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  • Mon, 27 Jan 2020 22:48:00 +0000: Eddie Nketiah seals Arsenal’s FA Cup progress at expense of Bournemouth - Arsenal | The Guardian

    If this is what Mikel Arteta’s vision for Arsenal looks like, then the future is in very safe hands. First-half goals from the youth team products Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah secured a first away victory for their manager since he succeeded Unai Emery and set up another trip to the south coast to play Portsmouth in the fifth round.

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  • Mon, 27 Jan 2020 22:23:46 +0000: Bournemouth 1-2 Arsenal: FA Cup fourth round – as it happened - Arsenal | The Guardian

    Arsenal scored twice in an impressive first half, and by the time Bournemouth woke up it was already too late

    And with that, I’m gone. Here’s the match report again. Bye!

    Related: Eddie Nketiah seals Arsenal’s FA Cup progress at expense of Bournemouth

    And Eddie Howe has a good chinwag. Quite good stuff, this:

    Yeah, tough opening period of the game for us, and that’s where we lost the match. Arsenal started brightly, we didn’t. We weren’t our best, that was very clear. We found it difficult to get pressure on the ball, we found it difficult to get on the ball, they went two goals up and it was a tough evening for us. We responded really well. With 15 minutes to go in the first half we found our gears, and from there we were fine. There were elements of our game that we need to look at and address, problems we had on the pitch that we didn’t deal with well enough, but I think it was more a feeling that wasn’t quite there today. A feeling that we had against Brighton, that we had to dig in and fight and scrap. We were losing too many duels, missing too many tackles.

    It’s hugely frustrating. I know the players aren’t going out there intentionally to deliver that, but it’s where we are at the moment. We’re a little bit Jekyll and Hyde, in that we can perform, we can compete, we can do everything we need to do to win games, and then sometimes that’s missing. That’s the frustrating part. From my side, I don’t quite know what’s going to turn up. The one quality we do need to show between now and the end of the season is the nasty stuff, the horrible stuff, the off-the-ball bits that we need to do. We have to deliver that. We can’t afford not to.

    Mikel Arteta has a chat. What, he’s asked, did he like about Arsenal’s display?

    I think the way we started the game, and the way they followed what we wanted to do, to generate overloads and space in the areas we wanted. In the second half we became a little bit sloppy in our passing, the rhythm was down and I didn’t like that very much. And in the second half we knew they were going to push, and we suffered a little bit and conceded a goal in the end, which made it difficult and nervous.

    We need to find different ways to generate good situations for us, and they start to understand what I’m looking for from them. I would like us to be a little bit more flexible with some things we can do, but in general with the young lads I’m really happy today.

    We are in the market and the club is trying to facilitate us one or two boys, but I don’t know. When we have something to say we will confirm it with you.

    This cannot be coincidence. Alright, it could be, but a really extraordinary one.

    Arsenal book 5th round trip to Portsmouth, so it’s now …:
    FA Cup 3rd round onwards this season:
    More southerly team drawn at home: 44 times
    More northerly team drawn at home: 11 times

    Here’s Ed Aarons’ match report from the Vitality Stadium:

    If this is what Mikel Arteta’s vision for Arsenal’s future looks like then the club should be in very safe hands. First-half goals from youth team products Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah secured a first away victory for their manager since he succeeded Unai Emery that sets up another trip to the south coast to play Portsmouth in the fifth round.

    Along with the impressive Joe Willock and Gabriel Martinelli, Arteta’s decision to field a starting lineup that featured four players aged 20 and under paid dividends here with an all-action display that left Eddie Howe’s side chasing shadows at times during the first half.

    Related: Eddie Nketiah seals Arsenal’s FA Cup progress at expense of Bournemouth

    Bournemouth weren’t great in the second half, but they were at least competitive. They threw themselves around a bit, they closed down, they denied Arsenal the space and time that helped them dominate the opening period. Arsenal looked good in the first half, but most teams would have looked good against that Bournemouth side. They also sustained a potentially serious defensive injury, with Mustafi being stretchered off, which is good or bad, depending on your perspective.

