Arsenal ‘big discussion around gangs’ after player incidents
LONDON (AP) — Talks have taken place at Arsenal about the threat posed by gangs targeting footballers after Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac had to fight off knife-wielding men, according to academy...
European Soccer Weekend: Spanish, German leagues begin
What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend:
After playing four times last season — including in the Champions League quarterfinals — Manchester City and...
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal has left Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac out of the squad for its Premier League season opener because police are investigating "further security incidents" two weeks after the...
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was in the wedding party as Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil tied the knot on Friday.
State-run Anadolu news agency said Erdogan and his...
LONDON (AP) — Christian Benteke's first goal in almost a year set Crystal Palace on its way to a 3-2 victory at Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday, denting the north London club's top-four...
Mesut Ozil finally earns Emery’s trust at Arsenal
There has been one constant in a month of fluctuating fortunes for Arsenal, and few could have seen it coming.
Mesut Ozil, all of a sudden, is a mainstay in the team and is set to start for...
Ozil shines as Arsenal beats Bournemouth 5-1 in EPL
LONDON (AP) — Mesut Ozil showed Arsenal coach Unai Emery just what he has to offer, scoring one goal and setting up another to help spark a 5-1 win over Bournemouth in the Premier League on...
Young midfielders Havertz, Brandt leading Leverkusen revival
BERLIN (AP) — Two young German national team players are leading Bayer Leverkusen's revival under new coach Peter Bosz.
Kai Havertz, still only 19, has made himself an indispensable part of the squad and is getting better with each game, while 22-year-old Julian Brandt produced a man-of-the-match performance against Mainz on Friday.
Ozil dropped as Arsenal loses; Liverpool leads by 7 points
LONDON (AP) — Trailing 1-0 in a dreary London derby, what Arsenal manager Unai Emery needed was a creative spark to inspire a comeback at West Ham.
Mesut Ozil, perhaps? The playmaker wasn't in the starting lineup, but he wasn't on the bench either. And he was not injured.
Arsenal's highest-paid player — reputedly earning 350,000 pounds a week — wasn't in Emery's tactical plans so didn't make the trip across London to the Olympic stadium.
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.
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.
Ozil problem weighs heavy at new-look Arsenal
The questions came thick and fast, and Arsenal manager Unai Emery had no real answers.
At least he chose not to give any answers.
Could Mesut Ozil have played in the north London derby against Tottenham on Sunday?
"He has backache," Emery said after Arsenal's 4-2 win, repeating the club's press release from earlier that afternoon.
When did he get that injury?
"I don't know," Emery replied.
So where was Ozil?
"I don't know," he said.
Had he been told he wasn't going to play against Tottenham?
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.
Germany’s disappointing year finally comes to an end
GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Finally, the year is over for Germany.
The 2014 World Cup champions, who failed to even make it out of the group stage at this year's tournament in Russia, ended their disappointing campaign with a thud, conceding two late goals in a 2-2 draw with the Netherlands.
Even before the match started, Germany had already been relegated from the top tier in the UEFA Nations League.
The year of the fullback? It’s looking that way in the EPL
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — It has often been viewed as the least glamorous position in soccer, a role no kid wanted to have on the school field and one that was long overlooked even in the professional game.
The fullback, however, has had a makeover in recent years and nowhere is the position's resurgence better demonstrated than in the English Premier League this season.
Arsenal beats Leicester 3-1 for 10th straight win
LONDON (AP) — The brilliance of Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang kept Arsenal rolling along on Monday.
Ozil scored one goal and helped set up Aubameyang for two more as Arsenal came from behind to beat Leicester 3-1 in the English Premier League.
The win was the Gunners' 10th straight overall, their longest run in 11 years.
It was also their seventh consecutive league victory and moved them up to fourth place, two points behind leaders Manchester City.
At German mosque, Turkey’s Erdogan defends soccer players
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wound up a sometimes-fraught visit to Germany on Saturday by condemning the treatment of soccer players of Turkish descent and urging "a joint stance against this racist drift."
Erdogan specifically decried the treatment of the German national team's Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan, who were widely criticized for posing for a picture with Erdogan. Ozil quit the national team over the criticism.
The Latest: Turkey’s Erdogan defends German soccer players
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the Turkish president's trip to Germany (all times local):
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has wound up a sometimes-fraught visit to Germany by condemning the treatment of soccer players of Turkish descent and urging "a joint stance against this racist drift."
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.
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.
Mesut Ozil’s absence casts shadow over German national team
MUNICH (AP) — The start of Germany's post-Mesut Ozil era showed Germany is missing a player like Mesut Ozil.
Without the Arsenal midfielder on the field, Germany tried hard but ultimately failed to break through France's defense, playing out a 0-0 draw Thursday in the UEFA Nations League.
The 29-year-old Ozil quit the national team in July after being made a scapegoat for Germany's early World Cup exit and a target for racist abuse.
Germany looking for fresh start after disastrous World Cup
MUNICH (AP) — Expect a complete transformation despite the same personnel when Germany plays World Cup champion France on Thursday.
