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Arsenal back to winning ways with 2-0 victory at Saints

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Arsenal claimed their first points since the Premier League restart with a 2-0 victory at Southampton on Thursday as a home goalkeeper, Alex McCarthy, gave the Gunners a helping hand.

McCarthy’s casual pass in the 20th minute allowed 21-year-old Arsenal striker, Eddie Nketiah, to intercept and walk the ball into an empty net and the keeper was culpable again late on as Joe Willock scored his first Premier League goal.

Defeats at Manchester City and Brighton & Hove Albion had left Arsenal down in 11th place.

But their victory on the south coast lifted them to ninth with 43 points from 31 games — eight behind fourth-placed Chelsea who were playing City later.

Arsenal were well worth their halftime lead on the hottest day of the year with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang striking the crossbar shortly before Nketiah pounced on McCarthy’s error.

Southampton’s Nathan Redmond fired into the side netting and Shane Long’s powerful effort forced a fine save from Emiliano Martinez as the hosts rallied but they had Jack Stephens sent off in the 84th for bringing down Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Willock then made the points safe in the 87th as McCarthy failed to gather a fierce shot.

Despite the defeat, 14th-placed Saints look safe, 10 points above the relegation zone.

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Alderweireld seals Tottenham victory over Arsenal

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Toby Alderweireld’s 81st-minute header sealed a 2-1 Premier League victory for Tottenham Hotspur against Arsenal in the first north London derby in their new stadium on Sunday.

The match appeared to be heading for a draw but Alderweireld claimed all three points for Spurs to move Jose Mourinho’s side above Arsenal into eighth place in the battle for local pride.

With three games left, Tottenham have 52 points to Arsenal’s 50, but are seven points behind fourth-placed Leicester City.

Arsenal took the lead in spectacular fashion with Alexandre Lacazette’s 17th-minute pile-driver but they were pegged back almost immediately as Son Heung-min punished a defensive error.

Both sides were denied by the woodwork and Arsenal were in the ascendancy after the break before Tottenham’s strong finish sealed a third successive home win since the restart.

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Vardy’s late strike earns Leicester City point at Arsenal

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Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy pounced to score a crucial late equaliser as they hit back against Arsenal to draw 1-1 in the English Premier League (EPL) on Tuesday.

The equaliser came after the London side’s substitute Eddie Nketiah was sent off late on.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 20th league goal of the season looked like handing the hosts a fourth successive win to maintain their late push for a top four finish.

Visiting goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel made several fine saves to keep Leicester City in the game after Aubameyang’s 21st minute goal, but the visitors came back strongly in the second half.

Arsenal had Nketiah sent off in the 75th minute for a reckless tackle on James Justin  a decision made after referee Chris Kavanagh viewed a pitchside monitor.

Leicester City then levelled in the 84th minute as Premier League top goalscorer Vardy found space at the far post to tap home Demarai Gray’s low cross for his 22nd goal of the season.

Vardy had an anxious wait as the decision was checked by VAR for a possible offside but the goal stood.

The Foxes then looked favourites to grab a late winner and claim their first league win at Arsenal since 1973.

They had to make do with a point, however, although that should be a relief for manager Brendan Rodgers whose side had earlier been leapfrogged in the table by Chelsea.

Leicester City, who have won only twice in 10 league games, are four points above fifth-placed Manchester United who have a game in hand.

Arsenal would have closed the gap on Leicester City to six points had they managed to hold on, but remained nine back in seventh spot with four games remaining.

“We should have been three or four nil up in the first half.

“We lost two points, we lost Eddie and we will see now for how many games.

“But we go to Spurs (on Sunday) now and try to win three points,” Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said.

Leicester City began the game in sprightly fashion but were rocked when Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka played a sliderule pass across the greasy surface for Aubameyang to slot home.

The hosts were rampant for a while and Schmeichel made crucial saves to deny Alexandre Lacazette, Hector Bellerin and Saka as Leicester City wobbled.

Arsenal were less of a threat after the break, however, and Vardy scuffed one effort when he should have scored.

Nketiah’s red card paved the way for more late pressure and Arsenal finally cracked as Vardy struck.

“I think this is a really, really important point for us to keep the momentum going.

“My only disappointment is that we didn’t go on and win the game,” Rodgers said.

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Arsenal forward Martinelli signs new long-term deal

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Arsenal’s Brazil Under-23 striker, Gabriel Martinelli, has signed a new long-term contract at the Premier League club.

