Arsenal grabs late equalizer versus Wolves

Leave a comment
  • Cavaleiro puts Wolves ahead
  • Mkhitaryan gets fortunate equalizer
  • Arsenal unbeayen in 16

Henrikh Mkhitaryan‘s 86th minute cross eluded the fray and sailed into the goal as Arsenal ran its unbeaten run to 16 matches with a 1-1 draw with Wolves at the Emirates Stadium.

Ivan Cavaleiro scored for Wolves, who sit 11th with 16 points. Arsenal is fifth with 24, three back of the Top Four.

[ MORE: Watch full PL match replays ]

Arsenal went down a goal for the fourth-straight match when Granit Xhaka gave the ball away to Cavaleiro, who worked a 1-2 with Raul Jimenez before putting Wolves ahead.

Nuno Espirito Santo deserves plenty of credit for a first half which saw Wolves take seven shots to Arsenal’s three despite having just 26 percent of the ball.

Wolves might’ve had the best chance to score in the second half, as Bernd Leno kept

[ MORE: Latest Premier League standings ]

[ MORE: Full lineups, stats, box score ]

Arsenal advances to Europa League knockout rounds

AP Photo/Frank Augstein
Leave a comment

Arsenal’s dull 0-0 draw with Sporting Lisbon was enough to earn a spot in the Europa League knockout rounds, though the Gunners have two fresh injury concerns including a potentially serious ankle ailment for Danny Welbeck.

[ MORE: Chelsea beats BATE ]

The 87th minute saw Sporting’s Jeremy Mathieu pick up a red card for denial of a goal scoring opportunity for a takedown of Aubameyang following a poor back pass.

Qarabag’s 1-0 win at Vorskla Poltava means Arsenal has clinched a berth in the Europa League knockout rounds. Premier League mates Chelsea clinched earlier in the day.

The match cost Arsenal a pair of players, with Danny Welbeck and Stephane Lichtsteiner lifted before the end of the match.

Welbeck’s first half injury was especially distressing, the Arsenal and England striker stretchered off with teammates visibly concerned for the 27-year-old.

Aside from being forced to use Aubameyang in the 30th minute, Unai Emery‘s plan to have some regulars fresh for Sunday’s visit from Wolves went well.

Mesut Ozil, Hector Bellerin, Granit Xhaka, Nacho Monreal and Alexandre Lacazette were not in the 18, while Lucas Torreira and Shkrodan Mustafi were unused subs.

Liverpool leave Shaqiri out due to political reasons

Getty Images
Leave a comment

Xherdan Shaqiri will not play for Liverpool at Red Star Belgrade in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool have decided against Shaqiri traveling with the squad due to the reception he may get in Serbia’s capital city due to his Kosvan-Albanian heritage. Serbia doesn’t recognize its former province Kosovo, where Shaqiri was born, as an independent state.

The situation could also be a little more dangerous due to Shaqiri scoring a late winner for Switzerland against Serbia in the 2018 World Cup and then celebrating by making a fluttering eagle symbol with his hands. That symbol was in reference to ethnic Albanians and Shaqiri was fined by FIFA, along with Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichsteiner, for making the gesture.

With reports that Shaqiri would be the subject of protests in Belgrade, it has been decided he will not travel.

“We have heard and read the speculation and talk about what kind of reception Shaq would receive and although we have no idea what would happen, we want to go there and be focused 100 per cent on football and not have to think about anything else, that’s all,” Klopp said. “We are Liverpool FC, a big club, a football team but we don’t have any message further than that. We have no political message, absolutely not. We want the focus to be on a great game of football, free from anything else.

“We are keen to be respectful and keen to avoid any distractions that would take focus away from a 90-minute-plus contest that is important for football and only football. So for that reason, Shaq is not involved and he accepts and understands this. Shaq is our player, we love him, and he will play for us a lot of times, but not on Tuesday.”

Premier League Club Power Rankings: Week 10

Leave a comment

There’s another week of Top Five tumult in our power rankings, as Arsenal and Spurs failed to hit their mark while the remaining three challengers brought fine form out of Week 10.

[ ARCHIVE: Premier League club power rankings ]


20. Huddersfield Town — The Terriers have two goals in their last six matches, with Fulham up next; If Huddersfield doesn’t score this weekend, it should be relegated now.
Last week: 20
Season high: 18
Season low: 20

19. Fulham *New season low*  Have taken zero points since beating Millwall in the League Cup, and will find themselves in serious trouble if they cannot manage a result at Huddersfield Town.
Last week: 18
Season high: 11
Season low: 19

18. Newcastle United — Back-to-back visits from Watford and Bournemouth before a trip to Burnley. Yes, the first two are doing well this season, but the Magpies really need to find at least four points from those three fixtures.
Last week: 19
Season high: 13
Season low: 19

17. Burnley — A bit of relief following a combined 9-0 scoreline in losses to Man City and Chelsea, with a visit to West Ham. The claret vs. claret match-up will tell us whether Burnley fans should be nervous.
Last week: 17
Season high: 13
Season low: 20

16. Cardiff City — Probably somewhere in between their 4-2 defeat of Fulham and 4-1 loss to Liverpool, and could use a point from grieving Leicester City’s visit.
Last week: 16
Season high: 16
Season low: 20

15. Southampton — Looked stout against Newcastle, but still struggling to find the recipe for danger up front despite plenty of opportunities to open up the Magpies.
Last week: 14
Season high: 13
Season low: 17

