Arsenal Transfer Rumours – 23rd July 2019

Arsenal are understood to have finalised a loan deal for Dani Ceballos. The 22-year-old midfielder will spend the entire 2019/20 season at the Emirates after Zinedine Zidane sanctioned the move. Ceballos, who has been capped six times by Spain, is seen by Unai Emery as the ideal replacement for Aaron Ramsey after he left for Juventus. The Gunners could announce the deal on Tuesday while they are also understood to be on the verge of finalising the signing of William Saliba from Saint-Etienne.

Arsenal are struggling to finalise a deal to sign Celtic defender Kieran Tierney. Sky Sports News claims that the Gunners’ second offer for the Scotland international has not gone down well with Celtic. Tierney has reportedly agreed personal terms with the Premier League side but the two clubs have yet to agree a price for him. It is understood the Hoops believe Arsenal’s offer of £18million plus £7m in add-ons is unrealistic because the additional payments are linked to Champions League qualification.

Crystal Palace have demanded one of Arsenal‘s youngsters as part of any deal for Zaha, according to reports. Unai Emery is hopeful of getting the deal over the line but the Gunners’ bid of £55m paid upfront and £10m in add-on is still short of the Eagles’ valuation. However, The Independent is reporting that Palace could also be interested in the possibility of having Nigeria-eligible winger Bukayo Saka coming over on loan as an alternative to Nelson. Saka’s performances for Arsenal especially in last season’s UEFA Europa League have always drawn the attention of some European clubs.

Koscienly Agrees Terms With Rennes

Laurent Koscielny has agreed personal terms with Rennes as he continues to push for a move away from Arsenal this summer. Frenchman Koscielny has made over 350 appearances for Arsenal since joining the club from Lorient in 2010 and was made club captain following the retirement of Per Mertesacker last year. Despite holding that position, the defender refused to travel with Arsenal on their pre-season tour of the United States, opting instead to remain in London to force through a summer transfer. Koscielny has his heart set on a return to France, with Bordeaux, Rennes and Lyon among the clubs said to be interested in securing his services over the coming weeks.

According to French outlet RMC, Rennes are in the driving seat to sign Koscielny after agreeing personal terms with the 33-year-old over a summer switch. Rennes finished tenth in Ligue 1 last season and are coached by the highly-rated Julien Stéphan. The situation has left Arsenal shocked and furious as club captain Koscielny still has a year left on his current contract. Former boss Arsene Wenger, who signed Koscielny almost a decade ago, admits he is ‘very surprised’ by the situation unfolding in north London.

Current manager Unai Emery, meanwhile, says three players are in with a chance of being named as the next Arsenal captain. Even if Koscielny fails to force through a summer move, he will likely be stripped of the captaincy before the start of next season.

Arsenal Transfer Rumours – 15th July 2019

Celtic are said to be unsatisfied by Arsenal’s latest offer for Kieran Tierney, according to a new report. According to the Daily Record, the Hoops have yet to receive a bid that meets their £25m valuation of the Scottish full-back. The paper claims that Celtic and the Gunners have been in constant dialogue with each other all summer, but have yet to find a middle ground in negotiations. Arsenal’s reported offer made on Saturday evening proposed a package that would have been paid in appearance-based installments. The North London giants have previously had a £15m bid turned down for the 22-year-old, but have yet to give up on the defender. Should the Gunners meet Celtic’s full evaluation, Tierney will become the most expensive player in Scottish football history. In 2018, Celtic were paid £19.8m by Lyon for Moussa Dembele, which was a then-record. But Arsenal will have to top that to get their man.

Arsenal are one of three English clubs interested in signing free agent Dani Alves, according to reports in Spain. The Brazilian right back just enjoyed a stellar Copa America as his country lifted the South American championship on home soil. Alves, 36, is available on a free transfer after he was released by PSG. Premier League champions Manchester City and the Gunners’ North London rivals Tottenham are also said to be in touch with Alves’ representatives. Arsenal struggled at right-back last term after Hector Bellerin suffered a season-ending knee injury. They toiled with Ainsley Maitland-Niles, and although he impressed in parts, his best position is in central midfield. It was also reported that Bellerin is likely to miss the start of next season, so Alves would provide perfect cover at the Emirates.

