The possibility of an all-English final in the Europa League grew likelier after Arsenal and Chelsea moved into strong positions in the semifinals on Thursday.
LONDON (AP) — Aaron Ramsey's parting gift to Arsenal might just be helping the club back into the Champions League.
Ramsey scored in the 30th minute to set Arsenal on its way to a 2-0 win...
LONDON (AP) — Soaked by the rain swirling around Arsenal's stadium, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer watched helplessly as his dream Premier League start as Manchester United manager was brought to a halt on...
Arsenal back in top 4 after 2-0 win over Southampton
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal climbed into the Premier League's top four with a 2-0 home win over Southampton on Sunday, leaving the visitors mired in the relegation zone.
Chelsea to face Dynamo Kiev, Arsenal to meet Rennes
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Chelsea was drawn to face Dynamo Kiev in the last 16 of the Europa League on Friday, and Arsenal will play French club Rennes without the suspended Alexandre...
Arsenal stunned by Borisov in Europa League, Chelsea wins
Arsenal slumped to a 1-0 defeat at BATE Borisov in the first leg of the Europa League's round of 32 on Thursday, while crosstown rival Chelsea shook off its recent struggles with a 2-1 win at Malmo.
Arsenal beats Huddersfield 2-1 in English Premier League
HUDDERSFIELD, England (AP) — Alex Iwobi and Alexandre Lacazette scored in the first half as Arsenal stayed in the hunt for a top-four finish by beating last-place Huddersfield 2-1 in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Huddersfield pulled a goal back in injury time when Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac hit the ball into his own net, denying the Gunners a first away clean sheet in the league.
Title-chasing Man City beats Arsenal, helping United go 5th
LONDON (AP) — As hat tricks go, Sergio Aguero's 14th for Manchester City was unconventionally perfect.
It involved three different methods of scoring against Arsenal: A header, a right-footed tap-in and, finally, a nudge with the left arm.
"I honestly thought it was my chest," Aguero said after City's 3-1 Premier League victory on Sunday. "But now I have seen it on the TV it was handball."
Cardiff loses 2-1 at Arsenal as teams pay tribute to Sala
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette both scored in the second half to give the Gunners a 2-1 win over Cardiff in the Premier League on Tuesday, in the visitors' first game since the plane carrying record signing Emiliano Sala disappeared last week.
Sarri slams Chelsea’s mental fragility, lack of motivation
LONDON (AP) — A capitulation at Arsenal was the moment for Maurizio Sarri to unload pent-up frustration with his Chelsea squad.
Deflecting blame from his own decision-making after the 2-0 loss, Sarri didn't hold back with a damning critique of his players' mental fragility as Chelsea's grip on fourth place in the Premier League was weakened by goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny.
As Solskjaer, Klopp acclaim players, Sarri goes on offensive
LONDON (AP) — Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shifted the acclaim onto his players as a Manchester United managerial record was broken. Juergen Klopp praised the character of title-chasing Liverpool. Maurizio Sarri, though, chose Saturday to eviscerate his Chelsea squad.
The drama on the field in the Premier League was no match for Sarri's stinging attack on his team's mental frailties after a 2-0 loss at Arsenal on Saturday night.
Arsenal beats Fulham 4-1, keeps in touch with EPL’s top 4
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal bounced back from its mauling by Liverpool by easing past Fulham 4-1 in the Premier League to move to within two points of the Champions League qualification positions on Tuesday.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wrapped up a routine victory in the 84th minute with his 14th goal of the campaign, leaving him the league's top scorer and giving him as many in 21 games as Alexandre Lacazette managed in leading Arsenal last season.
Locadia equalizer helps Brighton draw with Arsenal 1-1
BRIGHTON, England (AP) — Juergen Locadia pounced on a defensive mistake as Brighton rallied to secure draw with Arsenal 1-1 at home in the English Premier League on Wednesday.
The opening stages suggested the visitors would have little trouble seeing off Brighton, especially after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang claimed his 13th league goal.
Two attempted clearances were charged down and when Leon Balogun was caught in possession by Alexandre Lacazette in front of goal, Arsenal took full advantage.
Ozil returns as Aubameyang double leads Arsenal past Burnley
LONDON (AP) — Mesut Ozil made a winning return as captain with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring twice to earn Arsenal a 3-1 victory over Burnley in the English Premier League on Saturday.