(Mark Kerton/PA via AP)

14. Crystal Palace — A fortunate draw at Arsenal moves the Eagles up ahead of a murderous run: at Chelsea, home Spurs, at Manchester United.
Last week: 15
Season high: 6
Season low: 15

13. West Ham United — Probably deserved all three points against Leicester after a gutsy performance with 10 men. Six points from their next two — home to Burnley, away to Huddersfield — would put them in a position befitting their team.
Last week: 13
Season high: 9
Season low: 20

12. Wolves — Losses to Watford and Brighton have us scratching our heads. Will Nuno Espirito Santo‘s men refind their rhythm as giant killers with Spurs and Arsenal next?
Last week: 10
Season high: 5
Season low: 13

11. Leicester City — Heavy, heavy hearts accompany the Foxes to Cardiff City following the tragic death of its owner and four others.
Last week: 12
Season high: 7
Season low: 13

10. Brighton and Hove Albion — Three-straight gutsy, 1-0 wins have the Seagulls well-positioned for a mid-table run. It wouldn’t be crazy to see Chris Hughton‘s men get 12-14 points from its next 18.
Last week: 11
Season high: 9
Season low: 19

9. Everton — Rebounding from the loss to Manchester United against in-form Brighton is necessary.
Last week: 8
Season high: 5
Season low: 13

8. Watford — Steady again with back-to-back wins, will the Hornets show consistency with a visit to punchless Newcastle United?
Last week: 9
Season high: 4
Season low: 14

(Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

7. Bournemouth — There’s a chance for the Cherries to possibly join the Top Five if they can pass their first big litmus test in some time: a visit from Manchester United.
Last week: 7
Season high: 6
Season low: 12

6. Manchester United — Have scored multiple goals in three successive matches, and can feel better about life with a win at in-form Bournemouth.
Last week: 6
Season high: 4
Season low: 14

5. Spurs — The 1-0 loss to Man City at Wembley was ugly in a few ways, but can easily be written off if Spurs can get right back to winning ways against Wolves.
Last week: 4
Season high: 3
Season low: 8

4. Arsenal — Deserved a win at Palace if not for Granit Xhaka‘s silly conceded penalty. How it fares against Liverpool will tell us a lot about Unai Emery‘s new era.
Last week: 2
Season high: 2
Season low: 9

3. Chelsea — Still unbeaten and well-rested ahead of a visit from Crystal Palace (who also kept their best players rested at midweek).
Last week: 5
Season high: 1
Season low: 5

2. Liverpool — Well, here you go, Reds: A match against Arsenal and the chance to make a real statement against a club which hasn’t lost in 14 outings.
Last week: 3
Season high: 1
Season low: 4

1. Man City — Could’ve netted three, four, five, maybe six against Spurs on the dodgy pitch at Wembley, but picked up the 1-0 win on a day it was far from its best.
Last week: 1
Season high: 1
Season low: 2

 

Crystal Palace battle back, end Arsenal win streak

Leave a comment
  • Arsenal’s win streak ends at 11
  • Xhaka, Aubameyang scored for Gunners
  • Luka Milivojevic scores two penalty kicks 

Arsenal’s run of wins ended at 11 games in all competitions, as the Gunners drew 2-2 at Crystal Palace, on Sunday.

Unai Emery‘s men launched yet another second half comeback after Luka Milivojevic’s penalty kick gave Palace the lead right on half time.

Granit Xhaka‘s fine free kick and a controversial effort from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the space of five second half minutes looked to have given Arsenal yet another win. But Xhaka’s foul on Wilfried Zaha late on gave Palace another spot kick and Milivojevic grabbed the Eagles a point.

With the draw the Gunners have 22 points for the season, while Roy Hodgson‘s Palace remain without a win at home (but at least scored their first home goals of the season) and have moved onto eight points.

[ MORE: Watch full PL match replays ] 

Palace looked lively early on and Zaha was causing plenty of problems.

Zaha hit the post after a mazy run, then moments later Patrick Van Aanholt surged into the box and found Andros Townsend but he lashed his shot wide.

[ VIDEO: Premier League highlights ]

At the other end Arsenal had two chances in quick succession as Lacazette shot wide and then Hector Bellerin had a shot blocked. Before the break Jordan Ayew went down in the box after a tackle from Shkodran Mustafi but no penalty kick was given.

Moments later Palace were awarded a penalty as Mustafi lunged in on Cheikhou Kouyate and Milivojevic stepped up to score and put the Eagles 1-0 up in first half stoppage time.

[ VIDEO: Premier League highlights ] 

At the start of the second half Arsenal drew level as Xhaka thundered home a fabulous free kick from a tight angle to make it 1-1.

Five minutes later the Gunners were 2-1 up in controversial fashion. A corner was flicked on by Lacazette at the near post, but he appeared to flick the ball with his hand as he was shoved by a Palace defender. The ball then found Aubameyang at the back post and he prodded home to make it 2-1.

[ MORE: Premier League schedule ] 

Max Meyer hit the outside of the post and fired another effort over after coming on as a sub, as Palace pushed hard to find an equalizer and eventually it arrived.

Xhaka challenged Zaha in the box and although the Palace winger went down a little easily, a penalty kick was given and Milivojevic slammed home to make it 2-2 and end Arsenal’s winning run.