LiveArsenal beat Bournemouth - reaction

Summary

  1. Ozil smashes in from close range
  2. Oxlade-Chamberlain drives in from tight angle
  3. Gunners had not scored in previous three PL games
  4. Win takes Arsenal up to third

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By Gary Rose

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Manager reaction

Bournemouth 0-2 Arsenal

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, speaking to BBC Sport: "We were slow out the blocks today, which is unlike us. If you give a team like Arsenal time on the ball they will punish you.

"We were much-improved in the second half without getting that goal to put them under pressure. We kept going, kept fighting, and if we had got that goal back with say 20 minutes to go, it would have made for an interesting finish. We got into some really good positions without the cutting edge we have had in recent weeks."

Manager reaction

Bournemouth 0-2 Arsenal

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, speaking to BBC Sport: "We had a strong start, with good finishing and we controlled the game. We beat a good side, it was three difficult points but three very important points for us because we had not won for a while.

"We lost a bit of our urgency in the second half. We lost the killer instinct to get the third goal and on top of that Bournemouth are physically a strong team.

"It was a must-win game for us today. Leicester have made a big impression in the last week after their results. They suddenly become the favourite in the Premier League and it makes our game a big game."

Player reaction

Bournemouth 0-2 Arsenal

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, speaking to Sky Sports: "The game was won in the first half really. The boys responded really well and we go back to winning ways. Hopefully we can keep this run going now.

"I am pleased for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. It was a good performance from him today and hopefully he can keep up the form."

Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini, speaking to Sky Sports: "It was a good team effort. I am very happy for the team. We have a tough game next week against Leicester and we have to win it."

Stats you need to know

Bournemouth 0-2 Arsenal

  • Bournemouth have now met Arsenal three times in all competitions, losing each clash without reply (conceded seven).
  • The Gunners are unbeaten in 23 fixtures against newly-promoted sides, winning 19 and drawing four.
  • Mesut Ozil has now scored in both Premier League matches versus Bournemouth this season with both goals having been assisted by Olivier Giroud.
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored his first Premier League goal in 38 appearances. It was his first goal involvement in 26 Premier League games (assist v West Ham 28th December 2014).
  • Petr Cech kept his 12th clean sheet of the season; more than any other Premier League goalkeeper.

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Andrew Worby: Dont know why people are complaining, Bournemouth never looked like scoring.

Asser Ghozlan: Back to winning ways, solid win, back in contention with the league leaders to come next week & above City, why the negativity?

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Southend manager Phil Brown

"Back to basics for Arsenal. Petr Cech made a huge difference with the clean sheet mentality and nothing went past Gabriel. After going 2-0 up in the first half it was an old-fashioned display of defensive quality. And the same again might just work well for them against Leicester next week."

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The defeat for Bournemouth, meanwhile, means they remain in 15th, five points above the relegation zone.

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James C: Good to climb a place today but still below Spurs and still with a dodgy goal difference.  

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Ex-Bournemouth defender John Williams at the Vitality Stadium

"Arsenal will feel they have done all they needed to. Bournemouth opened them up on a few occasions but Arsene Wenger's side deserve the win."

FULL-TIME

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Three important points for Arsenal as they get their stuttering title challenge back up and running. They are third, but are level on points with Tottenham in second.

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Andrew Hook: Poor second half performance this. Arsenal should be going for goals and taking some momentum into next week.

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Ex-Bournemouth defender John Williams at the Vitality Stadium

"Dear me. Great chances, both firmly struck, but you can't argue with saves like that when you're hitting the target."

SUBSTITUTION

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Theo Walcott is on for Olivier Giroud for a 30-second run about.

OFF THE LINE

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Arsenal fail to clear a cross and Steve Cook's low drive is blocked on the line by Petr Cech's leg, before the keeper gets up to claw away Harry Arter's follow up. Crucial saves.

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Arsenal, though, hit back with a swift counter but Aaron Ramsey's shot is charged down by Artur Boruc.

Three minutes of added time.

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Josh King doesn't miss a cross this time, meeting the ball with his thigh but the effort is straight at Petr Cech.

It seems like Arsene Wenger's defensive changes is resulting in the Gunners inviting some unnecessary late pressure...

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BBC Radio Solent

Ex-Bournemouth defender John Williams at the Vitality Stadium

"I was waiting to see the ball nestle in the back of the net - but it just went straight past Joshua King's forehead!"