After losing their last two matches following a 22-game unbeaten streak, Unai Emery's side got back to winning ways, while Aubameyang moved clear of Liverpool's Mohamed Salah as the league's leading scorer on 12 goals.
Aouar and Pepe the latest young talents to emerge in France
PARIS (AP) — The French league has long had a reputation for producing some of the soccer stars of tomorrow. They learn their trade in flourishing French academies before rising to prominence in bigger European leagues.
And two more are thriving this season — Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar and Lille striker Nicolas Pepe.
Both scored for their clubs on Sunday to further cement their burgeoning reputations.
Arsenal beats Huddersfield 1-0 to go 21 matches unbeaten
LONDON (AP) — Lucas Torreira's strike ensured Arsenal recovered from the disappointment of Alexandre Lacazette having a goal ruled out to beat Huddersfield 1-0 in the Premier League on Saturday and extend the club's unbeaten run to a 21st match in all competitions.
Lacazette had been unfortunate not to have given Unai Emery's team a first-half lead and their increasing frustration showed as two players were booked for diving.
Arsenal will speak to players in laughing gas video
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal says the club will talk to the players who were recorded apparently inhaling nitrous oxide in a London nightclub.
The Sun newspaper published footage of a number of players, including Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, appearing to inhale the substance also known as laughing gas. The paper said the incident took place in August, before the start of the season.
Aubameyang helps Arsenal to 2-1 win at Bournemouth
BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP) — Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his eighth Premier League goal of the season to earn Arsenal a hard-fought win at Bournemouth on Sunday.
The Gunners had drawn their last three league games but Aubameyang's second-half strike was enough to extend their unbeaten run to 17 matches in all competitions.
Martial, Pogba, Lacazette latest injuries in France squad
PARIS (AP) — An avalanche of injuries has struck World Cup champion France after four more players were ruled out on Monday.
Manchester United players Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial as well as Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette and Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy will miss the trip to the Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League and a home friendly against Uruguay.
Milner milestone in vain as Arsenal holds Liverpool 1-1
LONDON (AP) — Liverpool midfielder James Milner's 50th English Premier League goal was not enough to secure victory as his side had to settle for 1-1 against fellow title chaser Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
The teams had first-half strikes ruled out for offside and the visitors were particularly unfortunate to see Sadio Mane's effort disallowed.
Lacazette missing atmosphere in French soccer stadiums
LYON, France (AP) — Alexandre Lacazette says Premier League crowds have nothing on the French.
The France striker, who is in his second season at Arsenal, says the atmosphere when he played in his home country with Lyon was better than in England.
Speaking to local newspaper Le Progres, Lacazette says "I miss the Ligue 1 atmosphere. In England, the fans are more spectators than supporters."
Lacazette and Aubameyang shine as Arsenal crushes Fulham 5-1
LONDON (AP) — Two goals each from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang led rampant Arsenal to a 5-1 thrashing of Fulham in the English Premier League on Sunday.
Arsenal went into the game at Craven Cottage in confident mood after a run of five straight league victories and took the lead after 29 minutes when Lacazette started and finished a sweeping move.
He fed Alex Iwobi on the left before latching on to a cross from Nacho Monreal and turning to drive the ball low into the net.
Arsenal wins 5th straight EPL game, beats Watford 2-0
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal won its fifth straight Premier League game on Saturday, beating Watford 2-0 with two late goals at the Emirates Stadium.
Unai Emery's team survived a number of scares and an injury to goalkeeper Petr Cech before securing the points late on.
An 81st-minute Craig Cathcart own-goal saw the hosts go ahead before Mesut Ozil tucked home just two minutes later to secure the points.
Cech stars as Arsenal beats Everton 2-0 for 5th straight win
LONDON (AP) — A fifth straight win. A first clean sheet. Even the sight of under-fire goalkeeper Petr Cech chipping the ball over an onrushing forward to find a teammate.
Things are really starting to click for Arsenal under new coach Unai Emery.
Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored in the space of three second-half minutes to lead Arsenal to a 2-0 win over Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.
Late Lacazette strike for Arsenal gives Emery 1st away win
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Alexandre Lacazette's late strike gave Unai Emery his first away win as Arsenal manager in the Premier League as the Gunners overcame Cardiff 3-2 on Sunday.
