Arsenal were defeated at Newcastle’s St. James’ Park on Sunday with Alexandre Lacazette’s brilliant 14th-minute opener overturned by Ayoze Perez in the 29th and Matt Ritchie in the 68th. This was the Gunners’ fifth consecutive Premier League defeat away from home.
On Sunday, Arsenal suffered a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle, to continue their terrible run of form away from home in the Premier League.
Arsenal had the first effort of the game as striker Alexandre Lacazette miss-hit a shot wide of goal. The home side responded on ten minutes, as Petr Cech produced a comfortable save from a Kenedy strike.
The Gunners took the lead on 14 minutes. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ran at Jamaal Lascelles before putting the ball past the defender. The Gabon international then found Lacazette at the far post, who slides in to put the ball past Dubravka in the home goal.
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.
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.
It seems that Arsenal has made signing a new goalkeeper one of their priorities this summer. Current number one Petr Cech was once a great custodian. However, the Czech star has seen better days and is now looking every bit his 35 years.
The Gunners current number two Colombian international David Ospina has also proven unconvincing at times during his Gunners career. Not many people seem to believe that the former Nice ‘keeper is good enough to be Arsenal’s long-term number one.
According to the Daily Express, Arsenal and Chelsea are set to go head-to-head this summer to sign Atletico Madrid’s highly-rated goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
The Slovenian international has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in European football in the past few seasons. The stopper has a release clause of £88million in his contract and Atletico are not likely to let him go without a fight.
On Arsenal’s wanted list
The Express claims that Oblak is on the wanted list of both London clubs as they look to add to their goalkeeping options. The Gunners are claimed to have scouted Oblak on a number of occasions.
Many fans know Petr Cech courtesy of his time at Stamford Bridge, which makes sense, given that the 35-year-old found record-breaking success with Chelsea Football Club. Nowadays, however, he’s plying his trade across London at the Emirates – and it’s safe to say that things haven’t gone quite as well.
Obviously, father time catches up to all of us sooner rather than later, although, in years gone by, goalkeepers have had the luxury of long playing careers courtesy of their limited movement on a game to game basis. While it may not feel like it, the man who led the Czech Republic forward for the majority of his career has actually played for the Gunners since 2015.
According to the Metro, Arsenal are eying a £22million summer move for Bayer Leverkusen Bernd Leno, with current number goalkeeper Petr Cech struggling for form.
The Leverkusen goalkeeper is highly rated and has stated express interest in moving to pastures new. However, he will only move if he is the first choice goalkeeper at his next club.
The metro quote him as saying: ‘If I go abroad, it would not be as a number-one contender, but only as clear number one,’
Cech is reaching the end of his career
Arsenal suffered another bad day at the office on Sunday afternoon, as the Gunners went down 2-1 at Brighton, with a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang goal the Gunners only consolation from their trip to the south coast.
Arsenal offered the first attacking threat on three minutes, as Mesut Ozil curled an effort over the bar from the edge of the Brighton area. Two minutes later, the visitors threatened again. Lewis Dunk hooked Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s cross just wide of his own goal.
However, the home side took the lead on seven minutes. Shane Duffy beat Petr Cech in the air from a corner kick and his centre-back partner Dunk poked home from inside the area.
On Thursday night, Arsenal suffered a 3-0 home defeat against league leaders Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal offered the first attacking threat, as Ederson smothered at the feet of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on seven minutes. A minute later, Aaron Ramsey fired a powerful effort towards goal that hit Vincent Kompany, only for Ederson to produce a good save.
Soon afterwards Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero fired into the side-netting from a tight angle. On 13 minutes, Henrikh Mkhitaryan shot straight at Ederson after good work from Ramsey and Danny Welbeck.