The news comes 48 hours after a fellow teenager, Bukayo Saka, 18, also agreed a new long-term deal with the Gunners.

The 19 year old Martinelli, who penned his new contract exactly a year after joining Arsenal, has scored 10 goals in 26 games for the club since moving from Brazilian side Ituano last year.

He has been sidelined for the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in training which required surgery.

“I am very happy that Gabi has signed a new contract with us.

“He is a very talented young player and he has impressed us with his performances, attitude and work-rate.

“We are looking forward to getting him back to full fitness and to watching his development at our club,’’ Manager Mikel Arteta told the club website

Martinelli is the first teenager to score 10 goals in a season for Arsenal since Nicolas Anelka over 20 years ago.

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FA Cup: Ceballos stoppage-time strike sends Arsenal into semis

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Substitute Daniel Ceballos fired Arsenal into the FA Cup semi-finals with a stoppage-time goal that sealed a 2-1 win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Sunday. Arsenal, record 13-times winners of the trophy, went ahead after 23 minutes when Chris Basham fouled Alexandre Lacazette in the penalty area, and Pepe rattled home the spot-kick. Arsenal struggled in the second half as Sheffield United fired long balls into the penalty area aimed at the head of striker Oliver McBurnie. United keeper Dean Henderson almost scored with a wind-assisted kick that bounced and narrowly cleared the Arsenal crossbar, to the relief of his opposite number Emiliano Martinez. With their defence under pressure, Arsenal lost David Luiz to injury and the game looked to be heading for extra time when David McGoldrick equalised in the 87th minute, hooking home a volley after the visitors failed to clear a corner But Ceballos popped up to slot home the winner and lift Arsenal, who are ninth in the Premier League table, one place below Sheffield United. “Today, we didn’t give up even when they got the equaliser because you have to prepare for the extra time anyway; we believed until the end and we got rewarded,” Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi, told reporters. Arsenal joined Manchester United in the last four while Leicester City face Chelsea and Newcastle United meet Manchester City later on Sunday in the last two quarter-finals.
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Maupay’s late strike sinks Arsenal for Brighton

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Arsenal slumped to a last-gasp 2-1 English Premier League (EPL) defeat at relegation-threatened Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

The defeat was a blow to the London club’s chances of securing European football next season.

Frenchman Neal Maupay struck the winner five minutes into stoppage time after Nicolas Pepe’s delightful second half opener had been cancelled out by Lewis Dunk.

The defeat left the Gunners, who lost goalkeeper Bernd Leno to injury in the first half, in ninth place with 40 points from 30 games, six behind fifth-placed Manchester United.

The result came three days after Mikel Arteta’s side suffered a 3-0 rout at Manchester City as the Premier League returned after a three-month hiatus due to the coronavirus health crisis.

Brighton are 15th on 32 points, five points above third-from-bottom Bournemouth, who have a game in hand.

Arsenal had four attempts in the opening 10 minutes —– more than in the entire game against Manchester City —– but they still could not find the net.

Their best chance came in the 31st minute when Alexandre Lacazette’s header was tipped away by Mathew Ryan.

That was after the Frenchman had been set up by Bukayo Saka, Arsenal’s most dangerous player who struck the bar in the eighth minute.

Leno was carried off the pitch on a stretcher in the 40th minute with a possible knee injury after a tussle with Maupay.

He was replaced by Emiliano Martinez, who made his first Premier League appearance since 2017 and was tested right away by Aaron Mooy.

Pepe broke the deadlock in the 68th with a splendid curled effort into the far top corner.

It took Brighton seven minutes to level, with Dunk forcing the ball in after Maupay’s header had been blocked on the line by Rob Holding following a corner kick.

Five minutes into stoppage time, substitute Alexis Mac Allister played the ball forward.

Maupay collected it after letting it run through his legs and flicked it past the goalkeeper to inflict a second consecutive defeat on Arsenal.
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Sterling strikes, Luiz sent off as Manchester City outclass Arsenal

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Raheem Sterling scored the first goal of the Premier League’s return to action after the coronavirus lockdown as Manchester City defeated Arsenal 3-0 behind closed doors at the Etihad stadium on Wednesday.

The result means Liverpool, whose lead has been cut to 22 points by second-placed City, cannot now win the title on Sunday at Everton in the Merseyside derby.

But the league table was far from the minds of the few people inside the stadium at kickoff time.

