Arsenal player ratings vs Bournemouth

Arsenal extended their unbeaten Premier League run to 11 matches after they secured a 2-1 victory over Bournemouth on the road on Sunday. The Gunners broke the deadlock after an own-goal from Jefferson Lema in the 30th minute but they were pegged back before the break with Joshua King levelling the scores. However, they managed to reclaim the lead in the 67th minute via Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and that was sufficient to guide them to their first league triumph after four top-flight games.

Player Ratings:

Bernd Leno: The German continued from where he left off versus Wolverhampton Wanderers and he made a couple of impressive saves including one where he had to stretch for an effort which was aimed for the top left corner – 7/10

Shkodran Mustafi: Leno’s compatriot was fielded on the right side of a three-man backline and he was solid throughout with a number of interceptions. He could have, however, cost the team right at the end after conceding a close-range free-kick – 7/10

Sokratis Papastathopoulos: The Greek had been out of the Premier League mix for the past six matches but he was drafted into Emery’s 3-4-3 setup for the weekend. He managed to control the play by becoming the deeper lying centre-back in the three-man backline – 7.5/10

Rob Holding: The Englishman paired Mustafi for the seventh game on the bounce but he went with his job without much fuss. Still, he needs to improve on the distribution after he played a couple of questionable balls – 7/10

Hector Bellerin: Back in the right wing-back role, Bellerin made a number of runs further up the field but he could not find the final delivery to perfection. That pretty much remained his sole flaw in a game where Sead Kolasinac on the opposite flank dominated – 6.5/10

Sead Kolasinac: The Bosnian looked much comfortable playing in the left wing-back role and he created the joint-highest amount of chances during the game. The former Schalke man was also effective with key interceptions and delivered the perfect assist for Aubameyang’s goal from six yards – 8/10

Lucas Torreira: The Uruguayan surprisingly was more of an attacking presence at the Vitality Stadium but that also witnessed him make a couple of wild passes. Settled as the game went on but was substituted due to fatigue – 7/10

Granit Xhaka: Xhaka looked much better with the positional awareness unlike at Wolves and this gave him the confidence to make pin-point passes for most of the game. Tapered off towards the end but that did not hamper the side greatly – 7.5/10

Alex Iwobi: The youngster once more exhibited an excellent workrate but he could not find the cutting edge towards his attacking play. Barring the pass leading up to Kolasinac for the opening goal, he produced a hit and miss performance – 6.5/10

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Emery’s belief in Mkhitaryan will have dampened after the Armenian’s poor showing at Bournemouth. He was responsible for poorly tracking David Brooks before the Cherries’ leveller and thereafter fluffed his lines on numerous occasions. His one good play came through his delivery for Aubameyang, who missed a golden scoring chance – 4/10

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: The Gabon international was left isolated upfront for the opening hour of the game where he fluffed his lines after being handed a glorious chance by Mkhitaryan. He, however, eventually bagged the winner from six yards after he was put in a silver platter by Kolasinac’s  pass – 6.5/10


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