Arsenal 1 Doncaster Rovers 0

Arsenal moved into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup as Theo Walcott’s first-half goal saw off League One Doncaster Rovers at Emirates Stadium. The Gunners, who made 11 changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday, hit the crossbar early on through Olivier Giroud’s overhead kick. But Walcott put the hosts ahead when he collected Alexis Sanchez’s cross-field pass and dinked a shot over Ian Lawlor. Doncaster’s Matty Blair headed against the bar late on, but Arsenal advanced.

Arsene Wenger’s side dominated throughout with 27 attempts, with Giroud heading over from Mohamed Elneny’s cross and Walcott having a shot pushed over by Lawlor. Doncaster, who are 19th in League One, came close to forcing extra time but Blair’s header from Liam Mandeville’s right-wing corner bounced off the bar. Although they made 11 changes, the Arsenal starting XI was still strong with Per Mertesacker, Jack Wilshere, Giroud, Sanchez and Walcott all beginning the match. Seventeen-year-old Reiss Nelson made his first start for the Gunners, before 18-year-olds Josh da Silva and Joe Willock made their first Arsenal appearances in the second half. Doncaster were the lowest ranked team left in the competition and manager Darren Ferguson, son of former Manchester United boss Alex, can be proud of his side’s dogged performance.

Arsenal have never won the League Cup during Arsene Wenger’s 21 years at the club, but have lost in the final on two occasions – in 2007 and 2011.

Chelsea 0 Arsenal 0

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said his side produced a “great response” to their thrashing at Liverpool as they earned a first point at Chelsea in six years. The Gunners had previously kept only one clean sheet in their past 18 league games at Stamford Bridge and, following the 4-0 loss at Anfield in their previous Premier League away game, this was a display which left Wenger satisfied. “It was a solid performance with team discipline,” Wenger told Match of the Day 2. “Everyone wanted to see how we responded to our last away league game and we did that in a positive way. We could have won but overall it was an intense, disciplined and battling game.

The draw was a fully deserved reward for an excellent display that could even have brought victory against the Premier League champions, who finished with 10 men following the late dismissal of David Luiz for a high tackle on Sead Kolasinac. I don’t like to comment about the referee,” said Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. “We have great respect for officials, but it is strange to finish a third game in a row against Arsenal with 10 men.” The point leaves Chelsea third in the table, three points behind Manchester City and Manchester United. “It was a good, open game with both teams trying to win,” added Conte. “Every game against Arsenal is always very tough. We knew very well what type of game we would face. Both teams are great teams – it’s a good draw.”

Pedro missed Chelsea’s best chance in the first half when he raced clear but was blocked by Arsenal keeper Petr Cech. Arsenal, however, had arguably the better opportunities as Danny Welbeck headed wide from in front of goal and Aaron Ramsey struck a post, Alexandre Lacazette firing the rebound over an open goal. The second period was a tighter affair, the Blues’ frustrations boiling over in the closing minutes when Luiz was shown red for his reckless challenge on Kolasinac.

Wenger insisted the debacle of the loss at Liverpool in August – a performance that provoked fierce criticism of both manager and players – was an “accident”. The words were greeted with cynicism by those who had been at the scene of identical Arsenal ‘accidents’ at Anfield three times in the past four years and wondered whether Wenger was again at odds with the reality of the Gunners’ plight. Arsenal’s display on Sunday, full of steel and discipline as well as attacking intent, gave the Frenchman’s theory plenty of weight as they stood toe-to-toe with the champions and were the better side for spells. The trick now is for Arsenal to provide further evidence that this excellent performance – at a ground which has been a stage of unrelenting misery is recent years – is the rule and the display at Anfield is the exception.

Wenger’s team selection was an improvement on the fiasco of Anfield, where Lacazette and Kolasinac were inexplicably left out when threat and physical presence were essential. Arsenal’s manager cut an agitated figure in his technical area for much of the game, spending time in dialogue with the officials nearby, but there was much for Wenger to be satisfied with as they more than matched Chelsea. Luiz was shown a straight red card for his challenge on Kolasinac near the touchline with only three minutes left. And yet the Brazil international may have feared dismissal earlier in the half when his flying overhead kick caught Laurent Koscielny near the face in the penalty area – before referee Michael Oliver issued a yellow card. The incident revived the debate sparked by Sadio Mane’s dismissal for Liverpool at Manchester City last Saturday, when his high boot injured keeper Ederson.

Arsenal 3 FC Cologne (Koln) 1

Alexis Sanchez scored a stunning goal as Arsenal came from behind to beat Cologne in a Europa League match delayed for an hour following crowd trouble. Chilean Sanchez, who nearly left the club to join Manchester City on transfer deadline day, picked the ball up outside the area and curled a shot past keeper Timo Horn. The game did not begin until 21:05 BST as thousands of visiting supporters arrived at the ground without tickets and then clashed with stewards inside the Emirates Stadium. When the match did get under way, Cologne took the lead in spectacular fashion as Jhon Cordoba lobbed fellow Colombian David Ospina from 40 yards.

