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.


Joel Campbell – 5

Nacho Monreal – N/A

Alex Iwobi – N/A