Arsenal was twice pegged back as goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were canceled out by Victor Camarasa and Danny Ward as both teams defended poorly in Cardiff.
NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Newcastle virtually assured its Premier League status for another season by coming from behind to beat a depleted Arsenal side 2-1 thanks to Matt Ritchie's second-half winner on Sunday.
Rafa Benitez's team passed the 40-point mark widely viewed as a guarantee against relegation and is 13 points clear of third-to-last Southampton with five games remaining.
Atletico and Arsenal in control in Europa League
PRAGUE (AP) — Antoine Griezmann bagged his 17th goal of 2018 to seal Atletico Madrid's 2-0 victory over Sporting in the first leg of the Europa League quarterfinals Thursday.
Alexandre Lacazette marked his return to the starting lineup with two goals to lead Arsenal past CSKA Moscow 4-1 in a game played amid a political crisis over the poisoning of a former spy and his daughter in Britain last month.
Arsenal eyes Europa League semis after 4-1 win
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal took a huge step toward securing a place in the last four of the Europa League by beating CSKA Moscow 4-1 in the first leg of the quarterfinals on Thursday.
All the goals were scored in the first half, with midfielder Aaron Ramsey and returning striker Alexandre Lacazette netting twice for the Gunners.
"It was a spectacular first half played at a high pace but, as well, an uncomfortable one for me because they looked dangerous as well," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal beats Stoke 3-0 in Premier League
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal broke through Stoke resistance with three goals in the last 15 minutes to win 3-0 in the Premier League on Sunday.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring from a penalty after Bruno Martins Indi was adjudged to have fouled Mesut Ozil, only for replays to show he won the ball.
Aubameyang added a second before substitute Alexandre Lacazette marked his return from knee surgery with another spot kick.
Arsenal striker Lacazette ruled out for up to 6 weeks
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal says striker Alexandre Lacazette will be out for up to six weeks following knee surgery.
The France international underwent an arthroscopy on his left knee on Tuesday.
Arsenal says the "minor procedure was a success and he will now undergo a period of rehabilitation."
Giroud scores 100th goal for Arsenal in 4-2 win over BATE
Olivier Giroud scored his 100th goal for Arsenal as the Gunners beat BATE Borisov 4-2 to go two-for-two in Europa League group play on Thursday.
Arsenal rested nine front-line players including Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette for the English Premier League and still had enough firepower at a venue usually hostile to visitors. Within 25 minutes, Arsenal was a decisive 3-0 up through two goals by Theo Walcott and Rob Holding.
Individual skills steer Lyon to 2-1 win over Guingamp
PARIS (AP) — Forward Mariano Diaz scored his fourth goal this season and 'keeper Anthony Lopes produced a couple of decisive saves as Lyon beat Guingamp 2-1 to go third in the French league on Sunday.
Struggling against a well-organized Guingamp team that created plenty of scoring chances, Lyon had to rely on some individual brilliance to snatch a third win of the season.
Nabil Fekir got past two defenders just outside the box to score the winner with a clinical finish in the 72nd minute.
French clubs flex new financial might with record spending
PARIS (AP) — French clubs bought four times more and sold twice as much during the transfer window than at the same stage last year.
Publishing the figures on Monday, the French league said the market experienced "a new dynamic."
With Paris Saint-Germain spending massively, French clubs paid out 697 million euros ($830 million) and made 619 million euros ($736 million).
Luxembourg holds France to shock 0-0 draw
Tiny Luxembourg held France to a shock 0-0 draw Sunday in World Cup qualifying in Group A.
The point keeps France top of the group, one point ahead of Sweden which earlier beat Belarus 4-0 in Borisov. The Netherlands went third by beating Bulgaria 3-1 in Amsterdam, keeping alive faint Dutch hopes of qualifying for Russia.
But with Sweden's big win in Belarus, goal difference very much favors the Swedes.
Wenger relieved Giroud stayed, produced opening-day victory
LONDON (AP) — Arsene Wenger is relieved Olivier Giroud didn't take him up on the offer to leave Arsenal.
Ever since France striker Alexandre Lacazette joined in July for a club-record 60 million euros ($68 million), the future of compatriot Giroud has been in doubt.
