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Match Report: Bournemouth 1 – 2 Arsenal

AFC Bournemouth (1) 1 Arsenal (1) 2
Premier League
Vitality Stadium, Dean Court, Bournemouth BH7 7AF
Sunday, 25th November 2018. Kick-off time: 1.30pm

(4-2-3-1) Leno: Mustafi, Sokratis, Holding, Bellerín; Torreira, Xhaka; Kolašinac, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi; Aubameyang
Substitutes: Cech, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Özil, Guendouzi, Nketiah, Ramsey,
Scorers: Lerma (o.g.), Aubameyang
Yellow Cards: Sokratis
Referee: Craig Pawson
Attendance: 10,792

Back to the Vitality Stadium (Dean Court) for another heart-stopping match; in the last two games there, we drew 3-3 and lost 1-2, and in the forner, we wre 0-3 down before dragging a point out of what was seemingly a lost match. Today with a new manager and new players, we can surely hope for a victory on the south coast! Bearing in mind that Arsenal have drawn the last four matches, it became important for everyone associated with the club to chalk up a win today.

The atmosphere was electric in the stadium from both sets of supporters, and remained so, particularly when the home side had a goal ruled out for offside ten minutes into the game. Bournemouth remained on the ascendancy for the next twenty minutes when it appeared that they not only had several close chances, but controlled proceedings. All this went by the wayside when on just half an hour on the clock, they conceded what can only be explained as a bizarre own goal. Sead Kolašinac crossed from the left, and Jefferson Lerma stuck a leg out to block the cross, but only succeeded in firing the ball past the hapless goalkeeper. Although one down, this merely hardened Bournemouth’s resolve to equalise the score, and by half-time, it could be stated that it was truly anyone’s match to win. Sure enough, Bournemouth’s persistence paid off with a first-half injury time equaliser from Josh King that rejuvenated the home crowd.

Arsenal never gave up, and in the second half started to control the match with the close passing and firm tackling that we have come to expect of them this season. After several close misses, Arsenal found a way through the solid Bournemouth defence with nearly twenty minutes left on the clock. Alex Iwobi and Sead Kolašinac linked up very well on the left hand side, and with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang playing in the central striker’s role (in the absence of the injured Alexandre Lacazette) found the net with a sliding finish that left the home side deflated. Bournemouth came close a couple of times in the closing stages, but ultimately were unable to grab an equaliser; although Arsenal looked in trouble a few times throughout the match, they were able to soak up periods of intense pressure to thoroughly deserve their three points, which meant that not only this win extended their run to 17 games, but more importantly kept in touch with the top four, now being just a point behomd fourth place Chelsea.

This match today saw the players step up and although being under considerable pressure for large periods of the game, still managed to regroup and bring the match to the home side. Lucas Torreira and Sead Kolašinac were immense today, with their dynamic and assertive play constanatly inspiring their team-mates throughout the game. Thye decision by Mr. Emery to keep Mesut Özil on the bench was the correct one overall; there are some games that just don’t suit his style of play, and today’s was one of those. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is fastly becoming (what looks to be) the Premiership’s top striker with 23 goals in 26 league appearances (and the tenth this season across all competitions), and in today’s match he showed his class throughout. We are dogged, determined and looking hard to beat, and with the next two Premiership matches being a home match against Tottenham and Hotpsur and an away tie at Manchester United this win will give everyone the confidence that they desperately needed, Remember everyone, keep the faith, get behind the team and the manager, as these early days are going to be crucial for our future success in all competitions. Stick with the winners. Victoria Concordia Crescit.

Steve

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Arsenal finally return with key trip to Bournemouth

This international break seems to have been the longest in history.

After 7 games in 20 days, Arsenal games were coming thick and fast prior to the recent interlul. No games in the last 14 days has made it a very dull 2 weeks.

So today we are back, and looking to return to winning ways.

17 unbeaten in all competitions masks the fact that Arsenal are 3 Premier League games without a win and have fallen out of the top 4.