Germany coach Joachim Loew is still in charge, Reinhardt Grindel is still the head of the country's soccer association, and there are only three new players in a squad under pressure to produce results, and fast.
"It's up to the team to light the spark and get excitement going again," Loew said Wednesday. "Then the fans will get back on our side."
Germany coach Joachim Loew rules out Mesut Ozil return
MUNICH (AP) — Germany coach Joachim Loew has ruled out Mesut Ozil's return to the national team following the player's retirement from international soccer.
Loew says Ozil "clearly resigned so it's not an issue."
Ozil, who made 92 appearances for Germany, quit the national team in July following the furor over his photo with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and accused the German soccer federation, its president, fans and media of racism against people with Turkish roots.
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."
Cech error helps Swansea to 3-1 win over Arsenal in EPL
SWANSEA, Wales (AP) — An error by Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech and two goals by Sam Clucas helped Swansea to a 3-1 win that lifted the Welsh club off the bottom of the Premier League and out of the relegation zone on Tuesday.
Arsenal slipped eight points off the Champions League qualification positions on a night when new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan made his debut as a substitute and Olivier Giroud came off the bench for possibly his farewell.
4 goals in 6 minutes as Arsenal, Liverpool draw 3-3 in EPL
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal scored three times in five minutes to wipe out Liverpool's two-goal lead before capitulating again to draw a wild English Premier League encounter 3-3 on Friday.
Such were the depths of Arsenal's defensive ineptitude that the players were booed off at halftime at Emirates Stadium. And that was only when Arsene Wenger's side was trailing 1-0 following Philippe Coutinho's header.
Ozil ends Arsenal’s 3-game winless run, seals Newcastle win
LONDON (AP) — Mesut Ozil scored with a fine strike as Arsenal toiled to a 1-0 victory over struggling Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday.
Having taken just two points from their last three games, the Gunners reignited their push for a top-four place. But Newcastle is without a win since Oct. 21 and has relegation worries.
Ozil inspires Arsenal to 5-0 thrashing of Huddersfield
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has often divided opinion during his time in the Premier League. On Wednesday, he left no room for debate.
The German inspired the Gunners to a third consecutive Premier League win as it thrashed Huddersfield 5-0.
Alexander Lacazette opened the scoring after just three minutes, but sloppiness soon crept into Arsenal's game and victory looked in doubt before Ozil took over.
Late Sanchez penalty gives Arsenal 1-0 win at Burnley
BURNLEY, England (AP) — Alexis Sanchez scored a last-minute penalty to give Arsenal a 1-0 win at Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday.
James Tarkowski was adjudged to have pushed Aaron Ramsey in the area and Sanchez coolly put away the penalty two minutes into added time to secure a vital three points for Arsenal.
Watford scores late, beats Arsenal 2-1 to move to 4th in EPL
WATFORD, England (AP) — Tom Cleverley scored an injury-time winner as Watford came from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 and end the visitors' four-game winning run in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Watford jumped into the top four with its first home victory of the season, maintaining its excellent start under new manager Marco Silva.
Germany recalls Boateng, Sane for World Cup qualifiers
BERLIN (AP) — Jerome Boateng and Leroy Sane were recalled by Germany on Friday as it bids to wrap up World Cup qualification against Northern Ireland next week.
World champion Germany, which has eight wins from eight games in Europe Group C, will seal its place at next year's tournament in Russia if it can secure a point against second-placed Northern Ireland in Belfast on Oct. 5.
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.
Germany puts on a gala show, all but qualified for World Cup
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Defending champion Germany bounced back from a disappointing display to close in on World Cup qualification with a gala 6-0 rout of Norway on Monday.
Timo Werner, who had been targeted by what Germany coach Joachim Loew called "so-called fans" during Friday's fortunate 2-1 win over the Czech Republic in Prague, had his name chanted in appreciation by the fans in Stuttgart, where he made his breakthrough before joining Leipzig.
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."
LONDON (AP) — Few will be able to choreograph their farewells like Chelsea captain John Terry. Many players and managers in the English Premier League are in for messier departures in the close season.
Nowhere in the league is there more uncertainty than at Arsenal, a club at a crossroads and out of the Champions League for the first time in two decades.
STOKE, England (AP) — Olivier Giroud scored twice and Alexis Sanchez netted his 50th English Premier League goal as Arsenal beat Stoke 4-1 to maintain its push for Champions League qualification on Saturday.
Mesut Ozil grabbed the other goal for Arsenal, whose swagger is returning as it attempts to hunt down Liverpool and Manchester City for a top-four finish.
Arsenal stayed fifth but climbed to within one point of fourth-placed Liverpool and three of third-placed City with two matches remaining.
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Alexis Sanchez produced a clinical finish to set Arsenal on its way to a 2-0 win at Southampton in the Premier League on Wednesday, keeping alive the team's ambitions of qualifying for next season's Champions League.