    90+11 mins: While the goal kick is in the air, the final whistle blows!

    90+10 mins: The chance! Fraser crosses, Martinez roars off his line to punch to Lewis Cook on the edge of the area, who chests down and half-volleys high!

    90+10 mins: They’re still going. Bournemouth have the ball, but too far from goal.

    90+8 mins: Surridge is booked for fouling Guendouzi. Guendouzi himself has negotiated the game without a caution, remarkably.

    90+7 mins: Ceballos is closed down by Lewis Cook as he clears the ball. He goes down for a while, which is good game management or bad cheating, depending on your viewpoint.

    90+5 mins: The goal stands. Bournemouth have three minutes (and some more stoppage time) to lay siege to the Arsenal penalty area.

    90+5 mins: VAR wants to see some more replays of the goal. I can’t see any other reason for him stopping proceedings here.

    Francis’s cross goes through a cluster of bodies to Surridge, who takes a touch to control before tapping into the net, with Martinez grounded and irrelevant.

    90+3 mins: Guendouzi hits a 25-yard shot that keeps rising, clearing the bar by a foot or so.

    90+2 mins: Xhaka is booked for timewasting, as he dallies over a free-kick.

    90+2 mins: Arsenal make their final change, bringing Ainsley Maitland-Niles on for Willock.

    90+1 mins: There will be about eight minutes of stoppage time. Eight!

    89 mins: Bournemouth’s final substitution sees Sam Surridge replace Dominic Solanke.

    89 mins: Bournemouth remain one goal away from making this interesting. Francis’s cross is thumped clear by Guendouzi.

    86 mins: The frustrating thing about Ceballos is that his surname very nearly means onions, but doesn’t (that would be cebollas). He thus fails to make it into a vegetable-name XI, alongside Fabrizio Ravanelli (radishes) and, um, some others I don’t know.

    85 mins: Arsenal win a corner now. Ceballos sends it in, it’s flicked on and then headed clear, all without anyone hurting anyone else.

    83 mins: Both players have recovered. There might be quite a lot of injury time here.

    81 mins: More injuries. This time Cook and Sokratis clash heads in the area.

    81 mins: Both players recover, and a couple of minutes later Gosling, from the edge of the D, has a shot that deflects off Xhaka for a corner.

    79 mins: More injuries. Saka goes down after a collision with Gosling, who gets up, runs on and collides with Guendouzi.

    77 mins: A spell of Bournemouth possession in their own half ends with Cook, under pressure from Nketiah, passing out of play for a corner. Matt Stephens writes: “A comfortable away victory, a clean sheet and a Mustafi injury. Surely I am dreaming!”

    76 mins: That’s Simpson’s last contribution to the game. He and Harry Wilson come off, and Callum Wilson and Simon Francis are on.

    75 mins: Simpson and Bellerin both go for a lofted pass on the Bournemouth left. Bellerin wins it in the air, and Simpson jumps into him. The Arsenal player is receiving treatment.

    73 mins: This game is still being played at a decent tempo, but it’s becoming increasingly apparent that one team knows it no longer has to score, and the other no longer knows how to score.

    70 mins: It is absolutely tipping down in Bournemouth now. Arsenal take off Pepe, and bring on Dani Ceballos.

    68 mins: Bellerin surges forwards. Just back from a lengthy injury lay-off, the Spaniard scored a late goal in his comeback game at Chelsea and is sprinting 70 yards at this stage of this one, which seems admirable.

    66 mins: Oooooh! Martinez comes out and flaps at the corner, and Simpson heads just wide of the empty net!

    66 mins: Another corner. The home fans are starting to believe.

    65 mins: Holding’s first task is to concede a corner. Sokratis heads it clear.

    62 mins: Mustafi departs on the stretcher and is taken straight down the tunnel. Holding is on.

    61 mins: Mustafi will play no more. A stretcher has been brought on, and Rob Holding is being readied.

    60 mins: It did look like Mustafi landed very awkwardly on his left foot, and that his ankle might very well be genuinely sore. Though of course he could just be timewasting.

