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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…

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Paul Pogba was United’s heartbeat but has given José Mourinho a headache | Amy Lawrence

The French midfielder sat out the dying moments of the thrilling 3-1 victory at Arsenal but will be sorely missed for the Manchester derby and beyondA French midfielder with massive presence sent off in an intense match between Manchester United and Ar…

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Eddie Nketiah’s fairytale arrival for Arsenal crushes Norwich hope of upset

As cameos go, making your bow at your home stadium by scoring inside 15 seconds and then adding an extra-time matchwinner with a picturebook soaring header takes some beating. Eddie Nketiah earned instant cult status in north London after the teenager …

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Alexis Sánchez soothes nerves after Cologne and fans give Arsenal a fright

Europa League football arrived at the Emirates with a confusing, edgy, complicated energy. A one-hour delay due to the enormous band of Cologne supporters who travelled – many thousands in excess of the official allocation of 3,000 – and the intense atmosphere created inside the ground ensured that this Thursday night football lark felt mightily different even before a ball was kicked.

The visiting fans took over the Clock End, which made life intimidating for the home support who had seats in that area. Some felt unsafe and were advised by stewards to move. From the supposed sanctuary of the Family Enclosure to the high hospitality rung of Club Level, this corner of north London turned into Cologne on tour.

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Olivier Giroud saves Arsenal from homemade chaos in Leicester thriller

Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen, to a new season reminiscent of the old at the Emirates. Arsenal’s penchant for starting seasons by getting a wobble in early has become something of an epidemic. The storyline for another opening act at home followed a familiarly fretful and pressurised script, with Leicester leading 3-2 as the game tilted towards its conclusion. Arsenal twisted the tale with a theatrical flourish as late strikes from Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud sent shudders through north London. The Frenchman ensured his compatriot Alexandre Lacazette will not easily be the big man up front in these parts.

The good news for Arsenal supporters is they broke their transfer record for a striker, but the bad news is they ended their first game of the season with a classically dysfunctional defence. It was an extraordinary combination – a midfield player at right-back, two left-backs at centre-back and a right-back at left-back. Confused? Who wouldn’t be.

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Poorly Alexis Sánchez is staying, says Arsène Wenger after Arsenal victory

• Wenger has spoken to flu-stricken striker and lets him recover in Chile
• New signing Sead Kolasinac shines in Arsenal Emirates Cup win

Arsène Wenger has given special dispensation to Alexis Sánchez to stay in Chile as he recovers from an ill-timed bout of flu. The Arsenal forward, who was originally due to return to England to rejoin the squad this weekend, has an extension until Tuesday. Sánchez’s instagram selfie – wrapped in a scarf with his bottom lip out as if he felt very sorry for himself while cuddling his dog for comfort – did not look like the most convincing sickie ever but Wenger had a message for the doubters: “Your job is to be suspicious. Your job is built on mistrust and my job is built on trust. That’s why I prefer my side,” he quipped.

Manager and player have exchanged messages in the past couple of days. “I had him on text yesterday, he will come back as soon as possible,” Wenger added. “We were in touch with him and his doctor. There is no basic problem.

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Granit Xhaka may yet be the answer to Arsenal’s midfield nightmares

Gunners’ engine has been malfunctioning for months in the absence of Santi Cazorla, but the Swiss provided cause for optimism against Manchester United

It did not take long after Granit Xhaka’s arrival last summer for the jokes to start about how Arsenal would soon take that reputation for whacking in the odd long‑range goal and put a stop to it. An old-fashioned thump hardly fitted in with the Wenger-esque stereotype for walking the ball into the net, for twinkly, over‑elaborate approach play, for fluffy patterns instead of punchy power.

Related: Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck rises high to finish off Manchester United

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Robert Huth’s own goal gives Arsenal welcome win over Leicester City

The Arsène Wenger celebration face at the end of it all was not as visceral or as liberating as the one he produced at Wembley on Sunday but the relief to snatch a win from the jaws of a dreary draw was still worth savouring. He might have the FA Cup in his sightlines but he can also cling to the possibility of a 19th consecutive Champions League qualification thanks to a freakish late goal.

It felt like one of those ominous days that Arsenal are familiar with in these parts against a dogged opponent, where the sideways passes can be soporific and the chances kept at bay. In the 86th minute, the ball pinged around an increasingly anxious Arsenal attack only for a deflected cross to end up with Nacho Monreal, who swung a leg at it. The ball diverted off Robert Huth’s chest and bobbled past Kasper Schmeichel. With that stroke of fortune a Wembley hangover turned into an unexpected Emirates party.

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Danny Cowley revels in Lincoln’s brush with big time and praises Arsène Wenger | Amy Lawrence

Cowley will now focus on Lincoln’s National League and FA Trophy campaigns, while his Arsenal counterpart admitted there is no escape from criticism

As Lincoln’s players absorbed the experience by accepting the invitation to mingle with their counterparts in the home dressing room at the end of it all, it was important to make sure that City took care of some essential business. A member of Arsenal’s staff duly emerged from a cupboard with a broom, remarking: “They’ve asked for a hoover.” The broom was the best they could magic up at that moment. At Premier League level they are not used to requests from the opposition to clean the visitors’ dressing room. Whatever the circumstances, though, Danny Cowley insists on it. “The All Blacks call it ‘sweep the decks’, don’t they? If it is good enough for the All Blacks, it’s good enough for us,” he says.

The gesture felt poignant, especially as there had been a brief commotion when Arsenal left their dressing room at non-league Sutton United in the previous round strewn with discarded strappings and drinks bottles. That contrast emphasised the different worlds usually inhabited by those from non-league and Premier League although, looking at the bigger picture, that is a chasm that Cowley hopes some of his contemporaries and colleagues can one day bridge. “There’s some great footballers at non-league level and hopefully some OK managers too,” Cowley notes. “We’ve seen what happened with Jamie Vardy. It shows you there is real depth in English football.”

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Arsène Wenger may face ban following altercation with fourth official

• Arsenal manager tried to push Anthony Taylor after being sent off
• ‘I regret everything,’ says apologetic Wenger

Arsène Wenger risks an FA misconduct charge and touchline ban for an altercation with fourth official Anthony Taylor as his emotions got the better of him during the turbulent finale of Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over Burnley.

The Frenchman has apologised for his actions, which happened after he was sent off following the visitors being awarded a stoppage-time penalty. Wenger tried to push Taylor out of the way when the official went to tell him that he was not allowed to watch from the corridor of the tunnel.

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Mesut Özil fires Arsenal past Stoke City and to the top of the table

As weeks go, three straight wins, a flurry of 12 goals and the confidence booster of enjoying life top of their Champions League group and the Premier League (even if only temporarily), brings the sort of cheer Arsène Wenger must wish he could bottle. In recent seasons Arsenal have had their encouraging moments, but sustaining them into the sharp end of the season has been the tougher trick to pull off. The challenge to maintain this rich form is on.

Related: Watford and Stefano Okaka rally to hold off Everton and Romelu Lukaku

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