Video: Aubameyang & Lacazette Take Part in Commentary of Arsenal’s North London Derby Triumph

​Arsenal duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette swapped scoring goals for commentary duties after the pair commentated on the club’s recent 4-2 win against Tottenham in the north London derby. 

Aubameyang netted a brace against Spurs, while Lacazette scored the Gunners’ third of the game to help record a famous win against their local rivals at the beginning of December – which extended Unai Emery’s sides unbeaten run to 19 games at the time. 

As a result, the pair took part in a segment for the ​club’s YouTube channel called ‘UnClassic Commentary’, which saw them both relive the key moments from the game, giving both their insight and often hilarious responses to the action. 

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While the pair shouldn’t think about making the switch to the gantry anytime soon, the video is certainly worth a watch, with ​Aubameyang reaffirming his love for referee Mike Dean, while ​Lacazette made reference to Harry Kane being an apparent fan of Arsenal at one time. 

Both Aubameyang and Lacazette have impressed for A​rsenal under Emery this season, with the Gabon international currently the ​Premier League’s joint top scorer with ten goals, as well as two in the Europa League; while the French international has eight goals in all competitions, six of which have come in the league. 

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Despite their unbeaten run of 21 games in all competitions coming to an end with a 3-2 defeat to Southampton recently, Emery has done well since arriving in the summer. The Gunners just three points off the top four, and secured a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League with minimal fuss. 

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Christmas Fixtures: Liverpool Have Least Congested Festive Fixture List of Premier League’s Top Five

​It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But, for Premier League football clubs, it’s also among the busiest, and certainly most important. The TV rescheduling can be a cruel mistress, and it has been no less ruthless in 2018.

While the title cannot be won at Christmas, it can definitely be lost. With that frightening prospect in mind, here is the upcoming festive schedule for each of the top five, and the amount of respite they have, as reported by the ​Liverpool Echo (with a bit of extra research from yours truly), ranked from most congested to least.

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Tottenham – 217.5 Hours

With just 217.5 hours (over nine days) in which to complete their four festive fixtures against Everton away (December 23rd, 16:00), Bournemouth at home (26th, 15:00) Wolves at home (29th, 15:00) and Cardiff away (January 1st, 17:30), ​Spurs face the most gruelling xmas schedule of them all. 

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Factor in the League Cup quarter final clash with Arsenal that will kick things off on December 19th and the FA Cup 3rd round fixture with Tranmere that will bookend the proceedings on January 4th, and it promises to be a pivotal, and hefty, period for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. 


Arsenal – 242.5 Hours

Tottenham’s north London counterparts do not have it much easier, though they do have an extra day in which to fulfill their festive duties. They start with Burnley at home (Saturday 22nd, 12:30), then face consecutive away trips to Brighton on Boxing day (17:15) and Liverpool (29th, 17:30) before rounding off their festivities by hosting Fulham on January 1st at 15:00.
That equates to 242.5 hours of action, 25 more than their local rivals.

Chelsea – 268.75 Hours

​​The Blues saw Arsenal’s 242 and a half hours, and raised it by 26 hours and 15 minutes. Maurizio Sarri’s side will kick things off against Leicester at home (22nd, 15:00), before travelling to Watford (Boxing Day, 19:30) and Crystal Palace (30th, 12:00). 

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They’ll finish the Xmas season with the arrival of Southampton on January 2nd, at 19:45, making that 268 hours and 45 minutes of festive fun. 


Manchester City – 293 Hours

The second most favourable schedule goes to Pep Guardiola and Man City. The Citizens have 293 hours to complete their duties, starting with Crystal Palace on the 22nd (15:00) and finishing with that mouthwatering clash with Liverpool on January 3rd (20:00).
Those are sandwiched by journeys to Leicester on Boxing Day (15:00) and Southampton on the 30th (14:15). As an aside, you may have notice that three of those teams are the exact same ones that Chelsea will be playing, a fascinating titbit for any Christmas party, I think. 

Liverpool – 312 Hours

There we have it. It is in fact Jurgen Klopp’s table-toppers that will receive the most recuperation time this Christmas, with a whopping 312 hours in which to finish their seasonal fixtures.

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This is all thanks to their handy Friday night kick off against Wolves at Molineux on December 21st. That 20:00 kick off comes a full 19 hours before City’s hosting of Palace on the Saturday, and is the only differential between the two. Before that crucial clash with the Pep and co at the Etihad, ​Liverpool will host Newcastle on Boxing Day (15:00) and Arsenal on the 29th, at 17:30.