Just the 1 win in 5 games – in the League Cup against Blackpool, means we are in the first mini blip of the Unai Emery era.

With league fixtures against Tottenham (home) and Manchester United (away) following Bournemouth, it is essential that the side gets the 3 points on the south coast.

A failure to win could see the wheels come off a bit, and could result in no Premier League wins in 6 games. Victory against Bournemouth, followed by a win in Ukraine and we then go into the North London full of confidence.

Arsenal come into the game with an injury crisis having creeper up on the club.

Long term absentees Laurent Koscielny and Konstantinos Mavropanos remain out.

Unai Emery has offered positive news regarding the Frenchman’s return.

“He feels better in each training,” said Emery of Koscielny. “He is close to being with us for competitive games. We are happy with him.”

“He is with us every day and we are going to think after the international break how we continue working and playing games.”

With Danny Welbeck already sidelined with an ankle injury, strikers Alexandre Lacazette (groin) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (back) are doubts.

The pair have been involved in gym work at London Colney this week, but not participated in full training. Emery will likely be forced to risk one.

Elswhere, full-back Nacho Monreal is sidelined for the next two weeks with the Spaniard suffering with a hamstring injury, a problem which is also affecting Stephan Lichtsteiner.

This will mean that Saed Kolasinac will be given a run in the team, and an opportunity to stake his place to be Arsenal’s left back for the long term future.

We will also probably see the return of Sokratis to the centre of the defence, with Rob Holding the man to miss out.

Expected line up:

Leno

Bellerin Mustafi Sokratis Kolasinac

Torreira Xhaka

Iwobi Ozil Mkhitaryan

Lacazette

Keenos

Bournemouth, Booing Sanchez, Title Rivals and Everton

Bournemouth

We won, expected us to win, we did what was expected.

A bit like I expected us to lose at Stoke and Liverpool, Saturday was a routine win. Not much to get excited over.

Good post-game drink up though.

Booing Sanchez

Title Rivals

Early doors I know, but Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea look streaks ahead of everyone else this campaign. I expect United and City to start breaking away as their first XI’s and squads are incredible. Chelsea will fall away due to a thin squad – there last two title triumphs have been due to being able to keep a core 14 players fit.

With regards to everyone else, it is much of a muchness.

Thousands of column inches have been written about Arsenal’s crisis. And things are not great. But also a lot has been written about how great Tottenham and Liverpool are. That they are upwardly mobile, forward thinking clubs. 1 point splits the 3 clubs after the first 4 games.

It just shows how the media can spin your perspective on things. Arsenal are not as bad as many make out. Liverpool and Spurs are not as good as they make out.

Expect it to be close between all 3 for 4th place spot.

The caveat is however that Arsenal will not be in the title race this season. It is OK being like Nelson Muntz and pointing and laughing at others misfortune, but we are in a bad position. We should be talking about competing with City, United and Chelsea, not small clubs like Liverpool and Spurs.

Everton

Talking of small clubs, it seems to have gone unnoticed about how poor Everton have been this season.

The talk over the summer was about brilliant they had been. Their new majority shareholder – Arsenal’s ex share holder Farhad Moshiri – had breathed new life into the Scouse club. Attracted massive new investment and made funds available to buy in players.

And they bought in a lot of players. 14 in total. £133,100,000 spent. There was talk about how they would be a threat this season. That they were showing Arsenal how to do it. That with a top manager and funds spent, they would be challenging for the top 4.

After 4 games, they have 4 points.

Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger have both spoken in the past about buying too many players. Admittedly Arsenal did not buy enough this summer, but I laughed in August when people were demanding the club buy an additional 5 or 6 players. They pointed at Everton as a club doing it the right way.

But the fact is, Everton were like Spurs when they lost Gareth Bale. They sold their best player (Romelu Lukaku) and replaced him with a load of mid-table averageness.

4 points in 4 games and just 2 goals scored. Well done guys.

Keenos