The club have reportedly held talks over bringing Gremio winger Everton Soares to the Emirates. The 23-year-old was top goalscorer at the Copa America where he netted in the final against Peru to help Brazil win their first title since 2007. According to Globo Esporte, Arsenal’s new technical director Edu – who recently left his role as general coordinator of the Brazilian national team – held talks with Everton’s agent Gilmar Veloz on Monday. They state the Europa League finalists are now preparing a formal offer for the player. It has also been claimed that Edu spoke to Everton about Arsenal during the Copa America, with the former midfielder relaying information about the winger back to the club. Everton has confirmed that he has been approached by a team, where he revealed that he cannot guarantee he will be in action for Gremio against Bahia on Wednesday.

Edu Officially Joins Arsenal

Edu Gaspar has left his role as coordinator with the Brazilian Football Confederation to become the first technical director at former club Arsenal. The Premier League club announced the arrival of its former midfielder on Tuesday, saying Edu will “coordinate the work of our first-team coaching group, the academy and player scouting and recruitment.” With Brazil, he helped coach Tite with logistics and scouting and was a liaison between the coaching staff and players. His last assignment was at the Copa America, which Brazil won on Sunday. Edu was a member of the Arsenal team that went through the 2003-04 Premier League season unbeaten.

The former midfielder, who joins from the Brazilian football federation, has previous experience in a technical role having worked as director of football at Corinthians before taking up his post with Brazil. Edu played under Gunners manager Unai Emery at Valencia and will be with the squad when they fly to America for a pre-season tour this week. In his role the 41-year-old will ‘coordinate the work of the first-team coaching group, the academy and player scouting and recruitment in order to oversee the constant building up and efficient strengthening of the squad.’

Edu told the club website: “Arsenal has always had a special place in my heart and I’m thrilled to be returning to this great club in this new role. We have a strong squad and some very talented young players with fantastic people at every level. I’m looking forward to helping make a difference.”

Gabriel Martinelli Signs For Arsenal

Arsenal has confirmed the signing of teenage Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli from Ituano. The 18-year-old has joined on a long-term deal and is the Gunners’ first signing of the close season. Martinelli was named in the 2019 Team of the Year for the Campeonato Paulista and was rewarded with a chance to join Brazil’s senior team for a training camp in May. He will link up with his new teammates for pre-season training at Arsenal once the deal, reported to be worth £6million, has been ratified.

Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, Martinelli said: “It is a dream since I was a child and also my family’s dream for me to be playing in Europe and playing for a big team like Arsenal. I am going to take this opportunity. “I am very grateful for everything. I am grateful to God and I will try to make the most out of it. “Training with Brazil was an amazing feeling, a dream come true, being able to be beside great players. I was home when I got the news and I was super happy. “It is a great opportunity to learn and I enjoyed it as much as I could and I have to thank the team for welcoming me with open arms.”

He added: “I am a player who gives his all at all times, I play as a team and always look to win games and win trophies. “I model my game on Cristiano Ronaldo – he is a player who works hard, pushing himself to the next level.” Martinelli made his debut for Ituano in November 2017 and scored 10 goals in 34 appearances for the Sao Paulo-based club.

Arsenal Transfer Rumours – 22 June 2019

As reported by David Ornstein and elsewhere Arsenal have had an opening bid of £15m for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney rejected – but there is optimism an agreement will be reached between the clubs, while personal terms for the 22-year-old Scotland international shouldn’t be a problem.

Arsenal could be tempted to sell Lucas Torreira this summer – providing they receive £45m for the 23-year-old midfielder. Torreira joined Unai Emery’s side last summer for £26m and made 50 appearances in his first season with the Gunners. But he has apparently struggled to settle in England and has been linked to a return to Italy with AC Milan – coached by his former Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo. The Gunners are reluctant to part company with the Uruguayan after just one season but, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, they would be willing to do business if they are offered £45m by the Italian club.

Arsenal are leading the race to sign £27m-rated Torino defender Armando Izzo. The 27-year-old Italy international has also attracted from Everton, Manchester United, AC Milan and Lazio. But Calciomercato claim the north Londoners are the favourites to secure his signature as Unai Emery looks to strengthen his side this summer despite a limited budget.