    58 mins: The ball bounces towards Arsenal’s penalty area, with Solanke bustling around threateningly. Martinez comes out and goes to head it, Mustafi beats him to it, and the defender ends up on the ground, clutching his left shin. Bournemouth don’t profit from all of this panic.

    57 mins: The home fans are now booing Martinelli, because of his play-acting, and Guendouzi, because he and Gosling aren’t playing nice.

    57 mins: Guendouzi brings down Lewis Cook. There was hardly any contact, which is presumably why the referee didn’t get out his book for a player who has been booking-bound since the very early stages.

    54 mins: Bournemouth send a fine ball into the area, but Martinelli - who not only didn’t have a head injury a few minutes back, but no injury at all - heads clear.

    53 mins: Guendouzi goes to pick up a dead ball, at which Gosling tries to stamp on it, and the two players square up. It was Bournemouth’s ball, so Guendouzi should probably have kept his hands off it, but Gosling’s attempt to take it seemed a little over-aggressive.

    51 mins: Play continues for an age with Martinelli on the turf, apparently hurt. Arsenal attack for a while, then Bournemouth win the ball and have a go. Eventually the referee stops play though it’s hard to see why, there not being a head injury to worry about.

    47 mins: Obviously Bournemouth will be needing a goal soonish, and not to concede again, if they are to have a chance here. Arsenal though have the first attack of the half, and the first corner, which is competently defended.

    Minutes per goal involvement this season Arsenal all competitions

    90 Martinelli
    126 Aubameyang
    139 Saka
    164 Pepe
    184 Lacazette
    192 Nelson
    277 Chambers
    309 Willock

    684 Ozil

    46 mins: And they’re off!

    The players are back out and ready for more. A goal and an assist for Bukayo Saka already, and he’s outassisting his teammates this season by a convincing margin.

    Arsenal goal assists this season all competitions

    7 Saka
    5 Pepe
    4 Chambers
    3 Martinelli

    Half-time viewing: “Hi Simon,” writes Ben. Hi!. “The confusingly titled Live is Life, which you mention [a while ago now, but still - ed] was blasting out at the Vitality Stadium, will always be associated with this quite amazing video of Maradona warming up in 1989.”

    45+3 mins: Bournemouth demonstrated in the closing stages of the half that this could have been an exciting and closely-contested Cup tie, had they not conceded twice and played like a gang of absolute pranksters for the best part of 40 minutes beforehand.

    45+1 mins: There’ll be a couple of minutes of stoppage time. They start with Harry Wilson becoming the night’s first cautionee, after bringing Nketiah down from behind.

    45 mins: Bournemouth have had an encouraging five minutes. It’s a shame that the scoreline is so discouraging already, but still. They win a corner, but waste it miserably.

    44 mins: Xhaka gives the ball away to Fraser, who exchanges passes with Solanke, jinks his way to the edge of the area and then slices a shot hopelessly wide.

    3 - Bukayo Saka has both scored and assisted in three separate games for Arsenal this season (vs
    Eintracht Frankfurt, Standard Liège and today against Bournemouth), no other player has done so more than once for the Gunners in 2019-20. Future. #FACup #BOUARS pic.twitter.com/3fzm8AEPgo

    41 mins: Bournemouth have woken up! Fraser passes to the overlapping Simpson, whose pull-back is booted clear by Xhaka.

    39 mins: Another Bournemouth shot! This time Wilson (H) crosses from the right and Gosling meets it, though unfortunately he meets it with his shoulder and the ball loops over the bar.

    38 mins: Shot! By Bournemouth! Fraser’s cross from the left flicks off a head to Harry Wilson, beyond the far post, whose volley towards the near post is saved by Emiliano Martinez.

    37 mins: Gosling steals the ball from Sokratis, who presumably had forgotten that there were any Bournemouth players, so rarely have they bothered him, but Bournemouth fail to capitalise.