Sanchez moved onto 20 league goals for the season when he collected Mesut Ozil's first-time through-ball and deceived two defenders with a clever turn inside the area, before slotting home a low finish in the 60th minute.
MIDDLESBROUGH, England (AP) — Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil secured Arsenal's first English Premier League win on the road in three months on Monday, with the 2-1 victory at Middlesbrough reviving the London club's tough pursuit of Champions League qualification.
Arsenal in limbo off the field and in a mess on it
The judgment was passionate, damning and very, very loud.
"You're not fit to wear the shirt," Arsenal's traveling fans chanted as their team slipped to another morale-sapping away loss in the Premier League.
The 3-0 setback at Crystal Palace on Monday was another low for Arsenal in a season that is shaping up to be the worst in Arsene Wenger's 20-plus years as manager.
Arsenal overcomes West Ham with inspired second half
LONDON (AP) — An inspired second-half display gave Arsenal a much-needed 3-0 victory on Wednesday as West Ham continued its fall toward the Premier League relegation zone.
A goalkeeping error from Darren Randolph allowed Mesut Ozil to give Arsenal the lead before Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud wrapped up the victory at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal overcomes West Ham with inspired second half
LONDON (AP) — An inspired second-half display gave Arsenal a much-needed 3-0 victory on Wednesday as West Ham continued its fall towards the Premier League relegation zone.
A goalkeeping error from Darren Randolph allowed Mesut Ozil to give Arsenal the lead before Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud wrapped up the victory.
Wenger concerned Chinese wages become benchmark for players
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hoping the high quality of competition in Europe will keep players from leaving for the financial gain in China.
Wenger is facing regular questions about the future of both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, and the big money on offer in the Chinese league can complicate negotiations.
Argentine striker Carlos Tevez joined Shanghai Shenhua last month in a deal worth $40 million over two years.
‘Maximum luck’: Giroud scores ‘scorpion’ in Arsenal victory
LONDON (AP) — Olivier Giroud scored an exquisite goal from an overhead back-heeled strike as Arsenal beat struggling Crystal Palace 2-0 on Sunday to rise to third in the English Premier League.
"I have maximum luck," Giroud said of his "scorpion" kick. "It's just about luck."
Such a moment of exceptional quality could help Giroud convince manager Arsene Wenger to play him more.
"(Giroud) brings the unexpected and we all come to football to get the unexpected," Wenger said.
Giroud strikes in 86th to give Arsenal 1-0 win vs West Brom
LONDON (AP) — Olivier Giroud headed home an 86th-minute winner as Arsenal avoided another Christmas stumble in the English Premier League to beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 on Monday.
The visitors limited the Gunners to only a handful of chances at Emirates Stadium, with goalkeeper Ben Foster on top form.
But Giroud, making his first league start of the season, headed home Mesut Ozil's cross to secure a much-needed triumph for the hosts, who snapped a two-game losing streak in the league.
Sanchez rapid hat trick as Arsenal thrashes West Ham 5-1
LONDON (AP) — Alexis Sanchez produced a stunning second-half hat trick in 15 minutes as Arsenal cruised to a 5-1 victory over struggling West Ham on Saturday in the Premier League.
Sanchez's hat trick, along with goals from Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, ensured Arsene Wenger's side kept in touch with league leaders Chelsea.
Apparent tax arrangements of top soccer players released
MADRID (AP) — A group of European media outlets on Friday published what it claims are details of tax arrangements made by several top soccer players and coaches, including Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil.
Bellerin signs new deal with Arsenal
LONDON (AP) — Spain right back Hector Bellerin has signed a new long-term deal with Arsenal as the English Premier League club looks to secure the services of its leading players.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is also keen to tie up new deals for star forwards Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, whose contracts expire in June 2018.
Germany calls up 3 newcomers for San Marino, Italy matches
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany coach Joachim Loew has called up three players from the under-21 side for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against San Marino and the friendly against Italy.
While the three were promoted to the senior squad, some regulars were left out. Leroy Sane of Manchester City, Andre Schuerrle of Borussia Dortmund and Antonio Ruediger of Roma are recovering from injuries, while Arsenal's Mesut Ozil was given time off. Sane has been called into the Under-21 squad.
4 advance in Champions League, Barcelona stunned by Man City
GENEVA (AP) — Four teams, including five-time winner Bayern Munich, sealed early places in the Champions League knockout rounds on Tuesday.
Barcelona, shockingly, was not among them despite Lionel Messi's goal taking a first-half lead at Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola's team turned a memorable game on its head to win 3-1, and end the English side's run of being outclassed by its coach's former club in recent years.
Giroud’s 1st Arsenal goals of season add to Sunderland woes
SUNDERLAND, England (AP) — Olivier Giroud scored his first goals of the season as Arsenal beat Sunderland 4-1 on Saturday, leaving the beleaguered northeast team with only two points after 10 Premier League games.
The France forward struck twice within five minutes of being introduced as a 69th-minute substitute to kill off hopes of Sunderland's fightback after Jermain Defoe's penalty had canceled out Alexis Sanchez's first-half opener for Arsenal.