Full-time: Bournemouth 0-2 Arsenal

  • Arsenal end three-match goal drought with a comfortable victory on the south coast
  • Two goals in 90 first-half seconds from Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain secure first top-flight win since 2 January
  • The Gunners leapfrog Manchester City and now sit level on points with Tottenham in third
  • Mathieu Flamini fortunate to avoid an early red card for a two-footed lunge on Dan Gosling
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored his first away Premier League goal for Arsenal at the Vitality Stadium Getty

That is it for this particular live blog, but stay with IBTimes UK and join my colleague Nick Howson here for live coverage of the heavyweight clash between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.


So a relatively comfortable afternoon for Arsenal on the south coast. After ending their mini-goal drought, the Gunners move ahead of Manchester City and now sit behind second-place Tottenham only by virtue of an inferior goal difference.

They trail Leicester by five points and host the league leaders in a pivotal clash next Sunday.

As for Bournemouth, they showed plenty of spirit and endeavour at the start of the second half but consistently lacked a quality final ball and ultimately found the gulf in class just too difficult to bridge.

Howe's side remain 15th and five points above the relegation zone ahead of their meeting with Stoke on 13 February.



Bournemouth 0-2 Arsenal


The three minutes of added time are almost up as Wenger sends on Walcott in place of Giroud. You would be surprised if the England man even got a kick in the remaining few seconds.


A late flurry of action as Ramsey looks to seal a third goal for Arsenal after a defensive mistake but fails to pick out a teammate and Boruc saves his shot from a difficult angle.

The ever-reliable Cech then produces a fine double stop to deny Cook and Arter.


More half-hearted penalty claims go unheeded as King falls to the turf after a coming together with Gabriel.

The Brazilian then reacts well to prevent King from capitalising on Smith's cross.


Howe's side come forward once more but again a lack of quality in the final third proves their undoing as Arter unleashes a shot that is always rising.


Stanislas has certainly provided an outlet on this right flank since coming on and he produces arguably Bournemouth's best opportunity of the afternoon with a perfectly whipped cross that picks out King.

The striker is in between Koscielny and Gabriel, but fails to make any sort of meaningful contact and the chance is wasted. So frustrating.


After forcing a corner, Stanislas steps up to take but fails to find a red shirt. He gets a second bite at it but Simon Francis miscontrols a low pass and the move comes to nothing.


Sanchez's race is run and Kieran Gibbs comes on in his place. Wenger rightly confident that three points are now safely in the bag.


10 minutes plus injury time left to play. Arsenal look all set for a comfortable victory unless there is some late drama to come from the Cherries.


After another Bournemouth attack breaks down, Ramsey strides forward with the help of a neat flick from Giroud and tries to release Sanchez but his pass is overhit. The Chilean applauds the effort anyway.


One final throw of the dice from Bournemouth as the ineffectual Afobe is replaced by Grabban. No fourth consecutive scoring game for the striker against his former club.


Arsenal have been looking exceedingly comfortable in the last few minutes, but a deep cross from Daniels causes problems.

King collects the loose ball and finds fellow substitute Stanislas, whose low pass deflects off the uncertain Koscielny before being scooped up by Cech.


Arsenal break quickly through Ozil and Sanchez but options are limited and the Gunners are simply content to slow the game down and keep possession.

Afobe urges his teammates to push out and apply pressure.


Changes from both sides with 25 minutes remaining as Howe replaces Gosling and Ritchie with King and Stanislas.

Wenger responds by introducing Coquelin in place of goalscorer Oxlade-Chamberlain.


A quick free-kick from Bournemouth leaves Ritchie with acres of space to drive into. Deep in the Arsenal half and with the overlapping Smith making a run to his right, the former Swindon winger cuts inside but his powerful shot lacks direction and hurtles into row z.


Strong defending from Monreal to head clear Ritchie's quality delivery from a free-kick. Gosling then shoots well over.


Tricky feet from Sanchez as he gets in behind Smith and charges into the box, but there is nobody present to apply the finish touch to his low pass across goal and Surman can clear.


Very cynical from Giroud as he stops Bournemouth from pushing forward by treading on Smith's ankle. The Frenchman apologies and protests his innocence, but he is lucky to avoid a yellow card.


There is a greater pace to this game now as Boruc gets down low to his left to push Sanchez's low drive wide. Giroud then outmuscles marker Cook at the corner but his header is held by the goalkeeper.


Arsenal look to push forward but are almost hit on the counter as a crucial foot from Monreal deflects the ball back to Cech and prevents Gosling from completing a nifty one-two with Ritchie.


More encouraging attacking play from Bournemouth sees Ritchie, Gosling and Smith exchange swift, incisive passes before the latter finds space at the near post and easily beats Koscielny before firing a volley into the side netting.

Much better.


The hosts have started this half on the front foot and they appeal for a spot-kick when Gosling's return pass towards Afobe is blocked by the hand of Laurent Koscielny. It looked accidental at first glance and Friend is unmoved.

Ritchie then bends a left-footed shot over Cech's crossbar.