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is being eyed by Lyon. The Frenchman is one of Arsenal’s longest-serving players, having been at the club since 2010, but an Achilles injury limited the 33-year-old to just 13 Premier League starts last season. And, according to the Daily Mail, the Gunners could be tempted to part with the centre-back this summer, providing they can land a suitable replacement. Koscielny is said to be excited by the idea of returning to Ligue 1 and it is claimed Lyon have begun talks over signing a two-year contract. Borussia Dortmund have also been linked with an interest.

Adrian Durham believes Unai Emery could walk away from Arsenal if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is sold to Manchester United. In 2012, Sir Alex Ferguson convinced the United board to part with £24million to bring Robin van Persie to Old Trafford in a move which essentially secured the Premier League title for United, whilst crippling the Gunners. And Durham believes that, if history were to repeat itself seven years later, the north London club would be betraying their loyal supporters.

Arsenal Transfer & Rumours – 20 June 2019

After much speculation over his future, Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina has made the permanent switch to Napoli, having spent the season on loan with the Italian side last year. The sale will be a significant boost to Unai Emery’s transfer budget and the wage bill at the Emirates Stadium. The price that was initially agreed as a permanent clause in the loan deal last summer but was rumoured to be unacceptable to Napoli this summer. Earlier this summer, it was believed that Ospina would leave for £3 million. An extra £1 million has been earned, purely through negotiating.

Arsenal have stepped up transfer their interest in Kieran Tierney to replace ageing left-back Nacho Monreal. Unai Emery is convinced the young Scot, 22, can make the step-up to the Premier League and add some much needed full-back talent. The Gunners were sorely lacking in quality on the flanks last season – an area Emery is keen to address. Serie A giants have also made enquiries for the £25million-rated Celtic left-back and are well aware of the Gunners’ long-standing interest. Boss Carlo Ancelotti is hugely impressed with Tierney’s pedigree. At just 22 he’s already won eight major honours, including two Trebles, made over 150 club appearances, starred in the Champions League and Europa League while also earning 12 Scotland caps.

Arsenal are eyeing a deal for Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai, writes Mike McGrath. The 18-year-old is being chased by Juventus and Lazio in Italy butUnai Emery has joined the race for the youngster. Szoboszlai has attracted interest from Europe’ top clubs after his stunning form in Austria, which has earned him four caps for Hungary. Salzburg are determined to keep their prized asset and it could take £15million to get him this window, as he has three years left on his contract. They landed him for just £400,000 two years ago from FC Liefering and stand to make a massive profit on the teenager.

BRISTOL CITY, Charlton and Augsburg are all interested in taking Arsenal youngster Eddie Nketiah on loan next season. The forward, 20, played one hour of Prem football last season and it is thought another year of bench warming will not help his development. He scored one senior goal for the Gunners last season, scoring in the final minute of Arsenal’s league season to seal the win at Burnley.

Arsenal Transfer News – 17 June 2019

Arsenal have reached an agreement with William Saliba over a transfer to the Emirates, but must now agree a fee with Saint-Etienne, according to reports in France. The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for the 18-year-old defender in recent weeks, as have Manchester United and Manchester City. However, it looks like Unai Emery’s side have won the race for the Frenchman, with Foot Mercato reporting that they have agreed a five-year deal with the teenager. That agreement has only been made with the player, though, and the signing is not confirmed as a deal is yet to be stuck with his club.

Arsenal will reportedly refuse to sell star midfielder Lucas Torreira this summer amid interest from Serie A side AC Milan. The 23-year-old has been linked with a return to Italy just a year after he joined the Gunners from Sampdoria for £26million. These rumours are mainly fueled by reports that his wife is unhappy in England and would like to return  to Italy. Lucas himself said he struggled to adjust to life in England. Former Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo is set to succeed Gennaro Gattuso at the San Siro, with the 51-year-old believed to be keen on a reunion with the Uruguayan international. Meanwhile, David Ospina is leaving Arsenal for £3.5million — after Napoli took up their option to buy the keeper.

Colombian international Ospina impressed boss Carlo Ancelotti on loan at the Serie A side last term. Ospina, 30, cost the Gunners £3.2m from Nice in 2014 but will now join Napoli permanently. He was sent on loan in Naples at the beginning of the season after German stopper Bernd Leno arrived at the Emirates for £22.5million. Ospina made 24 appearances for Napoli last term keeping eight clean sheets. Loan star Krystian Bielik insists he will quit the Emirates unless he gets first-team football and will “definitely not go back to Arsenal Under-23s”. The Poland Under-21 star, who was outstanding in helping Charlton win promotion back to the Championship this season, claims he should now be treated as a “senior player”.