But after deciding to stick it out for a sixth season at Arsenal, Giroud was the north London club's match-winner on the opening day of the new Premier League campaign after coming off the bench.
LONDON (AP) — A guide to the teams and key movement of players ahead of the new English Premier League season, which starts on Friday:
Manager: Arsene Wenger
Last season: 5th
Nickname: The Gunners
Ground: Emirates Stadium
Main signings: Defender Sead Kolasinac (Schalke), striker Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon)
Main departures: Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus), striker Yaya Sanogo (Toulouse)
LONDON (AP) — Here's a look at five offseason signings to watch in the upcoming Premier League season:
Alexandre Lacazette says he followed Arsenal as a child because of Thierry Henry.
If the 26-year-old striker can be as prolific as his fellow Frenchman, the club-record 60 million euros ($68 million) spent on signing him from Lyon will be worth it.
Giroud eclipses Lacazette as Arsenal wins in Sydney
SYDNEY (AP) — Olivier Giroud eclipsed new signing Alexandre Lacazette by scoring the opener as Arsenal beat Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 in a friendly on Saturday amid uncertainty about the striker's future with the London club.
Arsenal signaled its intention to make an immediate return to the Premier League's elite by paying a club record 60 million euros ($68 million) to sign Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, one of Europe's most prolific players in recent years.
Arsenal said on its website Wednesday that the 26-year-old Lacazette "has agreed to join us on a long-term contract, for an undisclosed fee."
GENEVA (AP) — Atletico Madrid's transfer ban was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday, hurting Manchester United's hopes of signing France forward Antoine Griezmann.
The FIFA ban prevents Atletico from registering new players until January. Atletico had lined up Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette as a potential replacement for Griezmann.
LYON, France (AP) — Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is preparing to sell top scorer Alexandre Lacazette and says the player has a verbal agreement to join Spanish club Atletico Madrid.
The 25-year-old Lacazette has two years remaining on his contract but has made it clear he wants to leave.
PARIS (AP) — For the second time in a week, a high-level football match on French soil was marred by crowd violence.
The latest incidents on Sunday in Corsica during a domestic league game between Bastia and Lyon — which was abandoned at halftime — raised questions about security in French venues.
Lacazette helps Lyon to 3-0 away win at Metz
PARIS (AP) — Striker Alexandre Lacazette's 24th league goal of the season helped Lyon win 3-0 at Metz on Wednesday, his team's first away victory of the year.
Midfielders Jordan Ferri and Corentin Tolisso — who made his France debut last week — capped Lyon's win with late goals. Fourth-place Lyon's last league success on its travels was a 3-1 win at leader Monaco in December. Last weekend, Lacazette missed a penalty in a 1-1 draw at Rennes.
Depay scores twice as Lyon beats Metz 5-0 in French league
PARIS (AP) — Star signing Memphis Depay scored his first brace in the French league as Lyon strengthened its grip on fourth spot with a 5-0 thrashing of Metz on Sunday.
Depay joined the French side last month in a deal that could rise to 25 million euros (around $26 million) after being unwanted at Manchester United under manager Jose Mourinho.
Lacazette scores but Lyon’s defense falls apart in 3-1 loss
PARIS (AP) — Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette remembered how to take penalties but his teammates forget how to defend in a 3-1 home loss to Guingamp in the French league on Saturday.
A fifth defeat in six games heaps the pressure on Lyon coach Bruno Genesio.
After finishing second last season, Lyon is down in eighth place and trails leader Nice by 10 points, having played a game more.
PSG claims French league top spot with 3-0 win against Caen
PARIS (AP) — Edinson Cavani scored his sixth league goal of the season and teammate Lucas netted his fourth as Paris Saint-Germain returned to the top of the French league with a 3-0 victory over newly-promoted Dijon on Tuesday.
Following a stuttering start to the season, the four-time defending champions followed up their 6-0 rout of Caen with a convincing win at the Parc des Princes.
Arsenal signs Perez, Mustafi, as Hart set for Man City exit
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal strengthened its squad by signing striker Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna and Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia on the next-to-last day of Europe's transfer window on Tuesday.
England goalkeeper Joe Hart's departure from Manchester City looked to move closer after he appeared with a Torino shirt after visiting the Italian club.