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EPL Review: Arsenal 1-0 Southampton (Alexis to the rescue)

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Alexis Sanchez to the rescue as Arsenal secured their 2nd consecutive league game win after a 1-0 win over Southampton at Emirates Stadium in the Barclays Premier League.

It was a big match as Southampton are enjoying one of their finest starts to a season ever so Arsenal needed to stay calm and composed. It was a tight affair with both sides cancelling one another out until the very last minute of the match. But, it was Arsenal who were able to break the deadlock in the 89th minute through an opportunistic goal from the man himself Alexis Sanchez. This win moves the Gunners up a place to 6th in the Barclays Premier League table.

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UCL Review: Arsenal 2-0 Borussia Dortmund (15th consecutive knockout stage qualification)

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Arsenal have sealed their qualification into the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League for the 15th consecutive year after an impressive and controlled 2-0 win against the German giants Borussia Dortmund.

It was a much effective and controlled performance from the Gunners after last weekends miserable defeat at home to Manchester United. The whole team defended as a team and attacked as a unit which had been lacking from the team so far this season. Arsenal went 1-0 up in the 2nd minute of the game through a goal from the returning Yaya Sanogo and after that it was all about keeping focus and not let the other team comeback. Arsenal doubled their lead in the second half through an extraordinary goal from the man himself Alexis Sanchez. The men in red & white won the game 2-0 and cut the gap to just 2 points to Dortmund heading into the final group game against Galatasaray in Turkey.

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EPL Review: Swansea City 2-1 Arsenal (Wenger has lost the plot)

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Wenger has lost the plot as Arsenal’s miserable season continues as they lost away to Swansea City in the Barclays Premier League. The whole club is in a mess right now and it’s all Wenger and the board’s doing. They are now facing the consequences of their lack of transfer business at the tail end of the summer transfer window.

The match was uneventful, boring for the first 60 minutes. Arsenal looked completely disjointed and lethargic in the first half but were able to get the lead after 60 minutes through another Alexis Sanchez goal which was set up brilliantly by Danny Welbeck. But, just like in midweek the Gunners again let their lead slip as Swansea quickly equalized from a superb free kick goal from Sigurdsson and immediately took the lead as their substitute, Gomis made an instant impact by heading in the winning goal. Arsenal’s defense are in shambles. After the match, Arsene Wenger admitted that the title race is now over for the men in red & white who will now once again aim to finish in the top 4 come May of 2015.

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UCL Review: Arsenal 3-3 Anderlecht (Hopeless team, same old story)

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Arsenal threw away a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 against the bottom club in the group Anderlecht at the Emirates. The Gunners now have no chance of winning the group with Dortmund maintaining a 100% winning record in their group games so far.

For an hour, Arsenal were on top with Arteta, Sanchez and Oxlade- Chamberlain scoring goals to give the Gunners a comfortable 3-0 lead. It looked like Arsenal have turned a corner and are on a high right now but after the third goal, things went terribly wrong as Arteta’s hamstring injury forced Wenger to make changes and as soon as his replacement Flamini entered the pitch, the whole complexion of the game changed in favor of Anderlecht. Although their first goal was a clear offside goal, The men in red & white should have kept their focus and hold on to their lead but they couldn’t do that. It’s embarrassing because they threw away a 3-0 lead against the bottom club in the group that too at home. Arsenal were lucky to get that miraculous last minute comeback win over the Belgian side in their backyard but Anderlecht took their revenge somewhat as they ended the little chance Arsenal had to win the group and improve on previous seasons results in the Champions League but once again it looks like that Arsenal will follow the trend of previous years and finish as runners up and face a heavyweight side in the knockout round.

EPL Review: Arsenal 3-0 Burnley (It was late but at the end, it was great)

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Arsenal left it late as it took them about 70 minutes to break down Burnley’s resilient defense. Once again, Alexis Sanchez inspired the Gunners and helped them to achieve their first back to back league game wins this season. Sanchez’s work rate and determination was outstanding. People can clearly see that there is a huge difference between Sanchez and the rest of the Arsenal players in terms of quality. Sanchez is miles ahead of the rest. But, anyways, we should be glad that he is one of us now and is doing everything he can to rejuvenate our season.

Once again, Arsenal started the match slowly and hence found it difficult to make an impact earlier on in the game. The few chances they had were either saved or blocked by the opposition team. In the second half, the Gunners raised their intensity a bit but it was not after the Arsenal manager made his substitution that the men in red & white found their goal scoring prowess. After the introduction of Aaron Ramsey, the game changed in Arsenal’s favor as Alexis Sanchez’s determined header beat their goalkeeper who was having a great day in between the posts to give the Gunners the lead. Soon it was 2-0 as Calum Chambers tapped in a scrappy goal and at the end the man of the moment, Alexis Sanchez scored another goal from close range to bag his second brace in two consecutive games. Arsenal won the game 3-0 and move to 4th place in the Barclays Premier League.

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EPL Review: Sunderland 0-2 Arsenal (Opportunistic Sanchez gives us 3 points)

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Alexis Sanchez’s opportunistic brace against Sunderland helps the Gunners to achieve a much needed away win in the Barclays Premier League. It was Arsenal’s second win of the week and since the start of the season, this is the 1st time that they have been able to get 2 back to back wins under their belt.

It was a tactical battle between the two sides throughout the 90 minutes and it took two defensive errors from the opposition to break the deadlock as new Gunner Sanchez scored a fine goal to give Arsenal the lead at half-time. And then right at the end of the game, Sanchez pounced on the opportunity once again and scored a double to give the men in red and white a much needed 3 points after weeks and weeks of disappointments both results and performance wise. It was Arsenal’s 1st league game win since that 3-0 away win at Aston Villa which was more than a month ago. Anyways, it’s a good sign that Arsenal have found some inspiration in their last 2 games which could rejuvenate their season for the better.