Arsenal Transfer Rumours – 4th June 2019

Arsenal face a battle to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the striker received a £300,000-a-week offer from the Chinese Super League, according to reports. Aubameyang joined Arsenal in a £56 million deal from Borussia Dortmund in January last year. And the 29-year-old has quickly established himself as a key part of Arsenal’s attack with 41 goals in 65 appearances. Before joining Arsenal, Aubameyang was close to joining Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande in a £62m move.

Arsenal have submitted a €42 million (£37m) offer to sign Sampdoria duo Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen, according to reports in Italy. Unai Emery has been given a restricted budget of around £40m to work with in the summer transfer window after missing out on a place in next season’s Champions League. The Gunners boss is keen to strengthen several areas of his squad, while Arsenal are also looking to offload some of their top earners including Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Tuttosport report that Arsenal have already made a move for Praet and Andersen but their bid has been rejected by Sampdoria. The report claims that Sampdoria would be open to selling both players but the Serie A club are demanding at least €50m (£44m). Arsenal have extensively scouted both Praet and Andersen this season as the duo helped Sampdoria finish ninth in Serie A.

Emery is ready to sell Mesut Ozil after a furious outburst from the German during the Europa League final, it’s been claimed. Ozil reportedly said to Emery “I swear, you’re not a coach”, according to Turkish translators. The outburst came the Arsenal boss substituted him during the Europa League final against Chelsea. He was replaced by youngster Joe Willock during the 78th minute of the match in Baku. Emery has had enough of the German playmaker after the outburst, according to Fanatik. He’s subsequently been placed on the transfer list for the Gunners as they look to offload him.

RIP José Antonio Reyes

José Antonio Reyes, the former Arsenal and Spain footballer, has died in a car accident at the age of 35, Sevilla have announced.

“We couldn’t be confirming worse news. Beloved Sevilla star José Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision. Rest in peace,” the Spanish club tweeted. No further details have been announced by the club.

Reyes was playing at Extremadura following a career that included eight years at Sevilla and spells at Atlético and Real Madrid. The winger was part of Arsenal’s 2003-04 squad that completed an unbeaten Premier League season, joining from Sevilla in the winter of January 2004, and announced himself in grand style with a wonderful goal in the FA Cup against Chelsea. He scored both the Arsenal goals that day and made a significant contribution to that unbeaten season.

He made his professional debut for Sevilla at only 16, signing for England’s Arsenal in January 2004. He returned to Spain after two years, going on to represent the two largest clubs in Madrid, Real and Atlético Madrid, and winning La Liga with the former. He also had a short loan spell in Portugal with Benfica, re-joining Sevilla late in his career and winning the Europa League three times for a record total of five. Reyes earned 21 caps for Spain, and represented the nation at the 2006 World Cup.

Chelsea 4 Arsenal 1

It was a victorious night for Chelsea and their fans, as the team beat Arsenal 4-1 to win the Europa League final in Baku, Azerbaijan on Wednesday night. Man of the match went to Chelsea’s Eden Hazard after he scored two goals and helped a third. After a goalless first half, the Blues started the second much stronger with former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud scoring the opening goal against his old team mates with a powerful near-post header in the 49th minute. Pedro took a cross from Hazard and scored the second goal of the match. Five minutes later Hazard bought the score to 3-0 from the penalty spot.

With Arsenal trailing, Alex Iwobi was brought on for Lucas Torreira in the 67th minute. Two minutes later, he briefly gave the Gunners hope with their first goal in the 69th minute. But Hazard returned with his second – and Chelsea’s fourth – goal, ensuring victory for the Blues. After the game, Hazard told BT Sport “I think it’s a goodbye, but in football you never know.” Some people have taken this to mean he has played his final game for Chelsea, after being linked with a move to Real Madrid. If it is goodbye after seven years at Chelsea, what a way to go out!

Chelsea’s triumph brought them their fifth European title and their first since they won the Europa League in Amsterdam in 2013. The victory also gave manager Maurizio Sarri the first trophy of his career. The next time Uefa wants to take a showpiece club final to a new footballing outpost, they could always try the moon. It cannot be that much more inaccessible than Baku proved to be for UK-based Chelsea and Arsenal fans, and the atmosphere will surely be better than it was at the half-empty Olympic Stadium on Wednesday too.

