Southampton 1 Arsenal 0

A strong Southampton side knocked holders Arsenal out of the FA Cup in the fourth round courtesy of a first-half own goal on Saturday. The Saints were rewarded for their attacking intent in the opening period when Gabriel turned in Kyle Walker-Peters’ cross in the 24th minute. It was the first goal Arsenal had conceded in 508 minutes as they suffered a first loss in seven matches. Southampton will face another Premier League side, Wolves, in the next round.

With their next opponents enduring a poor run in the league and having struggled in their 1-0 win at non-league Chorley on Friday, the 1976 winners will fancy their chances of progressing further at Molineux. The Saints also went close through Che Adams, whose low, angled strike was saved brilliantly by Bernd Leno, and James Ward-Prowse, who saw his delivery from a corner come off the bar. In the second half, substitute striker Shane Long fell under a challenge in the box, but penalty appeals were waved away by referee Peter Bankes.

Arsenal were without forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and midfielder Emile Smith Rowe, while another in-form player, Bukayo Saka, was only introduced in the second half. Mikel Arteta’s Gunners side were tepid as an attacking force during the first 45 minutes, but looked more of a threat after the break. However, Eddie Nketiah’s deflected shot in the 67th minute, which was superbly dealt with by home goalkeeper Fraser Forster, was their only effort of note.

Mat Ryan Joins Arsenal On Loan

Mat Ryan joins Arsenal on a loan deal until the end of the season; Brighton and Australia goalkeeper fell out of favour at the Seagulls and lost place to Robert Sanchez in December; Ryan: “I will give everything I‚Äôve got to contribute to the first club I ever loved”. The 28-year-old Australian international had fallen out of favour at Brighton, losing his spot to Robert Sanchez after a 3-0 loss to Leicester in December.

Last month, Brighton boss Graham Potter dismissed suggestions Ryan had played his final game for the Seagulls¬†but said he was willing to allow him to leave in search of regular first-team football. Despite starting 11 of Brighton’s first 12 matches in the Premier League this season, Ryan has not been called up to Brighton’s matchday squad for the past seven league games. The Australian will wear the number 33 at Arsenal and will compete with Bernd Leno and Alex Runarsson for the starting spot, after Matt Macey moved to Hibernian on a loan deal earlier this month.

Ryan originally joined Brighton in a then-club-record £5.4m deal from Valencia in 2017, and has gone on to make 121 Premier League appearances for the club, keeping 28 clean sheets. He broke through the youth ranks at Australian club Central Coast Mariners before impressing for Belgian side Club Brugge, and earning a move to Spain in 2015.

Sokratis’ Contract Cancelled

Arsenal cancel Sokratis’ contract as Real Betis target leaves Emirates Stadium on a free transfer. The defender’s deal was due to run until the end of the season but he has not been part of Mikel Arteta’s plans during the 2020-21 campaign. Arsenal have confirmed that defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has had his contract terminated by mutual consent. Sokratis‚Äô deal was due to expire at the end of the season, but the 32-year-old has been freed up during the January transfer window to find a new club. The Greek centre-back had spent two-and-a-half years at the Emirates Stadium, but had not been included in Mikel Arteta‚Äôs squads for the Premier League and Europa League this season.

The last competitive first-team game Sokratis appeared in for Arsenal was as a late substitute in the FA Cup final victory over Chelsea at Wembley in August at the end of last season. But, having not been included in the 25-man squads for the Premier League or Europa League campaigns for the first half of the season, his sole outing in an Arsenal shirt in 2020-21 came in the Football League Trophy against AFC Wimbledon in December. In total, Sokratis made 69 appearances for the Gunners after joining the club from Borussia Dortmund in a £14 million transfer in the summer of 2018. Goal reported earlier in January that Real Betis are interested in a deal and that Sokratis would be keen on a move to La Liga.

However, it is understood that Betis will need to sell players first as they are struggling under the Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules enforced by La Liga and need to reduce their wage budget before they can make any major signings. Betis are looking at ways to offload either Sidnei or William Carvalho to free up the funds for Sokratis, who had been earning £5m a year at Arsenal. Sokratis would also be open to returning to Germany or playing in Italy, with Napoli having shown an interest in taking him to Serie A during the last summer transfer window.