God bless Friday Night Football, eh?

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Arsenal’s 9 Biggest Wins in Premier League History

With the Arsene Wenger era resulting in a revolutionary style of attacking football, the Gunners have been involved in high-scoring victories throughout the history of the Premier League.

Whether it be games involving the very best sides the Gunners have produced, or even towards the latter end of the French manager’s reign, here is a look back at some of Arsenal’s biggest wins in the Premier League era.

9. Middlesbrough 1-6 Arsenal – April 1999

An awesome Arsenal performance totally blitzed Middlesbrough and helped the Gunners reach the summit of the Premier League in April 1999.

Nwankwo Kanu and Nicolas Anelka both scored twice after Marc Overmars opened the scoring with a fourth minute penalty, while Patrick Vieira got on the scoresheet just before the hour mark.

Boro’s Alun Armstrong netted a consolation in the 87th minute, but by then the damage had already been done.

8. Arsenal 6-1 Leicester City, December 2000

Thierry Henry celebrated his 50th league appearance for the Gunners with a hat trick as Arsene Wenger’s side ran riot against the Foxes.

In this Boxing Day fixture, Henry broke the deadlock late in the first-half before Vieira scored his fifth of the season. 

Leicester’s Ade Akinbiyi pulled one back before strikes from Henry, twice, Freddie Ljungberg and a rare one for Tony Adams gave Gunners fan a late Christmas treat.

7. Arsenal 6-1 Southampton – May 2003

Jermaine Pennant marked his Premier League debut with a dream hat trick as the Gunners swept aside the Saints at Highbury. 

The game was essentially a dress rehearsal for the FA Cup final between the two sides, and Arsenal sent an emphatic statement before their clash at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Whilst Pennant took home the match ball, French winger Robert Pires also found the net three times in a rare occurrence of two players scoring hat tricks for the same team in the same game. 

With momentum on their side, the Gunners would go on to win the FA Cup courtesy of a goal from Pires.

6. Everton 1-6 Arsenal, August 2009

On the opening day of the 2009/10 season, Arsenal hammered Everton at Goodison Park in a scintillating display of attacking football.

Denilson opened the scoring with a fine 25-yard curler before summer signing Thomas Vermaelen added to the Gunners’ lead. William Gallas made it 3-0 before a brace from Cesc Fabregas and a late Eduardo tap-in saw Arsene Wenger’s side lead 6-0 away from home.

A consolation strike from Louis Saha did little to dampen the Gunners’ mood, who went on to finish third in the Premier League that year.

5. Arsenal 6-1 Southampton – September 2012

Southampton were just settling back into Premier League life when they were comprehensively banged out 6-1 at the Emirates, with Gervinho netting a brace.

A Jos Hooiveld own goal opened the scoring before Lukas Podolski smashed a 25-yard free kick into the top corner. Gervinho grabbed his first before another own goal, this time from Nathaniel Clyne.

Danny Fox pulled one back for Southampton but Gervinho netted his second and substitute Theo Walcott added the sixth to seal an emphatic victory.

4. Arsenal 6-0 Blackpool – August 2010

In a chastening defeat for the visitors, Arsenal tore apart newly-promoted Blackpool at the Emirates in the second game of the 2010/11 campaign.

Theo Walcott scored his first hat trick of his club career, with an Andrey Arshavin penalty and strikes from Abou Diaby and Marouane Chamakh sealing victory for the Gunners. After picking up a point at Anfield on the opening day of the season, Arsene Wenger felt the side could mount a serious title challenge after seeing his side record an impressive 6-0 win.

The Gunners would find themselves just one point behind leaders Manchester United in February, but a run of just one league win between March and April ended any hopes of a Premier League title win. 

3. Arsenal 7-1 Blackburn – February 2012

In undeniably his finest season in an Arsenal shirt, captain and talisman Robin van Persie fired in a hat trick against Blackburn as the Gunners delivered a clinical performance at the Emirates.

The Dutchman had put the Gunners ahead before Blackburn’s Morten Gamst Pedersen’s free kick levelled things up. Another Van Persie goal and a strike from a young Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain saw Arsene Wenger’s side gain a two goal lead. 

Mikel Arteta then found himself on the scoresheet before another Oxlade-Chamberlain goal and Van Persie’s third seemingly sealed a 6-1 victory. 

