Eddie Howe was happy to praise Arsenal’s performance after we beat Bournemouth 2-0 on their turf on Sunday.
The league win was huge for us, considering we hadn’t won in four games prier.
The Cherries’ boss was particularly impressed by our goals, especially Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s and also praised Petr Cech after he made some key saves, which meant he kept his 12th clean sheet of the season.
“The quality of the goals, especially the second one,” Howe said to the BBC post-match.
“I thought that was a great finish from a tight angle – made it very difficult for us but credit to our lads. We kept going and we kept fighting and working, and on another day, if we had got that goal back with 20 minutes to go, it could have been an interesting finish.”
He continued, “[Cech] made a couple of really good saves late in the game. We got in some really good positions today without the cutting edge that we’ve had in recent weeks.
“We have to acknowledge the quality of the teams we’re playing against and put this one to bed and move on.”
The goals weren’t just huge from an Arsenal winning perspective, they were big for the individual players. Although Mesut Ozil has been a revelation this season, it’s been a little while since he’s done anything of major impact on the pitch.
In addition, the Ox has been poor recently and there’s no way to get around it. Many are surprised he’s still getting starts. However, on Sunday we saw a much more composed forward, something he hasn’t been in a while, and his goal was the icing on top of what was a much improved performance.