Arsenal 3 Newcastle 0

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal beat Newcastle to move into the top 10 of the Premier League and increase the pressure on Magpies boss Steve Bruce. Aubameyang, who had earlier hit the post from a tight angle in the first half, opened the scoring in the 50th minute when he fired past Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow. Arsenal doubled their lead as Emile Smith Rowe’s pullback found Bukayo Saka and the England international side-footed the ball into the net. Aubameyang, 31, got his second and the Gunners’ third after Cedric Soares, in his first league start of the season, got to the byline and set up the striker.

The Gabon international scored 29 goals in all competitions last season, including 22 in the Premier League, but he had previously struggled for goals in 2020-21. This double took his league total to five for the campaign and boss Mikel Arteta was pleased to see Aubameyang return to form. “He needed that for his confidence and the team needs that to be successful,” said the Gunners manager. “We were missing his goals, we all know that, so to have them back is great for the team.” Miguel Almiron had Newcastle’s best chance but shot over from the edge of the penalty area when it was goalless.

The victory takes Arsenal above Aston Villa into 10th, with the Gunners seven points adrift of fourth-placed Liverpool in the last Champions League qualifying spot. Newcastle are 15th, seven points clear of 18th-placed Fulham, although the London side have a game in hand. For Bruce, who faced calls for his resignation after last week’s 1-0 loss to bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United, his side have now not won in nine matches in all competitions. Despite 2020-21 having been a tough campaign for them so far, there have been recent signs of revival and this win extends their unbeaten run to six matches.

Ding Dong Frog Eyes Is Gone

We don’t got Ozil,
Mezut Lazy Ozil,
He’s Fenerbache’s man,
He sucks off Erdo?an,
Fuck off Mezut Ozil

He’s gone, he’s finally gone. The most overrrated, frog eyed, idiotic, lazy, luxury of a player is finally gone from my club. He is now Fenerbache’s problem. Mesut Ozil said farewell to Arsenal teammates and flew to Turkey on Sunday to join Fenerbahce in a bid to reignite a once-flourishing career that faltered in London. The former Germany midfielder, who is of Turkish descent, hasn’t played for Arsenal since March after falling out of favor with manager Mikel Arteta over concerns about the player’s work rate.

The 32-year-old Ozil wasn’t even included in Arsenal’s Premier League squad for the season despite being one of the highest earners and has been ostentatiously tweeting his support for the team from his home during matches. Now Arsenal has managed to offload Ozil before his contract expires in June. Fenerbahce posted images of Ozil leaving London on a private jet on Sunday night. After 7¬Ĺ years at Arsenal, which he joined from Real Madrid, Ozil is heading to one of the favoured clubs of Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Ozil posed for photos with Erdogan in May 2018 in the run-up to the Turkish general election ‚ÄĒ prompting serious criticism from German football officials and antagonizing some in Germany who felt the player wasn’t fully behind the national team ‚ÄĒ while the president was an official witness at Ozil’s wedding ceremony.

Arsenal Transfer Rumours 16-Jan-2021

Mesut Ozil s set to finally leave Arsenal after reportedly agreeing a deal to terminate his contract. Should everything be tied up with the Gunners, that would allow him to join Fenerbahce as a free agent. Ozil hasn’t played a first team football match since March last year but he will be thrown into the deep end once his move to Fenerbahce is complete. The Yellow Canaries finished a dismal seventh place last season but are in the thick of a tense title race this time around. Fenerbahce are in second, behind Besiktas on goal difference alone and just two points ahead of other fierce rivals Galatasaray.

Arsenal goalkeeper target Neto has handed in a transfer request at Barcelona, according to Sport. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is keen to reinforce the goalkeeping position, with doubts over summer signing Alex Runarsson’s long-term suitability. Neto, 31, joined Barca from Valencia in 2019, with Netherlands keeper Jasper Cillessen heading in the other direction. The Brazilian is hoping for more game time at his next club, after finding himself as Marc-Andre Ter Stegen’s understudy at the Camp Nou.

