Arsenal got back to winning ways on Sunday as they secured a 3-1 win over Bournemouth at the Emirates to move to within three points of Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Two goals from Alexis Sanchez and a header from Theo Walcott helped seal the win for the Gunners, who were under pressure to end a three-game winless streak.
(Video) Alexis Sanchez goal: Arsenal ace gifted goal after horrendous Bournemouth blunder
(Video) Theo Walcott goal: Arsenal forward surpasses Premier League tally of last three seasons
(Video) Arsenal 3-1 Bournemouth: Alexis Sanchez wraps up win after superb move from star trio
To their credit, Bournemouth probably deserved more but it was Arsene Wenger’s side who came out on top and will now hope to put together a winning run to further extend their impressive 19-game unbeaten run.
Arsenal player ratings:
Petr Cech – 7
The veteran shot-stopper pulled off a brilliant reaction save to deny Benik Afobe late on as he produced a solid display.
Mathieu Debuchy – N/A
His injury nightmare continues after pulling up after just 14 minutes and had to be replaced.
Shkodran Mustafi – 5
Caught out a few times which will be a concern as he needs to get back to the level he initially showed when forming that dominant partnership with his fellow centre-half.
Laurent Koscielny – 7
Commanding display from the Frenchman as he marshalled the backline well and was a much more solid presence compared to Mustafi.
Nacho Monreal – 7
Unfortunate on the penalty incident as it looked harsh, but did well defensively thereafter and offered a reliable option down the left flank throughout with an assist for Walcott’s goal.
Mohamed Elneny – 7
Grew into the game and produced a solid performance in the middle of the pitch to give Arsenal a foothold in the game and push them forward on the attack.
Granit Xhaka – 6
Showed some good touches but wasn’t involved enough and needs to link up with Elneny to form a dominant pairing in the middle.
Theo Walcott – 7
Took his goal well and was a lively presence on the right. Arsenal need him full of fire and working hard on and off the ball to help set the tempo.
Mesut Ozil – 7
Absent at times, but showed his class with some excellent link up play, particularly with Sanchez, while he also played a big part in the third goal.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7
A positive performance from the England international as he started well and worked hard from a defensive perspective. Will hope to be more decisive in future.
Alexis Sanchez – 8
Made his own luck for the first goal to take advantage of the mistake and bagged a late second to seal the win. Energetic, dangerous and tireless as usual.
Gabriel – 6
Not his natural position at right back, but did his job without much of a fuss.
Aaron Ramsey – N/A
Had the last 15 minutes or so on the pitch and did well in seeing out the win.
Olivier Giroud – N/A
Probably disappointed not to start but grabbed an assist and continues to push for a regular spot in the starting line-up.