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Everton 2-5 Arsenal: Ozil, Sanchez star for Gunners

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  • Rooney buries beauty (video)
  • Ozil puts Gunners ahead
  • Lacazette scores after Gana red card
  • Toffees into relegation zone

Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil starred as Arsenal overcame a beautiful Wayne Rooney opener to send 10-man Everton into the Bottom Three after a 5-2 decision at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Ozil scored the match-winner and Sanchez, Nacho Monreal, Aaron Ramsey, and Alexandre Lacazette also scored as Arsenal again showed its potential for greatness in a comeback win. The Gunners move into fifth, behind Chelsea on goal differential.

The loss overshadowed Wayne Rooney’s wonderful strike from outside the 18, and sends Everton 18th on goal differential. Oumar Niasse scored in stoppage time off a laughable back pass from Monreal.

Idrissa Gana Gueye took a second yellow for fouling Granit Xhaka in the 69th minute.

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The first 10 minutes may’ve well been subtitled, “Alexandre Lacazette versus Jordan Pickford,” but Rooney changed that.

The Everton hero, two days shy of his 32nd birthday, buried his 15th career goal against Arsenal by picking up the ball after a 50-50 scrap opened the ball into his path.

What a hit.

Arsenal hit back, before the break, when Pickford got horizontal to save a an Aaron Ramsey rip onto the boot of Monreal. Pickford only got a piece of the shot, and it was 1-1.

Pickford some more wonderful Gunner thwarting late in the half when Alexis Sanchez’s crafty dribbling led him to the doorstep.

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Rooney’s goal was a distant memory when Arsenal earned its first lead via gorgeous goal production in its own right. Alexis Sanchez chipped a delightful ball into the 18 and Ozil nodded it past Pickford.

There were third and fourth rungs on Ozil and Sanchez’s goal ladder when Hector Bellerin took the ball from a Nikola Vlasic mistake and fed Sanchez, who found Ozil for a cutback to Lacazette inside the 18.

Substitute mid Jack Wilshere cued up Ramsey for a fine team goal just before the whistle, but it wasn’t the final goal. Niasse took advantage of a Monreal gaffe to make it 4-2 before Alexis waltzed to restore the three-goal advantage.

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AT HALF: Rooney’s beauty leads entertaining 1-1 vs. Arsenal

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The first 10 minutes of Arsenal’s visit to Everton may’ve well been subtitled, “Alexandre Lacazette versus Jordan Pickford,” but Wayne Rooney changed that.

The Everton hero, two days shy of his 32nd birthday, buried his 15th career goal against Arsenal by picking up the ball after a 50-50 scrap opened the ball into his path.

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What a hit.

Unfortunately for Everton, Nacho Monreal hit back just before the break to level the score.

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Arsenal 2-0 Brighton: Gunners ease to win

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  • Gulls with one shot on target
  • Arsenal attempts 24 shots

Nacho Monreal‘s first Premier League goal since 2013 led Arsenal to a 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Alex Iwobi also scored for Arsenal, who rises fifth with 13 points. Brighton remains 14th with seven.

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Brighton got its first scare thanks to a powerful inside-out rip from Lacazette, a 2nd minute shot firing off the right post.

Five minutes later, Alexis Sanchez bounced a long shot to Mathew Ryan.

An air of inevitability surrounded the opener, as Shkrodan Mustafi’s shot was cleared off the line and a second blocked shot came to Monreal for a right-footed finish.

The Gulls found their way to the goal post when a short-played free kick set up Solly March for a left-footed blast and Lewis Dunk was off-balance when he chopped at the rebound.

Lacazette stayed lively and forced Ryan to stoop for a save after the half-hour mark.

A lightning counter attack from Arsenal in the 42nd minute, spearheaded by Alexis Sanchez and Hector Bellerin, ended with Ryan stopping Aaron Ramsey with a right leg save.

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An outstanding pass from Alexis Sanchez cued Iwobi up for the second goal, snapping a second half lull.

