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EPL 2016/17: Arsenal 3-1 Bournemouth - Player Ratings

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Arsenal moved to within 3 points of Chelsea thanks to a 3-1 win against Bournemouth
Shuvam Sinha

An Alexis Sanchez double and a Theo Walcott header ensured that Arsenal completed a routine 3-1 victory over Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Sanchez took complete advantage of a horribly timed backpass by Steve Cook to put Arsenal in front. The lead, however, was cancelled out by Callum Wilson’s disputed spot-kick. Arsene Wenger’s side restored their lead early in the second half as an unmarked Theo Walcott headed the ball in from Nacho Monreal’s wonderfully floated cross. The game was done and dusted in injury time when Sanchez slotted home following an Arsenal break.

We closely scrutinise every player’s performance in the game and assign them a rating on a scale from 1-10:


Arsenal

Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League : News Photo
Alexis Sanchez was Arsenal’s hero yet again

Petr Cech – 7/10

A fantastic save to deny Benik Afobe following a Bournemouth corner in the 75th minute marks the Arsenal goalkeeper’s day.

Mathieu Debuchy – 6/10

An unfortunate hamstring injury ended Debuchy’s afternoon after just 15 minutes. He had a couple of promising link-ups with Theo Walcott on the right side of midfield prior to that.

Laurent Koscielny – 7/10

It was a solid game for the Frenchman, dealing with pretty much every cross directed towards him with fair conviction.

Shkodran Mustafi – 7/10

The German made a number of important clearances and interceptions to thwart Bournemouth on the counter attack and at times when they looked threatening in possession.

Nacho Monreal – 7.5/10

The Spanish left-back can be deemed unlucky to have conceded the penalty which culminated in Bournemouth’s equaliser. He was massively involved in Arsenal’s attacking pursuits, feeding off Oxlade-Chamberlain and at times making inroads towards the byline himself. He provided the assist for Walcott’s goal which restored the Gunners’ lead.

Mohamed Elneny – 6.5/10

The Egyptian midfielder was often seen in a box-to-box midfield role, sending the likes of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott on either side of midfield on their way in order to create a chance from the wide areas. He fluffed a couple of goal-scoring opportunities from outside the box. It was overall a pleasing, if not spectacular, display.

Granit Xhaka – 7/10

After a poor first half, the Swiss midfielder was much more utilitarian in the second period. He helped Arsenal regain control of the game following initial Cherries’ pressure by committing to a number of successful tackles.

Theo Walcott – 7.5/10

The Englishman celebrated the birth of his second child with a simple header to put Arsenal 2-1 up. His performance reflected his good run of form this season, using his mobility to put debutant Brad Smith under the pump for most of the game.

Mesut Ozil – 7/10

The German playmaker did his usual business – locating team-mates in space in the penalty box with ease. A stubborn Bournemouth defence and a host of wasted chances prevented him from gaining an assist.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6/10

His lightning-quick bursts down the left wing made life difficult for fullback and Cherries’ skipper Simon Francis.

Alexis Sanchez – 8.5/10

The Chilean was in absolutely blistering touch at the Emirates. Though starting as a lone striker, he was present everywhere – through the middle, on the wing and even in defensive positions. He pounced upon Cook’s error to give his side the lead and wrapped up the three points in injury time with a tap-in after substitute Olivier Giroud’s ball across Federici. His stamina and eagerness to win back possession makes him a contender for Man of the Match.

Substitutes

Gabriel Paulista – 6.5/10

Coming on early to replace the injured Debuchy, Gabriel was influential in keeping up with the pace of Junior Stanislas. He didn’t offer much going forward, but was defensively robust.

Aaron Ramsey – 6/10

He was the core of Arsenal’s late dominance since replacing Oxlade-Chamberlain, delivering a couple of teasing long balls into the Cherries’ penalty area.

Olivier Giroud – 7/10

His aerial prowess was always going to keep the Bournemouth centre-halves on their toes. His assist for Sanchez to finish the game off with the third goal gives him the extra ratings.

Bournemouth

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Callum Wilson bagged Bournemouth’s equaliser

Adam Federici – 5.5/10

The goalkeeper didn’t do anything noteworthy during the game. He didn’t make a single meaningful save and at times looked suspect during Arsenal set-pieces in the first half.

Simon Francis – 6/10

A yellow card within the first ten minutes meant that Bournemouth’s skipper was walking a tightrope for a majority of the game. Although he did put in a few quality crosses going forward, his struggles against the pace of Oxlade-Chamberlain was inevitable.

Steve Cook – 5/10

An early booking and a terrible mistake to gift Arsenal the opener sums up a forgettable game for Cook.

Nathan Ake – 7.5/10

The on-loan Chelsea man made two crucial blocks in the opening 10 minutes and put the ball on a plate for Adam Smith to put the Cherries in front, only for him to unbelievably miss the target. He had a fantastic game at centre-back, matching the pace of Arsenal’s frontmen and making crucial clearances. He couldn’t personally be faulted for any of Arsenal’s goals.

Brad Smith – 6/10

The Cherries’ debutant was given a stern examination of an in-form Walcott’s pace and intensity. He waned as the game progressed and was later taken off.

Dan Gosling – 6/10

Gosling had a good 75 minutes, putting in tackles aplenty to foil Arsenal’s attacks. However, frustration seemed to have crept in during the latter stages thanks to Arsenal’s substitutes authorising proceedings. The fouls started piling up and he earned a booking as well.

Harry Arter – 6.5/10

The long-serving midfielder was industrious in midfield, completing most of his passes to help Bournemouth exert pressure on Arsenal at various periods in the first half and early in the second half. He was the recipient of a bad tackle by Alexis Sanchez, which reduced his impact on the game significantly in the final half hour.

Adam Smith – 5/10

Smith missed a glorious opportunity to put Bournemouth 2-1 up on 26 minutes, heading a perfectly placed cross by Ake over the bar when unmarked and only the keeper to beat. He showed a lot of appetite to press Arsenal from the wing and occasionally swapped positions with King to unsettle Arsenal’s sitting midfielders.

Joshua King – 6/10

He looked promising in a number 10 role during spells of Bournemouth possession. A number of attempted dribbles and a hopeful shot at goal gave Arsenal’s backline a worrying moment or two. However, like most of his teammates, he was unable to maintain the intensity that characterised Bournemouth’s first half as the game wore on.

Junior Stanislas – 6.5/10

Stanislas found a lot of joy whipping in balls and making constant runs down the wing in the first half. He was another of Bournemouth’s attacking prospects who looked promising in the early stages, but failed to maintain the same level in the second half.

Callum Wilson – 7/10

He converted the penalty controversially won by himself to score Bournemouth’s first ever Premier League goal against Arsenal. He was the focal point of Bournemouth’s attack as he held the ball up well and even got a shot or two away to keep Petr Cech alert.

Substitutes

Benik Afobe – 4/10

The striker missed a glorious chance to put Eddie Howe’s men level, seeing his shot well saved by Petr Cech. Apart from that, he had a muted contribution.

Jordon Ibe – 6/10

The young winger was lively since coming on, using his fleet-footedness to cut in from the right wing. Unfortunately, his trickery reaped no reward for Bournemouth.

Lys Mousset – 5/10

The 20-year old made no meaningful impact for the 10-odd minutes he was on the pitch. A cross from the left which evaded its target was all he could offer.

Edited by Staff Editor

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