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Dan: This is exactly why Arsenal won't win the league, we just can't kill teams off and control a game.

CLOSE!

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As I finished typing that previous message, Bournemouth were not far off from pulling one back.

Junior Stanislas sent in a perfect ball that just shaved the top of Josh King's head. So close.

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The Sunderland fightback had started around now against Liverpool yesterday but if Bournemouth produce something similar, I'll supply the office biscuits for the rest of the season. 

The Cherries haven't had a shot on target in this half.

SUBSTITUTION

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That slightly embarrassing act is Alexis Sanchez's last of the game. On comes Kieran Gibbs, who takes up his position on the left side of midfield.

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Simon Francis has just absolutely done Alexis Sanchez, nicking the ball and putting the former Barcelona man on his backside. 

Never thought that would be a sentence I would be writing when I watched Francis knocking about in League One a couple of years ago.

SUBSTITUTION

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It has not been the fairytale reunion with Arsenal for Benik Afobe. He hasn't made an impact on this game and his time is up. Lewis Grabban replaces him for the final 15 minutes or so.

Gary Neville's Valencia goes again

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Gary Neville's Valencia have just kicked off against Real Betis, with the former Manchester United man looking to pick up his first league win.

Find out if he can manage it here.

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Ex-Bournemouth defender John Williams at the Vitality Stadium

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"You feel Bournemouth will still get a big chance, it's been building up. Josh King and Junior Stanislas have looked very hungry since coming on - maybe something will fall to one of them."

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Junior Stanislas has the ball just outside the area, he has options but decides to go it alone with an effort not too dissimilar to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's in the first half. 

The shot deflects off Laurent Koscielny and briefly looks like it may catch out Petr Cech, but no danger in the end. He is all over it.

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...which is cleared. 

As you were.

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Not one of Bournemouth's crosses from open play into the Arsenal box have found a Bournemouth player. The Cherries have had most of the possession in this half, but they are running out of ideas when they get towards the Arsenal box.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have a corner...

SUBSTITUTION

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A change for Arsenal now too as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, scorer of the second goal, comes off, with Francis Coquelin.

Coquelin slots into midfield alongside Mathieu Flamini, while Aaron Ramsey is now operating on the right side of the three behind Olivier Giroud.

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Ex-Bournemouth defender John Williams at the Vitality Stadium

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"It's starting to go the home side's way here, they just need to confirm it with a goal. The clinical moment hasn't arrived yet but - dare I say it - it's coming - they're getting closer and closer..."

SUBSTITUTION

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That shocker of a shot is Dan Gosling's last action of the game as he is replaced by Josh King. Matt Ritchie, also guilty of some wayward finishing, is replaced by Junior Stanislas.

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Definitely a much better showing from Bournemouth in this half, but still lacking in the final third as a Matt Ritchie free-kick is headed away by Nacho Monreal before Dan Gosling makes a mess of his shot and floats an effort into the stands behind the goal.

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Aaron Ramsey has been excellent today, having a hand in both goals. He sets Mesut Ozil away with a chipped ball towards the box and the German wriggles down to the byeline, gets goalside of Adam Smith and pings a low ball across the face of goal, but Charlie Daniels is there to sweep up the danger.

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Ian Funnell: Arsenal have gone back to walking pace and standing off them. Shouldn't be letting them back in this...

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Arsenal's defence has looked a little suspect, but they are always a danger in attack as Olivier Giroud meets a Mesut Ozil corner, but directs his header too close to Artur Boruc.

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Arsenal are in danger of letting Bournemouth back into this as the hosts carve out another opportunity as Dan Gosling's pass for Matt Ritchie creeps through the defence, but the Bournemouth winger is offside.

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Ex-Bournemouth defender John Williams at the Vitality Stadium

"An awful lot better from Bournemouth. They needed to start moving the ball a lot quicker than they did in the opening 45 minutes  - and they're doing it now. It's been a good positive start to the second half." 

CLOSE!

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Best moment of the game from Bournemouth as Adam Smith, Matt Ritchie and Dan Gosling exchanges passes on the right side of the area. A chance on goal presents itself when Gosling's clever ball gives Smith sight of goal and he hooks a shot into the sidenetting.

Better from the Cherries.

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Plenty of possession and urgency from Bournemouth in these first few minutes of the second half. They almost fashion a chance as Dan Gosling attempts to complete a one-two with Benik Afobe, but his return pass is blocked by Laurent Koscielny.

