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Arsenal made Europa League semi-finals the hard way 0

Posted on April 13, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal are through to the semi-finals of the Europa League after a 6-3 aggregate victory over Russian side CSKA Moscow. The aggregate score sounds highly convincing. However, in reality, it was until the last 15 minutes of the second leg that the Gunners sealed progress.

Arsenal made it difficult for themselves

The second leg in Moscow was never going to be easy, despite the fact that Arsene Wenger’s side won the home leg 4-1. For much of the contest, it looked like the Gunners would cruise through until 50th minute when CSKA Moscow took a two-goal lead on the night through Kirill Nababkin.

Arsenal seal progress in the Europa League 0

Posted on April 12, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal drew 2-2 with CSKA Moscow at the Arena CSKA on Thursday night in the Europa League quarter-finals second leg, to win 6-3 on aggregate in the tie.

CSKA Moscow made a strong start to the game without really troubling the Gunners backline. The first real attempt on goal arrived on 21 minutes, as Bistrovich sent a long-range effort well wide of goal.

The game finally saw a real threat on goal on 27 minutes. It all stemmed from Alan Dzagoev having a shot blocked by the Gunners defence. The ball fell to Danny Welbeck to released Alexandre Lacazette. The French striker just hesitated on the ball for too long and A. Berezutski managed to block the effort.

Welbeck’s performance against Saints summed him up 0

Posted on April 09, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal and England striker Danny Welbeck seems to not know if he wants to be brilliant or brilliantly rubbish. The former Manchester United striker scored the winner in the Gunners 3-2 win over Southampton on Sunday.

However, he also contrived to miss an absolute sitter from close-range against the Saints too. The performance against the relegation-threatened team from the south coast summed his career up.

Can be a threat

Danny Welbeck has many good attributes. The forward is quick, good with his feet and will work hard for the team. He never hides, even when he has missed the easiest of chances.

A few observations from Arsenal’s win over Southampton 0

Posted on April 08, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal beat Southampton 3-2 at the Emirates in their 32nd game of the Premier League season, courtesy of one goal by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a brace from Danny Welbeck to overrule goals from Shane Long and Charlie Austin for the Saints.

Welbeck and Iwobi

This duo can be fairly considered as a pair of squad players, the manager’s tools for when his preferred options are unavailable or need rest. With the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette fully fit and firing, they are hardly likely to get a look-in.

Arsenal beat Southampton in action-packed clash 0

Posted on April 08, 2018 by David Nugent

On Sunday afternoon, Danny Welbeck bagged a brace for Arsenal against Southampton in a thrilling game, which saw both teams reduced to ten men.

Southampton offered the first threat on goal on seven minutes. Dusan Tadic got in behind the Gunners defence and pulled the ball back to James Ward-Prowse, who hit a rather tame effort towards goal that Hector Bellerin cleared near the goal line.

The Saints took the lead on 17 minutes. Wing-back Cedric dug out a cross and striker Shane Long poked home at the near post. The home side struggled to create anything until the equaliser arrived on 28 minutes.

Arsenal v CSKA Moscow Europa League quarter-final first leg preview 0

Posted on April 04, 2018 by David Nugent

On Thursday night, Arsenal host CSKA Moscow at the Emirates Stadium in the quarter-final first leg of the Europa League.

Arsenal have been enduring a difficult campaign. However, the Europa League has been the highlight of the season so far. Last time out in the competition, the Gunners saw-off Italian giants AC Milan 5-1 on aggregate after a 2-0 win at the San Siro and a 3-1 victory at the Emirates.

The wins against the Rossoneri mean that Arsene Wenger’s side has now won four of their last five games in the Europa League. A key to that good run in Europe’s secondary competition is the home sides attacking prowess, as they have scored at least two goals in four of their last five European outings.

Lacazette could be the key to Arsenal winning the Europa League 0

Posted on April 02, 2018 by David Nugent

Most Arsenal fans would not describe this season as a successful one. However, there is still a chance that the Gunners may win the Europa League this season, something they are odds of 3/1 to achieve.

Arsene Wenger’s side eventually saw off a stubborn Stoke resistance on Sunday to record a 3-0 win. I would argue that the return from injury of French striker Alexandre Lacazette from the bench played a crucial role.

Endured a mixed Arsenal career so far

Lacazette has endured mixed fortunes at Arsenal this season. The French international joined the north London outfit last summer from Lyon and much was expected of him. He was the top-class striker Arsenal had been lacking for years.

Danny Welbeck avoids punishment for Europa League dive 0

Posted on March 19, 2018 by Harry Kettle

As reported by talkSPORT, Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck will not receive any kind of punishment in the wake of his dive against AC Milan in the UEFA Europa League last week.

The 27-year-old has faced a great deal of criticism in recent days courtesy of the dive, which wound up winning the Gunners a penalty that sent them on their way to a comfortable aggregate victory over the Italian side.

Much needed luck

There were memes, comparisons to Dele Alli, and in addition to that, fans noted that they lost some respect for the Englishman because of the incident. Despite that, however, the decision not to reprimand Welbeck is one that will cause many fans to issue a sigh of relief.

Display against AC Milan encouraging for Arsenal 0

Posted on March 16, 2018 by David Nugent

I am usually very sceptical about Arsenal in general. Too many times the Gunners have flattered to deceive in recent seasons. However, I have to say Arsene Wenger’s team produced an encouraging display against AC Milan on Thursday night.

The 3-1 win on the night meant that the team from north London went through to the last eight of the competition with a 5-1 aggregate win, which in all fairness did flatter the Gunners.

Looking very lively

Arsenal cruise into the Europa League last eight 0

Posted on March 15, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal recorded a 3-1 win over AC Milan on Thursday night in the Europa League last 16 second leg, to win the tie 5-1 on aggregate.

The visitors came close to enjoying a dream start within the first minute, but Andre Silva’s effort from Fabio Borini’s cross was off-target. On five minutes, the Gunners had their first sight of goal, as defender Laurent Koscielny headed over from Henrik Mkhitaryan’s corner kick.

The Gunners experienced an injury blow on 11 minutes, as Koscielny sustained an injury and Calum Chambers replaced the French international. Milan ‘keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was called into action on 26 minutes, as the youngster did well to keep out a near-post effort from Danny Welbeck.



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