everton at the Emirates on Sunday.

Petr Cech put in an amazing performance, making multiple fine saves to keep the first clean sheet of the season for the Gunners. Fan favourite striking duo Lacazette and Aubameyang both found the net in the 2nd half to bring home the three points for Arsenal.

Even though the Gunners had the majority of possession, most of the chances were from the Everton side in the first half. Richarlison was denied at his feet by Cech in the 2nd minute and he tested the stopper again a few minutes later.

Nacho Monreal‘s close-range effort was athletically saved by Jordan Pickford. On the other half, Theo Walcott‘s pace created problems for his boyhood club as he raced in-behind to see a shot saved well by Cech yet again. Arsenal really struggled to deal with Richarlison again towards the end of the first half forcing Cech to rescue his teammates once again as he tipped the ball over the bar.

Everton commenced the second half strongly but were felled by two quick goals in a span of four minutes. Aaron Ramsey put in a decent ball to find Lacazette, who went off to curl the ball off the post and into the net from the edge of the box to stun Pickford and his nearby defenders in the 56th minute. Just three minutes later, Arsenal managed to get into a three-on-one situation in the final third as Mesut Ozil found Ramsey, who just needed to score into an essentially empty net but he stumbled and flicked the ball towards Aubameyang, who scored from an offside position.

Everton managed to hit the bar late on through Lucas Digne, but Cech was adamant in keeping the clean sheet as the Gunners got their 5th successive win of the season.

Arsenal face Watford while Everton take on Fulham in their next Premier League fixture on Saturday, 29th September. 

Also read: Arsenal 4 – 2 Vorslka | UEFA Europa League

Arsenal vs Newcastle – Match Prediction | Premier League

Arsenal vs Newcastle - Match Prediction | Premier League

Arsenal vs Newcastle, Kick-Off: 14th September 07:30 PM (IST)

Arsenal travel to St James’ Park on Saturday to face Newcastle United with the purpose of achieving their third consecutive Premier League win of the season. The Gunners started out with two defeats to former champions Chelsea and defending champions Manchester City, but have bounced back to beat West Ham and Cardiff

Newcastle, on the other hand, are yet to secure their first win in the league this season. The Magpies lost to Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City, and drew with Cardiff.

Team News

Alexandre Lacazette is set to keep his place in Arsenal’s starting line up after putting up a man of the match performance against Cardiff City. Meanwhile, Lucas Torreira will be available for selection after shrugging off a minor calf injury during the international break. 

Jonjo Shelvey is set to return to the side against Arsenal after returning to training this week. But, Matt Ritchie is still not sure to be match fit.

Predicted Line-ups

Arsenal: Petr Cech | Hector Bellerin, Sokratis Papastathopolous, Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal | Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang | Alexandre Lacazette

Newcastle: Martin Dubravka, DeAndre Yedlin, Jamaal Lascelles, Federico Fernandez, Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett | Kenedy, Jonjo Shelvey, Mohamed Diame, Ayoze Perez | Salomon Rondon

Key Players

Arsenal: Aaron Ramsey was impressive in the international break and also found the net with Wales. One of the few players who are shaping up as the key figures for Unai Emery’s side.

Newcastle: Salomon Rondon returns to the side after scoring a brace in the international break with Venezuela. The strong target-man will hope he can replicate his form in the Premier League.

Score Prediction

Arsenal 4 – 2 Newcastle: The Gunners have conceded 8 goals in 4 matches, showing their defensive woes. On the other hand, They have also scored 8 goals, establishing themselves as a very prolific side. This game is bound to be a high-scoring one, with Arsenal seeming the likely team to come out as the winners.

Wales 4 – 1 Republic of Ireland | UEFA Nations League

Wales 4 - 1 Republic of Ireland | UEFA Nations League

Wales Managed to secure 3 points in UEFA Nations League match after a 4-1 victory against Ireland.

Wales manager Ryan Giggs experienced an extraordinary victory in his first home match in charge as they secured a 4-1 win over Ireland in their opening UEFA Nations League match at Cardiff City Stadium on Thursday.

