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Arsenal’s Lacazette-Aubameyang double act puts Valencia on back foot

What a difference a week makes. Arsenal rediscovered their verve to give themselves a fighting chance of reaching the Europa League final in Baku at the end of May. Attack has to be their best form of defence and their two shining lights at the front o…

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Crystal Palace’s victory deals major blow to Arsenal’s top-four hopes

This was supposed to be the banker. The relatively easy one, at home against a team who had hit the magic 40 points and would be forgiven to have sandals and sunglasses at the ready. Of all the hurdles lined up between Arsenal and their aspirations to …

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Mature Aaron Ramsey puts Arsenal on way to victory against Napoli

If only Arsenal could unlock the bewildering and elusive secret to away games. Having given themselves an encouraging leg up with another confident win here inspired by the midfield efforts of Aaron Ramsey and Lucas Torreira, attention now switches to …

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Aubameyang the hero as Arsenal beat Rennes and reach quarter-finals

It was a night when Arsenal required superhuman effort and some heroic performances to overturn a two-goal handicap and seize their ticket for the Europa League quarter-finals. An accomplished team performance was crowned by the moment Pierre-Emerick A…

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Mesut Özil shows his class as Arsenal hit five past Bournemouth

At times like this all seems swell in Mesut Özil’s world. Under the gleam of the lights, finding space and time on a football pitch came, his talent unfurled again. Arsenal’s enigmatic playmaker, who has looked like Unai Emery’s type all too infrequent…

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Shkodran Mustafi header helps Arsenal to progress at expense of Bate Borisov

One of the reasons for hiring Unai Emery was his convincing record as a Europa League specialist. The man from the Basque country has won this competition three times in succession with Sevilla, and given Arsenal find themselves in this company at the …

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Arsenal fear Laurent Koscielny has broken jaw in Manchester United defeat

• Fellow centre-half Sokratis also went off with leg injury• Defenders Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding out for seasonUnai Emery lamented Arsenal’s worsening defensive injury crisis as Laurent Koscielny suffered a suspected broken jaw during their 3-1 d…

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Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang strikes again to finish off Fulham

Having wobbled and tumbled over a challenging Christmas week, Arsenal got back on the bike on Tuesday. They did so a little gingerly but ended an afternoon freewheeling past Fulham feeling buoyed by the restorative power of points and goals.Last week’s…

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Alexandre Lacazette points the way in Arsenal’s Europa League run-out against Qarabag

A contest of limited consequence given Arsenal’s pre-match status as group winners might not have meant a great deal to many but to Laurent Koscielny, the experience of feeling like a footballer out on the pitch again under the floodlights appeared to …

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Lucas Torreira’s stunning bicycle kick sees Arsenal edge Huddersfield

Arsenal were able to inhale the sweet taste of a late victory thanks to the inspirational force of Lucas Torreira. The waspish presence who has breathed such effervescence into Arsenal’s midfield was the difference to break a tight, tense deadlock with…

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Danny Welbeck injury casts shadow over Arsenal draw with Sporting

The fearful hush that descended over the Emirates when Danny Welbeck landed in overwhelming pain never really lifted on a challenging night for Arsenal. The Europa League had all been going smoothly, with maximum points and the booster of a win in what…

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Arsenal’s Mesut Özil completes slick move to sink Watford

Caught up in the emotion of Premier League tension, as a match that hung in the balance was suddenly seized, Unai Emery leaped about and shook his fists on the sidelines. This one, compared to the winning sequence that preceeded it, seemed to count tha…

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Arsenal’s Mesut Özil completes slick move to sink Watford

Caught up in the emotion of Premier League tension, as a match that hung in the balance was suddenly seized, Unai Emery leaped about and shook his fists on the sidelines. This one, compared to the winning sequence that preceeded it, seemed to count tha…

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Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the double against Vorskla Poltava

• Arsenal 4-2 Vorskla Poltava• Aubameyang 32 56, Welbeck 48, Özil 74Owing to a quirk in the rules so outmoded it has been abolished, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was not allowed to play a single minute of Europa League football last season after his mid-s…

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New manager but same old script for Arsenal as Unai Emery enters stage | Amy Lawrence

There is clearly a lot more listening to do and a lot more practising before the side show what the Spaniard wantsThe Emirates curtains raised to reveal the same well-worn set. There may be a new director orchestrating it all, and some new faces in the…

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From Arsène knows to Arsène goes – curtain falls in classy send-off | Amy Lawrence

Frenchman takes charge of final home game and afterwards is handed Invincibles trophy by two of his coaches from day one‘If God exists and one day I go up there and he will ask: ‘Do you want to come in? What have you done in your life?’ The only answer…

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s verve gives Arsène Wenger positive buzz | Amy Lawrence

In his first Arsenal home game, the new signing’s partnership with Mesut Özil created a feelgood factor that lifted the teamWhen Mino Raiola mischievously suggested “Sánchez is part of the Mikhi deal, not the other way round”, the general consensus was…

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Arsène Wenger’s high-wire act exposes hole at heart of Arsenal | Amy Lawrence

The Gunners manager’s fatal attraction to playing at all costs leaves defence as an afterthought – as highlighted in the 2-2 draw with ChelseaStoppage time provided a vignette of classic latter-Wenger Arsenal. Hearts were in mouths, and nobody knew whe…

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Arsène Wenger’s high-wire act exposes hole at heart of Arsenal | Amy Lawrence

The Gunners manager’s fatal attraction to playing at all costs leaves defence as an afterthought – as highlighted in the 2-2 draw with ChelseaStoppage time provided a vignette of classic latter-Wenger Arsenal. Hearts were in mouths, and nobody knew whe…

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Wilshere and Debuchy end goal droughts as Arsenal crush Bate Borisov

Trying to establish the expected goals in the Europa League is a mission, particularly on a night when so many goalscorers are completely unexpected. After last weekend’s flurry of repelled chances against Manchester United, Arsenal summoned goals from…