Arsenal 3-1 Bournemouth player ratings: Alexis Sanchez MOTM while England duo score 7/10s

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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.

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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.

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