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Europa League: Arsenal holds out at Moscow with second-half brace

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Arsenal reached the semi-finals of the Europa League with a 6-3 aggregate win over CSKA Moscow, after a 2-2 draw in Russia where they weathered a fightback from the Russian team.

Arsene Wenger saw his team trail 2-0 and being put under pressure, before Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey scored one goal apiece in the second-half to stave off any danger.

The hosts led through Fedor Chalov and Kirill Nababkin, and almost drew level on aggregate and leading on away goals but Gunners keeper Petr Cech saved Aleksandr Golovin’s free-kick while Sergei Ignashevich shot narrowly wide.

Arsenal did not have an effort on target in the first 70 minutes, and Laurent Koscielny wasted a glorious chance before Welbeck struck.

Aaron Ramsey’s goal in injury time made certain of their progress into the last four alongside Atletico Madrid, Marseille and RB Salzburg.

CSKA Moscow would have been dreaming of an upset when Chalov reacted before Shkodran Mustafi to score the opener after Cech saved Nabakin’s header. Cech also made a mistake when he could only parry Golovin’s strike from 25 yards and Nababkin reacted first to double the hosts’ lead.

“Maybe we were surprised by the intensity at the start,” Wenger said. “They scored the second, had a chance for the third. It was a good response from us after the break.”

“You could see in Europe a lot of turnovers. We need to be focused. Let’s prepare well for the next round and see who we get.”

Arsenal rescues point in 3-3 draw against Bournemouth

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Arsenal mounted a dramatic comeback from three goals down to rescue a point from a spirited Bournemouth side.

The hosts started with vigor, scoring twice in the opening minutes, taking an early lead as Charlie Daniels cut inside Hector Bellerin and stroked a shot past on-rushing keeper Petr Cech.

Callum Wilson then converted a penalty to extend Bournemouth’s lead and Ryan Fraser sent a shot through Cech’s legs for the Cherries’ third just before the hour.

The Gunners had looked set to leave Dean Court empty handed and appear headed for their third consecutive defeat away from the Emirates stadium. Bue when the 70th minute came Alexis Sanchez headed in at the far post from an Olivier Giroud flick.

The game appeared to have a dramatic shift entirely to Arsenal’s favour with Sanchez’s goal, and by riding the momentum, Arsenal bagged their second just five minutes later when substitute Lucas Perez volleyed into the far corner.

With eight minutes left, Simon Francis went into a full-blooded challenge with Aaron Ramsey that referee Michael Oliver deemed harsh enough for a straight red. Down to 10 men, Bournemouth, who was retreating deeper and deeper, desperately tried to hang on.

As the hosts slowly buckled under Arsenal’s pressure, the game went into the 92nd minute when Granit Xhaka delivered a cross that Giroud, towering above Steve Cook, headed beyond Artur Boruc.

Their defending flaws notwithstanding, Arsenal displayed strength in character as they managed to muster resilience that kept them fighting – with extra credit given that this was their second fixture in the space of two days.

Thanks to their spirited comeback, the Gunners would also earn a precious point – although it appear an almost pointless gain as Chelsea equaled their record of 13 Preimer League wins and continue to stretch their lead at the top the Premier League table.

Man City moves up to second place with victory over Gunners

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Manchester City moved up to second in the Premier League table as Arsenal squandered a lead to lose 2-1 for the second successive game.

Theo Walcott’s cool fifth-minute finish from Alexis Sanchez’s pass put the Gunners in control just five mintues after the match began.

But as they had been at Everton on Tuesday, they were overpowered again in the second half. As Leroy Sane equalized with a run on to David Silva’s pass to beat Petr Cech not two minutes after the break, Arsenal was left appealing in vain for offside.

The Gunners could only lament their fate as City’s winner came 19 minutes from time, as Raheem Sterling took hold of Kevin de Bruyne’s brilliant over-the-shoulder pass to arrow a low finish past Cech at his near post.

The victory could finally bolster City’s title ambitions once more following a poor run of results. Although they are still seven points behind league leaders Chelsea, they completed a damaging double for Arsenal as the Gunners now lies nine points behind Antonio Conte’s side.

Against Tony Pulis’s West Bromwich Albion, Chelsea needed just a single strike by Diego Costa in the second half to maintain the Blues’ winning run. It was Costa’s 13th goal this season – one ahead of his finally tally in the last – and also the 11th win in succession for Chelsea – a club record.

On the other hand, third-placed Liverpool could also leapfrog City should they win the Merseyside derby against Everton at Goodison Park tonight.