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Wenger confirms Ospina will start pair while Ozil, Ramsey miss out


Arsene Wenger confirmed in his pre-match press conference that goalkeeper Petr Cech will get an extended rest with a pair of Cup games on the horizon for Arsenal.

In his place, David Ospina will start both Thursday’s Europa League Round of 32 match against Ostersunds and Sunday’s EFL Cup Final against Manchester City. Ospina is no stranger to this type of rotation, with the Colombian owning just 30 starts over the last three seasons in national and international Cup competitions compared to just seven Premier League appearances.

In addition, Wenger also confirmed that Mesut Ozil will miss out for Thursday’s match due to illness, but is expected back for Sunday’s EFL Cup final. Arsenal has a 3-0 lead over Swedish club Ostersund after the first leg, with the second leg to be played at the Emirates.

Wenger said Aaron Ramsey is back in training, and while he will not be risked in the Europa League match in his return from a groin injury that saw him miss the North London derby loss, he could be in contention to play against Manchester City. “[Ramsey] is not in the squad tomorrow, he had a good training session. We will see how his evolution goes between now and Sunday. I don’t rule him out.”

Ramsey scored a hat-trick in the 5-1 win over Everton in early February, but has played just 181 minutes since picking up a hamstring injury in mid-December.

Finally, Wenger said that Danny Welbeck and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will both receive starting spots against Ostersunds, as will some unnamed youth products. Welbeck has been out of Premier League action since mid-January, stuck behind Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but he received four minutes off the bench in the North London derby and will get another opportunity in the Europa League to prove his worth.

Ramsey hat trick leads Arsenal demolition of Everton

  • Aubameyang scores 1st Arsenal goal
  • Mkhitaryan sets up Ramsey’s first
  • Ramsey doubles season output
  • Gunners beat Everton 5-2 in reverse fixture

Aaron Ramsey scored a hat trick as Arsenal ran all over Everton in a 5-1 blowout at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Laurent Koscielny also scored for the Gunners, who stay sixth with 45 points.

Everton remains on 31 points, dropping to 10th behind Bournemouth and seven points above the drop zone. Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored for the Toffees.

According to the BBC, Ramsey is the 20th Arsenal player to record a PL hat trick, joining “Henry, Wright, Adebayor, Van Persie, Walcott, K.Campbell, Sanchez, Anelka, Arshavin, Bergkamp, Cazorla, Giroud, Kanu, Ljungberg, Overmars, Parlour, Pennant, Pires, Wiltord.”

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Arsenal was ahead before the clock hit six, with new boy Henrikh Mkhitaryan sliding a ball through the six for Ramsey to pass home.

Given a bit of room from Michael Keane, Mkhitaryan just missed on a laser from 25 yards in the 10th minute.

A corner kick saw Arsenal make it 2-0, as Koscielny’s diving header stopped a debut goal from Aubameyang. Both players had time thanks to lost loanee Eliaquim Mangala‘s marking.

Ramsey made it 3-0 in the 19th minute, his hard shot taking a hard turn off Mangala to defy Pickford’s hopes of a save.

Aubameyang had a chance to lift the lid on the pace with a 32nd minute charge toward goal, but Pickford closed him down.

He did score in the 37th minute, possibly offside, with a tiny chip over a sliding Pickford. And Monreal nodded a ball off the bottom of the cross bar and out as Arsenal attempted to set some recent records.

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Everton didn’t quit, to their credit. Well, at least Oumar Niasse didn’t, sliding to put a ball off the post in a characteristic relentless effort.

Substitute Calvert-Lewin did dent the scoreboard for Everton, leaping over Sead Kolasinac to deny Petr Cech a 200th PL clean sheet.

Cech was injured shortly after the concession, and came out of the game for David Ospina.

Ramsey completed his hat trick in the 74th minute, doubling his season output in the Premier League.

Burnley 0-1 Arsenal: Tough at Turf Moor

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  • Gunners earn stoppage time PK
  • Arsenal outshoots BFC 15-8
  • Alexis scores winner

Alexis Sanchez converted a silly stoppage time penalty to move Arsenal into the Top Four with a 1-0 win Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday, adding to its run of late performances versus the Clarets.