Striker Olivier Giroud planted a header wide of goal from six yards for the much-changed home side, who were booed at the half-time whistle. But substitute Sead Kolasinac equalised with a thumping volley before Sanchez struck, and Hector Bellerin then added the third from close range, as midfielder Jack Wilshere made his first appearance for the club since August 2016. Forward Sanchez scored 30 goals in all competitions for Arsenal last season as they won the FA Cup. But in August, he almost joined former boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City for £60m, but the Gunners pulled out of the deal after failing to find a replacement.

Sanchez made his second start of the season in an impressive showing, capping his performance with a sublime effort in the second half – his first goal of the season against the Bundesliga’s bottom side. He could have scored another two, but struck a free-kick straight at Horn and shanked wide from inside the area. Forgotten man Wilshere, who spent last season on loan at Bournemouth before suffering a broken leg, came on for Alex Iwobi on 68 minutes, and the England international’s clever dummy was instrumental in the lead-up to Bellerin’s goal. Cologne, like Arsenal, finished fifth in their domestic league last season, achieving European football for the first time in 25 years. The Bundesliga club’s return to European competition, though, was one tainted by controversy.

There were indications on Thursday afternoon that problems may occur, with more than 20,000 fans arriving from Germany, despite the visitors receiving an allocation of 2,900 tickets. Videos emerged on social media of the German side’s support briefly bringing parts of central London to a standstill as they threw bottles and let off flares while making their way to the ground. The kick-off was then put back, after which skirmishes between fans and stewards took place, while many had entered the ground into the home end, climbing barriers to get into the away section. A number of Arsenal fans inside texted BBC Football, with one supporter reporting that they felt “intimidated by the horrible, tense atmosphere”, another that they were “ashamed of Arsenal for not seeing the warning signs” and a third describing it as “the worst feeling at football in 40 years of watching”.

It remains to be seen whether Uefa charges are brought against one or both sides. Arsenal face London rivals and Premier League champions Chelsea on Sunday.

Arsenal 3 Bournemouth 0

Danny Welbeck scored twice as Arsenal returned to winning ways and condemned winless Bournemouth to a fourth successive defeat. The Gunners came into the game on the back of two costly defeats by Stoke and Liverpool, but made the perfect start when Welbeck headed them in front after six minutes. Record signing Alexandre Lacazette doubled the lead on 27 minutes, bending a shot past Asmir Begovic from the edge of the area. Welbeck than added a third just after half-time, scoring from a tight angle into Begovic’s far corner. Alexis Sanchez, who was close to joining Manchester City on transfer deadline day, started the day on the bench, but came on for Welbeck with 15 minutes remaining.

The Cherries failed to register an attempt in the first half and Jermain Defoe’s header against the post after half-time was the best it got for the visitors. Arsenal were reduced to 10 men for the final 10 minutes, when substitute Francis Coquelin was forced off with a hamstring injury but Bournemouth failed to take advantage. Eddie Howe’s side are only off the bottom of the Premier League on goal difference and have lost their opening four games in a season for only the third time. Arsene Wenger’s side were woeful in a 4-0 defeat at Anfield two weeks ago, which followed a 1-0 loss at Stoke. Then came the final week of the transfer window, which saw a failed bid for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar and left the club clinging on to Sanchez, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed for Liverpool. The home fans needed a performance and were treated to a clinical one as the Gunners cruised against a poor Bournemouth side.

Wenger set up his team with a back three of Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi and Nacho Monreal, who restricted the visitors to just two shots on target in the whole game. Wing-back Sead Kolasinac led the attacking efforts in the first half, getting forward at every opportunity and providing the cross for Welbeck’s opener. Almost half of Arsenal’s play came down the left side of the pitch in the first 45 minutes, while right wing-back Hector Bellerin was crucial to the second half, running down his wing on the counter-attack, tipping the balance in favour of the right. Mesut Ozil, Granit Xhaka and Ramsey all played like they had a point to prove, while Welbeck and Lacazette started to show signs of a handy partnership.

Such was the performance that Wenger did not need to introduce Sanchez until late in the game and when he did come on, the Chilean looked desperate to get on the scoresheet. “Sanchez will win the fans back, and win them back very quickly,” Wenger said. The loss of Coquelin on 81 minutes might have usually caused some anxious moments, but Arsenal saw out the game in a professional manner.

