Arsenal extended their unbeaten run across all competitions to 17 matches after they picked up a 2-1 triumph at Bournemouth in the Premier League. The Gunners opening the scoring after a fortuitous own goal from Jefferson Lerma at the 30th-minute mark but they were pegged back just seconds before the break with Joshua King scoring on his injury return.
However, Unai Emery’s men were by far the better side during the second period and they eventually split the difference after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang found the scoresheet from close range in the 67th minute. The winner ensured that Aubameyang reached the 20-goal mark for the Gunners much quicker than clubs legends Thierry Henry and Ian Wright.
Two things we learned:
Arsenal continue with their Premier League upheaval: Arsenal have found themselves in a number of tricky positions this term but time and time again, they have managed to find the key breakthrough in the second half of matches. The same was the case on Sunday where the Gunners’ lack of defensive concentration cost them right before the half-time whistle, but they managed to show a steely resolve following the interval. Aubameyang was guilty of missing a clear-cut chance after being put through by Henrikh Mkhitaryan but the Gabonese made amends by netting the winner thereafter which ended the club’s sequence of three league draws. Arsenal are now just one point behind fourth-placed Chelsea, who hold the final Champions League spot.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan with another lowly performance: Mkhitaryan scored a rather fortuitous goal from the bench in the 1-1 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers but barring that, his performances have not been up to scratch. Despite this, he was a surprise inclusion in the first XI ahead of both Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey but he did not do much to justify his selection barring the one splendid pass for Aubameyang. Mkhitaryan had a couple of wayward attempts on goal with his weak left foot and besides this, he was equally disappointing on the defensive front after failing to track David Brooks’ run in the lead up to the Cherries’ equaliser before the interval.
Image – Getty