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 facing make-or-break 6 days
It's a six-day stretch that could make or break Arsenal's season and prompt renewed scrutiny into the machinations of a club that appears to have issues at every level.
A home game against Chelsea in the English Premier League on Saturday, soon followed by the visit of Manchester United in the FA Cup.
West Ham hands Arsenal 2nd loss in 3 EPL games
LONDON (AP) — West Ham handed Arsenal a second loss in three English Premier League matches, damaging Unai Emery's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.
Youth team graduate Declan Rice scored his first West Ham goal in the 1-0 victory over Arsenal on Saturday. The 19-year-old Rice placed the ball into the top of the net after being set up by Samir Nasri on the former Arsenal midfielder's league debut for West Ham.
Aubameyang making it a 3-way fight to be EPL’s top scorer
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — It appears Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah have some company as they vie for the second straight season to be top scorer in the Premier League.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the Bundesliga's leading marksman in his last full season in German soccer — with 31 goals for Borussia Dortmund in the 2016-17 campaign — and he is proving just as prolific in England after reaching 14 this season by scoring Arsenal's fourth in a 4-1 win over Fulham on Tuesday.
Former Arsenal chairman Hill-Wood dies at age 82
LONDON (AP) — Peter Hill-Wood, the chairman of Arsenal for 31 years who presided over the English club's title-winning eras of George Graham and Arsene Wenger, has died. He was 82.
Arsenal announced the death of Hill-Wood on Friday, without disclosing any details.
European soccer weekend: 3 derbies in England on Sunday
What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend:
It's derby day in the Premier League on Sunday.
The pick of the meeting of neighbors is Unai Emery's first chance to take on Tottenham since succeeding Arsene Wenger at Arsenal. A change in manager has transformed the mood at Arsenal but the team is worse off in the standings.
South Korean youngster Jeong lifting gloom at Bayern Munich
BERLIN (AP) — Amid talk of a crisis at Bayern Munich, the emergence of midfielder Jeong Woo-yeong has provided a welcome development.
The 19-year-old South Korean made his Bayern debut in the 5-1 win over Benfica in the Champions League on Tuesday, becoming the first from his country to play for the Bavarian powerhouse.
Life after Wenger looking rosy for Arsenal with Emery
As the goals piled up and a ninth straight win began to look increasingly secure, a chant of "We've got our Arsenal back" boomed out from the away end at Craven Cottage.
So much for life after Arsene Wenger being fraught and a worrying leap into the unknown.
Cech out for up to a month, Leno set for chance at Arsenal
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has been ruled out for up to a month because of a left hamstring injury, giving backup Bernd Leno a chance to stake his claim for a regular spot in the team.
Cech limped off with the injury just before halftime in Arsenal's 2-0 win over Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.
Arsenal said Tuesday that Cech is "expected to return to full training in 3-4 weeks."
Arsenal resurgence continues with 2-1 win at Newcastle
NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Arsenal defeated Newcastle 2-1 on Saturday to record successive away English Premier League victories for the first time in more than a year.
Granit Xhaka scored from a long-range free kick and helped to set up Mesut Ozil for Arsenal's second before a late Ciaran Clark header ensured a nervous finish.
After losing his first two matches in charge of the club, Unai Emery has guided Arsenal to three consecutive victories.
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.
Liberia President Weah honors his former coach Wenger
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia President George Weah handed his former Monaco coach Arsene Wenger one of the west African nation's highest honors at a ceremony held in the capital on Friday.
Wenger, who stepped down in April after serving as manager of English club Arsenal for 22 years, received The Humane Order of African Redemption for nurturing Weah and other Africans during their soccer careers in Europe.
European soccer weekend: What to watch in the main leagues
What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend:
Arsenal has already made its worst start to a Premier League season, although it was handed one of its toughest starts with games against defending champion Manchester City and then Chelsea. Losing a third successive game, when West Ham visits north London on Saturday, would make life even more uncomfortable for new manager Unai Emery.
Liberian President Weah criticized for honoring Wenger
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberian President and former soccer star George Weah's plan to honor Arsene Wenger with the West African country's highest award was criticized by opposition politicians on Wednesday.