ARSEHOLE WANKER AND HIS SEX MASTER KRONKE

TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY INS AND OUTS:

INS: N/A

OUTS: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool, £35m), Lucas Perez (Deportivo La Coruna, loan), Donyell Malan (PSV Eindhoven, undisclosed), Kelechi Nwakali (VVV-Venlo, season-long loan), Joel Campbell (Real Betis, loan).

ALL INS AND OUTS:

INS: Sead Kolasinac (Schalke, free), Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon, $90m)

OUTS: Yaya Sanogo, Stefan O’Connor, Kristopher da Graca, Kostas Pileas (all released), Kaylen Hinds (Wolfsburg, $3m), Marc Bola (Bristol Rovers, loan), Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus, $16m), Dan Crowley (Willian II), Stephen Mavididi (Preston, loan), Emiliano Martinez (Getafe, loan), Gabriel Paulista (Valencia), Carl Jenkinson (Birmingham City, loan), Cohen Bramall (Birmingham City, loan), Ismael Bennacer (Empoli), Savvas Mourgos (Norwich City), Jan Toral (Hull City, $5m), Kieran Gibbs (West Brom, $13m), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Donyell Malen (PSV, undisclosed), Kelechi Nwakali (VVV-Venlo, loan), Lucas Pérez (Deportivo, loan), Joel Campbell (Real Betis, loan)

The biggest farce in all of football, the fucking shambles of a shitty mess of a club that is owned by that dickhead, moneybags Stan Kronke and his sex bitch Arsene “ARSEHOLE WANKER” Wenger who sucks Kronke’s balls and swallows his cum all night long. No money my ass! Fuck you bastards.

I am not wasting my time staying up to watch late night matches anymore. I will watch other stuff instead, until things change at Arsenal. WENGER & HIS MASTER KRONKE FUCKING OUT!!!

AOC Rejects Chelsea For Liverpool

Liverpool have agreed a fee of £35m for Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who had a medical with the Anfield club on Wednesday evening, according to Sky sources. The 24-year-old is set to join Liverpool on a six-year deal after the two clubs came to an agreement on Wednesday, although Oxlade-Chamberlain is yet to agree personal terms with the Reds. Liverpool will pay a fee of £35m for Oxlade-Chamberlain – the same figure that was previously agreed with Chelsea for the versatile midfielder. Oxlade-Chamberlain, currently away on international duty with England, conducted a medical at St George’s Park ahead of his proposed move to Anfield.

The former Southampton youngster turned down a new improved deal at Arsenal earlier this month which would have seen him earn £180,000 a week. Arsenal agreed a deal with Chelsea for Oxlade-Chamberlain earlier this week but the midfielder rejected the chance to join the Blues in favour of a move to Anfield. News of the deal will come as a major blow to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who urged Oxlade-Chamberlain to commit his future to Arsenal last week. “I think we invested a lot of time and confidence and money in players like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain that we bought at a very young age” said Wenger.

“For me, they have a responsibility for the future of this club because Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be one of the big English players in the coming years and I personally am highly determined to keep him here at the club in the hope that he will commit.” The 4-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday forced a change of heart at the Emirates and the decision was made to cash in on Oxlade-Chamberlain.Sky sources understand Oxlade-Chamberlain will earn a minimum of £120,000 a week at Anfield – a figure which could increase with win bonuses and loyalty payments. It means Wenger will face serious questions about his ability to manage a fractured Arsenal squad. And the final day of the transfer window could see the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Shkodran Mustafi, Lucas Perez and Joel Campbell all leave the Emirates.

Arsenal Sells Gibbs To West Brom

West Bromwich Albion have signed defender Kieran Gibbs from Arsenal in a deal reported to be worth up to £7 million. Gibbs joined West Brom on a four-year contract after turning down a chance to move to Watford, with the transfer ending a 13-year Arsenal career that began in the club’s academy. The move should improve the left-back’s chances of regular firstfootball after he was relegated to a back-up role at the Emirates for the past couple of seasons, and could resurrect his England career. It also fills a major gap for West Brom manager Tony Pulis, who operated without a recognised senior left-back last season.

“I spoke to him and have always been impressed by him and how he goes about his work,” Gibbs told West Brom’s official website. “He’s different to what I’ve had before and I feel he can develop me in certain areas I may be need work on. He can help me progress.” Pulis added: “Kieran’s a good age and has made over 200 appearances for Arsenal, represented his country and has Premier League and Champions League experience. “To add these qualities to our squad is exactly what we’re looking for.” Gibbs had been widely expected to leave Arsenal after the summer signing of Sead Kolasinac from Schalke and did not feature in either preseason or any of their first three league games. He leaves Arsenal having made 230 appearances since his League Cup debut in 2007, scoring six goals.

