Arsenal secure battling home win over Bournemouth (1-0)
6 October, 2019
Unai Emery’s Arsenal were back in Premier League action at Emirates Stadium after Thursday night’s win in European competiton. There was only one change to the starting line-up from Monday’s match at Old Trafford, with Dani Ceballos coming in for Lucas Torreira.
Just as they did against Standard Liege, Arsenal started quickly and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came close to opening the scoring in the 6th minute, but his curling shot went just the wrong side of the right post. The Arsenal fans didn’t have to wait too long for the next chance to arrive. This time it was David Luiz who made a near post run to meet a perfectly placed Nicolas Pepe corner and glance it past the goalkeeper into the bottom left corner. Pepe almost added to his assist with a brilliant goal halfway through the first half, but his powerful effort fizzed inches over the bar. The second half saw the visitors come back into the match and create chances to equalise but Arsenal defended resolutely, with Calum Chambers in particular having to make a few crucial tackles. Gabriel Martinelli almost doubled the Gunners’ lead after good work from Joe Willock but his shot went over the bar. The final score of 1-0 to Arsenal means that Unai Emery’s team go into the international break in third place with 15 points from the first eight Premier League fixtures
The first game after the international break will be on Monday the 21st of October, away against Sheffield United in the Premier League.