Arsenal are scouting Brentford striker Ivan Toney ahead of a possible summer move, according to the Express. West Ham are also interested in Toney, who joined the Bees from Peterborough in the summer for ¬£10m and is now the Championship’s joint top-scorer with 16 goals this season. However, the report claims the Gunners won’t be making an offer for the 24-year-old this month, and will instead be keeping an eye on him until the end of the season. Brentford are also unwilling to part ways with Toney, as they bid to earn promotion to the Premier League after last season’s play-off heartbreak.

Arsenal 0 Crystal Palace 0

Arsenal’s recent resurgence was checked by a stubborn Crystal Palace, who claimed a hard-fought point from a forgettable encounter at Emirates Stadium. Tagged as relegation candidates as little as three weeks ago, the Gunners came into the game off the back of four straight wins in all competitions, but were unable to find their way past the well-drilled and disciplined visitors. For a side in such good form, Arsenal were a disappointment going forward, their best effort at goal a shot on the turn from Alexandre Lacazette into the side-netting.

Their only other clear-cut chance was an angled shot from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that Vicente Guaita palmed away. There was more goalmouth action at the other end, with James Tomkins heading an Eberechi Eze free-kick against the bar and Christian Benteke drawing a fine save from Bernd Leno with a nodded effort of his own. The point leaves Arsenal 11th on 24 points and Palace two points and a league place worse off, but comfortably clear of any relegation worries. It was only three weeks ago that West Brom boss Sam Allardyce said Arsenal were in the middle of a battle against the drop.

To be fair to Allardyce, he had a point at the time. But that prediction has been made to look somewhat foolish by the Gunners’ subsequent three straight league wins, which included hammering the flailing Baggies. In light of their upturn in form this result has to count as a minor blip, but it underlines the fact that Arteta’s side remain a work in progress. Young players like Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have added some much-needed zip and creative flair in recent games, but they were stifled here, flickering into life all too rarely against a dogged opponent. Lacazette had scored in each of the last three league games but was marshalled well by Palace and spurned his only real chance, while Aubameyang remains frustratingly ineffective in his role on the left. Arsenal also felt the absence of the injured Kieran Tierney and his driving forward runs from full-back.

Holding Signs Long-term Contract

Arsenal defender Rob Holding signs new, long-term contract at the Emirates after battling his way back into Mikel Arteta’s plans following serious knee injury. Sportsmail revealed on January 1 that Holding was set to avoid Mikel Arteta’s squad cull after forcing his way back into the Spaniard’s plans this season. The defender almost joined Newcastle United on loan in August but the move was blocked by Arteta. Holding has since made 18 appearances in all competitions and has started the last 11 Premier League games.

The 25-year-old, who joined Arsenal from Bolton in 2016, has had to battle back from a serious knee injury which he picked up in 2018. The defender ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and spent nine months on the sidelines. Holding was a regular starter during Project Restart last season and helped the Gunners lift their 14th FA Cup. His deal was set to expire in 2023 and the summer arrivals of Gabriel and Pablo Mari threatened to push the centre back down the pecking order. A loan move to the Magpies was close to being completed before Arteta stepped in. The Spaniard wants to trim his bloated squad but sees Holding as a key part of his long-term plans, even rewarding him with the captain’s armband for the game against Everton in December.

The defender has stood out in recent victories over Chelsea, Brighton and West Brom, with Arsenal conceding just one goal across the last three games. The Gunners are now just six points off fourth place and booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday with an extra-time victory over Newcastle.

Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0

Extra-time goals from Emile Smith Rowe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ensured holders Arsenal beat a stubborn Newcastle in the FA Cup third round. In-form Smith Rowe had an eventful evening after arriving as a second-half substitute, seeing a red card rightly rescinded before opening the scoring. Aubameyang tapped in the second after a slick move cut Newcastle open. Andy Carroll missed two golden chances in normal time, which could have sent Arsenal to a rare third-round exit.

The Gunners, who have won the FA Cup on a record 14 occasions, go into the fourth-round draw having being knocked out in the third round just once in the past 25 years. But it could have been different had 32-year-old striker Carroll been able to convert his opportunities, particularly the second, which came in the final minute of normal time. Arsenal would have had little time to recover from that and they had keeper Bernd Leno to thank as he reacted quickly to spread himself to smother Carroll’s shot. That chance came after former England striker Carroll had been unable to take another opportunity early in the second half, staying onside but sidefooting wide.

