Despite an edgy first half, Arsenal managed to grind out a reasonably comfortable 2-0 win against Bournemouth.

The first half was frenetic. We looked keen to make a difference early on but our eagerness meant we were making sloppy mistakes and as the half wore on, the Emirates crowd were getting nervous.

Thankfully, a fantastic opening goal from Gabriel set the standard and we continued to get chances throughout.

In the second half, Ozil sealed the deal with a stunning finish thanks to a superb flicked assist from Giroud.

Petr Cech – 7

Although the keeper didn’t have a lot to do, he kept yet another clean sheet, making him the most successful pair of safe hands in Premier League history.

Hector Bellerin – 6

The full-back is still having issues with both his positioning and crossing.

Gabriel – 8

Not only did he score his first goal for Arsenal – a great header – but he continued to be a goal threat and was incredibly secure at the back.

Per Mertesacker – 7.5

Although some say he should have done better when he was hit in the face with a ball off post and should have somehow directed it into the goal, I think that’s being a bit harsh and the big man had a decent game.

Kieran Gibbs – 7

The defender put in some rash challenges early on but seemed to calm down as the match wore on.

Aaron Ramsey – 8

The Welshman was full of beans once again and even had a couple of chances on goal.

Calum Chambers – 7.5

The youngster did really well in a relatively new position. He was solid and had a brilliant game.

Mesut Ozil – 9

The German almost single-handedly ran the game. Even before his assist he could have set up several goals and to have him score one was the cherry on top.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7

Although his crossing in general wasn’t great, it was his fantastic strength down the right wing, which led to the corner that we scored our first goal from.

Theo Walcott – 7

A little bit wasteful, especially with the amount of chances Ozil was setting him up with.

Olivier Giroud – 7

The big man didn’t have a fantastic game but his assist for Ozil’s goal was stunning. The cheeky flick wasn’t the first the Frenchman has supplied and I’m sure it won’t be the last.

SUBS

Joel Campbell – 5

Nacho Monreal – N/A

Alex Iwobi – N/A

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