Gibbs came through the youth ranks at Arsenal, but having played regularly between 2012 and 2015, he subsequently found himself on the fringes of the first team. Gibbs, who won the last of his 10 England caps in 2010, follows Jay Rodriguez, Ahmed Hegazi, Gareth Barry, Yuning Zhang and Oliver Burke in signing for West Brom during the current transfer window. Gibbs also posted a personal message on Twitter, describing his time at Arsenal as “a dream” and thanking manager Arsene Wenger, the staff, his team-mates and the club’s fans.

The Ox To Be Sold To Chelsea? Good!

Chelsea are believed to have agreed a fee with Arsenal to bring Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Stamford Bridge. Oxlade-Chamberlain, who joined Arsenal in 2011, is pushing for a move and rejected a contract offer from the Gunners last week. Liverpool and Chelsea had been showing substantial interest in the 24-year-old but Sky Sports say it is the Premier League champions who are set to land their man. It is claimed a fee of around £35million has been agreed between the London rivals and a medical will take place in the next few days. Oxlade-Chamberlain, who started for Arsenal in Sunday’s 4-0 defeat at Anfield, is currently with the England squad at St George’s Park.

And it is believed large parts of his medical could take place at England’s training centre, with Chelsea keen to make progress on the deal ahead of Thursday’s deadline. Speaking to the media on Sunday, Conte confirmed the club were working ‘very hard’ on incoming transfers. ‘There are four days to go in the transfer market,’ Conte said. ‘I think the club is working very hard to try to improve our squad. ‘Don’t forget that in September we have to play seven games and I need to rotate my players because it’s very difficult to play seven games in a month with the same players.

Arsenal are ready to sell Oxlade-Chamberlain after he refused to sign an improved £180,000-a-week contract. The Blues look set to beat Liverpool to the England international, although the Reds have themselves today confirmed the signing of Naby Keita for 2018. Chelsea manager Antoni Conte has been adamant in recent days that his side will sign more players before Thursday’s transfer deadline. Oxlade-Chamberlain was criticised for his performance for Arsenal in the 4-0 defeat at Liverpool yesterday. Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Arsenal from Southampton in a £12million deal in 2011. He made just 68 Premier League starts for Arsenal in his six years at the club, coming on off the bench 64 times. Oxlade-Chamberlain had played in all four of Arsenal’s games this term but refused to pen a new deal. His move could end Chelsea’s interest in Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater.

Liverpool 4 Arsenal 0

Liverpool produced a dazzling attacking display to destroy Arsenal as Arsene Wenger’s side were humiliated at Anfield. Wenger surprisingly chose to leave out summer signing Alexandre Lacazette, and the £52.6m striker could only look on as every one of the Gunners’ old, familiar failings were brutally exposed by Liverpool’s pace, movement and sheer desire. Roberto Firmino headed in Joe Gomez’s cross to give Liverpool a 17th-minute lead to start an attacking blitz that ended in a final scoreline that actually flattered Arsenal.

Sadio Mane curled in Liverpool’s second before Mohamed Salah ran half the length of the field on the break to stroke home the third after 57 minutes. The fact that the goal came from an Arsenal corner merely emphasised the shambolic nature of their display, which lacked organisation, commitment and passion. Arsenal – who have now lost two of their first three league games – were overrun and showed no stomach for the fight. Liverpool substitute Daniel Sturridge gave the scoreline a more realistic appearance when he headed home the fourth at the far post from Salah’s cross 13 minutes from the end. Wenger insists Alexis Sanchez, who made his first appearance of the season, will not be sold before Thursday’s transfer deadline – but that is unlikely to stop Manchester City making one final attempt to prise the Chilean away from Emirates Stadium.

Sanchez has shown no inclination to sign a new contract at Arsenal so Wenger’s decision means the Gunners now risk losing an asset worth at least £50m for nothing at the end of this season. The brutal question after Arsenal’s ambitions were laid bare once more is: what is there on offer in terms of serious success that would keep him at Arsenal? Liverpool looked light years ahead of Arsenal as potential title contenders, and with no Champions League football, there was very little that was appetising enough to tempt Sanchez to stay. Sanchez was even denied the assistance of Lacazette, who was reduced to the role of substitute while Arsenal were subjected to the sort of hammering they have received at Anfield on a couple of occasions in recent seasons. It is now a question of whether Arsenal stick or twist in the next few days – and whether a huge offer from City might just be tempting.

In a further irony, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who looks certain to leave Arsenal before the transfer deadline, was warmly applauded by Liverpool’s fans when he was substituted, clearly in the hope he could be tempted to Anfield rather than Chelsea. Lacazette – who came on for the final 28 minutes – was probably best being kept out of this one, as Arsenal were swept aside by a red tidal wave of attacks. But it is a mystery why Wenger would spend big money on a player then leave him out for such a vital game. Arsenal’s other summer signing, defender Sead Kolasinac, the man who was supposedly going to beef up a soft side, was also excluded on a chastening day that left Wenger facing familiar and painful questions.