However, Thierry Henry would arguably take home most of the limelight despite his teammate’s hat trick, as the returning French legend scored his first league goal for the Gunners since making his way back to the Emirates in the January window and capped off a fine 7-1 win.

2. Arsenal 7-0 Middlesbrough – January 2006

Thierry Henry’s hat trick against Steve McClaren’s side saw him equal Cliff Bastin’s record of 150 league goals for the Gunners and helped demolish ten-man Middlesbrough at Highbury.

Strikes from Philippe Senderos, Robert Pires, Gilberto Silva and Alexander Hleb added to Boro’s misery, with the result being one of the highlights of Arsenal’s final season at Highbury. 

Whilst the Gunners would find solace in pipping north London rivals Tottenham to the final Champions League place by finishing fourth on the final day, a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League saw the campaign end on a devastating note. 

1. Arsenal 7-0 Everton – May 2005

In his penultimate campaign with the Gunners, ageing veteran Dennis Bergkamp rolled back the years to deliver an attacking masterclass. The Dutchman set up Arsenal’s first three goals before helping himself to one as Arsene Wenger’s side turned on the style at Highbury.

Whilst the game will remembered mostly for Bergkamp’s brilliance, rising stars Robin van Persie and Mathieu Flamini also found themselves on the scoresheet while young Spaniard Cesc Fabregas showed glimpses of his early promise. 

Further goals from Robert Pires, Patrick Vieira and the soon to depart Edu added gloss to the victory in the season that saw Arsenal clinch the FA Cup. 

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Arsenal Goalkeeper Bernd Leno Says He Has No Regrets After Late Error Hands Southampton Victory

Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has insisted he has no regrets over his part in Southampton’s late winner at St Mary’s on Sunday.

In a back and forth clash, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side claimed all three points when Leno misjudged a cross from Shane Long, allowing Saints striker Charlie Austin to head home into an empty net. 

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Despite acknowledging his mistake, the 26-year-old revealed he was simply ‘unlucky’ in conceding the goal and that were the situation to repeat itself, he would have no qualms about trying to go for the ball again.

Leno said (as quoted by the ​Evening Standard): “The last goal was a little bit unlucky for me because I wanted to get the cross because Austin was completely free and it was so close.

“I touched the ball a little bit but I missed it so it was a little bit unlucky. No risk, no fun. Maybe next time I will get the ball or I will stay on the line look at the ball and nobody says ‘you came out and didn’t get the ball’. That’s the life of a goalkeeper but I would do it again.”

The result meant ​Arsenal’s long unbeaten run came to an end, but Leno revealed that Wednesday’s upcoming Carabao Cup quarter-final match against north London rivals ​Tottenham is an opportunity to start another streak.


He added: “After 22 games, you can lose a game so it is disappointing but now nobody talks anymore about the unbeaten run and we can look forward. 

“We have on Wednesday another big game and maybe now we can start another run.”

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Europa League Last 32 Draw: Remaining Clubs & UCL Dropouts Learn Fate as Knockouts Begin

The draw for the last 32 of the 2018/19 Europa League has been made, with the 24 group stage winners and runners-up joined by eight Champions League dropouts as this season’s competition reaches the knockout rounds.

The 12 group winners along with the four best Champions League dropouts were seeded for the draw and were paired with one of the 12 group runners-up or remaining four Champions League sides. Seeds also have the added advantage of playing the second leg of their tie at home.

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Country protection was in place, while it was not possible for teams who qualified from the same Europa League group to be drawn against each other.

2018/19 UEFA Europa League Last 32 Draw in Full:

Viktoria Plzen vs Dinamo Zagreb​
​Club Brugge vs Red Bull Salzburg
​Rapid Vienna vs Internazionale
Slavia Prague vs ​Genk
​Krasnodar vs Bayer Leverkusen
​Zurich vs Napoli
​Malmo vs Chelsea
​Shakhtar Donetsk vs Eintracht Frankfurt
Celtic vs ​Valencia
​Rennes vs Real Betis
Olympiacos vs Dynamo Kyiv
Lazio​​ vs Sevilla
Fenerbahce vs Zenit St Petersburg​
​Sporting CP vs Villarreal
​BATE Borisov vs Arsenal
​Galatasaray vs Benfica

First legs will be played on Thursday 14th February, with return legs to take place a week later on Thursday 21st February. The draw for the Last 16 will then follow on 22nd February.

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