Full-time: Arsenal 3-1 Bournemouth

  • The Gunners are fourth in the table after the weekend games, three points behind table-toppers Chelsea.
  • Arsenal have now lost just once in 23 Premier League games.
  • Goals from Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez proved to be the difference between the two sides.
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Alexis Sanchez celebrates his first goal Getty Images

Full-time: Arsenal 3-1 Bournemouth

Arsenal return to winning ways thanks to Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean was the star of the show for the Gunners, who will be relived to have won a hard-fought game at the Emirates.

Until next time, folks...


GOAL: Arsenal 3-1 Bournemouth (Sanchez)

All over in north London! A break involving Giroud, Ozil and then Sanchez gives the Gunners all three points.

The German rolled the ball across the six-yard box and the Chilean could not miss from there.

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Alexis Sanchez was Arsenal's star man Getty Images


Gosling becomes the fifth Bournemouth player to go into the book. The away side are looking tired now.


Less than five minutes left, and Arsenal appear to be pretty comfortable at the moment. What's more, Giroud has just spurned a decent chance after he was expertly found by Ramsey.

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger after Walcott's substitution Getty Images


I've just seen another shot of Jack Wilshere in the crowd and I couldn't help but think, I wonder what he is feeling right now. Mixed loyalties? You would imagine so.


Brad Smith is booked shortly before being replaced. Time is running out for the Cherries, who have given a very good account of themselves so far this afternoon.


Bournemouth almost find a leveller, but a goal-bound header from Afobe is brilliantly repelled by Petr Cech! The ex-Gunner appeared destined to score there.

Mike Jones
Mike Jones has been in the thick of the action Getty Images


Bournemouth plead for a penalty against Nacho Monreal, who appeared to handle the ball in the area. Again, the ref says no.

This game is alive and kicking despite Arsenal dominating the early stages of the half. Ramsey and Giroud are coming on for Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott respectively.


Bournemouth's big-money summer signing Jordan Ibe is coming on. He still has a lot to prove and has yet to score for the club. I'm sure he'd love to change that this afternoon.

Around 20 minutes left at the Emirates Stadium.


Wilson comes off and the former Arsenal youngster Afobe has come on. What a story we have in the offing there.

Having said that, Arsenal are dominating for the time being.

Theo Walcott celebrates his goal
Theo Walcott celebrates his goal Getty Images


Arsenal almost add a third, but Sanchez' final ball is just - and I mean just - out of the reach of the onrushing Ozil. The Gunners are pushing and pushing for another goal.

Moments later, Sanchez is booked for a late tackle on Arter. The Chilean knew that was a naughty tackle, too, judging by his reaction.


GOAL: Arsenal 2-1 Bournemouth (Walcott)

The Gunners retake the lead! A rare header from Walcott from a centre from Nacho Monreal has made the difference on this occasion.

The England international had a simple task thanks to the Spaniard's pinpoint cross. That's Walcott's ninth goal of the season, too.


Arsenal are clearly trying to up the tempo in the early stages of the half. It hasn't led to any guilt-edge chances as yet, though.

Away from the Emirates for a second, a reminder that we're also live blogging the game at Old Trafford this afternoon. The team news from that match will filter through in the next few minutes.


An early freekick from Mesut Ozil drifts over from the right side, but no Arsenal player is able to flick it goalwards. The German looks frustrated with his teammates.

Adam Federici
Adam Federici in net for the away side Getty Images


Back under way at the Emirates. Let's hope the second period is as entertaining as the first.

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Theo Walcott looks for an opening Getty Images


Half-time: Arsenal 1-1 Bournemouth

All level at the break in what has been a thrilling game. There were a few boos at the whistle, which, I assume, is in reference to the referee, rather than Arsenal's performance.

Back for more in a bit, folks.

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Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring for the Gunners Getty Images


Alexis Sanchez almost scores his second in the dying moments of the half! The Chilean finds himself at an acute angle, but fires a thunderous right-footed effort against the bar. What a goal that would have been.


Monreal is caught late by Arter. No card is awarded but he is a very lucky boy, because that was reckless.

Anyway, we're playing three extra minutes - time for a goal? We' about to find out.

 Brad Smith
Brad Smith clears the ball for the Cherries Getty Images


Less than five minutes to go until the break now, and this is developing into a fascinating match. Arsenal dominated the early exchanges, but the Cherries could easily be in front.

Meanwhile, Walcott is crowded out in the penalty area amid calls for a handball against Smith. Again, the ref is not interested.

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Alexis Sanchez appeals for a penalty Getty Images


A rare Arsenal attacks ends with Elneny hitting a shot over the bar. Moments later, Sanchez and Ozil combine, but again, no luck for the Gunners.

This is slightly better from the hosts, though, who stuttered in the immediate aftermath of conceding.

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger on the touchline Getty Images


Bournemouth are the better side for the moment and Eddie Howe will be thinking they deserve to be in the lead. You can sense tension among the home crowd, most of whom would've expected a one-sided win at the Emirates.


Arsenal are getting opened up all too easily for Arsene Wenger's liking. The hosts started the game impressively, but look shaky now.

From their latest attack, Harry Arter's effort is well saved by Cech in the Arsenal goal.

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Theo Walcott battles for the ball Getty Images


And now Adam Smith has missed a sitter! The ball is played over from the left flank and somehow, Smith heads the ball over when he is totally unmarked.

This is already turning into a cracking game. By the way, Mustafi, not Monreal, was the man booked in the aftermath of the penalty.


Arsenal 1-1 Bournemouth (Wilson)

He sends Cech the wrong way and the away side are level! Wilson calmly rolls in the ball into the net.

On reflection, though, that penalty was pretty generous.

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Callum Wilson finds the net Getty Images