    4/9 - Eddie Nketiah has scored with four of his nine shots on target for Arsenal in all competitions. Opportunity. #FACup #BOUARS pic.twitter.com/qR0MVNKfxs

    35 mins: Simpson does well to stop Nketiah reaching Guendouzi’s through-ball. “Arsenal’s search to replace Mustafi is over,” trills Charles Antaki. “There’s a chap on the field, also called Mustafi, who seems to be a reincarnation of Franco Baresi and Franz Beckenbauer. Sign him up, Mikel!”

    33 mins: Pepe distracts every defender in the neighbourhood and then passes to Bellerin, now alone on the right, who has time to measure his cross but Cook wins the battle to put a head on it.

    Bukayo Saka

    31 mins: Martinelli speeds past Cook on the Arsenal left, gets to the byline and squares for Nketiah, but Ake flings out a foot to deny the visitors a potential third.

    29 mins: Shot! Pepe saunters past a few defenders on the right, cuts in, and shoots wide of the near post.

    28 mins: This is the worst of VAR, taking an age to make a decision they didn’t even have to make, before deciding that they needn’t have bothered.

    27 mins: There is a VAR check in progress, on a possible offside. Though they seem to be checking Martinelli, who didn’t even nearly touch the ball.

    And Arsenal take a two-goal lead! The last few miutes have been humiliating for Bournemouth. Again Saka is crucial, collecting Willock’s pass and sending in a low cross that goes behind Martinelli but is turned in by Nketiah!

    26 mins: Some of Bournemouth’s interplay, their closing down and their defensive shape could have come straight from a how-not-to-play-football instructional video.

    24 mins: Arsenal pass the ball around the defence for a while, lulling Bournemouth into a stupor, and then Mustafi smacks a 60-yard pass to Sako, who has gone completely unnoticed on the left, and the Gunners suddenly have a promising attacking situation. Sako’s cross hits a defender, though, and the visitors end with nothing more than a throw-in.

    22 mins: Martinelli hopelessly miscues a 30-yarder, which flies high and wide. Arsenal are completely dominant.

    20 mins: Save! Bellerin passes infield to Willock, who turns Gosling, nudges the ball past Ake and has a shot from an acute angle that Travers blocks. The ball rebounds back off Willock and into the middle of the six-yard box, but to a defender rather than a forward.

    19 mins: Nice work down the left by Arsenal involving Martinelli, Saka and Xhaka, but it ends with a poor, looping cross from Saka, and that’s the end of the attack.

    15 mins: Guendouzi fouls Fraser, giving Bournemouth another free-kick. Those are two not very dangerous but extremely sloppy fouls from the Frenchman. Perhaps he’s still a bit dazed after that face-hitting business.

    14 mins: Bournemouth win a throw-in on the left, even though Pepe very clearly stopped the whole ball crossing the whole line. I do feel that linesmen are very often overkeen on awarding throw-ins like this. Ho hum.

    12 mins: Guendouzi, back on his feet if still a little puce of face, brings Gozling down on the edge of the centre circle, but the free-kick doesn’t threaten the Arsenal defence.

    10 mins: The ball hits Guendouzi inside Arsenal’s penalty area and he goes down clutching his face. This is a near-certain sign that it not only hit his arm but also that he knew all about it, however replays show the ball did indeed hit him in the nose.

    9 mins: A fine goal, this. You might expect the goalkeeper to save a shot from this angle, but it was an exceptionally vicious one, so we’ll give him a pass.

    What a hit from Saka!

    A well-worked moved from Arsenal and the youngster crashes it home!

    Travers had no chance pic.twitter.com/LP2YB5fcMv

    8 mins: Arsenal win a corner, which is headed away by Ake.

    The first decent attack ends in a goal! Joe Willock is the inspiration, turning nicely away from Gosling on the halfway line. He runs to the edge of the area before passing to Martinelli on his left, who passes to Saka on his left, who lashes a rising shot past Mark Travers from an acute angle!

    2 mins: A couple of early balls forward, one from each team, neither of them successful.

    1 min: Peeeeeeep! The whistle blows and Arsenal, in their Bruised Banana away kit, get the game started.