Arsenal : Some Rumours For Transfers

Arsenal legend Ian Wright says Ben Chilwell and Youri Tielemans are ‘dream’ signings for Arsenal this summer. Chilwell, the Leicester left-back, and midfielder Tielemans, who spent part of 2018/19 on loan with the Foxes, are two of the most highly-rated young players in Europe. The Gunners are reported to have looked at them, and Wrighty told the Mirror they would be on his summer dream list for Arsenal.

Arsenal are keeping tabs on £18million-rated Mario Hermoso as Gunners look to strengthen defensive options – reports. Spanish outlet Sport have identified Hermoso as a potential replacement for Shkodran Mustafi. But the Espanyol defender is also being tracked by Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus and also has a buy-back clause with Real Madrid. Espanyol would reportedly be willing to do business for Hermoso for around £18m.

Arsenal could make a move for Roma defender Kostas Manolas this summer. The Greek centre-back has been one of Serie A’s best for several years and has often caught the eye of Premier League clubs. Calciomercato report that Arsenal have held discussions with the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, and they are not put off by his £32million release clause. Arsenal are also in the hunt for a new goalkeeper, with Petr Cech retiring at the end of the season. Reports in Germany say Emery is keen on 20-year-old Markus Schubert, who is leaving Dynamo Dresden this summer. The youngster is available on a free transfer, and the Gunners want him as back-up to Bernd Leno.

Will Arsenal Sell 8 Players In The Summer?

Arsenal are threatening to axe any of their players entering the final two years of their contract moving forward. nd that could see a host of their best players SOLD in a dramatic new strategy to avoid stars running down their deals. The Gunners have suffered in recent years with the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere walking away on free transfers. At their age with their ability, Arsenal have missed out on huge fees by not tying them down to contract extensions or selling before the final year of their deals. Negotiations were drawn out with both and Arsenal ultimately had to offload Sanchez in January 2018, letting him leave for Manchester United in a swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Ozil eventually agreed a new deal but Arsenal smashed their wage structure in the process by handing him a £350,000-a-week contract. The 30-year-old playmaker has since been far from a regular in the side under Unai Emery this season. With the Premier League transfer window now open, Arsenal are assessing current situations with their first-team squad. Danny Welbeck looks on course to follow Juventus-bound Ramsey out the door on a free following his latest injury-hit campaign. But crucially, the club’s three top earners in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ozil and Mkhitaryan are all under contract for two more years.

Others with the same or shorter deals at the Emirates are captain Laurent Koscielny along with fellow defenders Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Montreal, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Stephan Lichtsteiner. Arsenal’s ageing defence needs an overhaul is expected to be addressed by Emery during the window. The current wage bill is now close to £240m, so the club will tell those players to either sign up or move on. Arsenal hope to overhaul their squad to give Emery the best chance of improving on their fifth-place finish. But victory in next Wednesday’s Europa League final against Chelsea is pivotal, as they will have a transfer budget of just £45m if they lose in Baku, Azerbaijan and subsequently miss out on Champions League qualification.

Burnley 1 Arsenal 3

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal beat Burnley at Turf Moor, but the Gunners failed to finish in the top four for the third successive season. Unai Emery’s side secured fifth place meaning they go straight into the Europa League group stage next season. And they can still qualify for the Champions League if they beat Chelsea in the Europa League final on 29 May in Baku. Aubameyang, who scored a hat-trick on Thursday as Arsenal beat Valencia in the Europa League semi-finals, finished the season with 22 league goals. That saw him tie for the Premier League Golden Boot with Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

Ben Mee gifted Aubameyang his first, miscontrolling a pass from Jack Cork to allow the Gabon striker to run in and slot past Tom Heaton on 52 minutes. He then lashed in a volley from close range 11 minutes later and should have had a hat-trick, but with the goal at his mercy, he poked wide. Burnley, who had already secured a fourth straight season in the Premier League, pulled one back as Ashley Barnes met Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s pass with a glancing header. Arsenal’s 19-year-old forward Eddie Nketiah added a third with the last play of the game in the 95th minute as he poked the ball through Heaton’s legs.