Instead, it was a player at the other end of his career who took the plaudits. Smith Rowe, with his energy and willingness to carry the ball, has added another dimension to Arsenal’s attacking play in recent weeks. After an insipid first half, the England youth international was brought on as a 56th-minute substitute by Gunners boss Mikel Arteta and quickly became the game’s central character. In the dying moments of normal time, he was shown a straight red card by referee Chris Kavanagh for a challenge on Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff, only for the official to overturn the decision after watching the incident again on the pitchside monitor.

Arsenal Sign Young CB

Arsenal are set to confirm the ¬£900,000 signing of Hertha Berlin defender Omar Rekik this week. The 19-year-old will be the first signing of the January transfer window for Gunners boss Mikel Arteta. Rekik is a centre back but is not expected to be part of Arteta’s first-team plans straight away, due to their surplus in this position currently. The teenager is already an international choosing to represent Tunisia through his father’s heritage – rather than representing Holland, where he was born.

It is believed that Per Mertesacker, current Arsenal academy coach, had a key part in making the deal happen. According to football.london, Arsenal are keen to loan their impending signing back to Hertha to aid his development but as of yet not decision has been made. Rekik was born on 20 December 2001 in Den Haag and plays for Hertha Berlin. He played for Feyenoord Rotterdam from 2011-2012, for Manchester City FC from 2012-2014, for PSV Eindhoven from 2014-2015, for Olympique de Marseille from 2015-2017 and has played for Hertha BSC since 2017.

A deal for Rekik was agreed on the final day of the summer transfer window, but the move wasn’t signed off in time so all parties had to wait until January to complete the switch. A fee of around £900,000 was agreed for the defender, as part of the deal that saw Matteo Guendouzi move to Hertha Berlin on loan, however, the fee has now come down to around £540,000 after the delay.

The 19-year-old has never made a first team appearance for Hertha Berlin, although did make the match day squad on three occasions at the end of last season. He has been playing in the youth sides so far this campaign as he awaits his move to Arsenal. It has been a nomadic lifestyle for the teenager in his career so far, having been on the books at Manchester City, Feyenoord, PSV and Marseille already. The centre-back plays naturally on the right side of central defence, but is also capable on the left side and in defensive midfield.

Saliba Joins Nice On Loan

Arsenal has loaned centre back William Saliba to French Ligue 1 side OGC Nice for the rest of the season in a bid to give him more playing time, the Premier League club announced on Monday. Saliba, who was signed by Arsenal in July 2019 for about 27 million pounds ($36.59 million), spent last season on loan at St Etienne and has yet to make his debut for the Premier League club, with the 19-year-old only playing for the Under-21 side.

The France youth international was also left out of the club’s Europa League squad for the group stage. “William experienced a very challenging time last year, with his playing time limited by injury and the early ending of the Ligue 1 season due to the pandemic,” Arsenal’s technical director Edu said. “So together with William, we have decided that spending the rest of the season on loan with Nice is the best way for him to develop.” Nice is 12th in the standings after 16 games and return from the league’s winter break with a game against Brest on Wednesday.

Nice will cover the centre-back’s wages and are not required to pay a loan fee. There is currently no provision for a permanent move, with Arsenal still determined that the 19-year-old has a future in north London. It has been a frustrating half-season for Saliba, who has been restricted to under-23 football after not being named in Mikel Arteta’s Premier League or Europa League squads. Arsenal had failed to secure him a loan move in September, although there were plenty of suitors, and will expect to see him develop with a view to competing for first-team football next season.

West Brom 0 Arsenal 4

Arsenal continued their Premier League resurgence with a ruthless victory over strugglers West Brom at The Hawthorns. Defender Kieran Tierney’s excellent solo run and curling finish put the Gunners in front in the first half, before the impressive Bukayo Saka rounded off a stunning passing move to make it 2-0. Alexandre Lacazette added the third and fourth goals after the break – smashing in a rebound from Emile Smith Rowe’s shot before he was set up by Tierney. It was Arsenal’s third league victory in a row after they had failed to win their previous seven.