Weah, who was elected president of his country last year, plans to honor the former Arsenal manager and another French soccer coach, Claude Le Roy, at a ceremony on Friday after they both played crucial roles in his career.
Ozil might have to fight for his place at new-look Arsenal
Mesut Ozil scratched the top of his head and looked to the ground as he traipsed off the field almost in slow motion.
Ozil isn't used to being substituted at Arsenal — especially not in the big games and with the result in the balance — but these are changing times at the Premier League club, where there is a new manager, a new style of play and new demands.
For so long one of the main men at Emirates Stadium, Ozil now might have to fight for his place in the team.
Chelsea tops Arsenal in EPL thriller, Kane ends August curse
Chelsea and Arsenal served up a feast of goals in a thrilling London derby in the Premier League.
Across the capital, Harry Kane was happy with just the one goal to end his August hoodoo in England's top division.
Chelsea scored twice in the opening 20 minutes, conceded twice before halftime and had a late winner through Marcos Alonso in a 3-2 victory over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
New coaches, contrasting transitions at Arsenal and Chelsea
LONDON (AP) — When Arsenal and Chelsea square off on Saturday it will provide a glimpse into two contrasting managerial transitions for London rivals trying to rejoin the Premier League elite.
Chelsea fans have grown used to seeing new faces in the dugout. Maurizio Sarri is the 11th manager in 15 years of Roman Abramovich's ownership.
No quick fix for Arsenal: Emery era begins with loss to City
LONDON (AP) — All that's changed for Arsenal fans is that they can no longer blame Arsene Wenger.
And Unai Emery will be relieved he doesn't have to come up against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City every week.
MOSCOW (AP) — Gareth Southgate may do for the vest what Britain's future King Edward VII did for the tuxedo.
Bereft of suit jacket, the England coach walks the sidelines at the World Cup in navy trousers and waistcoat — referred to as vests outside of Britain — with a light blue shirt and a red, white and blue striped silk tie, instantly recognizable in a profession where casual has become common.
LONDON (AP) — Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos joined English Premier League club Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund on Monday.
Arsenal did not disclose the fee but media reports put it at 17.6 million pounds ($23.2 million).
The 30-year-old center back is the third new arrival since Unai Emery replaced Arsene Wenger as manager in May, joining full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner and goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
LONDON (AP) — Unai Emery has been handed the toughest possible start to his tenure at Arsenal: A match against English Premier League champion Manchester City.
The Premier League fixtures for the 2018-19 season were published on Thursday and the Arsenal-Man City game was the standout on the opening weekend.
NICE, France (AP) — Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira was hired as manager of the French club Nice on Monday after leaving as coach of New York City FC.
Vieira replaces Lucien Favre at Nice. New York City FC said Domenec Torrent will succeed Vieira at the Major League Soccer club. Torrent will begin in New York once his U.S. work permit is approved.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Zinedine Zidane had barely finished announcing that he was leaving Real Madrid when speculation began about who would succeed him.
Twenty-four hours later, both Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and Germany coach Joachim Loew — two of the top names rumored to be on Madrid's list of candidates — have said they are staying put.
Pochettino said Friday that his "commitment is total" to Tottenham. He signed a five-year contract extension last week.
LONDON (AP) — Unai Emery is the biggest change to come to Arsenal in 22 years, but the club's new head coach wants things to look very much the same when the Gunners are playing.
The 46-year-old Spaniard became the Premier League club's first managerial hire since 1996 when the club ended weeks of speculation by announcing that Emery was the replacement for Arsene Wenger.
5 ways Unai Emery can improve Arsenal
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal's new head coach will have to overcome some problems that developed both on and off the field during the final part of Arsene Wenger's long tenure.
Unai Emery, who was hired Wednesday to replace Wenger after 22 seasons in north London, will take over a club that finished sixth in the Premier League last season — its worst showing under the French coach.
The departures of coaches Carlos Carvalhal and Paul Lambert from relegated English Premier League clubs on Friday raised the number of manager changes to a record 15 this season.
Also, relegated West Bromwich Albion removed the interim tag on Darren Moore and made him its new coach.