A minute’s silence was observed for victims of the coronavirus followed by the players and officials taking a knee in support of the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

Sterling, a prominent supporter of the movement whose slogan featured on the players’ shirts, fired home on the stroke of halftime to put the hosts ahead.

City had threatened on several occasions to provide the first goal of “Project Restart” with Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno saving efforts from Sterling and David Silva and racing out to foil Riyad Mahrez.

The goal came after Arsenal substitute David Luiz failed to deal with a ball into the box and allowed Sterling in on goal, and the Brazilian was at fault again for City’s second.

Mahrez got the wrong side of Luiz as he burst into the box and the ex-Chelsea defender put his hand on the Algerian’s back.

Referee Anthony Taylor ruled he had pushed him to the ground, awarding a penalty and sending off Luiz.

Kevin De Bruyne confidently converted the spot-kick and City never looked in any danger against opponents reduced to 10 men.

City also ended the game with 10 players when Spanish defender Eric Garcia was carried off on a stretcher after a collision with his keeper Ederson.

City were not able to replace him as manager Pep Guardiola had used all five available substitutes.

Guardiola’s side wrapped up the win in stoppage time when Sergio Aguero hit the post, after a neat exchange with Sterling, and substitute Phil Foden slotted home the loose ball.

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Arsenal eyes signing Iran int’l striker Sardar Azmoun

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British soccer team Arsenal is in negotiations with Zenit Saint Petersburg over a deal to sign Iran‘s international striker Sardar Azmoun, Tasnim news agency reported on Wednesday.

Dubbed the “Iranian Lionel Messi,” the 25-year-old has previously attracted the interest of Liverpool as well as Celtic, and now the Gunners are said to be in for the forward.

Arsenal has made contact with former fan favorite Andrey Arshavin over a move to sign Azmoun.

Arshavin is currently in charge of transfers at the Russian side, and it has been claimed that Mikel Arteta is hoping his friendship with his former team-mate could lead to the potential signing.

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Arteta wants ‘role model’ Luiz extend Arsenal deal

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Arsenal Manager Mikel Arteta says David Luiz is a key role model, and hopes the Brazilian defender will extend his contract at the Premier League club beyond this season.

 

Luiz joined Arsenal from London rival, Chelsea, in August, with British media reporting he had joined on a two-year deal but his agent told Sky Sports last week that the 33-year-old had only signed for one year.

 

“I’m really happy with David, I want to keep him here with us. He’s been a key role model since I joined,” Arteta said at a news conference ahead of Wednesday’s game against Manchester City as the league resumes following the COVID-19 disruption.

 

“I like what he produces on the pitch, I like his influence around the players and the club; I would love to keep him.”

 

Arteta also said the side needed improvement but was unsure about his options in the transfer market due to the financial impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

 

“The plans I had were not considering the coronavirus and all the side effects,” Arteta added.“

 

We know what we need to improve the team, that is for sure. Whether we are going to be able to do it the way we want is a different story.”

 

Arsenal are ninth with 40 points from 28 matches.

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Up to us to convince Aubameyang to stay – says Arsenal manager Arteta

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says it is the club’s responsibility to convince captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that he should continue his career in north London.

I think it’s our responsibility to make him feel that this is the right next step in his career,” Arteta told a virtual news conference on Monday, ahead of Wednesday’s restart.

The Gabon international, whose deal ends in June 2021, has scored 61 goals in 97 appearances since joining from Borussia Dortmund in 2018.

However, he has yet to lift any major silverware with Arsenal and is yet to sign a new contract.

As the Premier League season prepares to restart after the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, Arsenal are in ninth place in the Premier League, ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Manchester City.

They were in great form before the three-month pause and Arteta knows that if Arsenal could scramble into the Champions League places, it would be a huge boost in convincing Aubameyang to commit.

“In order to do that he needs to feel valued, I think he needs to feel that he belongs to us and we want him.

“And then he really needs to believe we can take this club forward in the way we want to do and he’s going to be a key player to do that.”

Spaniard Arteta said the club was in talks with the player’s agent and family but that the unusual circumstances had made it a slower process than usual.

“I think in a different context we would have like to do things much quicker, but we have been handed a really tight time (frame).

“Obviously these unprecedented times bring a lot of uncertainty. We have many discussions with Pierre, his family and agent. I am pretty positive that we can find the right agreement for all parties,” he said.

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