West Brom, playing their fourth match under new manager Sam Allardyce, remain second from bottom and six points from safety. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said he wanted his players to “show confidence” at The Hawthorns, and they certainly did that in a dominant and eye-catching display. Hector Bellerin forced Sam Johnstone into a save within two minutes after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang broke down the left, and Saka tormented full-back Dara O’Shea on the opposite wing constantly during the opening half. It was Saka’s ball that fizzed past the back post, inches away from the toe of Aubameyang, after the 19-year-old had got the better of O’Shea and hit it straight at Johnstone.

West Brom were being suffocated and Tierney’s burst of pace to get around Darnell Furlong, before bending it into the far corner, was the perfect way to open the scoring. Saka made it 2-0 by rounding off a slick, one-touch passing move that former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger would have been proud of. West Brom could offer no response after the break either and Arsenal were 3-0 up on the hour when Lacazette eventually blasted in the rebound from a catalogue of errors by defender Semi Ajayi.

That was game over but Lacazette was allowed to add a fourth when he was left unmarked to divert Tierney’s cross into the roof of the net four minutes later. Arteta, knowing the job was done, was able to bring off Saka and Emile Smith Rowe following impressive performances from both youngsters, while Arsenal continued to create chances to round off a very enjoyable evening in the snow.

Kolasinac Goes On Loan

Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac has agreed to rejoin Schalke 04 on loan for the remainder of the season the club announced on Thursday. The defender will head back to the club that he joined as a youth and went on to become a first-team regular before moving to north London in 2017. Schalke is in last place in the Bundesliga, without a league win since last season in January. Kolasinac signed from Schalke in 2017 and will return to the Bundesliga club who sit at the bottom of the league table amid a winless run of 28 matches.

The 27-year-old has only made one Premier League appearance this season and was used mainly in cup competitions such as the Europa League and League Cup. The loan deal is subject to the completion of legal and regulatory processes and is effective from Jan. 4. “Sead needs to be playing regularly, so we have decided together that a move back to Germany with Schalke will benefit him at this moment,” Arsenal technical director Edu said in a¬†statement.

The full-back made 113 appearances for Arsenal, helping the team reach the 2019 Europa League final against Chelsea. Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has said that more players are likely to leave on loan as they aim to trim their large squad. Arsenal travel to¬†West Bromwich Albion¬†on Saturday and manager Sam Allardyce wanted a pause in the season to act as a “circuit break.” However, Arteta, who contracted the virus in March, said the show must go on.

Brighton 0 Arsenal 1

Arsenal are now in a “different world”, according to manager Mikel Arteta, after they recorded back-to-back league wins for the first time since September by beating Brighton. Before Christmas, Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer was among those to question whether the Gunners had what it took to retain the place in the top flight they have held since 1919. Defeat at Everton on 19 December¬†left them only four points above the relegation zone after 14 games – their worst start to the season since 1974-75. But fortunes changed with a surprise 3-1 victory over Chelsea last weekend, which has now been followed up by this latest success.

Tuesday’s display lacked the fizz of that 3-1 win over the Blues, and they were particularly sluggish in the first half when they only managed one effort on goal. However, the tempo and urgency was turned up a couple of notches after the break, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gabriel Martinelli going close before French striker Alexandre Lacazette fired home in the 66th minute. The second-half substitute had only been on the pitch 29 seconds when he swept in Bukayo Saka’s ball for his third goal in three games. Brighton boss Graham Potter left forwards Neal Maupay and Danny Welbeck on the bench – two of six changes made to the starting XI. His side once again looked comfortable and composed on the ball but it was a frustrating story in attack.

Aubameyang went close soon after the restart when he attempted to turn home Saka’s cross but was thwarted by the knee of Robert Sanchez. His side then broke through. Saka, exceptional on the flanks, this time set up Lacazette, who barely had time to get his studs dirty as he fired his shot past the Seagulls keeper. The closest the home side came to scoring was when Alireza Jahanbakhsh forced a sharp save from Bernd Leno at his near post. Arsenal climb up to 13th and now have 20 points, while Brighton remain two points above the drop zone in 17th.

