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Arsenal booed off pitch despite Lacazette heroics

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Arsenal and Southampton will both be disappointed after wasting chances in a 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, the home side booed off the pitch despite a stoppage time equalizer.

Danny Ings scored a goal and won a penalty that led to a James Ward-Prowse goal, as Arsenal twice had to rally for equalizers against their relegation-threatened foes.

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Alexandre Lacazette scored both Gunners goals, as Arsenal sits 7th with 18 points. Southampton is 19th with nine points, two back of safety.


3 things we learned

1. Under the radar Lacazette keeps firing: Perhaps its the fact that he’s the fourth-biggest name in his team’s attack, maybe it’s injury history, or maybe it’s just down to Arsenal being a mess, but Lacazette’s two-goal day wasn’t an aberration. The Man of the Match managed seven dribbles, 49 touches, a key pass, four crosses, an interception, and a tackle.

2. Saints lack of finish is stunning: Southampton could’ve put this thing to bed three, four, maybe five times, with Moussa Djenepo particularly wasteful down the stretch. It’s a microcosm of Southampton’s struggles, and their two goals today accounted for 15 percent of their season output.

3. Ings and things: You’d be forgiven for thinking Southampton’s star striker is 10 years older than his 27 marker given how long it feels since he burst onto the scene with Burnley and suffered through injury-marred years at Liverpool. Since returning home to Saints, he’s shown a knack for scoring in big spots, and he was Hasenhuttl’s weapon on Saturday. Ings now has 16 goals and four assists in 39 matches with Saints, close to what he did in his breakout season with the Clarets in 2014/15.


Ings ran onto Ryan Bertrand‘s free kick and pushed a shot off the post and into the goal for an 8th minute lead.

Lacazette found the answer via interplay with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the 18th minute, though the Gabonese striker was anything but at his best on the day.

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Kieran Tierney then gave away a penalty to Ings, and Ward-Prowse deposited the rebound of his Bernd Leno-saved effort to give the visitors another lead.

But Lacazette was back post and clinical deep in stoppage time after Saints wasted several chances to put the match to bed.

Tierney, Lacazette available for Arsenal

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Arsenal are edging closer to finally having a full-strength squad.

Ahead of Monday’s prime-time matchup with Sheffield United, Arsenal manager Unai Emery confirmed that Kieran Tierney was in line to make his Premier League debut, while Alexandre Lacazette was back in full training and should be in the gameday squad.

“Today is Lacazette’s first training back with us,” Emery said in a press conference on Thursday. “He finished it well and he’s feeling well with his injuries. Tomorrow we will be training again and he will be with us. We will decide.

“The most important thing is that first he is training, then secondly it’s whether he can be with us and it depends how he can feel in the next days training with us, whether his ankle is not giving him any more problems.”

This is a huge boost to Arsenal, which has had to rely on some youngsters and have made some lineup changes to accommodate not having Lacazette on the field. Tierney meanwhile could step into a position where there’s already a decent starter, Sead Kolasinac.

Lacazette’s return also couldn’t have come at a better time. In Premier League action, Arsenal’s high-powered offense has been stymied, scoring just two goals in the last two league games. Meanwhile, against weaker defenses in the UEFA Europa League and the Carabao Cup, Arsenal has bagged a total of 12 goals.

The veteran Frenchman has scored two goals in three appearances so far this season, including a big goal just before halftime in the 2-2 draw with Tottenham. However, he suffered a long-term ankle injury in that match that has kept him on the sidelines for more than a month.

“[Tierney is] ready to play,” Emery later said. Now we have two options in that left-back role with Sead Kolasinac and him. We’re going to play a lot of matches after Monday. We will need every player. It depends how he comes into the first training with us, Sead, after his international matches. We now have two players in that position and we can use one on Monday, it depends how they are, one or the other.”

Tierney, the 22-year-old Scottish left back, has made two appearances for the Arsenal first team since recovering from a double hernia operation over the summer. Signed from Celtic for around $32 million, Tierney adds a skill that Kolasinac has struggled with – expert crosser of the ball into the box, where the likes of Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can score when given a decent chance.

Emery: Arsenal targeting League Cup success; Injured trio shines

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Unai Emery is targeting silverware one way or another, and is pleased that Arsenal pumped Nottingham Forest 5-0 on Tuesday at the Emirates Stadium.

