Arsenal bounced back from the 4-0 defeat to Southampton on Boxing Day by beating Bournemouth 2-0 on Monday at the Emirates Stadium. The club now sits at the top of the Premier League standings.
The Gunners took the lead in the 27th minute through Gabriel Paulista. The Brazilian defender sent a powerful header in behind Artur Boruc in the Bournemouth net. Paulista also had a header go off the bar in the 35th minute. Mesut Ozil had another good performance, assisting on the opening goal and scoring the 2-0 goal in the 63rd minute.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was pleased with the win, despite a “nervy” start to the game.
“It was nervy at the start because we had to swallow the 4-0 [at Southampton] and it didn’t go well and I think we were focused at the start not to concede a stupid goal and got slowly into the game,” Wenger told arsenal.com. “I changed a few players and put Calum Chambers at the centre of the park so it took us a while to get going but I think in the last 70 minutes we were in control of the game and did very well.”
Wenger also had some praise for Ozil, as the German now has 15 assists in league play and tops the league by a wide margin.
“Mesut was the focal point of our team because we had a new midfield today and he gives reassurance with his technical security and ability,” Wenger said. “When we had problems in the first part of the game it went always through him and it gives you confidence and security.”
Arsenal tope the Premier League table with 39 points in 19 games. The Gunners are one point ahead of Leicester City who has a game in hand.