Arsehole Wanker & His Excuses

Arsene says 33 is a huge squad to have – isn’t he the one who buys and sells players? Fix the problem fucker! You just know that Arsehole Wanker is gonna use his “too big squad and needs to sell” as an excuse for not buying players we need! Whats all this rumours linking Mustafi with Inter Milan and now Juventus? Who is Arsenal gonna field in defense? Kos & Holding & Per alone?

Two more years of Arsene Wenger’s nonsense and his excuses and bullshit. UGH! If the Arsenal board had a set of balls between them they would have sacked Wenger 3 years ago. We need players, better players than what we currently have and Wenger is back to his own excuses. He’s not signing anyone else. The lame excuses, which no other club has by the way, has started. The board & Wenger sucks!

I have stopped planning my weekend evenings around Arsenal games. I will watch less games this season. If I am free I will watch, if not nope! Because it’s more of the same rubbish. Same shit, different toilet, different year! I’ll watch and support but Wenger needs to leave as do a bunch of cunts at @Arsenal. Cannot sell the players he has to, cannot buy the players the club needs. #Wengerout you fucking senile old goat, shove your dick up ur ass! Those fucking idiots that want Wenger to stay on – YOU CAN KISS MY ASS! THE BOARD IS A BUNCH OF SPINELESS DICKHEADS! EAT SHIT MORONS! Pedestrian at best, #Arsenal are not exciting and they lack ambition. Just like the board and just like their impotent, limp dick manager!

Jenkinson and Bramall Loaned to Birmingham

Birmingham have completed the double loan signing of Arsenal defenders Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Bramall. The duo move to St Andrews for the 2017/18 season, although there is no option to buy for the Sky Bet Championship club. Blues boss Harry Redknapp has made no secret of the fact he wants to add numbers to his squad before the transfer deadline. Former England international Jenkinson, 25, has been surplus to requirements at Arsenal and played just five games for the Gunners last season.

He spent two seasons on loan at West Ham between 2014 and 2016 before a serious knee injury saw him return to the Emirates Stadium, where he found himself well down the pecking order in Arsene Wenger’s ranks.

Bramall has yet to feature for Arsenal’s first-team in a competitive match but was part of their pre-season tour squad. The 21-year-old left-back was plucked from non-league last season, joining from Hednesford Town. Both players go straight into the Birmingham squad for their Carabao Cup second-round clash at home to Bournemouth on Tuesday night.

Stoke City 1 Arsenal 0

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger complained his side were denied a goal and a penalty as Jese Rodriguez enjoyed a dream start to his Stoke City career by scoring the winner against the Gunners. Former Real Madrid winger Jese, who was thrust straight into Mark Hughes’ side after arriving from Paris St-Germain on Wednesday, slid in from a tight angle after being left unmarked to pick up Saido Berahino’s pass. The Spaniard’s strike came just 90 seconds into the second half, after an opening 45 minutes the visitors had dominated. Wenger felt his team should have been given a first-half penalty when Hector Bellerin fell under a clumsy challenge by Mame Biram Diouf.

And Arsenal thought they had equalised when Alexandre Lacazette rifled in, only for the France striker to be ruled offside by a tiny margin. “We know we don’t get penalties,” said Wenger. “Look at the numbers and you will see. “We had last year the highest number of penalties against us at home by a mile and the lowest number for us. So I give you just the numbers. I don’t say anything else.” Wenger’s side were awarded six penalties last season, a tally bettered by only five other Premier League sides. Four of those were given at Emirates Stadium, only Tottenham (seven) and Bournemouth (five) won more at home. The Gunners conceded 10 penalties in their 38 games – the second highest tally after relegated Hull City (13). Five were given against Arsenal at the Emirates, while Hull had six awarded against them at home.

On Lacazette’s disallowed strike, the Frenchman added: “I believe we scored a regular goal that was not offside. It is an easy decision. Even his foot was not offside.” The Gunners continued to press in the closing stages at the Bet365 Stadium but Stoke, who had only 23% possession, remained resolute to earn their first win of the Premier League season. Stoke has long been considered a place where Arsenal’s soft underbelly gets exposed against a physical home side – and so it proved again. Arsenal won for the first time in seven trips to the Potteries when they cruised to a 4-1 victory at the end of last season, leading Arsene Wenger to confidently predict his team could cope with the challenge posed by the home side. But, as has been an all too familiar sight for Gunners fans, they lacked steel and aggression in key areas of the pitch.