Lewis Dunk slid to just deter a Sanchez shot, and Sead Kolasinac‘s header on the ensuing corner was cleared off the line.

Arsene Wenger gives injury update on Arsenal duo Koscielny, Mertesacker

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It’s safe to say although they grabbed a clean sheet, Arsenal’s defense struggled without both of their first-choice center backs during their 0-0 draw with Liverpool on Monday.

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It seems like Arsene Wenger’s men will once again be without Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker on Saturday against Newcastle United (7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) at St James’ Park.

Speaking to the media during his press conference on Thursday, Wenger confirmed that his captain Mertesacker is still suffering with illness, while Koscielny is having a test which will reveal the extent of the damage on his back.

“Mertesacker is still sick and we will know more about Koscielny today,” Wenger said. “He might have a test on his back today and I will certainly know more tomorrow morning. The less likely to be fit is Mertesacker.”

“I would like them to be available but that’s part of the season, you can’t complain about that.”

Gabriel and Calum Chambers stepped in to play center back and the latter certainly looked a little off the pace, especially in the first half as Liverpool his the crossbar through Philippe Coutinho, while he also had a superb shot tipped onto the post by Petr Cech and Arsenal’s goalkeeper made another stunning stop from close-range as Christian Benteke lost Gabriel and Chambers in the box.

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If both Koscielny and Mertesacker miss out again, Nacho Monreal could come in to center back from left back and Kieran Gibbs may play at left back with Chambers’ shaky display a concern. Newcastle is a difficult place to go and as Aleksandar Mitrovic has showed so far in his opening three games for the Magpies, he will not give whoever plays in the heart of Arsenal’s defense a minute’s rest on Saturday.

With the Gunners accumulating just four points from their opening three games, losing two highly-experienced center backs who forged a formidable partnership over the past two years is not ideal.

Let’s see if Arsenal’s squad can deal with these spate of injuries to start the season as Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck are also missing from the squad.

Arsene Wenger gives transfer update after claims Arsenal “have $300 million to spend”

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has given an update on his plans for the summer transfer window.

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The Gunners manager was speaking in a press conference ahead of the Emirates Cup this weekend, as plenty of speculation over new signings has arisen following comments from club director Lord Harris on Thursday.

Harris told the Daily Mail that Wenger could buy any player “apart from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo” and that “there is over $300 million in the bank.”

Here is what Wenger had to say following Harris’ surprise comments, with the gossip columns continuing to link Arsenal with strikers Karim Benzema, Edin Dzeko and Gonzalo Higuain.

“We are working hard if an opportunity comes up to do something but we do have a strong squad,” Wenger said. “We are in a strong position with a strong squad which I am happy with. If the opportunity turns up we will still do something.”

“I don’t come out with names anyway. I believe we have built up something special last season. That is a good team dynamic, a good confidence level, a convincing and efficient style of play. We want to work on that and not expect too much from outside now.”

Wenger was then asked if he would make another splash on Deadline Day this summer: “I cannot guarantee you that… and I cannot rule it out as well,” Wenger said.

So, the Arsenal chief is playing it cool and is quite content to let that bank balance build up.

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Is that a wise move from Wenger? With the Gunners well-stocked throughout their squad, for the most part his self-control is admirable given plenty of big spending from some clubs in the Premier League this summer. Arsenal definitely need another forward to take them to that next “elite” level in Europe and also to turn them into serious PL title contenders. Olivier Giroud can finish but is he really going to score 30-plus goals a season? As for Danny Welbeck, his injury issues have made his first year at the Emirates a stop-start affair.

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In central defense the Gunners also look short as Per Mertesacker, Gabriel and Laurent Koscielny are the only recognized center backs but the likes of Calum Chambers and Nacho Monreal can slot in there if needed. Right now its clear that the money is there to spend if Wenger wants it, but now everyone knows that, will the Gunners struggle to get a good price for a player they want?