To finish in the top four, Arsenal needed to beat Burnley and hope rivals lost against Tottenham – while also achieving an eight-goal swing. As it was, Spurs drew 2-2 with Everton to take the final Champions League place, a point ahead of Arsenal. They have now finished below Tottenham in three consecutive league campaigns for the first time since a run of nine seasons from 1959-60 to 1967-1968. The Burnley win did at least snap a run of four games without a win in the league. Emery made nine changes from the side that beat Valencia 4-2, with only Aubameyang and Nacho Monreal keeping their place.

Arsenal Linked With A Few Exciting Players

Arsenal are reportedly one of the sides getting closer to signing Adrien Rabiot. The PSG midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season, and according to L’Equipe, the Gunners are among the teams closing in on the 24-year-old. One of the prime reasons for that is Unai Emery, who has a good working relationship with Rabiot from his time at PSG. Real Madrid are also said to be interested, though no concrete offer has been made, while Manchester United are considering a move should they decide to sell Paul Pogba.

Lille president Gerard Lopez also admitted that the interest in Pepe had grown to such an extent that the club would need to sell him to take advantage of his high government loans for bad credit price. But according to Sport Bild, he will not be joining Bayern Munich, with the German giants dropping their interest in the Ivory Coast international. Arsenal are known to be interested in signing the winger, but a transfer would come down to the fee Lille demand, with the Gunners unlikely to be willing to pay their desired sum of £70m. PSV are ready to sell wingers Steven Bergwijn and Hirving Lozano this summer, but are hoping to recoup a minimum of €60m-€70m for the pair. Arsenal have also been linked with Mexico international Lozano, but Napoli are said to currently be in pole position – though no official offer has been made.

Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser is reportedly “open to offers” this summer, with Arsenal currently said to be heading the charge to sign the Scotland international. Fraser has scored seven goals in the Premier League this season, and set up a further 14, with only Eden Hazard contributing more in Europe’s top five leagues. While Bournemouth are hopeful of convincing Fraser to stay, the 25-year-old feels that this summer is the ideal time for a new challenge, according to the Mail. Arsenal are known to be keen on the winger and are in pole position, but Spurs, Chelsea and Newcastle are all said to be monitoring the situation.

Liverpool have reportedly joined the race to sign Ajax winger David Neres, who is payday loans providers also a target of Chelsea and Arsenal. The 22-year-old has played a large role in the Dutch side’s fabulous season, which could potentially see them complete a momentous treble, having won the KNVB Cup, sitting top of the league with two games to play and on the brink of reaching the Champions League final. Ajax paid £13m to sign Neres from Sao Paolo in 2016, and stand to make a healthy profit on the Brazilian.

Arsenal 1 Brighton 1

Arsenal’s focus is now on the Europa League, says boss Unai Emery, after his lacklustre side’s hopes of a top-four Premier League finish were effectively ended by a draw with Brighton. The Gunners are three points behind Tottenham in fourth with one game to play but would need an eight-goal swing, as well as results going their way, to overtake their rivals. Barring that highly improbable scenario, Arsenal will need to win the Europa League to play in the Champions League next season and take a 3-1 advantage into their semi-final second-leg in Valencia on Thursday. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put Arsenal in front at Emirates Stadium with a ninth-minute penalty after Alireza Jahanbakhsh was judged to have fouled Nacho Monreal despite appearing to get the ball.

Aside from occasional bursts, Emery’s side were shaky and sloppy, with Granit Xhaka committing an absurd foul on Solly March to concede a penalty that Glenn Murray converted on 61 minutes. Arsenal frantically searched for a winner but Aubameyang volleyed wide from seven yards out and Brighton keeper Mat Ryan made a series of fine saves.Pascal Gross could have won the game for Brighton late on but skewed his effort out towards the sideline with the personal home loans goal unmanned after Bernd Leno’s superb save from March, while the visitors withstood another flurry from Arsenal in the final stages. Looking to avoid a fourth straight Premier League defeat, Arsenal made a bright start in attack, though were fortunate to be awarded a penalty, despite referee Anthony Taylor being well placed, with replays showing Jahanbakhsh got to the ball before Monreal fell.Still, an early lead through Aubameyang’s 20th league goal of the season should have allowed the hosts to exert control over the game, but instead they became nervy and vulnerable.

