Important battling win for Arsenal away at Bournemouth (1-2)
25 November, 2018
The next challenge in the Premier League for Unai Emery’s Arsenal team was an away trip to AFC Bournemouth. Arsenal were looking to get back to winning ways after recent draws, as well as further extending the current 16 match unbeaten run in all competitions.
Just as the Basque manager had warned before the match, Bournemouth showed their ability on the ball from the very beginning of the match. The home side had a goal ruled out for offside and Arsenal’s back three were made to work hard to defend a series of attacks. However, when Sead Kolasinac passed a ball from the left wing in the direction of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, his pass was driven into the Bournemouth goal by Jefferson Lerma. The unfortunate own-goal for the hosts seemed to swing the game in Arsenal’s favour, and Alex Iwobi almost doubled the lead with a curling effort. Right on the stroke of half-time, Bournemouth launched a counter-attack which was finished by Josh King, giving Bernd Leno no chance with a firm left-footed shot. With the scores level at half-time, Arsenal knew that they’d need another big second half performance if they were to get the three points.
Arsenal got into their stride soon after the break. Just after the hour mark Henrikh Mkhitaryan did well to win possession in midfield and thread Aubameyang through, but the Gabon international’s effort from 20 yards flew over the bar. It didn’t take long for his next chance to come along, however, and this time he made no mistake. Iwobi found Kolasinac with a great defence-splitting ball, and the wing-back’s low cross was perfectly placed for Aubameyang to score his 10th goal of the season. There were chances for both teams in the closing minutes, but Unai Emery’s team fought hard to close out the game and get an extremely important win. The win takes Arsenal’s unbeaten run to 17 games in all competitions, moving to within one point of the top four.
The squad now turn their attention to this Thursday’s away match in the Europa League against FC Vorskla.