Arsenal 3 Chelsea 1

A rejuvenated Arsenal recorded an important victory over Chelsea to end their seven-game run without a win in the Premier League and ease the pressure on boss Mikel Arteta. Two first-half goals set the platform for the Gunners’ first top-flight win¬†since 1 November. Alexandre Lacazette sent goalkeeper Edouard Mendy the wrong way from the penalty spot and Granit Xhaka curled in a superb free-kick 10 minutes later to put Arteta’s side in control. Bukayo Saka’s cross then dropped into the top corner early in the second half to put the game beyond the visitors. Tammy Abraham scored from close range to make it a nervy final five minutes for the hosts and Jorginho then saw his weak penalty saved by Bernd Leno.

But it was an otherwise lacklustre performance by Frank Lampard’s side, who missed the chance to go second. It was a well-deserved victory for Arsenal, who climb to 14th and will hope any talk of a relegation battle is now behind them. It has been an arduous couple of months between Premier League wins for Arsenal boss Arteta but, on the first anniversary of his first game in charge of the Gunners, his side delivered arguably one of the most important victories of the Spaniard’s tenure. Five months ago, Arsenal and Arteta were celebrating winning the FA Cup against their London rivals, only to watch the title-chasing Blues invest ¬£200m on new players while the Gunners spent Christmas in their lowest league position since 1982. Arteta made six changes to the side beaten by Everton last time out in the league and trusted in youth with 19-year-old pair Saka and Gabriel Martinelli and 20-year-old Emile Smith Rowe.

He was rewarded with renewed energy and, despite there appearing to be minimal contact when Reece James fouled Kieran Tierney in the box, Lacazette made no mistake from the spot to deservedly put the hosts in front. Xhaka, back in the side following suspension, found the top corner with his free-kick soon after and when Saka’s attempted cross dropped over Chelsea goalkeeper Mendy into the net, Arteta must have felt his luck was changing. Martinelli forced Mendy into a low save after a smart move down Arsenal’s left and the Blues stopper was relieved when Lacazette failed to capitalise on his mistake. Mohamed Elneny struck the bar as Arsenal threatened to add to their tally before Chelsea’s late reprieve, but the Gunners held on for a first win in the Premier League since they beat Manchester United at Old Trafford almost two months ago. New West Brom boss Sam Allardyce suggested the Gunners are one of their relegation rivals this week but Arteta will hope this victory proves the catalyst to propel them up the table.

Arsenal 1 Manchester City 4

Holders Manchester City piled on the misery for Arsenal with a ruthless performance at Emirates Stadium to reach the Carabao Cup semi-finals. There were barely two minutes on the clock when Gabriel Jesus nodded City ahead, the Brazil forward completely unmarked inside the six-yard area when he met Oleksandr Zinchenko’s cross. The Gunners were desperate for the first 25 minutes, French defender Aymeric Laporte heading a great chance wide before the hosts levelled with their first serious attempt. Nineteen-year-old Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli provided an excellent cross for Alexandre Lacazette to head home but City scored twice in five second-half minutes to seal victory.

Keeper Runar Alex Runarsson allowed Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick to squirm through his gloves and into the net before Phil Foden added the third with a dink over Arsenal’s Iceland stopper. Foden looked offside after Fernandinho’s pass but with no video assistant referee system in operation, the goal was allowed to stand. There was nothing controversial about City’s fourth goal, Laporte meeting Foden’s lovely curling cross to head home unmarked. With no wins in seven in the Premier League, Arsenal’s problems continue to mount after being turfed out of the EFL Cup following a catalogue of errors against a City side that had been misfiring in recent weeks. They showed some character after falling behind in the third minute but were architects of their own downfall as City took complete control in the second half.

Arteta was seeking a big performance after a wretched run of form left them languishing 15th in the table, just four points above the relegation zone. Instead poor marking was to blame for the first and fourth goals, while a glaring goalkeeping error gifted City their second. If there was a positive for Arteta, who now trails Pep Guardiola 3-1 in the battle between the City boss and his former assistant, it came in the shape of Martinelli. Having recently returned from a serious injury, the teenager looked sharp and hungry, while his assist was one of the best moments of the game for the hosts. However Martinelli, who had earlier been caught by keeper Zack Steffen, was forced off early in the second half after picking up another knock.

