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THE POLICE Arsenal Forever!!! 3,693 pts

2017-18 PL MATCHDAY THREAD

Posted by THE POLICE about 1 month ago · 25 replies

Hello and welcome back to our coverage of the Premier League! After a couple of months away, with nothing but tedious pre-season friendlies and incessant transfer rumours to keep us occupied, Premier League football is finally back.

Arsenal begin the new season and looks to challenge for the Premier League title, asusual as any seasons before.

Let's have premier league matchday discussions here..

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THE POLICE Arsenal Forever!!! 3,693 pts
Posted 10 days ago by THE POLICE

Best way to comeback from past few frustrating weeks...

ARSENAL 3 - 0 AFC BOURNEMOUTH
D. Welbeck (6)
A. Lacazette (27)
D. Welbeck (50)

THE POLICE Arsenal Forever!!! 3,693 pts
Posted 10 days ago by THE POLICE

KEY OPTA STATS:

  • Arsenal have won their last seven Premier League games at the Emirates, their longest such run at home since April 2015 (nine successive wins).
  • Alexandre Lacazette became only the second Arsenal player to score in his first two home Premier League games for the club, after Marouane Chamakh in 2010.
  • Bournemouth have become only the ninth team to lose their opening four games to a Premier League season, though four of the previous eight have managed to avoid relegation.
  • Danny Welbeck has scored three goals in four Premier League games this season, having scored just two in 16 appearances in the competition last term.
  • This was only the second time that Danny Welbeck has both scored and provided an assist in a Premier League game for Arsenal, with the other being at Aston Villa in September 2014.
  • The Gunners have won by at least a two-goal margin in all four of their previous home meetings with Bournemouth in all competitions.
THE POLICE Arsenal Forever!!! 3,693 pts
Posted 1 day ago by THE POLICE

CHELSEA 0 - 0 ARSENAL

Both sides were left to rue missed first-half opportunities in a match between two London rivals that failed to catch fire until the Brazil defender received his first-ever Premier League red card with three minutes remaining.

The Gunners had the better of the opening half and should have gone into the break ahead when Aaron Ramsey hit the post and Alexandre Lacazette somehow fired over from the close-range rebound. Chelsea had earlier missed a one-on-one opportunity from Pedro, who was foiled by Petr Cech.

The second half lacked the excitement of the first and the introductions of Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez from the two substitutes' benches did not provide the desired spark. And David Luiz saw red for a high challenge on Sead Kolasinac as the game neared its conclusion, marking the third straight match Chelsea have had a player sent off against Arsenal and rounding off a poor performance from Antonio Conte's men.

THE POLICE Arsenal Forever!!! 3,693 pts
Posted 1 day ago by THE POLICE

KEY OPTA STATS:

  • This was Arsene Wenger's 59th match versus Chelsea with Arsenal, making them the club he’s faced the most often during his time at the Gunners.
  • Chelsea failed to score in a competitive home match under Antonio Conte for the first time (27 games).
  • The last time that they failed to net in a competitive game at Stamford Bridge was back in April 2016 against Manchester City (0-3) under Guus Hiddink – 29 games ago.
  • This was the first 0-0 draw between these two sides at Stamford Bridge since April 2005 and the first time that Chelsea have failed to score at home against the Gunners since then, after 12 successive home games with a goal versus them.
  • Arsenal have now failed to score in eight of their last 14 trips to Stamford Bridge in all competitions.
  • This is the first time that Arsenal have failed to score in as many as three of their opening five league games in a season since 1998-99 (also three).
  • Chelsea have now been given six red cards in the Premier League against Arsenal – their joint-most against a single opponent (along with vs Liverpool, Man Utd and Everton).
  • Arsenal have gone 14 matches without beating a top-six team away from home in the top flight.
  • Chelsea's run of five straight home league wins over Arsenal is ended by the draw.

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