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Fulham 1 - Arsenal 5
Well...who would have thought it at half time, the score being 1-1? Fulham v Arsenal was, frankly, the battle of two teams with good players. Let's not take away from Fulham that they have Seri and Mitrovic, along with a host of other good players including Schurrle. And, at times, tactically, the teams looked well matched. Despite a regular goal from Lacazette, the score was 1-1, with Arsenal edging the first half. However, another goal from Laca, 2 from Aubameyang, and an excellent 'team goal' from Ramsey made the game look completely one-sided. Therein lies the key so far. Emery must say something that changes the Arsenal team at half time. Every time the Gunners take the field in the 2nd half, there is a massive step up in intensity. The defensive frailties are still there, despite the dropping of Sokratis to the bench, however, Emery never promised a sound defensive style. No, he promised 4-3 victories as opposed to 1-0. The goal from Ramsey, in …
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FK Qarabag 0 - Arsenal 3

Arsenal top group after away victory
FK Qarabag 0 - Arsenal 3: Arsenal went top of their Europa league table after an away victory against opposition that was much vaunted, but delivered little. Basically, Arsenal fielded their 2nd XI, however, despite the commentators enthusiastically spouting that Qarabag don't concede many goals, Sokratis ignored that and put the Gunners ahead in the 4th minute. Now, it would be fair to say that Arsenal's defence still looks a little shaky, however, new signing Bernd Leno was more than up to the task, in stopping a number of spirited efforts.  Arsenal's lead was doubled in the 53rd minute when 18 year old Smith-Rowe slotted home for his first Arsenal goal, and, apparently the youngest Arsenal player to score his first since a certain Oxlade-Chamberlain did the same. Smith-Rowe better keep up his fine form, what with his comparison to the Ox, and some other comparisons to Kevin De Bruyne by certain sections of the media. So, it that was…

Arsenal and United both in action...how did they get on?

Arsenal 2 - Watford 0

Is it possible to be upset when Arsenal win? Is there something other than happiness at winning? Today, there was. Yes, Arsenal won, and they won 2-0. However, an Arsenal fan who is happy at how we won might be a rare breed.

Ok...so to the positives first. We scored twice....actually, we scored once, and they scored for us once, anyway....the point is, there were 2 goals for the Gunners. However, despite the fact that we only put the ball in the net once...if you put that aside......consider this fact, both goals were scored in the 80th, and 83rd minutes. That means that we dominated the match for.......3 minutes!

Ok, you say, maybe we dominated the match and just didn't score? Ok, on possession....yes. However, frankly, it was pretty even, apart from the 3 aforementioned minutes!

Another thing to consider is that Petr Cech has, what seems to be, a serious hamstring injury. I know that Leno is very capable, and today he was also. However, Cech is a top perf…

London's Weekend Review

Arsenal 2 - Everton 0

This game had really two portions. In fact, it was really a game of 2's....Arsenal won by 2, both goals scored in a little over 2 minutes, both scored by their best 2 strikers! However, it was also a game of 2 portions, there were the 2 minutes we just mentioned, however, there was the other 88 minutes.

What was different about the other 88 minutes? Well, that period was very evenly matched, perhaps even Everton were slightly ahead overall, with the exception of some poor finishing. I am thinking particularly of Walcott, the former Arsenal player, who was through on goal and still managed to allow the advancing Cech to save.


The encouraging thing for Gunners' fans is that Arsenal are not playing well, yet, still winning. Imagine what they can achieve if they do start playing well?
A special mention goes out to Alexandre Lacazette. Everyone mentions his 'bromance' with Aubameyang, however, his well taken individual goal was a sheer delight. He is …

Arsenal 4 - Vorskla 2

What should have been an easy victory for the Gunners, turned out to be a match in which the scoreline had nothing to do with the game.
For the first half, the vastly changed Gunners were VERY bland. Against a team with this amount of achievement, this was very poor. As usual, though, the half time pep talk from Emery sparked Arsenal into life and they were much the superior team in the second half, with 2 goals from Aubameyang, one from Welbeck, and one from Ozil, giving the Gunners a 4-0 lead.
It seems, though, that Arsenal appear incapable of keeping a clean sheet, and, just before the end, the visiting team pulled two back as Arsenal's defence again went to sleep. The senior Lichsteiner, playing his first gaime, was mostly to blame. However, as long as Arsenal keep scoring so many, this run of 4 wins in a row, may well continue.


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Mixed Fortunes For London Rivals

Tottenham v Liverpool
Spurs are going to have to really pick themselves up if they are going to finish top 4 this season after a bruising loss to Liverpool. Ok, I know, Liverpool are title contenders for this season, however, Spurs did not like anything remotely similar to title contenders as they went down by 2 at home to the Reds. Despite Salah, last years fantastic goal scorer, looking strangely a shadow of his former self, Tottenham barely looked liked scoring. So, I guess, you could say that both Kane and Salah were not wearing the right boots tonight, as neither had any impact on the game.
Newcastle 1 - Arsenal 2
The Gunners had, frankly, an insipid first half away at Newcastle, however, the replacement of Guendouzi with Torreira sparked life into the Gunners, as Xhaka fired home a free kick after 48, and, Ozil added a rare goal after 57.
Despite a late consolation goal from Kieren Clark for Newcastle, the stats show that Arsenal dominated the possession, shots, and the result.

Arsenal Line Up V Newcastle - 1 Thing To Learn

Firstly, Here Is The Arsenal Line Up v Newcastle(Away)
Cech Bellerin-Mustafi-Sokratis-Monreal Xhaka-Guendouzi Ramsey-Ozil-Aubameyang Lacazette 
What is the one thing we learn?
With Arsenal starting the season so poorly, Emery is clearly attempting to build upon the momentum that the last couple of bames have bought. To that end, he has left the team unchanged in order to continue this momentum, nowever, if Arsenal start poorly, expect the line up to change pretty quickly!