Everton 2 Arsenal 1

Mikel Arteta said Arsenal “are in a big fight” and the players “hurt right now” after suffering their eighth Premier League defeat of the season against Everton at Goodison Park. Everton ensured manager Carlo Ancelotti celebrated the first anniversary of his appointment by moving into second place in the table, while increasing Arteta’s woes. Ancelotti’s side have now beaten Chelsea, Leicester City and Arsenal in the space of seven days and while there were some anxious moments in the second half, this was a deserved win. They took the lead after 22 minutes when Rob Holding deflected Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s flick past Bernd Leno, but Arsenal were level 10 minutes before the break when Nicolas Pepe scored from the spot after Tom Davies fouled Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

The Gunners barely deserved to be level and Everton were ahead again on the stroke of half-time when Yerry Mina headed in at the near post from a corner. Arsenal improved after the break, David Luiz seeing a shot deflected on to the post, but Everton also had opportunities and this loss leaves Arteta’s struggling side 15th as he has no cause to celebrate his own first anniversary in a few days’ time. It was almost a year ago to the day since Ancelotti few into Merseyside from Italy to confirm his appointment at Everton before sitting and watching a thoroughly shocking goalless draw with Arsenal at Goodison Park. Arteta, the newly appointed manager of Arsenal, sat a few seats away to watch his own new team and supposedly usher in a new era of optimism. Everton had to dig deep here but they did and merited their win despite surviving some close shaves near the end. Calvert-Lewin delivered another magnificent display but it was two of Ancelotti’s signings that really caught the eye, namely Abdoulaye Doucoure and Ben Godfrey.

Arsenal looked exactly what they are for most of this match – a team struggling desperately near the bottom of the Premier League table. The Gunners, admittedly without main striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, should have been beaten by half-time as Everton dominated and Arteta’s side showed an alarming lack of urgency, exemplified by another poor display from Willian. There was also the lack of discipline that has been a problem this season with Dani Ceballos fortunate to escape a red card for raking his studs down Mina’s leg in the opening period. Arsenal picked up after the break but they could hardly get any worse and their tally of 14 points represents their worst start to the season since 1974/75, when they won just three of their first 14 games. There is no threat to Arteta’s position – he won the FA Cup last season after all – but there is a sense of dangerous drift about Arsenal, who have now gone seven league games without a win.

Arsenal 0 Burnley 1

Granit Xhaka was dismissed for violent conduct as a desperately poor Arsenal side were jeered off by their own supporters after being stunned by Premier League strugglers Burnley. Defeat Mikel Arteta’s side have now lost four straight league games at home for the first time in 61 years. Gunners skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s wretched run of form continued as he failed to score at the right end – and headed an own goal at the other end. Burnley’s winner came after Xhaka was dismissed on 58 minutes for grabbing the throat of Clarets midfielder Ashley Westwood – the Swiss midfielder given a red card after referee Graham Scott reviewed the incident on the pitch-side monitor. The Gunners had plenty of attempts at goal but most of them were dealt with comfortably by Nick Pope, a superb reflex save to keep out Alexandre Lacazette’s low strike aside.

Burnley’s victory lifts them out of the relegation zone, a point clear of Fulham, while Arsenal stay in a lowly 15th place. Arteta will celebrate one year in charge of Arsenal on 26 December and his reign looked full of optimism when he led the club to FA Cup success last season. Although they have reached the Europa League knockout stages this term, Arsenal’s league form has been woeful both at home and away – they have lost seven of their past 10 games overall – and questions will soon be asked of Arteta’s capabilities. There were 2,000 supporters in attendance at a subdued Emirates Stadium and those watching will have been less than pleased at their side’s showing, while it was all too much for one supporter who covered his eyes with his face mask.

The statistics make for equally unpleasant reading. Arsenal’s profligacy in front of goal has now seen them go 12 hours and 32 top-flight minutes without finding the net from open play. Of their openings, Kieran Tierney had a drive smothered by the inspired Pope, while Bukayo Saka’s strike was straight at the England international goalkeeper. Lacazette had his side’s best chance in the opening period but the Frenchman now has just a solitary goal in his last 11 appearances, while Aubameyang – whose own goal settled the game – has scored only twice in the past 12 games.