In what was a tale of two halves, Arsenal managed to edge past Bournemouth with a 1-0 win that took them to third on the Premier League table, one point behind Manchester City. Bournemouth would have been hoping for a win as they had hopes of jumping above their hosts and establishing themselves as a true top-six contender.
However, David Luiz had other plans. The former Chelsea man scored his first Arsenal goal off a corner put in neatly by Nicolas Pepe, and gave the Gunners hope that a top-four finish can be possible this season.
Here are three things we learned as Arsenal head into the International break on the back of a 1-0 home win.
3. Nicolas Pepe needs to find his scoring boots
It was from Pepe’s corner that Luiz scored his goal, but the 24-year-old needs to do better. He had some good chances in the first half but failed to make anything out of them.
To make matters worse, similar to what transpired in the Manchester United game, Pepe misplaced five passes and was dispossessed three times in another forgettable outing. With the likes of Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli making their mark, Pepe needs to improve the quality of his performances quickly.
2. Calum Chambers is a strong asset
If there was one player who stood out amongst the rest, it was Calum Chambers. Playing at right-back, filling in for Ainsley Maitland-Niles, the center-half showed commitment, intelligence, and terrific match awareness.
Chambers read the game well, cleared a crucial attack off the line, and did it all while playing out of position. With Hector Bellerin returning back to full match fitness, it will be interesting to see if he can displace Chambers in the starting XI.
1. A tale of two halves for Arsenal
Unai Emery’s men had a sharp start to the game, exuding dominance over the visitors and clamping them down defensively.
But for all of the doom and gloom surrounding Arsenal’s start to the season, they’ve moved into third position on the League table, just one point behind champions Manchester City, and have won 100% of their cup games.
It remains to be seen if the Gunners can keep the winning momentum going once they return from the International break.