Goalkeeper Leno sent an abysmal clearance straight to March before recovering to save Murray’s free header moments later, while Stephan Litchtsteiner, making his first appearance since late February, was frequently exposed. There was another promising spell at the end of the first half, with Aubameyang, Shkodran Mustafi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan testing Ryan, but Arsenal’s inability to create clear chances gave Brighton increasing confidence in finding an equaliser. Even then it took a staggeringly poor decision by Xhaka. Running behind the surging March inside the area, the Switzerland midfielder initially held up his hands to indicate he was not touching the Brighton forward only to then whack his shoulder and concede a penalty.

Arsenal 3 Valencia 1

Alexandre Lacazette scored twice as Arsenal came from behind at Emirates Stadium to win the first leg of their Europa League semi-final against Valencia. Mouctar Diakhaby’s header put Valencia in front before Lacazette slotted in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s pass. The Frenchman nodded in Granit Xhaka’s cross seven minutes later to make it 2-1 before half-time. And Aubameyang’s late volley ensured Arsenal take a two-goal lead to Spain. Lacazette should have scored a hat-trick – he fluffed a header from six yards out in the second half and was later denied by goalkeeper Neto on two occasions. But Arsenal will travel to Valencia for the second leg next Thursday, hoping to avoid a second successive semi-final defeat after they were knocked out by eventual winners Atletico Madrid last year.

Arsenal started sloppily in London and Ezequiel Garay’s miss from a few yards out was an early warning. They looked rattled, and things looked bleak for the Gunners when Rodrigo was allowed to head the ball back across goal to set up Diakhaby for the opener. A loose header from Ainsley Maitland-Niles was almost pounced upon by Goncalo Guedes immediately afterwards but Lacazette’s swift equaliser – which came against the run of play – helped settle the nerves. He started the move himself, providing the through ball for Aubameyang before the Gabonese striker cut it back into the middle and Lacazette fired into an empty net. The Frenchman was clinical again eight minutes later – powerfully nodding in Xhaka’s curling cross at the back post – before Aubameyang’s volley bounced off the turf and over the bar.

Valencia still caused Arsenal problems though. Rodrigo and Guedes were pests in attack and Petr Cech was called into action to deny Kevin Gameiro from close range in the second half. Arsenal were wasteful, too – Lacazette missing two glorious chances before Aubameyang eventually made it 3-1 with a well-timed volley at the back post. Arsenal’s hopes of securing Champions League football next season have been lifted by this victory. Three successive defeats have left Arsenal fifth in the Premier League – one place below Champions League qualification and two points below Chelsea with two games remaining. Arsenal can of course reach the Champions League by winning this competition, but Chelsea could stand in their way again if they make it to final in Baku.

Leicester 3 Arsenal 0

Jamie Vardy scored twice as Leicester dented Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League with a dominant victory at the King Power Stadium. The unmarked Youri Tielemans headed in a cross from James Maddison just before the hour mark, then Vardy struck late on with a header and a tap-in from close range. Arsenal played almost an hour of the contest with 10 men after Ainsley Maitland-Niles was sent off. A third successive Premier League defeat left them two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, who drew 1-1 with Manchester United at Old Trafford in Sunday’s late kick-off.

Leicester can still finish seventh – they are three points behind Wolves with two matches left – which could earn a Europa League place depending on the outcome of the FA Cup final. Arsenal’s task was made significantly more difficult after Maitland-Niles was sent off for the first time in his career following two bookings in the space of 28 minutes – for a soft foul on Ben Chilwell and then needlessly scything down Maddison near the halfway line. However, a three-goal margin flattered Arsenal and, even with a full complement of players, it is difficult to envisage a different outcome such was the conviction of the performance of Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester.

Arsenal were indebted to goalkeeper Bernd Leno for a apply for a small loan string of fine saves, the pick a magnificent one-handed diving effort to paw away a Wilfred Ndidi header. Arsenal fans must be fed up with the sight of Vardy, such is the former England’s striker’s potency against them. He has scored eight goals in as many matches against the Gunners – and now has 10 in his past nine appearances against any opposition. While much has been made of the young squad that Rodgers will seek mould at Leicester, 32-year-old Vardy remains an influential presence. On the evidence of this performance, it appears as much as mindset issue as personnel for Unai Emery’s side. Where the Gunners brim with vim and vigour in the confines of Emirates Stadium, that seemingly dissipates on the road as caution infects their approach.