David Luiz first strike for Arsenal was all the club needed to overcome a stubborn AFC Bournemouth at the Emirates on Sunday 6 October.
Luiz first goal for Arsenal since arriving from Chelsea in the summer came early to give the hosts some breathing space after glancing a header from Nicolas Pépé’s inswinging corner and, at that stage, it appeared that Arsenal was set to secure another big win following their 5-0 Europa League triumph in midweek.
It was a simple finish by David Luiz resulting from poor defending on Bournemouth’s part, especially by Callum Wilson who simply let the defender run past him and into space. Aaron Ramsdale probably should also have done better given the ball bounced before drifting past the goalkeeper’s reach.
First League Defeat
But, as has been the case often under Emery, they lost their verve and lost their way. For Bournemouth, this was a first league defeat in four games and one their manager, Eddie Howe, will look back on with some regret.
Emery made 10 changes from the Arsenal team that beat Standard Liège and yet again there was not a place, even on the bench, for Mesut Özil.
Bournemouth stepped up their intensity after a sluggish first-half showing and a sense that the visitors could have nicked in an equalizer-which they deserved-could be felt in the stands. Joshua King came close on 90 minutes but ultimately Arsenal secured a victory that moves them to third place.
Match Stats: Arsenal v Bournemouth
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