This was illustrated in the build-up to Stoke’s winner. A sloppy pass from Granit Xhaka towards a flat-footed Mesut Ozil gave the ball back to Stoke, with neither player working hard enough to retrieve the ball as Jese broke forward. In truth, Arsenal could have already been well in command after a dominant first-half performance in which they had over 70% possession. Still without the injured Alexis Sanchez, the visitors forced Potters keeper Jack Butland into a string of a splendid saves, particularly from angled drives by Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck, while Arsenal’s players felt they should have been given a penalty when Bellerin burst into the penalty area. The Gunners boss threw on substitutes Oliver Giroud – who rescued them in their opening win against Leicester – Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi in the final stages, but the forwards could not mask their team’s defensive deficiencies for the second game running.

Arsenal Sell Gabriel To Valencia

Valencia have completed the £10m ($12.8m) signing of Gabriel Paulista from Arsenal. The Brazilian defender put pen to paper on a five-year contract at the Mestalla Stadium on Friday (18 August), a deal that includes a buyout clause worth a lofty €80m (£73m). As per Valencia, Gabriel, obviously not eligible to feature for Marcelino Garcia Toral’s side tonight in their La Liga clash with Las Palmas, will be presented to the media tomorrow. The 26-year-old centre-back follows Neto, Nemanja Maksimovic, Simone Zaza and Fabian Orellana as Los Che’s fifth recruit of the summer transfer window to date. Arsenal also confirmed the deal in a statement released via their official website that reads: “Gabriel has joined Valencia for an undisclosed fee. The Sao Paulo-born defender made a total of 64 appearances for us, following his arrival from Villarreal in January 2015.

“For many supporters, his finest performance in an Arsenal shirt came in last season’s Emirates FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City, when his aerial dominance and tough tackling helped put us on our way to the final. “We would like to thank Gabriel for his contribution to the club and to wish him well for his return to La Liga with Valencia.” Briefly stopped by reporters at the airport on Thursday as he arrived in Valencia to complete his medical, Gabriel, according to Spanish publication Marca, said: “I am very happy, I have spoken to Marcelino several times and I understand how he works.” Gabriel dealt with numerous injury issues and failed to establish himself as a first-team regular during his two-and-a-half year stint in English football, making only 15 Premier League starts for Arsenal in 2016-17.

He was stretchered out of a 3-1 home win over Everton on the final day of last season after suffering a serious knee problem. Such an issue caused him to miss the FA Cup final and all of pre-season, in addition to the Community Shield defeat of Chelsea and last week’s top-flight curtain-raiser against Leicester City. Wenger has been clear in his desire to further trim a bloated squad at the Emirates Stadium before the 31 August transfer deadline, with Gabriel following released striker Yaya Sanogo, new Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and Getafe loanee Emiliano Martinez out of the exit door.

Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers, Carl Jenkinson, Joel Campbell and Lucas Perez could also be offloaded before the end of the month, although Olivier Giroud, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere all look set to stay. Arsenal are hell-bent on retaining the services of contract rebel Alexis Sanchez, despite the risk of losing him for nothing next year.

Arsenal 4 Leicester City 3

Substitute Olivier Giroud headed in a dramatic late winner as Arsenal fought back to beat Leicester City in a thrilling start to the 2017-18 Premier League season. The Gunners trailed 3-2 with seven minutes to go before Aaron Ramsey and Giroud swung the game back in the home side’s favour at a euphoric Emirates Stadium. Alexandre Lacazette headed the Gunners ahead 94 seconds into his top-flight debut, only for Shinji Okazaki to nod in an equaliser just two minutes later. Vardy then slid the visitors ahead from Marc Albrighton’s cross, before Danny Welbeck drew Arsenal level at the end of a pulsating opening half. Leicester took the lead again when Vardy headed in Riyad Mahrez’s corner before Arsene Wenger made an inspired double substitution which sparked Arsenal’s comeback.

Substitute Ramsey smashed in an angled drive – from a corner which was won after Mesut Ozil handled in the build-up – before Giroud showed athleticism and strength to meet Granit Xhaka’s corner. Giroud’s days at Arsenal appeared to be numbered following the arrival of fellow France striker Lacazette from Lyon for a club-record £46.5m fee. And Wenger revealed after Friday’s win that Giroud, who has scored 97 goals in 231 appearances since joining from Montpellier in 2012, could have left the Gunners this summer. “At one stage I opened the door for him as I knew I had many strikers, and in the end he decided to stay,” said Wenger. “He doesn’t want to leave and I’m happy he wants to stay.” The 30-year-old wasted no time in proving his worth with another vital goal after coming on as a substitute. Giroud offers a different, more physical option for Wenger, but is hoping for a more substantial role at the club.

