Daichi Kamada scored a brilliant double as Eintracht Frankfurt came from a goal down to defeat Arsenal and add more fuel to the speculation about manager Unai Emery’s future.
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Arsenal fell to another defeat on Thursday as a second-half Daichi Kamada double was enough to give Eintracht Frankfurt victory at an eerie Emirates Stadium.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the hosts the lead on the cusp of half time when his shot bounced in off the crossbar, but Daichi Kamada curled into the bottom corner ten minutes after the break as the Bundesliga side – whose fans were denied entry from the stadium – found their feet.
But German fans who had snuck into the ground could be heard when Kamada latched onto a loose ball and fired into the bottom left corner, condemning Unai Emery’s men to a first home defeat of the season.
10′ CLOSE! Willock’s header wideout
GREAT CHANCE! Saka gets a yard of space out on the left and he crosses into the box, but Willock and Aubameyang seem to get in each other’s way! It’s Aubameyang that gets his head to it, but it’s wide.
15′ Martinelli’s shot stopped by Ronnow
SAVE! Martinelli feeding Willock on the right for a cross, but Fernandes blocks for an Arsenal corner. It’s Xhaka’s delivery, and a great save from Ronnow to deny Martinelli at the near post! A really poor defensive header from Da Costa back across goal sets that chance up!
28′ Saka’s shot stopped by Ronnow
Saka nearly gets in behind, but Ronnow rushes off his line to prevent him from getting a shot away. He’s picked up an injury in the process – brave goalkeeping to close Saka down. But what a threat Saka is with his pace and footwork.
31′ Sub! Guendouzi replaces David Luiz
Luiz picked up an injury earlier in the half and he’s unable to continue, clutching his chest ever since. Guendouzi comes on to replace him in midfield.
40′ Saka’s shot stopped by Ronnow again
RON NOW SAVES! Willock does exceptionally well to pick out Saka through traffic in the box and the teenager draws another good save from Ronnow at his near post. And Chambers with a volley on the follow-up forces Ronnow into another save!
46′ GOAL! Arsenal 1-0 Frankfurt (Aubameyang)
Goal! Arsenal lead 1-0! Great play again from Martinelli to create a yard of space for himself on the right and he fizzes a low cross into the six-yard box, left by Saka and Aubameyang is there to drill it home. It takes a touch off Ronnow’s foot and he very nearly manages to knock it over the bar, but it’s over the line and Aubameyang now into double figures for the season.
46′ CLOSE! Willock misses a golden chance!
WILLOCK DENIED! Martinelli starts the second half just as he began the first – on fire! He feeds Willock with a great through ball and the midfielder tries to dink it over the keeper, but Abraham is there to get a touch on it and divert it behind!
55′ GOAL! Arsenal 1-1 Frankfurt (Kamada)
Goal! Frankfurt equalize! Will Arsenal come to rue their missed chances? Kamada punishes the Gunners for their profligacy and drags Frankfurt level with a wonderful left-footed strike into the bottom-left corner. It’s his first European goal!
64′ GOAL! Arsenal 1-2 Frankfurt (Kamada)
Goal! Frankfurt lead 2-1! It’s Kamada with a brace! The warning signs were apparent, but Arsenal didn’t react to the changing flow of the game. All from a poorly defended corner – the ball drops to Kamada in space at the edge of the box and he tucks a low shot into the bottom-left corner.
88′ Saka goes down in the box but the ref says no penalty!
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That’s beautiful from Saka – he just shifts his body weight to get away from his marker, drawing a challenge from Kostic. Saka then goes down in the box, the crowd call for a penalty, but the referee waves it away.