Quick strike Arsenal tops Everton

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  • Scoreless at halftime
  • Lacazette smashes opener
  • Aubameyang makes it 2-0

Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a pair of goals in under four minutes as Arsenal overcame a sloppy first half to beat Everton 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Petr Cech and Jordan Pickford both made fine saves in the effort, but Cech had more and Everton struggled to find much threat outside of Richarlison and Theo Walcott.

Arsenal moves sixth with 12 points. Everton is 12th with six. Flipped.

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Everton had a pair of good chances go wanting, the first an ungiven penalty to Dominic Calvert-Lewin and the second a ball bounding through the six.

Jordan Pickford made a palm stop on Nacho Monreal‘s bouncing shot as the hosts finally got into the match after the first 10 minutes.

Richarlison was lively in his return from a red card suspension, forcing Cech into a two-palmed save in the 21st minute.

Ex-Arsenal man Theo Walcott won a dangerous free kick with a clever dribble into the box, and Gylfi Sigurdssson hoped his 30th minute effort would punish the Gunners.

Lucas Digne took the kick instead, and Cech popped it over the goal for a corner kick. No luck.

Richarlison played Walcott through on Cech with a 38th minute pass, but the goalkeeper reacted quickly to deny Walcott.

Alexandre Lacazette took one touch too many on the doorstep before halftime.

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Arsenal broke through in the second half.

Aaron Ramsey played a part in both goals, the first an assist on Lacazette’s outstanding strike in the 56th minute.

Then Aubameyang wrong-footed Pickford with an in-tight shot to the back post.

Cech made a fine save on a free kick in the 71st to deny Everton a way back into the match.

Iwobi: Arsenal working harder in training under Emery

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Whether he meant it or not, Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi left a little dig in with former Gunners manager Arsene Wenger.

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In speaking about his new manager, Unai Emery, Iwobi said that the squad was working more on fitness than in the past. The improved fitness and quality helped Arsenal Thursday in its Europa League opener, a 4-2 win over Ukrainian side Vorskla.

“He demands a lot, we are working a lot harder in training, running a bit more,” Iwobi said in an interview.

Since losing its opening two games of the season, Arsenal has begun to return to its expected level, winning its last four games in all competitions, including two straight Premier League road matches. Iwobi in particular has scored one goal and assisted on another in two Premier League matches, as well as assisting on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang‘s opener on Thursday.

The improved fitness may not show now, but it could help Arsenal down the road, when they face a busy stretch of games this fall between Europa League, Premier League and domestic cup competitions. “…as you can see, we are buying into his ideas and we are enjoying our time with him,” Iwobi said. “We are not going to dwell on the past, we are always looking forward to the next game. We learn from out mistakes, like we have done. We have got four wins on the bounce now so we have just got to keep on going keep this momentum going and try to get as many wins as we can, like I’m saying.”

So who are the 6-7 names on Earnie Stewart’s USMNT list?

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As reported Thursday, United States men’s national team general manager Earnie Stewart plans to speak with at least 6-7 candidates before hiring a manager some time before the end of the year.

Plenty has changed since Bruce Arena left the USMNT following a deplorable loss to Trinidad and Tobago and the failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, so the bookmakers’ favorites of a year ago are not quite the same.

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Peter Vermes, David Wagner, and Patrick Vieira have all either committed to their former club or taken on a new and significant adventure. That’s also pretty much true for Jesse Marsch, who is assisting at RB Leipzig and likely wouldn’t have left New York Red Bulls midseason if he truly wanted or felt he was in the running for the gig.

Juan Carlos Osorio’s time has come and gone as a favorite with his new employment at Paraguay.

So who would you guess is on the 6-7 presumably male list now? Let’s give it a go, assuming that Arsene Wenger, Antonio Conte, and Zinedine Zidane await bigger club challenges.

  1. Tata Martino — The Argentine has yet to commit his future to Atlanta United, and the Five Stripes have been linked with David Moyes should Martino go. It’s easy to connect the dots and make him the favorite.
  2. Gregg Berhalter — Stewart’s former USMNT teammate has won at Columbus with several different styles of play (and degrees of talent).
  3. Caleb Porter — On the original list, Porter has had success at MLS and in the NCAA, the lone blemish his failure to qualify the U.S. U-23 men for the Olympics.
  4. Tab Ramos — The longtime U.S. U-20 coach has the faith of the federation, and it would follow the Gareth Southgate model.
  5. Dave Sarachan — Makes sense to include the interim boss, whether serious about hiring him or not.
  6. Laurent Blanc — The outsider’s name won’t go away, and the former Bordeaux, France, and Paris Saint-Germain boss could be in the running.

The other names that don’t seem fit to join the above list but could be in the discussion: Jason Kries could be a wild card after leaving Orlando City; David Moyes, who’s reportedly put his name in the ring; Dick Advocaat, who is 70 but has worked with Stewart and has loads of club and country experience.

An end to away goals? Wenger, Emery, Mourinho among those proposing

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Some of UEFA’s biggest names in management are asking the confederation to eliminate the away goals rule and bring about an earlier transfer window deadline for all clubs.

The Premier League closed its transfer window before the season began, but Spain, Germany, and France all took their business deep into August.

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The away goals rule has been in place for better than a half-century, but managers argued that easier travel and progress in the game make it less of an advantage.

UEFA deputy general secretary Giorgio Marchetti said the confederation will review both ideas. From the BBC:

“The coaches think that scoring goals away is not as difficult as it was in the past. They think the rule should be reviewed and that’s what we will do.”

Who led the charge? Arsenal’s Unai Emery and Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho were among the coaches on hand, with Arsene Wenger, Max Allegri, Julen Lopetegui, Carlos Ancelotti, and Thomas Tuchel some of the others.

How would it have changed last season’s Champions League? Home teams may’ve attacked with more abandoned, with away teams bunkering down. The score lines rarely finish level, anyway, but home stadia want to see their sides with every intention of scoring as many goals as possible. This would help that.

Barcelona-Roma and Shakhtar Donetsk-Roma were the only knockout round matches to end deadlocked on goals last season, with Roma advancing on both counts.

Anti-Woodward banner to reportedly fly over Burnley-Manchester United

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Fans paying money to fly banners above stadia, that’s nothing new, but using a manager’s former words about a rival to describe a chairman is a new twist.

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According to the BBC, a plane will fly a banner reading “Ed Woodward – a specialist in failure” over Turf Moor on Sunday before kickoff between Burnley and Manchester United.

Woodward, the United chairman, has come under fire for not providing manager Jose Mourinho with the majority of his transfer requests this summer.

And Mourinho’s stumbled out of the gates, a 1W-2L start making his seat pretty hot as the manager attempts to avoid his “third season syndrome.”

Mourinho once called Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger a “specialist in failure,” which does beg the sarcastic among us to ask whether the group “A Voice From The Terrace” is really just Mourinho paying for a banner that criticizes his boss.