    And they’re out! And a tweet arrives! “I am equal parts astonished and refreshed that Martinelli isn’t on Twitter,” writes Pete Mumola. Sorry to disappoint, but this appears to be him (or someone else with access to him)

    pic.twitter.com/TWWHPmnWKe

    pic.twitter.com/PCqxFYxi6W

    The teams are in the tunnel. Kick-off is about four minutes away.

    Eddie Howe has a chat. Callum Wilson has had an injection in his knee, and Howe wanted to protect the players that aren’t 100% fit today”, hence him being on the bench rather than on the pitch:

    It’s an important competition for us. It’s our next game. We won our last game, we want to try to build on that momentum and we’d love to be in the next round. I think it’s going to be really good game. We’ve done well here under lights in recent games, so let’s hope that continues.

    Currently on the PA system at the Vitality Stadium: Live if Life by Opus. Classic!

    The weather in Bournemouth currently is pure filth. Apparently the rain might stop by half-time.

    The draw has been concluded, and the winners from this tie will be away to Portsmouth in the fifth round.

    The fifth-round draw is about to happen. Follow it live with me here:

    Related: FA Cup fifth-round draw – live!

    This just in from Bournemouth’s changing room. Brooklyn Genesini is on the bench, and in line to make his first senior appearance today. He’s an 18-year-old full-back.

    Here are the teams again in totally plain text form:

    Bournemouth: Travers, Smith, S Cook, Ake, Simpson, L Cook, Surman, Gosling, H Wilson, Fraser, Solanke. Subs: Ramsdale, Francis, C Wilson, Billing, Surridge, Dobre, Genesini.
    Arsenal: Martinez, Bellerin, Mustafi, Sokratis, Saka, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Pepe, Willock, Martinelli, Nketiah. Subs: Leno, Ceballos, Lacazette, Ozil, Torreira, Maitland-Niles, Holding.
    Referee: Martin Atkinson.

    Team news is very much in, and here it is in Twitterish form:

    Six changes to the starting XI
    Steve Cook returns from suspension
    Alex Dobre and Brooklyn Genesini are named on bench

    Follow the game LIVE https://t.co/gtZNOtKY0V#BOUARS // #afcb pic.twitter.com/erdbcskLUm

    Tonight's team news...

    @EddieNketiah9 leads the attack
    Gabriel Martinelli stays in the starting XI
    @MatteoGuendouzi also starts

    #EmiratesFACup

    Hello world!

    History in the making. That’s what we’re about to witness. For this, ladies and gentlemen, is the very first FA Cup tie between Bournemouth and Arsenal. The Cherries are looking to reach round five for the fifth time in their history (they’ve have reached the sixth round once, in 1957, and never got any further), Arsenal for the first time in three years (though they got at least that far in all but three of the preceding 17 years, in which time they reached seven finals and won six). There is, as you will have noticed, a massive disparity in Cup-flavoured achievement between these clubs, and for all their problems this season Arsenal remain eight places above their relegation-haunted opponents, but Bournemouth have home advantage and Ye Old Magic of the Cup to call upon, so anything is possible.

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  • Fri, 24 Jan 2020 18:19:00 +0000: FA Cup fourth round: team news and match previews - Arsenal | The Guardian

    News and previews for the weekend’s games as Liverpool visit Shrewsbury, Chelsea go to Hull and Southampton host Spurs

    Saturday 3pm Venue Turf Moor
    Referee Michael Oliver VAR Yes Odds H Evs A 3-1 D 5-2
    Head-to-head Burnley 18, Norwich 14; seven draws

    Related: Homesickness lingers as Coventry host landlords Birmingham in FA Cup | Ben Fisher

    Related: FA Cup fourth round: 10 things to look out for this weekend

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  • Wed, 22 Jan 2020 17:38:46 +0000: Gabriel Martinelli shrugs off Arsenal’s shackles and lets hope fly again | Jonathan Liew - Arsenal | The Guardian
    Such is the Brazilian’s swagger that his solo goal at Chelsea seemed predestined; he could be the perfect fit for Mikel Arteta