Wales had not beaten Ireland for 26 years, never in a competitive match and had scored only 2 times in their last seven meetings but ended that jinx during a spectacular opening 45 minutes in which Tom Lawrence scored at the 6th minute, Gareth Bale at the 18th minute taking a Ben Davies pass on his chest and curling a left-footed beauty beyond Randolph, and Aaron Ramsey at the 37th minute to finish inside the near post. Connor Roberts made it 4-0 soon after the break at the 55th minute.

Ireland managed to score a goal in the 66th minute by Shaun Williams. He was drowned out by a chorus of Welsh anthems echoing around the stadium. Wales are said to go there in high spirits as Giggs has thoughtfully and quickly put his powerful stamp on his team blending experience with exciting young talents such as Chelsea center-back Ethan Ampadu.

In Giggs’s first two matches as coach, resurgent Wales have scored 10 times after he began his work with a 6-0 victory. Playing with the kind of pace and energy Giggs was perceived for his illustrious Manchester United playing career. 

Arsenal 3 – 1 West Ham | Premier League

Arsenal 3 - 1 West Ham | Premier League

New head coach Unai Emery seized his first win as Arsenal manager as the Gunners came from behind to beat West Ham 3-1 in an action-packed match on Saturday.

Arsenal celebrated their first victory under their new manager Unai Emery while West Ham still struggles to find their first point in the Premier League as the match ends as a third successive defeat for new manager Manuel Pellegrini.

The Gunners believed they had got an early lead in the 12th minute, but Aaron Ramsey‘s goal was ruled out for offside. However, it was West Ham who opened the scoring in the 25th minute as Felipe Anderson stamped down the pitch before playing a quick one-two with Arnautovic at the edge of the box, the striker burying it past Cech into the bottom corner.

But the lead did not last for long as Arsenal leveled the score just five minutes later as Nacho Monreal found the net with a composure like never before.

West Ham had a stroke of misfortune as they failed to clear an Arsenal attack, enabling Aaron Ramsey to head the ball back into the area to Lacazette, who held off Carlos Sanchez before slotting the ball across for Aubameyang. However, it was Diop who helped the ball on its way home in the 70th minute.

Substitute Danny Welbeck then sealed the win for the Gunners in the 93rd minute after Bellerin provided a fine ball into the area, after an exceptional run, through the legs of Masuaku, allowing the striker time and space to score from close range.

In the post-match interview, Emery said: “The three points were very important. Today I saw good things, but also things [to] improve – more transition. In the first half, we suffered more than we want. It was very important to win, and we showed that we can win in difficulty, after 1-0 in the first half. We suffered with the transition in the first half, but we improved in the second half and controlled it more like we want. We need to improve in this transition to get the balance.”

Arsenal faces Cardiff in their next Premier League fixture on Sunday, 2nd September. While West Ham have a midweek tie against AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup before hosting Wolves in the London Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday, 1st September.

Kolasinac – Arsenal defender out with injury for 2 months

Kolasinac - Arsenal defender out with injury for 2 months

Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac is out for up to 10 weeks after sustaining an injury to his left knee during Wednesday’s International Champions Cup match against Chelsea in Dublin.

A short announcement on Arsenal‘s official website concerning his health reads: “Sustained an injury to his left knee. Will be out for 8-10 weeks.”

Kolasinac limped off during Arsenal’s pre-season win over Chelsea in Dublin after a clash with Victor Moses. The Bosnia-Herzegovina international hurt his knee and Gunners boss Unai Emery said he would have to undergo a scan. Kolasinac was substituted 20 minutes before the end of the match as the Gunners triumphed on penalties.

The 25-year-old is likely to miss seven to eight Premier League matches, as well as few Europa League matches. Kolasinac is also likely to be absent for the third round of the Carabao Cup.

For Arsenal, he has featured 36 times, scoring 5 goals and creating 4 moreNow he is uncertain to feature again for the Gunners till they play Leicester at the Emirates on 20th October. 

Arsenal beat Maurizio Sarri‘s Chelsea on Wednesday on penalties after the match ended 1-1 after normal time. Antonio Rudiger gave the Blues the lead early on, but Alexandre Lacazette utilised in Reiss Nelson‘s cross at almost the stoppage time of the game to make it equal. Arsenal claimed victory over Chelsea in midweek after a 6-5 penalty shootout.

Aaron Ramsey had to sit out Wednesday’s match after he developed a tightness in his calf and will strive to return to training next week. The Wales international is now a dilemma for new Arsenal boss Unai Emery’s opening Premier League game facing Manchester City on 12th August.

