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...
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...
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...
Midfielder Lassana Diarra leaves PSG by mutual consent
PARIS (AP) — Veteran midfielder Lassana Diarra has terminated his contract with French league leader Paris Saint-Germain by mutual agreement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arsenal coach Emery fined after water bottle hits fan
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has been fined 8,000 pounds ($10,200) after kicking a water bottle into the crowd during a 1-1 draw at Brighton.
The 47-year-old Spaniard faced the English Football Association charge following the incident at the Amex Stadium.
Emery immediately apologized to a supporter after kicking the bottle into the stand and again went to speak to the home fan at full-time.
Firmino scores 3 as Liverpool destroys Arsenal 5-1
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Roberto Firmino scored his first Premier League hat trick as Liverpool rallied to a 5-1 win over Arsenal to open a nine-point lead at the top of the standings on Saturday.
Liverpool bounced back in emphatic style to going behind in the 11th minute in another statement of intent as the team marches toward a first league title since 1990, and its 19th overall.
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 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.
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?
Fights, flares as Arsenal beats Tottenham 4-2 in spiky derby
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal scored three goals in the second half to come from behind to beat Tottenham 4-2 in a dramatic north London derby on Sunday that saw clashes between players, fans lighting flares and throwing projectiles onto the field, two penalties and a red card.
The Gunners extended their unbeaten run to 19 games and moved back into the Premier League's top four.
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.
Arsenal is knocking on the Champions League door
LONDON (AP) — In its second season away from the Champions League, Arsenal is showing signs it intends to return to the elite competition.
The Gunners won 2-1 at Bournemouth on Sunday to move within one point of fourth-placed Chelsea and the Champions League spots.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his eighth Premier League goal of the season as Arsenal extended its unbeaten run to 17 matches in all competitions.
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.
What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe
What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend:
Resurgent Arsenal gets a stern test of its credentials in a home game against Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday.
Under coach Unai Emery, Arsenal has won 12 of its last 13 games in all competitions and hasn't lost in the league since a 3-2 defeat at Chelsea on the second weekend of the season.
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.
Winger Angel Di Maria signs new PSG contract until 2021
PARIS (AP) — Angel Di Maria has signed a new two-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain, tying him to the French champion until 2021.
The 30-year-old Argentina winger has made a strong start to the season, scoring seven goals in 14 games overall for the runaway league leader.
Arsenal’s 11-game winning run ends with 2-2 draw at Palace
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal's 11-game winning run in all competitions ended with a 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday.
Luka Milivojevic converted a penalty — his second of the afternoon — in the 83rd minute to earn Palace a point at Selhurst Park as Arsenal failed to win a game for the first time since mid-August.
Tuchel learning the hard way as PSG struggles in Europe
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel is enjoying domestic dominance yet the Champions League is proving a difficult challenge.
Once again, PSG's season resembles an ongoing television soap opera. Some of the cast changes, but the storylines do not.
PSG's annual saga is very familiar. It dominates the domestic scene by easily winning the treble, but falls short in Europe. The club's hierarchy, based in Qatar, then changes the coach out of sheer frustration.
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.
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 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.
Not yet at the top of his game, but Ben Arfa is back
PARIS (AP) — Hatem Ben Arfa is back on a football pitch and it's already proving a winning experience for the skillful winger. But the former France international missed his chance this weekend to take revenge on former club Paris Saint-Germain, which ignored him throughout last season.
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.
Europa League wins for Chelsea, Milan, Arsenal, Sevilla
Chelsea maintained its perfect start to the season when Brazil forward Willian scored in a 1-0 Europa League victory at PAOK Thessaloniki on Thursday.
Two goals from Ever Banega and Wissam Ben Yedder led Sevilla, the most successful team in Europa League history, to a 5-1 thrashing of Standard Liege while Eintracht Frankfurt opened its campaign by upsetting Marseille 2-1.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Arsenal sign Uruguay’s Lucas Torreira
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal signed Uruguay defensive midfielder Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old Torreira is the fourth acquisition by Arsenal since Unai Emery was appointed as coach in May. The cost and length of his contract were not disclosed.
Torreira played a part in all of Uruguay's World Cup matches and started their quarterfinal defeat to France last Friday.
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.
Wilshere to leave Arsenal after 17 years
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is to leave the English club after 17 years, having been told he would face a diminished role under new coach Unai Emery.
The 26-year-old Wilshere had previously accepted a reduced-terms deal to extend his contract which expires at the end of June. However, he said discussions with Emery convinced him he had "little choice" but to leave for "footballing reasons."
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) — 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.
Arsenal sign Switzerland captain Lichtsteiner
LONDON (AP) — Switzerland captain Stephan Lichtsteiner became the first new recruit for new Arsenal coach Unai Emery, on a free transfer from Juventus on Tuesday.
The 34-year-old defender won Serie A in each of his seven years at Juventus. He will compete with Hector Bellerin for starts.
He leads Switzerland into his third World Cup next 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.
PSG hire Thomas Tuchel as the new coach
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain hired former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel on Monday, a day after the outgoing Unai Emery was voted coach of the year in the French league.
Tuchel signed a two-year contract with the French champion, starting in July. Financial terms were not disclosed.
"It is with much joy, pride and ambition that I am joining this big club," Tuchel said. "I can't wait to start working with all these great players who are all among the best in the world."
PSG coach Unai Emery leaving at end of season
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery is leaving the club at the end of the season, the latest to pay the price for failing to lead the team to the European glory its owners crave so much.
Emery joined PSG from Sevilla two years ago on a two-year contract, which will not be extended.
He addressed the players before Friday's training, ahead of the French champions' against Guingamp on Sunday.
PARIS (AP) — After again falling short in the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain got back into the routine of dominating the French league by crushing last-place Metz 5-0 on Saturday.
The win maintained PSG's 14-point lead over second-place Monaco with only nine games left, and kept it on course for a fifth title in six seasons.
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain will have some tough decisions to make for next season.
The French club flopped again in Europe, losing to Real Madrid 5-2 on aggregate in the last 16 of the Champions League, despite huge spending designed to achieve success on the international stage.
PARIS (AP) — With one eye on Real Madrid next week, Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery left out forwards Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani for the trip to Troyes in the French league on Saturday.
Mbappe cut his ankle on Wednesday in the French Cup quarterfinal win against Marseille and Emery is not risking him ahead of playing Real Madrid on Tuesday in the last 16 of the Champions League. PSG trails 3-1 from the first leg in Madrid.
Emery is also resting Cavani, the team top-scorer with 32.