    “I’m not the Messiah!” “I say you are, Lord, and I should know – I’ve followed a few.” – Monty Python’s Life of Brian

    Has a goal ever looked so breathtakingly easy and ludicrously difficult all at once? As Gabriel Martinelli gathered the ball in his own half on Tuesday night, he found himself all on his own, 80 yards from goal, with N’Golo Kanté blocking his path. And yet within a few seconds the ball was rolling past Kepa Arrizabalaga into the Chelsea net, the 18-year-old Martinelli having simply run the length of the field in a very fast straight line, dumping perhaps the world’s best covering midfielder on his backside in the process. You know, as you do.

    Related: David Luiz’s red card leaves Arsenal pondering philosophical matters | Barney Ronay

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  • Wed, 22 Jan 2020 11:14:07 +0000: Arteta praises Arsenal's 'spirit, fight and leadership' after coming back to draw at Chelsea – video - Arsenal | The Guardian

    Mikel Arteta was delighted with Arsenal’s spirit as they twice recovered from a goal down to snatch a point against Chelsea, whose failure to take advantage of David Luiz’s early red card infuriated Frank Lampard. 'When someone makes a mistake, what cannot happen is that we don’t stand up for him. Every single player did it, with belief as well,’ said the Arsenal manager. Speaking after the 2-2 draw Arteta praised the performance of former Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka. 'I didn't know how good he was going to do, but he was going to put everything in there. And and he was great.' Xhaka played in central defence after the early red card to David Luiz.

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Historic News Stories have been added below:

  • Wed, 28 Jun 2017 20:24:32 +0000: Arsenal have bid rejected for Lacazette - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC
    Arsenal have a bid rejected for France international striker Alexandre Lacazette, but negotiations are still ongoing with Lyon.
  • Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:53:47 +0000: Arsenal in Meadow Park groundshare deal - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC
    Boreham Wood agree a 10-year groundshare deal with Women's Super League club Arsenal Ladies and Arsenal's youth teams.
  • Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:18:25 +0000: Shield proceeds to be given to Grenfell - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC
    Proceeds from the 2017 FA Community Shield will be donated to support those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
  • Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:16:16 +0000: The stars helping Grenfell Tower victims - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC
    Here are just some of the many famous people who are helping out those affected by last week's tragedy.
  • Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:00:05 +0000: Premier League fixtures in full - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC
    Find out your club's full fixture list for the 2017-18 Premier League season.

The summer transfer action is beginning to come hard and fast for Arsenal as they now have begun to receive many offers for the want away Dutch striker Robin Van Persie who is out of contract with the gunner at the end of next season. The clubs star player has made it clear he will not be signing a new contract with the gunners and this has prompted all of Europe’s top clubs to begin a bidding war for the phenomenal striker.

Another player who could be set to leave the Emirates stadium is Carlos Vela who is now in the middle of discussions for a transfer to the Spanish side Real Sociedad who are thought to be lining up a £5.000.000 deal for the Mexican international. Vela has been on the sidelines for some time now and it is clear that his future lies elsewhere and away from London.

The capture of Lucas Podolski from Cologne a few weeks back was meant to signal the start of a new era at Arsenal as the club have been trophy less for the past five years. The German international was seen as the perfect partner for Robin Van Persie but with the Dutch striker certainly on his way out of the Emirates it is now more than likely that Podolski will be leading the line along with another new signing up from in the form of up and coming superstar Olivier Giroud.

Another player who could be leaving the London club this summer is Marouane Chamakh who has found himself out of the picture at Arsenal for the past twelve month and has only started a handful of games during this time. The Morroccan international is wanted by Fiorentina and Dutch champions Ajax and the striker is keen on a move to either of these sides in search of first team football.

Arsenal are also said to be in for the highly thought of Egyptian defender Islam Ramadan who plays for his homeland club Haras El Hodood with the twenty one year old thought to be an integral part of Wengers new defensive plans. Ramadan has also attracted a huge amount of interest from some of Europe’s leading clubs including Lyon, Benfica and Sporting Lisbon.