Since the start of last season, he has scored seven Premier League goals when coming off the bench – three more than any other player in the same period. “I prefer to be on the pitch as much as I can but I want to help the team reach the targets,” he said. Arsenal started the new Premier League season having won just one of their previous five opening matches – all of which were also home fixtures. In the build-up to Friday’s game Wenger repeatedly stressed the importance of beginning with a positive result against Leicester – and the Gunners appeared to have listened to their manager as they made the dream start. Lacazette was perfectly placed to take advantage of Wes Morgan misjudging Mohamed Elneny’s cross, flicking in a low header to become the fastest-scoring debutant in Premier League history. The joy did not last long, however. Leicester exploited sloppiness by the Gunners to go ahead, leading to murmurings of discontent among the home crowd.

The atmosphere turned dark among the home fans after Vardy’s first, the audible frustration subsiding when Welbeck calmly rolled in Saed Kolasinac’s cut-back, only to return again when Vardy restored the Foxes lead. Wenger looked on anxiously from the dugout, eventually appearing on the touchline when he introduced Ramsey and Giroud after 67 minutes. Within 20 minutes both players had scored – and the mood completely changed – as Arsenal avoided losing their opening fixture for the fourth time in five years.

Arsenal Win Community Shield Over Chelsea

FA Cup winners Arsenal beat Premier League champions Chelsea to win the Community Shield on penalties after Thibaut Courtois and Alvaro Morata missed spot-kicks in a shootout at Wembley. An English football first followed as the ABBA penalty shootout was deployed and Arsenal prevailed 4-1 to extend their winning record at Wembley to nine straight games, including two in penalty shootouts. The ABBA system is based on the format used in tennis tie-breaks, with the team taking the first kick in each pair of kicks alternating. Chelsea goalkeeper Courtois took the second kick of the shootout, seeking to equalise, and blasted over before Morata fired wide.

That gave Arsenal the initiative and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored before Olivier Giroud netted the decisive penalty. Arsenal celebrated and Chelsea looked on, just as they had done in May when the Gunners beat them in the FA Cup final but it had been an even contest after 90 minutes. Victor Moses’ strike soon into the second half was cancelled out by Sead Kolasinac’s header eight minutes from time. Both benefited from defensive lapses. The Gunners’ equaliser came moments after Pedro was sent off for a tackle from behind on Mohamed Elneny and was no less than Arsenal deserved after Alexandre Lacazette hit the post in the first half. Arsenal’s record signing Lacazette was the only new signing in the starting line-ups, with focus on those absent as much as those playing.

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez was present as a spectator, as was Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, but Diego Costa, for three campaigns Arsenal’s tormentor-in-chief in this fixture, remains in exile. Conte’s switch to a 3-4-3 formation during last September’s Premier League loss at Arsenal prompted a 13-match winning run, but here Chelsea’s defence was stretched by the Gunners’ pacey three-pronged attack. Alex Iwobi’s direct running twice forced Courtois to be alert, while Danny Welbeck headed at the goalkeeper, who was beaten by Lacazette only for the striker to see the ball rebound off the post. Per Mertesacker had to go off after 30 minutes, struck by Gary Cahill’s flailing arm in the Arsenal box. On came another of Arsenal’s summer signings, Kolasinac.

Chelsea’s first attempt of note came on the counter-attack as Pedro — wearing a face mask following the facial injury sustained between the teams in last month’s friendly in Beijing — stretched the Gunners. Petr Cech was equal to his shot. Willian was booked for simulation in the Arsenal box late in the half as the sides cancelled one another out. Chelsea took the lead within moments of the restart. Granit Xhaka sent Cesc Fabregas’ corner looping into the air and Cahill met the ball on the edge of the area.

Lemar In, Elneny Out?

ARSENAL are closing in on a £45million deal for Monaco star Thomas Lemar. The Gunners have been desperate to land the French international and SunSport understands the Premier League side have finally made a breakthrough. Arsene Wenger has already had bids rejected for the 21-year-old as Monaco were demanding £80m for a player they signed from Caen two years ago. Monaco were hoping the huge numbers quoted would deter Arsenal and help them keep Lemar for another season on the premise his value would increase further to spark a bidding war.

SunSport revealed earlier this month Lemar has already agreed terms with Arsenal and told the French champions to allow him to move to North London this summer. Lemar will be Wenger’s third addition at the Emirates this summer as the French coach looks to lead the club back into title contention. Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac have been recruited and the arrival of the Monaco star will be a huge boost for the Gunners, who would take their summer spending to £97m. Lemar featured for Monaco in their last pre-season game at Benfica and will hope to get the green light to complete his switch to the Premier League before they face Paris-Saint Germain in Morocco this Saturday in the Trophee des champions. It had been thought Monaco would stop their player exodus and fight to keep the wide man for their title defence next season. But the winger is set to follow Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Benjamin Mendy, Valere Germain and Kylian Mbappe through the Stade Louis II exit door.