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EPL Review: Arsenal 2-2 Hull City (We just can’t win a game right now)

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Arsenal just can’t win a game right now as they once again ended up drawing another game against a mid-table side Hull City at home. Danny Welbeck saved the day for the Gunners at the end but Arsenal are now 11 points behind the league leaders Chelsea and it is only mid-October.

Arsenal started the game in fine fashion, controlling the game until they scored through a brilliant goal by Alexis Sanchez. Sanchez was the only player who looked like caring for getting a result. The other 10 players were sleeping. As soon as Arsenal took the lead, lack of concentration in defense allowed the big Diame to equalize for Hull. Hull made it 2-1 at the beginning of the of the 2nd half through a well executed header from Hernandez. Arsenal went by their usual tiki-taka style of football hence not been able to threaten the oppositions goalkeeper. The Gunners upped their tempo a bit in the last 10 minutes and were rewarded for it when Sanchez’s world class creativity led to Welbeck scoring a last ditched equalizer for the struggling Gunners.

It was another 2 points lost for the men in red and white and having won only 2 league games in the first couple months of the new season is a worrying scenario for the club at the moment.

UCL Review: Arsenal 4-1 Galatasaray (Welbeck is that guy)

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Danny Welbeck is that guy as he finally announces himself as an Arsenal player by scoring his 1st career hat-trick against Galatasaray to take Arsenal to second place in the group behind Dortmund.

It was Arsene Wenger’s 18th anniversary as the Arsenal boss and his players gave him a great anniversary gift and Wenger’s new purchases Welbeck and Sanchez proved their worth. It was a night Danny Welbeck will never forget. Sanchez’s picture perfect pass sent Welbeck through and he finished it showing his pure striking instincts to give the Gunners the lead. 8 minutes later, Welbeck made it 2-0 all by himself through his strength and stylishly sent the ball into the net. At the edge of half-time, Mesut Ozil sent Sanchez through on goal and just like Welbeck’s 2nd, Alexis Sanchez scored to give Arsenal a 3-0 lead at half-time. The second half started just like the 1st with Arsenal going forward and this time it was Oxlade-Chamberlain who did the providing job as his precision pass reached Welbeck and Danny completed his hat-trick through scoring a beautiful chipped goal to make it 4-0. After that, Galatasaray pushed themselves to at least get a consolation goal which they did when Szczesny’s rushed clearance earned him a red card and Yilmaz scored to make it 4-1. Emergency goalkeeper, David Ospina showed his qualities once he came on for Szczesny and made few brilliant saves to keep the score at 4-1. Arsenal won the game 4-1 and goes up to the second place in the group table with 4 games left to play.

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COC Review: Arsenal 1-2 Southampton (2nd team experienced players failed to impress)

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Arsenal are out of the Capital One Cup after losing to Southampton 2-1 at Emirates Stadium. The Gunners’ boss fielded a relatively strong team attacking wise for this fixture with the likes of Sanchez and Wilshere in the starting 11. Abou Diaby made a successful return to the team and got 60 minutes playing time under his belt. Arsenal started strong. Alexis Sanchez scored another top class goal, this time from a free kick but once again his goal couldn’t get the job done as he was let down by his teammates especially Tomas Rosicky who gave away a cheap foul in the penalty area to give Southampton the equalizer through a penalty. Soon it was 2-1 to the Saints after a “one in a million” sort of goal from 35 yards out from Clyne. After that it was all about chasing a equalizer for Arsenal which never happened because of experienced players like Podolski and Rosicky who didn’t even showed any commitment or fight to make something happen. At the end, the Gunners went out of the League Cup after losing at home to Saints 2-1.

All in all, it was a good run out for the youngsters who got their chance to play in the 1st team. Players like Hayden, Bellerin were impressive. Arsenal will next face their North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the Barclays Premier League.

EPL Review: Arsenal 2-2 Manchester City (2 points dropped, not good enough)

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Arsenal couldn’t repeat their Community Shield performance as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Manchester City in an exciting Barclays Premier League game. Two superb second half goals from Jack Wilshere and Alexis Sanchez helped the Gunners maintain their unbeaten status so far this season but only 1 win in their opening 4 games doesn’t look like a team who is ready to win the title yet.

Arsenal started the game in bright fashion. With all eyes on their new signing Danny Welbeck, the Gunners showed that they are a much better outfit with a player like Welbeck leading the line for them. Danny came close to open his Arsenal goals account with a beautiful chip over Joe Hart but unlucky for him, the ball came off the post and the chance was gone. Slowly but surely, City came into the game and it took only one counter attack to open up the Arsenal defense as Aguero scored to give City the lead going into the half time. City were stronger in the opening 15 minutes of the second period but Arsenal’s strong determination led them to equalize through a sweet chipped goal from Jack Wilshere. It was a welcome goal for Jack as he was struggling to find his top form but his performance in this game showed that he is back to his very best. 10 minutes later, it was Alexis Sanchez’s world class effort which game the Gunners a shocking lead against the Champions. We all thought that Arsenal are on the verge of getting a much needed win against a top 4 side but it was not to be as Mathieu Debuchy’s ankle sprain injury took the momentum away from Arsenal and City quickly pounced on the opportunity from set-piece scored by Demichelis. The match ended 2-2.

It was Arsenal’s third consecutive draw this season which means that they have only been able to collect 6 points from their opening 4 league games which will be a cause for concern for the manager and the fans.

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