Teen striker Gabriel Martinelli scored twice, and Reiss Nelson, Rob Holding, and Joe Willock also scored as Arsenal cruised into the fourth round and saw a rival exit the competition.

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“We played on Sunday but we want to do something important in this competition,” Emery said, via the BBC. “This was a very good opportunity to play with different players and those who didn’t play much in the last match. Nottingham Forest are playing well in the Championship and we had to use our capacity.”

It was a feel-good night for Arsenal, with Holding scoring after a year-long injury layoff, and Hector Bellerin returning to the field for the first time when he took the place of Kieran Tierney… who was making his Arsenal debut after injury.

“It has been a long process with a lot of long days in the gym,” Holding said. “I couldn’t have written it better myself, how it panned out was just brilliant.”

Bellerin assisted on Willock’s goal in his first action since January.

Arsenal sign Tierney for $30 million

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Arsenal have finally signed Kieran Tierney from Celtic.

The Gunners have their long-term left back.

Tierney, 22, has arrived from the Scottish champions for a transfer fee of $30 million as Arsenal finally agreed to Celtic’s demands.

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Tierney is now the most expensive Scottish player in history and many believe he can follow in the footsteps of Andrew Robertson who has been a revelation in the Premier League, first with Hull City and then Liverpool.

With Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac as options in the left back area, Tierney will be their left back for many years to come.

Able to attack down the left flank, Tierney’s quality is undoubted and although it will be a big step up for the young Scotsman it seems like Arsenal finally have a plan to strengthen their defense.

With young center back William Saliba, 18, signed over the summer then loaned back to Saint-Ettiene for this season, Arsenal are taking care of adding young talented players to their defense.

Let’s see if Tierney can help shore up a Gunners defense which conceded 51 goals last season as they failed to finish in the top four.

Transfer Deadline Day moves: Luiz, Tierney to Arsenal; Lo Celso, Zaha latest

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Plenty of deals are being lined up on Deadline Day across the Premier League, so now seems like a good time to round up the transfers developing in the final few hours of the window.

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Below is an update on what is going on, right now:

  • David Luiz, Kieran Tierney having medical at Arsenal
  • Everton aim to sign Wilfried Zaha, Marcos Rojo
  • Leicester City agree fee for Sampdoria’s Dennis Praet
  • Tottenham close to signing Ryan Sessegnon, Giovani Lo Celso
  • Brighton close in on Aaron Mooy
  • Andy Carroll could head to Newcastle on free transfer
  • Burnley close in on loan move for Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater
  • Southampton’s Charlie Austin heading to either West Brom or Bristol City
  • Man City to sign veteran goalkeeper Scott Carson

The big deals in the list include David Luiz and Kieran Tierney heading to Arsenal, with both having medicals at the Gunners. Luiz, 32, is expected to complete a shock $10  million move from Chelsea, while left back Tierney will arrive from Celtic after Arsenal’s summer-long pursuit looks set to end in a $30 million purchase of the 22-year-old.

While Everton aim to bring in Zaha and Rojo to strengthen at both ends of the pitch. Zaha trained alone at Crystal Palace on Thursday, but it will be a race against time for the Toffees to seal this move.

Tottenham are set to be busy with Fulham youngster Sessegnon having a medical and a deal agreed for Lo Celso to arrive in England from Real Betis.

One of the surprise deals of the day is Andy Carroll heading back home to Newcastle United. The injury-hit forward is a free agent after leaving West Ham last month but Carroll, 30, has a strong desire to play for his hometown club and Newcastle can take their time on this deal as he is a free agent.

Leicester have agreed a fee with Sampdoria for Belgian midfielder Praet, as Brendan Rodgers spends some of that Harry Maguire money.

Charlie Austin is leaving Southampton, with both West Brom and Bristol City from the Championship wanting to seal a permanent deal. Danny Drinkwater is set to swap Chelsea for Burnley, initially on loan. Huddersfield and Australia midfielder Aaron Mooy is close to signing for Brighton.

Tottenham and USMNT defender Cameron Carter-Vickers looks set to sign for Stoke City on yet another loan deal from Spurs.