Swansea decided not to renew Carvalhal's contract and Stoke let go of Lambert by "mutual consent."
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool qualified for the Champions League at the expense of Chelsea, Swansea was relegated, and champion Manchester City made it to 100 points as the loose ends were tied up on a typically high-scoring final day of the Premier League season on Sunday.
It was also the end of an era in England's top flight, with Arsene Wenger taking charge of his final game as Arsenal manager after 22 seasons. He went out with a 1-0 win at Huddersfield.
HUDDERSFIELD, England (AP) — Wenger is now out.
Protesting Arsenal fans finally saw off Arsene Wenger on Sunday when the manager's 22-year reign ended with a 1-0 victory at Huddersfield.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the final scorer of the Wenger era, sliding in to convert Aaron Ramsey's cross in the 38th minute of the Frenchman's 1,235th game in charge.
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Arsene Wenger will end his tenure at Arsenal without an away point in the Premier League in 2018 after his team lost 3-1 at Leicester on Wednesday.
It was the seventh straight loss on the road for Arsenal since the turn of the year, an embarrassing statistic for Wenger at the culmination of his reign of 22 years. Arsenal last had such a run of defeats in 1966.
LONDON (AP) — Arsene Wenger watched Arsenal beat Burnley 5-0 in his final home match in charge on Sunday before telling fans: "I will miss you."
Wenger is leaving Arsenal after 22 years in charge and he now only has two away fixtures remaining before signing off next Sunday after his lowest-ever Premier League finish in sixth.
MADRID (AP) — France defender Laurent Koscielny's World Cup hopes are in serious doubt after he suffered a suspected ruptured Achilles in Arsenal's Europa League semifinal defeat against Atletico Madrid on Thursday.
"It looks like an Achilles rupture," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. "But we have to be cautious. We will know more after a scan.
"If he has a ruptured Achilles, his (World Cup) chances are non-existent."
Arsenal lost the second leg 1-0 and was eliminated 2-1 on aggregate.
MADRID (AP) — Arsenal's hopes of winning one last trophy under Arsene Wenger ended at the hands of Diego Costa and Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid on Thursday.
Costa scored the only goal late in the first half to give Atletico a 1-0 second-leg victory over Arsenal in the Europa League semifinals, advancing 2-1 on aggregate to its fifth European final in nine seasons.
The result also meant Arsenal will not qualify for the Champions League for a second straight season.
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid and Arsenal are both out to save their seasons.
Arsenal is looking to qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League, while Atletico is looking to get something from a season that promised so much but has so far delivered little.
The teams play in the second leg of the Europa League semifinals on Thursday. They drew 1-1 in England last week, when Antoine Griezmann scored late to give Atletico hope despite playing most of the match with 10 men.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — There was no perfect ending to Arsene Wenger's iconic 22-season rivalry with Manchester United.
Instead, it was an all-too-familiar feeling for the departing Arsenal manager.
Honored and embraced before kickoff by past and present United managers Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho, Wenger trudged away from Old Trafford nursing yet another painful loss after Arsenal's young and weakened side conceded an injury-time goal on Sunday.
Departure of Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger marks end of storied English soccer era
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger announced Friday that he would step down from the job he has held, astonishingly, since September 1996.
In some ways, Wenger simply decided to jump before being pushed, as Arsenals uneven season led to repeated calls for his ouster.
Wengers decision to announce his departure before the season ends gives Arsenal fans and Premier League opponents a chance to pay him the proper tributes. He is the last great figurehead of a bygone age of English soccer.
5 of Arsenal’s best players under Arsene Wenger
Five of the most influential players to have played for Arsenal during Arsene Wenger's reign, which will end next month after 22 seasons:
The bedrock of Arsenal's fabled defense alongside Steve Bould, Nigel Winterburn and Lee Dixon in the 1990s, Adams was known as "Captain Fantastic" and was a brilliant leader.
Initially there was intrigue. Then there was admiration, many years of it. Next came pity, followed by a mixture of anger and apathy.
It has been a roller-coaster of emotions during the 21 1/2-year tenure of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, which will end next 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.