Meanwhile the Gunners are in talks with Galatasaray over a £10million move for Mohamed Elneny, according to reports. The Egyptian midfielder joined Arsene Wenger’s side just 18 months ago but already they are open to him leaving. Fotospor claim Galatasaray’s sporting director Cenk Ergun has been in London looking to finalise a deal. And the Turkish side could now be in pole position to sign Elneny after he rejected a £10m bid from Leicester, as revealed by SunSport. Elneny has a contract at the Emirates until 2020. But he made just 14 Premier League appearances last season – with only eight of those being starts. Elneny joined the Gunners from Basel in January last year for a fee of £5m. Talk of his exit comes with Arsenal facing a series of switches in the middle of the park this summer.

Arsenal Player & Transfer News

In a boost to Arsenal’s Premier League hopes, the Gunners have made a major breakthrough in contract talks with playmaker Ozil, according to the Sun. The UK tabloid reports that Arsenal is confident the German will sign a new £280,000-a-week deal ($457,000) before the start of the season. That’s huge money by anyone’s standards and would make Ozil the highest paid player at the club. However, it’s a bargain compared to the £350,000-a-week ($572,000) he was previously asking for.

But while contract talks are progressing nicely with Ozil, the Gunners’ battle to hold onto Sanchez is set to get a whole lot harder with Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain entering the chase for the Chilean icon. According to French media outlet Le Parisien, PSG sporting director Antero Henrique is in London looking to seal a deal for Sanchez. Sanchez has only one year left on his current deal with Arsenal and looks increasingly unlikely to agree to a contract extension. Despite Wenger insisting Sanchez is not for sale, the 28-year-old is also being pursued by Manchester City.

The Daily Star reports that Jack Wilshere is open to joining West Ham, the club he supported as a child, if a fee can be agreed with Arsenal. Wilshere, who spent last season on loan with Bournemouth, is valued at £20m ($32.71m) by Arsenal and the North London club is insisting that any deal for the 25-year-old includes a buyback clause. West Ham are not the only club interested in Wilshere, however. Italy’s TuttoMercatoWeb reports that Turkish club Antalyaspor are happy to meet Arsenal’s asking price for Wilshere. However, TuttoMercatoWeb claim that asking price to only be £9m ($14.72m).

Arsenal has rejected a £16m ($26.16m) bid for Calum Chambers from Crystal Palace, according to the Daily Telegraph. However, the Gunners have not closed the door on offloading the former Southampton defender. It is understood they want £20m ($$32.71) for the 22-year-old. After a tough debut campaign in the Premier League, Spanish striker Lucas Perez could be on his way to Turkey for a season. Perez, who only score eight goals in his 22 appearances for the Gunners last season, has drawn the interest of Fenerbahce, according to TalkSport. The Turkish giants are purportedly ready to hold talks with the striker’s representatives to try and secure a season-long loan.

Wojciech Szczesny Leaves Arsenal For Juventus

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has completed a £10m move to Juventus. The 27-year-old, who spent the past two years on loan at Roma, signed a four-year deal with the Italian champions. The Poland international played 38 times for Roma last season and kept 14 clean sheets – the most in Serie A. “When you come to Juve, it’s because you’ve been chosen. I had no hesitation,” said Szczesny, who made 132 appearances for Arsenal in eight years at the club. “I’m ready for a new challenge – Juventus is the best choice for the next stage of my career.”

Szczesny said he had already spoken to Juve number one Gianluigi Buffon, who he described as “a legend in our game”. “I’m really happy to be here,” he added. “I’m not feeling any pressure. I’m here to represent the club at the highest level.” Poland goalkeeper Szczesny underwent his medical in Turin on Tuesday and officially became a Juventus player on Wednesday in a deal that could rise to €15.3 million, depending on performance. The 27-year-old, who spent the last two seasons on loan at Roma, has signed a four-year contract for the Bianconeri, where he is expected to be understudy to Italy No. 1 Gianlugi Buffon in the coming season. “Juventus Football Club is pleased to announce the transfer of Wojciech Szczesny from Arsenal, the goalkeeper signing a four-year deal with the Italian champions until 30 June 2021,” a statement on Juve’s official website read.

“Of goalkeepers to have made more than 10 appearances, only Gianluigi Buffon and Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma have held greater save percentage rates — 77 percent and 76 percent respectively — than the Pole (75 percent) over the last two seasons. “While Buffon would concede the fewest goals overall last term, Szczesny was the man to keep the most clean sheets — 14 in total. With 72 Serie A matches under his belt, Juve’s latest acquisition is poised to embark on a new adventure at the Allianz Stadium where once again he will have his sights firmly set on the number one jersey.” Szczesny said goodbye to Roma in a message on Instagram last month and added a lengthy farewell to Arsenal that included him saying: “I may not be an Arsenal player no more but I will carry the Arsenal name with me wherever I go and I will do so with great pride. Once a Gunner, always a Gunner!”