James Tarkowski shoved Aaron Ramsey in the back as the midfielder tried to run onto a 91st minute header in the box.

Arsenal leapfrogs Liverpool and Tottenham for fourth place, while Burnley remains fifth.

Arsenal was late for its preparations due to traffic problems. It never found clear sailing at Turf Moor.

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Johann Berg Gudmundsson won a fifth minute free kick when his dribble led him into Aaron Ramsey.

And the Icelandic winger forced Petr Cech into a save off the goal post (which went unrecognized and led to an Arsenal throw-in).

Alexis Sanchez and Nacho Monreal had first half chances for the Gunners, with the latter skying a shot over the bar with vigor.

Cech made a volleyball style set save on a well-struck Robbie Brady effort in the 39th minute.

Jack Wilshere‘s substitution proved entertaining, with the English midfielder’s hard shot providing an unsuccessful Arsenal corner in the 80th minute.

Burnley looked set for another point against a Premier League big boy, but Tarkowski shoved Ramsey to the ground and Sanchez pushed his penalty past a correct-guessing Nick Pope.

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Man City tops Arsenal 3-1

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  • Aguero gets guard of honor, then banks PK
  • De Bruyne opens scoring
  • Sub striker Lacazette pulls one back
  • City onto 31 points

Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, and Gabriel Jesus led Manchester City to another win, this time 3-1 over visiting Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Alexandre Lacazette scored off the bench for Arsenal, who drops to sixth, below Liverpool on tiebreakers. The Gunners are now 12 points behind Man City.

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Sergio Aguero was given a guard of honor for breaking Man City’s all-time scoring record.

Aguero nearly followed up his pre-match moment with a fitting salute to the home fans, but he hit a pass from Kevin De Bruyne just high and wide of Petr Cech‘s goal.

De Bruyne was the man to put City ahead in the 19th minute, as the Belgian followed up Cech’s save of a direct shot by playing a 1-2 en route to a team goal which had Arsenal looking like training ground cut-outs.

Raheem Sterling murdered a chance to make it 2-0. On a 2v1, Sterling took multiple superfluous touches before hitting a pass beyond a wide open Leroy Sane.

Aaron Ramsey had a decent chance to pull Arsenal level in first half stoppage, but Ederson went low to make a save.

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Nacho Monreal saw yellow and Michael Oliver gave Man City a chance at the spot when Sterling won a clear cut penalty. Aguero banked his shot off the right post and behind Cech. 2-0.

Lacazette was a questionable omission from the Starting XI, and took a feed from in-form Ramsey to make it 2-1 with 25 minutes plus stoppage to play.

Petr Cech made a sliding save on Gabriel Jesus’ hard low shot off a Man City corner to keep it 2-1. He pushed another shot out for a corner.

City would restore it’s two-goal cushion when David Silva was adjudged to have stayed onside for a through ball, then cut back for Jesus for a finish.

Arsenal 2-1 Swansea City: Gunners come back to win

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  • Swans take lead to half
  • Kolasinac equalizes
  • Ramsey scores his 50th Arsenal goal

Sead Kolasinac and Aaron Ramsey led Arsenal’s fight back as the Gunners claimed three points with a 2-1 win over Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Sam Clucas gave Swans a first half lead, but the Welsh side could end up in the drop zone by the weekend’s conclusion.

Arsenal rises fourth, a point behind third place Spurs.

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The Gunners looked lively, with Alexis Sanchez running the show down the left, and won a free kick that Per Mertesacker nodded into the hands of former teammates Lukasz Fabianski.

But Arsenal’s dominant half went in the wrong direction come the 22nd minute, when Petr Cech‘s charge at Sam Clucas was coolly defied by the ex-Hull midfielder. 1-0, Swans.

Fabianski made an outstanding save on Sanchez after a 1-2 with Nacho Monreal.

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Someone said the right things at halftime, and Arsenal burst out of the break without self pity.

Kolasinac blasted a shot through traffic to make it 1-1, and Ramsey added his milemarker goal to give the hosts a deserved lead.

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