Chelsea, Arsenal set to miss out in EPL’s top-4 race
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — It is looking increasingly likely that Chelsea and Arsenal will be the teams from the Premier League's "Big Six" to miss out on Champions League qualification this season.
Chelsea lost in Manchester for the second straight weekend, defeated 1-0 at runaway leader Man City to drop five points adrift of the top four with nine games remaining.
BRIGHTON, England (AP) — Arsenal completed a dreadful week by losing 2-1 at Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday to slip 13 points off the Champions League qualification positions and pile more pressure on manager Arsene Wenger.
After back-to-back 3-0 losses to Manchester City across two competitions, Arsenal stumbled again following two errors by goalkeeper Petr Cech on the south coast.
Manchester City outclasses Arsenal again 3-0 in EPL
LONDON (AP) — Manchester City outclassed Arsenal by 3-0 for the second time in less than a week, this time humiliating the Gunners in front of their home fans in the English Premier League on Thursday.
City had three goals well before halftime, as Bernardo Silva, David Silva, and Leroy Sane capitalized on Arsenal's ever-present defensive frailties.
"Mentally, we were strong," City manager Pep Guardiola said. "We were clinical. We scored three outstanding goals."
Wenger irked by scrutiny, says ‘turned the whole world down’
LONDON (AP) — Irked that his future is again under scrutiny, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reminded his critics he "turned the whole world down" to stay at the club and refused to comment on an end-of-season review regarding his position.
Europa League or bust for Arsenal after feeble cup loss
It's the Europa League or bust for Arsenal.
The competition that Arsene Wenger has treated virtually as an afterthought this season could end up being his savior. For the increasingly beleaguered Arsenal manager, things have got that desperate.
City lifts League Cup in style; United beats Chelsea 2-1
LONDON (AP) — Manchester City completed part one of a possible treble Sunday, winning the League Cup final in style with a comprehensive 3-0 win over a defensively absent-minded Arsenal.
It was the first major English trophy for City manager Pep Guardiola in his second season at the helm. His counterpart, Arsene Wenger, has never won the League Cup since he became Arsenal's manager in 1996, and the stinging defeat at Wembley Stadium puts his position at the club under further pressure.
Champions League ticket at stake for AC Milan, Arsenal
It's the only European trophy AC Milan has not won, yet there's more at stake for the Italian powerhouse and some other big teams when the Europa League kicks off its knockout stage this week.
Once treated with contempt by heavyweights, Europe's second tier competition carries more value since UEFA's decision to award a Champions League qualifying place to the winner, which started with the 2015-16 season.
Kane widens gulf between Tottenham, Arsenal with derby win
LONDON (AP) — Harry Kane's header gave Tottenham a 1-0 victory over Arsenal on Saturday that widened the gap between the north London rivals in the pursuit of Champions League qualification.
A tepid derby came to life in the 49th minute when Kane soared over Laurent Koscielny to meet Ben Davies' cross and sparked a second half of complete control by Tottenham at Wembley Stadium.
European soccer weekend: What to watch in the main leagues
What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend:
Tottenham and Arsenal will both feel at home when they meet at Wembley Stadium for a north London derby in the Premier League.
Marquee signings could be solutions, problems for EPL powers
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — It was the obvious question, and a fairly unconvincing answer.
Just how was Arsene Wenger planning to fit newcomers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan into an Arsenal attack already containing previous club-record signings Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette?
"It's always possible," Wenger said on Friday, with a furrowed brow. "Will I do it? Maybe. I don't know."
Wenger says Arsenal to blame for Sanchez missing doping test
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his club is to blame for Alexis Sanchez missing a doping test on the day the forward completed his move to Manchester United.
Wenger was reacting to reports that Sanchez has fallen foul of the English Football Association's whereabouts rule by allegedly not being present for a routine doping test on Monday. On that day, Sanchez was in the northwest of England, tying up his transfer to United as part of a swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Arsenal, United complete swap deal for Sanchez, Mkhitaryan
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Alexis Sanchez joined Manchester United on Monday in a rare swap deal among two of England's top teams that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to Arsenal.
"I am thrilled to be joining the biggest club in the world," said Sanchez, a former Barcelona player who had an opportunity to join United's neighbor and fierce Premier League rival, Manchester City.