By Walter Broeckx
As could be expected a handful of changes for this match. Not even 48 hours after our last match sending out the same team is not really smart.
At the back we had Gabriel in the place of Koscielny who sat on the bench. Gibss replace Monreal. In midfield we had Chambers who came in the place of Flamini. And finally Oxlade-Chamberlain came in for Campbell.
Thus we had the following starting line up: Cech, Bellerin, Gabriel, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Chambers, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud.
On the bench: Ospina, Debuchy, Koscielny, Monreal, Iwobi, Reine-Adelaide, Campbell
Bournemouth pressing high over the pitch. Not much fluent play in the opening 15 minutes from either side. A good attack from Bournemouth on our right flank leads to a low cross but Per and Ramsey smother the ball and Ramsey can play it out of our defence. 0-0 after 15 minutes.
Not much happening in the match a good run from Walcott but he couldn’t connect to the ball and Boruc could pick it up simply.
Arsenal win a corner after a good run from Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right flank going past a few players. . Özil behind the ball and… GOAL!!! Gabriel loses his marker and heads the ball in goal! 1-0 to The Arsenal after 27 minutes.
Ramsey then gets a yellow card for a attempt to break up a Bournemouth attack after he was fouled first, a foul ignored of course. Özil again with delightful ball but the angle for Theo was too difficult and Bournemouth concede another corner. Özil delivers, Gabriel heads against the post and the ball bounces in the face of Per and goes out. Not a minute later Theo gets the ball from Özil but Boruc blocks his effort. Finally Giroud heads the corner over. Arsenal really dominating Bournemouth now.
Another corner causes havoc in front of the Bournemouth goal but no Arsenal player can get to the ball to put it over the line. Arsenal force a lot of corners in this period and should have scored a few more goals. Giroud being held by a defender but the ref sees no foul in it.
Arsenal go in the dressing room 1-0 in front at half time.
Bournemouth with the first opening in the second half but Gabriel is on hand to stop the promising attack. It was offside but well.. not given. Arsenal at the other end but the cross from Oxlade-Chamberlain is deflected in the arms of Boruc. Bellerin then away but his cross can’t find Giroud. The Ox being hacked down when doing some great tracking back but no card according to the ref for the Bournemouth player. Arsenal leaning back a bit now after one hour of play and 1-0 in front.
Chambers making a foul…and the card comes out. A lovely attack starting in our own half. Bellerin and The Ox starting things up to Özil who finds Giroud who flicks in in front of Özil and the provider becomes finisher this time. GOAL! His low effort goes under Boruc to put Arsenal 2-0 in front. 2-0 To The Arsenal after 63 minutes.
Walcott away on the right but his cross shot goes wide. The Ox and Theo switching flanks from time to time causing trouble for Bournemouth. Gabriel being a rock at the back for Arsenal. Özil just can’t get to the end of a cross then. Özil then visibly at the end of his forces after having ran the show.
Giroud with a shot, Boruc spills it and Theo misses the rebound. What a miss.. He would have been offside anyway. Bellerin at the other end with a vital tackle to stop a promising attack from Bournemouth. Arsenal still 2-0 in front after 75 minutes.
Some very tired legs on the field now. Giroud at the start of a counter, to Özil who gives it back but his right footed shot goes wide. Campbell then comes on after 79 minutes in the place of Giroud. Theo up front now. Bournemouth with half a chance but the shot goes over from just inside the penalty area. Gibbs goes off and Monreal comes on. The Ox starts a counter and via Campbell it goes to Theo who gives it back to The Ox whose shot is deflected upon the goal post and goes out for a corner.
Özil again with a lovely ball but too difficult for Theo to control and the ball goes out. Chambers who had really grown in to the match then injured himself when trying to kick a ball away. Özil away on the left flank a cross to Theo but Boruc came out to deny Theo his goal.
The Ox came off in the extra time and Iwobi got a few seconds in the match.
All eyes on Cech in the final minutes. Yes he did it. He got his 170th clean sheet in the PL. So in a way a historic night at the Emirates. Not just for Arsenal taking the top of the league gain but also for the match in which Petr Cech got the record for the most clean sheets.