Arsenal smashed Bournemouth 5-1 on Wednesday night, taking full advantage of the opportunity to add to their points tally and goal difference ahead of matches against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.
Just as against Southampton at the weekend, the team made a fast early start, with Mesut Özil scoring within four minutes. Henrikh Mkhitaryan then capitalised on a Bournemouth mistake to make it 2-0, before Arsenal made a mistake of their own to let the away side back into the match at 2-1.
That’s how it remained until half-time, but the Gunners came back out in the second half with a renewed energy, scoring twice in 15 minutes after the break. Laurent Koscielny and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got the goals, assisted by Mkhitaryan in both cases.
That killed the game as a contest, but Alexandre Lacazette still had time to come off the bench and add a fifth from a set piece.
Let’s have a look at our individual player ratings for the clash.
Bernd Leno 7.5
Leno made a great save early on to deny Ryan Fraser one on one, and the German goalkeeper had to make a few more to keep Bournemouth to just one goal in the 90 minutes.
It was a shame he couldn’t keep a clean sheet, but he had no chance with the finish for the goal. On the other hand, it was perhaps a bit too risky to give the ball to Matteo Guendouzi when the Frenchman was under so much pressure. Still, all in all, Leno played well.
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