KICK-OFF

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Nope, no changes for either side as the hosts get us back up and running.

Bournemouth 0-2 Arsenal

Will Eddie Howe make any changes? Doesn't look like it as both sets of players jog back out onto the pitch for the second half.

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Sam Pauli: Aaron Ramsey's best performance in a long time. Much, much better on the ball. Confident but not stupid. Love it.

Joe Buzzard: Dammit Bournemouth, you had one job...so come back with fury in the second half, yeah?

bel tekle: I wonder how this Arsenal side can handle the total football of Leicester next week...

'Giggs the man for United?

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Martin Keown

Former Arsenal defender on MOTD2 Extra

"It's not exactly rosy at Manchester United. They're 15 points behind Leicester and out of the Champions League. I'm not sure what's in that note pad of Louis van Gaal's half the time. 

"It's a big job for Ryan Giggs, if the plan was for him to take over. I'm not saying he won't be a good manager, but look at what's happened with Gary Neville. Giggs has been an iconic figure at the club, but will they take the plunge and give him the job? I'm not so sure they will."

We will have live text commentary on this game from 15:00 GMT.

The logical left

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Isn't it the right side of the brain that's supposed to be all about creativity?

Plenty of play coming down the Arsenal left wing in that first half...

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A whopping 66.3% of their attacks in fact
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'Proper football'

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BBC Radio 5 Live

Southend manager Phil Brown

"Arsenal are playing real football. It's not just about making 3,000 passes, this. They're getting the ball up to the men up front and there's been plenty of energy going in to support from Sanchez, Ozil, Ramsey and Oxlade-Chamberlain. At the back, there's been a bit of no-nonsense to get the ball into the stands when they need to as well. Proper football."

Ozil the Great

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Mesut Ozil must love Bournemouth. His goal today was his first since 28 December, when Arsenal beat the Cherries 2-0 at Emirates.

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Ex-Bournemouth defender John Williams at the Vitality Stadium

"At 2-0 down Bournemouth will have just been hoping to avoid the third goal, because then they really would have been dead and buried. Maybe it's time for changes at the break..." 

HALF-TIME

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Arsenal haven't lost a Premier League game in which they had a two-goal lead at half-time since November 2010. 

The stats are on Arsenal's side, but anything can happen.

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Great work by Petr Cech as Nacho Monreal fails to pick up Adam Smith on the right and he ghosts on to a pass but his shot is charged down by the Arsenal keeper.

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Arsenal are on the attack as two added minutes are shown on the fourth official's board.

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Adam Smith has supplied a few good crosses but this is not one of the better ones as he looks for Benik Afobe's run but overhits his pass and the ball goes out of play.

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Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is scribbling some notes into his little pad. 

Plenty to think about at half-time, with his side just not looking clinical enough in the final third - just one shot on target so far.

How's stat?!

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's strike was his first goal involvement in 26 Premier League games (assist v West Ham, 28 December 2014).

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A 2-0 lead is a dangerous one to have, just ask Liverpool.

Matt Ritchie has a chance to reduce the deficit but has seemingly left his shooting boots at home as he lashes over from the edge of the area after good work from Charlie Daniels.

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Herschell Bennett: Still feeling the fear for Arsenal; not dominating enough.

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Ex-Bournemouth defender John Williams at the Vitality Stadium

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"Arsenal are looking very comfortable. The home side need to have a bit of a breather now after chasing after the ball for 20-odd passes- again. What they can do to change the game though..."

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A tough balancing attack for Bournemouth. They need to become more adventurous and support Benik Afobe in attack, but at the same time avoid exposing themselves to Arsenal's swift counter. 

At the moment, they are leaving Afobe up top by himself, a wise choice as a rampaging Aaron Ramsey run reminds them of how quickly the Gunners can turn defence into attack, however the Cherries could really do with a goal before half-time.

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A lucky escape for Bournemouth as Nacho Monreal goes down right on the edge of the area under a challenge by Matt Ritchie. Nothing given.

Moments later, the hosts attack again as Marc Pugh gets the better of Hector Bellerin and bursts into the box, but Monreal gets back quickly to make a vital challenge, although it wouldn't have counted anyway as the referee's whistle goes for an earlier handball by Pugh.

How the goals were scored

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Mesut Ozil's opener
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain