Premier League : Arsenal v Chelsea - Stamford Bridge Saturday 18th August KO 5:30pm (UK Time)

Petr Cech has put his side's defeat to Manchester City down to a 'lack of invention' in the final third of the field.

The Gunners succumbed to a 2-0 loss at the Emirates Stadium in manager Unai Emery's first match in charge, courtesy of goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silvaeither side of half time.

City always looked the more likely to score with the game poised at 1-0, but Cech believes that a point was there for the taking if his teammates took more of a gamble early in the second half.

"We feel that we could have got something from the game," he told BBC Sport. "In the second half, we forced them to make mistakes and we had some opportunities. Unfortunately, we lacked invention to find the killer pass.

"When you play against a team of City's quality and confidence it is always going to be difficult. Inevitably, you can make a few mistakes. It was a shame we couldn't finish off our counter-attacks and overall we're disappointed with the defeat."

Arsenal have just two victories in their last nine opening weekend Premier League games, drawing three and losing three.

13/08/18

Unai Emery has said that he is "happy" with his side's performance against Manchester City despite falling to a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of the champions this afternoon.

The Gunners were second best for long spells of the season opener, with goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva condemning Emery to defeat in his first competitive match in charge.

The Spaniard admitted that his side needed to improve, but was content with what he saw from his players over the course of the 90 minutes.

"I am happy with the players. The team, for 90 minutes, they ran, they tried, they pushed, but we need to improve all collective and individual aspects," Emery told reporters at his post-match press conference.

"We have to continue working tactically and defensively, and also making shorter the difference between Manchester City and us."

Emery will renew his search for a first win in charge of Arsenal when his side take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a London derby next weekend.

13/08/18

Stan Kroenke has made a cash offer to buy Arsenal outright in a deal that values the Premier League club at around £1.8billion.

The American billionaire, whose Kroenke Sports and Entertainment company already owns 67 percent of the club, has attempted to take total control of the club after securing the backing of minority owner Alisher Usmanov.

It represents a change in stance from Usmanov, who turned down Kroenke’s £525m offer for his shares in October.

Kroenke said in a statement to the London Stock Exchange that he thought the club would benefit from being taken private.

Stake for sale: Kroenke has secured the backing of minority owner Usmanov
The statement added: "We at KSE are moving forward with this offer leading to 100 per cent ownership of the club.

"We appreciate Mr Usmanov's dedication to the Arsenal Football Club and the storied ethos and history the club represents."

But there are fears that that if he acquires total control of the club then it could lead to a reduction in transparency.

07/08/18

The agency representing Aaron Ramsey have refuted claims that their client is seeking to become a top earner at Arsenal.

The Wales international has been with the Gunners since 2008, and enjoyed his second-best scoring season for the club during the 2017-18 campaign.

Ramsey's contract expires next summer, however, and the 27-year-old has not given any guarantees over his future at the Emirates Stadium.

Avid Sports and Entertainment Group have made it clear that Ramsey is not looking to force the Premier League club's hand by asking to become one of its highest-paid players.

When asked on Twitter about whether there was any truth in rumours suggesting that Ramsey was seeking a £300,000-per-week contract, Avid's account replied: "None whatsoever!"

Ramsey scored 11 times and recorded 12 assists in 32 appearances for Arsenal last term.

06/08/18

Arsenal defeated Premier League rivals Chelsea on penalties in last night's International Champions Cup clash after playing out a 1-1 draw in normal time.

An Alexandre Lacazette goal in the final minute of the match ensured that the game went the distance, and it was the Gunners who held their nerve in a tight shootout at the Aviva Stadium.

German centre-back Antonio Rudiger had powered home a header with less than six minutes on the clock for what looked like being the game's only goal, but the Blues were pegged back at the death and suffered defeat under Maurizio Sarri.

Gunners manager Unai Emery, himself embarking on a new chapter at the London club, watched on as his side edged the eighth meeting in 13 months between these two sides, taking Arsenal to six points from their three matches in the prestige friendly competition.

02/08/18

Summer signings Lucas Torreira and Stephan Lichtsteiner joined their new Arsenal team-mates in training for the first time on Monday as Unai Emery’s first-team numbers swelled.

Nacho Monreal and Granit Xhaka also returned to London Colney as the Gunners welcomed back from their holidays a clutch of internationals whose countries had been eliminated early in the World Cup knockout stages.

England forward Danny Welbeck is still to return to first-team training but is expected to join up with Emery’s squad within the next week.

Inevitably all eyes were on Uruguay midfielder Torreira, the most expensive signing of Arsenal’s summer overhaul at £26.5million and the man tasked with bringing steel to the Gunners midfield.

Torreira flew back from Uruguay on Saturday and still has work to do to adapt to Emery’s new system and he and the rest of the new arrivals are unlikely to feature in Arsenal’s next pre-season friendly, a clash with Chelsea in Dublin on Wednesday.

