Arsenal 1-0 Bournemouth: Report, Ratings & Reaction as David Luiz Scores to Help Gunners Climb Table

Arsenal​ returned to winning ways in the Premier League and moved up to third thanks to a 1-0 win over Bournemouth, summer signing David Luiz scoring his first goal for the club.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came close to breaking the deadlock with a curled long-range effort after five minutes, but it was actually Luiz who struck first thanks to a simple header from Nicolas Pépé’s corner.

It certainly wasn’t a vintage performance from either side and chances came at a premium for both sets of fans in north London, with things not improving too much after the half-time break.

The introduction of Gabriel Martinelli and Ryan Fraser brought a little more urgency to the match, but ultimately a very quiet second half petered out without any real excitement and Arsenal held on for what was just about a deserved win.



Key Talking Point

Arsenal might be known for their ability on the ball, but forwards Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pépé worked tirelessly off it with their pressing on Sunday to force Bournemouth into mistakes.

Unai Emery’s side were helped out by Bournemouth’s passiveness throughout the game, but Arsenal maintained their momentum and always looked to keep the Cherries on the back foot.

Bukayo Saka,Jack Stacey

The Gunners were also uncharacteristically dangerous from corners throughout, and although Arsenal hardly put on the best of displays for their supporters, they did just about enough to clinch three points and move up to third place in the table.

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Leno (7); Chambers (7), Sokratis (6), Luiz (8), Kolasinac (6); Xhaka (6), Guendouzi (8), Ceballos (7); Pepe (7), Aubameyang (7), Saka (6).

Substitutes: Martinelli (7), Willock (6), Torreira (N/A).

STAR PLAYER – Well, this is a tough one, and not for the reason that Arsenal fans would hope for.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did the ugly side of being a lone striker very well, while Mateo Guendouzi once again controlled the midfield, but match-winner David Luiz certainly stole the headlines at Emirates Stadium.

The 32-year-old wasn’t at his best defensively, but did offer a glimpse of his fantastic passing ability throughout the game and crucially scored the winning goal in what proved to be a hard-fought game for the Gunners.


Key Talking Point

It’s hardly a well-kept secret that Arsenal can be got at, but for some reason Eddie Howe set up his side to play perfectly into Arsenal’s hands on Sunday.

With a starting lineup that looked like it would cause Arsenal all sorts of problems on the counter-attack, Bournemouth spent most of their time trying to build through either Harry Wilson or Dominic Solanke – as opposed to the pacey Josh King or Callum Wilson.


Slow build-up play worked wonders for a pressing Arsenal team who forced Bournemouth into mistakes, and although things did improve after the break, they basically handed the hosts all three points on a silver platter.

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Ramsdale (6); Stacey (7), S. Cook (6), Ake (7), Rico (7); H. Wilson (5), Lerma (4) Billing (6), King (5); C. Wilson (4), Solanke (5).

Substitutes: Fraser (6), Groeneveld (6), Francis (6).

STAR PLAYER – There really weren’t any standout players for Eddie Howe’s side, but Bournemouth’s best moments did come through left-back Diego Rico.

The Spaniard showed exactly why he’s already picked up two assists this season, but Rico’s dangerous delivery on Sunday was let down by Bournemouth’s attacking players, who all too often were lethargic in the final third.

Looking Ahead

Arsenal will travel to Sheffield United after the international break before returning to Europa League action with their changed squad at home to Vitoria, while Bournemouth will host Norwich City in two weeks time.

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