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Player Ratings: Arsenal 3-1 Bournemouth

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Arsenal cruised to a 3-1 win over Bournemouth and  a crucial three points at the Emirates this afternoon.

The Gunners were given a scare at 1-1 when Bournemouth equalised from the penalty spot, but came out and produced a dominant second-half display. Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring in the 12th minute, as defender, Steve Cook unwittingly gave the ball to the Chilean who then calmly slotted it away. Arsenal were is control of the game until Monreal gave a penalty away after a foul on Calum Wilson, who dispatched it with ease. 

Thereafter Bournemouth dominated the game, stringing together brilliant passing moves, however, Arsenal had a great chance to take the lead, when Alexis had a shot crash off the bar after a powerful strike. Arsenal re-took the lead on the 53rd minute after a bright start to the second-half; Monreal crossed from inside the 6-yard box for Theo Walcott to tap home with his head. 

Arsenal assured themselves of the three points, with a third goal when Mesut Ozil played through Olivier Giroud who squared to Alexis for his second goal of the game. So with let’s take a look at the game the player ratings for today.

Petr Cech: 7/10

The Veteran was a mere spectator for the first-half with Bournemouth dominating possession but not making it count. There was nothing Cech could do with the penalty as it was slotted away well, but Cech did make a crucial save at 2-1 from former Gunner, Benik Afobe from within the six-yard box – a crucial save which helped secure the three points. 

Mathieu Debuchy- N/A

Didn’t play long enough to warrant a rating as he came off with an injury early into the game. 

Shkodran Mustafi- 8/10

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Mustafi played brilliantly well, winning headers and making crucial interceptions. He looked much better today, after a poor performance against Manchester United and PSG, the German had a faultless afternoon.

Laurent Koscielny: 8.5/10

Likewise, his partner, Koscielny was solid at the heart of the defence. Not the most vocal captain but Koscielny leads by example and shows his teammates just how to play. Very good one-on-one today against the pace of Bournemouth’s forwards, and he won the majority of his headers.

Nacho Monreal: 7/10

Monreal was good today, with his only mistake being the penalty he gave away. A bit naive in his shielding of the ball, while Wilson was smart in winning the penalty. Monreal has a habit of giving soft penalties away and needs to eradicate it from his game. The Spaniard made up for it with the assist for Theo Walcott, with a great cross insdie the six-yard box.

Granit Xhaka: 8/10

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His passing is was sets him aside from Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny. That was on display today; nice and neat with plenty of good balls going through to Arsenal’s forwards.

Mohamed Elneny: 7/10

The energy of the Egyptian shows he is much needed in an Arsenal side full of flair and creativity. Elneny made crucial tackles and was good in his closing down. His passing like Xhaka was neat and tidy, hardly giving the ball away unlike how he did against Manchester United, however, he is sometimes guilty of being found too high up the field when pressing.

Theo Walcott: 7/10

Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League

Decent in the first-half without really reaching the heights we have seen of him this season. His crossing is a real weakness of his game and he could much more to improve it. He played brilliantly well when he got the ball and ran at the Bournemouth defence and capped off a fine display with a headed goal. Now on 99 goals and just one away from reaching the 100 club.

Mesut Ozil: 7/10

Played alright in the first-half without causing the Bournemouth defence much harm. The German improved massively in the second-half, twisting right back Brad Smith inside out to find Monreal who crossed for Walcott to score. Ozil is one of the very best when tasked with taking on a man in a stationary one-on-one and he showed that today.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 7/10

Played much better today than in recent months where he has been putting in poor performances. Showed his intention from the off when he ran straight at the Bournemouth defence. He has probably placed down a marker for a regular starting place with Alex Iwobi looking poor in recent weeks.

Alexis Sanchez: 9.5/10

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My man of the match today for his sheer effort and well taken two goals. The Chilean is the team’s driving force and is making the striker role his own after initially struggling at the beginning of the season. One of his best performances for Arsenal – it was needed. 

Substitutes:

Gabriel Paulista: 7/10

The Brazilian was tasked with handling Junior Stanislas after Debuchy’s injury and looked brilliant. Never got exposed and looked very good in one-on-ones. He could have done with getting forward a bit more and helping Walcott on the right wing.

Olivier Giroud: 6.5/10

Wasn’t on for long enough to get a higher rating but he did get an assist for Arsenals third.

Aaron Ramsey: N/A

Didnt play long enough to warrant a rating.

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