31/07/18

PhotoHector Bellerin has hailed the key changes Unai Emery has made at Arsenal as he attempts to turn the Gunners back into a force to be reckoned with.
The right-back recently joined his Arsenal team-mates on their pre-season tour of Asia as one of the senior players on the trip, despite still only being 23.

And it seems the loyal right-back, who recently made it clear he has no intention of leaving Arsenal anytime soon, is on board with the new direction Emery is taking the club.

"As I said the other day, it's all about learning the new system, about getting used to each other again and used to the new players," Bellerin told Arsenal Player.

"It felt like things were clicking more today. Slowly we are coming more together - training every day with the new concepts we have is working better."

Bellerin added: "So many things have changed at the training ground.

"Starting from the coaching, from the schedule, everything. Every coach has their own way of doing things and for us it's changed a lot.

"He is a coach that wants us to press, to run around a lot during the games so obviously if we want to be ready to do that in the league we have do it in training – and that's one of the things that has impacted most on the players."

30/07/18

Calum Chambers has joined Fulham on a season-long loan.

The 23-year-old signed a new contract with the Gunners last month, having made 82 appearances since joining the North Londoners from Southampton in 2014.

Chambers, capped three times for England, was also loaned to Middlesbrough during the 2016-17 campaign, making 24 Premier League appearances.

"Calum is a talented defender who has a bright future," new Arsenal boss Unai Emery told the official club website.

"We all believe this loan at Fulham will be an important part of his development and wish him a successful season."

Chambers is the seventh new arrival at Craven Cottage this summer following the West London club's return to the Premier League.

08/08/18

Unai Emery anticipates more players leaving Arsenal before the summer transfer window closes.

The Gunners have less than a week to make further additions to their squad ahead of deadline day on Thursday but clubs across Europe have until the end of August to continue their transfer business.

Arsenal have signed five players during Emery’s first summer in charge in north London with Lucas Torreira, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Stephan Lichsteiner, Bernd Leno and Matteo Guendouzi all joining the club.

Speaking after his side’s pre-season friendly victory over Lazio on Saturday, Emery insisted his focus is now on his side’s Premier League opener against Manchester City rather than further recruitment.

But the Spaniard believes there will be some moves in the other direction.

“My focus is on the first match and preparing, and not for the window and the possibility to sign another player," Emery said.

“Maybe we need some players to leave because we have lots in the squad, but at the moment, my one focus is on our work.”

Chuba Akpom left Arsenal to make a permanent move to Greek side PAOK this week but the Gunners squad is expected to be trimmed even further in the coming days.

Carl Jenkinson and Joel Campbell, who were both left at home for the club’s preseason tour of Singapore, are expected to depart on a permanent basis..

Lucas Perez and David Ospina have also been linked with moves away

06/08/18

Former Arsenal striker Nwankwo Kanu has tipped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to help the Gunners mount a Premier League title challenge this season.

The Gabon international impressed at the Emirates Stadium following his arrival from Borussia Dortmund in January, scoring 10 goals in 13 appearances.

Kanu, who played for Arsenal between 1999 and 2004, is hoping that Aubameyang can build on in his first full season and spearhead the team in their pursuit of the championship.

If he can perform, if it's a good season for him they have a chance to win the league," the 42-year-old told Sky Sports News.

"Aubameyang's very, very good. Last season was his first season; now he has adjusted to the Premier League. He's been playing well with the new coach and his teammates; this season is going to be his season, if he works for it."

Arsenal, who will be managed by former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery this season, have not won the title since 2004.

03/08/18

Arsenal have reportedly started to consider the potential sale of midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

The Wales international has scored 58 goals from 329 appearances during a successful decade-long spell with the North London outfit, but the 27-year-old has less than a year remaining on his contract.

According to the Daily Mail, that could lead to the Gunners parting ways with the playmaker in order to fund a move for Sevilla midfielder Steven N'Zonzi.

The Gunners have a long-standing interest in the France international, while new boss Unai Emery has previously worked with the player during his time at Sevilla.

The Spanish outfit have previously indicated that N'Zonzi will not be sold for anything less than £35m, leaving Arsenal in a position where they must sell before they can make an approach for the former Blackburn Rovers man.

01/08/18

Arsenal have reportedly decided that they are willing to accept bids of £7m for Lucas Perez.

The Spaniard cost £17.1m when Arsenal signed him from Deportivo La Coruna in 2016, but the 29-year-old was loaned back to his former club last summer after falling out of favour with Arsene Wenger.

Unai Emery has now replaced Wenger in the dugout at the North London outfit, but it appears that the Gunners are happy to part ways with the player before the end of the summer window.

Lazio have been linked with an approach for Perez and according to Corriere di Roma, the Italian giants have been informed that an offer of £7m will be enough to push through a deal.

Perez still has two years remaining on his contract, but Arsenal could be keen to recoup some of the money that they have already shelled out since the end of last season.

31/07/18

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