Chelsea closed in on the Europa League quarterfinals with a 3-0 win over Dynamo Kiev on Thursday, while Arsenal and Benfica will have to overturn deficits in the second leg of their round-of-16...
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 goalkeeper Petr Cech to retire at end of season
PRAGUE (AP) — Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech is planning to retire from soccer at the end of the season, ending the career of one of the best netminders in the Premier League.
"This is my 20th season as a professional player, and it has been 20 years since I signed my first professional contract, so it feels like the right time to announce that I will retire at the end of this season," Czech said Tuesday in a statement.
Tottenham’s Dele Alli hit by bottle in derby win at Arsenal
LONDON (AP) — Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli was struck on the head by a bottle at Arsenal while helping his team seal a place in the League Cup semifinals with a 2-0 victory in the north London derby on Wednesday.
The plastic bottle was hurled from the stands at the Emirates Stadium about 12 minutes after Alli audaciously lobbed goalkeeper Petr Cech as Tottenham won at its rival for the first time since 2010.
Liverpool to offer test of Arsenal’s improvement under Emery
It's time to find out if Unai Emery's new-look Arsenal is the real deal.
Since losing its opening two games of the season to Manchester City and then Chelsea, Arsenal has taken advantage of a relatively benign schedule to win 12 of its next 13 matches — and draw the other — in all competitions.
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 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.
Arsenal gets 1st win under Emery, beats West Ham 3-1
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal did just enough to get a first Premier League win under new manager Unai Emery at the third attempt.
The Gunners came from behind to beat West Ham 3-1 on Saturday, with the help of a fortuitous own-goal.
"I am happy to take the points," Emery said. "We needed to win today and to show our supporters a win. It's clear we need to improve and continue working not to concede many chances."
Goalkeeper Leno joining Arsenal from Leverkusen
LONDON (AP) — Goalkeeper Bernd Leno is leaving Bayer Leverkusen to join Arsenal.
The Premier League club said Tuesday that the 26-year-old Leno has agreed to join and that the "deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes."
Bundesliga team Leverkusen also announced the transfer, saying Leno "has penned a long-term deal with the North London club."
LONDON (AP) — Few goalkeepers get the man-of-the-match award when their team wins 3-0. Petr Cech did just that on Sunday in Arsenal's victory over Watford as he set a Premier League record for keeping a clean sheet.
The Czech Republic and former Chelsea 'keeper also saved a penalty on his way to bringing up a 200th EPL clean sheet over the last 14 years. It was the first time the 35-year-old Cech has kept out a spot-kick since joining Arsenal in 2015.
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.
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.
Arsenal defeat Swansea 2-1 in Wenger’s 800th EPL game
LONDON (AP) — Arsene Wenger celebrated his 800th English Premier League game in charge of Arsenal with a 2-1 comeback victory over Swansea on Saturday.
Sam Clucas' calm finish gave Swansea a halftime lead but goals from Sead Kolasinac and Aaron Ramsey ensured Wenger could celebrate the milestone, 10 games short of Alex Ferguson's record.
Lacazette double gives Arsenal 2-0 win over West Brom in EPL
LONDON (AP) — Alexandre Lacazette scored twice for Arsenal to beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 in the English Premier League on Monday and prolong the north London team's September fightback.
Arsenal lost two of its opening three matches but seven out of a possible nine points have been collected this month on top of victories in the Europa League and League Cup.
Community Shield: Arsenal beats Chelsea in ABBA shootout
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal will start the Premier League season on a high note after mastering the experimental ABBA penalty shootout pattern to beat Chelsea to the Community Shield.
Wembley Stadium provided the biggest stage yet for global trials with the format that mixes up the order of penalties rather than spotkicks alternating between teams A and B.
PRAGUE (AP) — Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech was voted the Czech Republic footballer of the year on Monday for a record ninth time.
The 34-year-old Cech topped the poll of players, coaches, football federation officials, and journalists for 2016.
Cech retired from international football after the European Championship in France last year. He appeared a record 124 times in the Czech Republic goal.
Mesmerizing Hazard solo goal as Chelsea beats Arsenal 3-1
LONDON (AP) — Fusing strength, aggression and pace, Eden Hazard received the ball inside Chelsea's own half and just kept on running, fending off every frail barrier of Arsenal's resistance.
Laurent Koscielny was the first opponent brushed aside and Francis Coquelin was left spinning, trying forlornly to put in a tackle before slipping to the turf.
Watford dent Arsenal title hopes with shock 2-1 victory
LONDON (AP) — Watford dealt a major blow to Arsenal's Premier League title hopes as it secured a surprise 2-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.
Early strikes from Younes Kaboul and Troy Deeney gave Watford a deserved 2-0 halftime lead before Alex Iwobi pulled a goal back for Arsenal after the break.
Giroud leads Arsenal comeback to salvage draw at Bournemouth
BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP) — Olivier Giroud headed a late equalizer after setting up two goals to complete Arsenal's second-half fightback at Bournemouth, salvaging a 3-3 draw for his side in an engrossing Premier League game on Tuesday.
Bournemouth stunned Arsenal in an electric 20-minute opening, with Charlie Daniels netting and Callum Wilson scoring a penalty. Arsenal's troubles on the south coast deepened in the 58th minute when Ryan Fraser put the ball through goalkeeper Petr Cech's legs.
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No birthday celebration for Wenger as Arsenal slips up
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Arsenal climbed to the top of the English Premier League on its manager's 67th birthday.
Arsene Wenger was in no mood to celebrate, though.
A 0-0 home draw against struggling Middlesbrough brought an end to Arsenal's six-game winning run in the league, just when Wenger's team was being talked up as the real deal in the title race.
Arsenal top but end of winning run spoils Wenger’s birthday
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal went top of the Premier League after being held 0-0 at home on Saturday by struggling Middlesbrough as Arsene Wenger's team failed to give him a win for his 67th birthday present.
The Gunners' run of six straight league victories came to an end amid wasteful finishing and Petr Cech's brilliance in goal.
Having survived an ominous opening quarter camped on the edge of its own penalty area, Middlesbrough settled and grew in confidence at the Emirates stadium.
Sanchez rescues Arsenal after PSG scores in 44 seconds
PARIS (AP) — Arsenal recovered from a nightmare start to salvage a 1-1 draw at Paris Saint-Germain after Alexis Sanchez scored a late equalizer in their Champions League opener on Tuesday.
The Chile forward converted a rare chance for the unimpressive visitors with 12 minutes left in the Group A match, after Edinson Cavani had scored PSG's opener with just 44 seconds on the clock.
Czechs beat Armenia 3-0 in warm-up for World Cup qualifying
MLADA BOLESLAV, Czech Republic (AP) — The Czech Republic made a winning start under new coach Karel Jarolim with a 3-0 victory over Armenia in a warm-up game on Wednesday ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Ladislav Krejci netted four minutes into the game, Vaclav Kadlec doubled the lead 30 minutes later and Jan Kopic finished the scoring three minutes from time.