Unai Emery’s side will complete their pre-season preparations with a friendly against Lazio at the Stockholm’s Friends Arena on 4th August.

Also, read: Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea (6-5 On Penalties) | International Champions Cup

Arsenal FC appoint Unai Emery as their new manager

Unai Emery Arsenal FC

Unai Emery has taken over the helm to succeed Arsène Wenger at the Emirates after he was replaced by Thomas Tuchel. His 2-year contract with French Champions Paris Saint-Germain was not renewed despite him leading the French Ligue 1 side to a domestic treble this season.

Mikel Arteta, former Arsenal captain & midfielder was given encouragement that he would be succeeding Arsene Wenger, so much so that the make-up of his backroom staff and his final contract terms were being discussed. But instead of a new face in the managerial world and a mixture of Wenger’s values and a Pep Guardiola-style of football at the club, Arsenal rapidly spun around in a completely different direction with the appointment of former PSG boss Unai Emery. It is believed that the board was so impressed with Emery’s knowledge (which was apparently more than some people who had spent years with the club) and vision for the club that he left all other candidates in the dust.

Who is Unai Emery?

When Unai Emery was the manager of La Liga side Valencia, they had a great run of success from 2008-12 with three consecutive top-3 finishes but a brief spell at Spartak Moscow ended his run of success. He returned to Spain with Sevilla delivering three consecutive of Europa League titles, his two-year run at PSG will be remembered as one of his worse jobs and that is keeping the domestic treble in mind.

Off the pitch, Emery was a calm and composed figure but on the touchline, he was a completely different person. In Spain, his off the charts mobility and constant gesturing on the sidelines earned him the nickname of ‘Guardia Urbano’ or ‘traffic warden’. He is also said to be a typical workaholic who spends the majority of his time studying videos of opponents, something Arsène and him have in common.

The 46-year old has been criticised for being a below-par man manager as he struggled to manage the big names, especially Neymar, this season. But Mesut Özil is not Neymar and there is no player in the Arsenal squad as egocentric as the Brazillian winger.

What to expect from the man

Unai Emery will certainly inject defensive stability, organization, and motivation after taking a look at last season’ performances of the club away from the Emirates. Problems such as lapses in concentration, gifting points to smaller teams, lack of heart from the players and a definitive lack of winning mentality have to be addressed before the start of the new season. 

Emery will get Arsenal more organized than they’ve been in years and his keen interest in drills and discipline. He will bring a completely different style of football to the club. His philosophy would entail high pressing, high intensity defending and counter-attacking style as opposed to Wenger’s possession-based football.

Emery won’t have the same pressure he had at PSG when he joined them having 3 successive Europa League titles to his name and that is a very good thing for both the club and the manager.

Rebuilding the team

The rebuilding job at Arsenal may suit the ex-PSG manager as the job entails working with the players that are already present in the squad rather than spending money on 10 or more players. 

Emery is expected to hand (Arsenal Player of the Year) Aaron Ramsey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang key roles in the team as he aims to take the team back to the Champions League. Unai Emery is a manager who can work with the players that are currently at his disposal and doesn’t demand €100 million superstars.

Emery is picking up a team who just endured Arsenal’s worst season defensively since a very long time and Emery will be demanding a right to make changes in the coaching as well as the playing department. Players like Shkodran Mustafi and his habit of switching-off, Koscielny’s drop in form and the retirement of Per Mertesacker. Hence the club will definitely be in the market for another experienced defender and he will also turn to other important areas which need addressing such as the midfield anchor position and the goalkeeper position.

Winning the fans back

The number of empty seats in the home stands last season made it clear that they had lost a worrying number of fans. Paying for tickets and choosing not to attend sends out a clear message to the higher-ups. The new manager has to bring something that would romantically win the fans back, a style of football which is exciting to watch as well as getting results. The lack of trust from the fans is understandable but Emery has the ability to get them back if he can buckle up and get early victories.

With Arsenal competing for Europa League trophy next season, Unai Emery who holds a fitting title of ‘King of the Europa League is the perfect option to replace Arsène Wenger as manager and even though he is seen as a short-term replacement, that might be exactly what Arsenal needs right now.