We badly needed a win following our disastrous result against Southampton on Boxing Day, and we got that in the shape of a 2-0 win over Bournemouth.
It was a tense opening few minutes, but we settled into the game and eventually took all three points.
Here’s how we rated the players for their 2-0 win over Bournemouth:
GK) Petr Cech – 7.0
Didn’t have a huge amount to do, but plucked everything he needed to out of the air and made a couple of decent saves.
RB) Hector Bellerin – 7.0
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Put in a few fantastic tackles and used his pace well to get back, but also got forward with regularity. It was a shame his final ball was so poor, but inconsistency is to be expected at such a young age.
LB) Kieran Gibbs – 6.0
A fairly average display from the England international, who showed nothing to suggets he deserves to displace Nacho Monreal. His defensive headers are particularly poor.
Substitute: Nacho Monreal – N/A
Came on to protect Gibbs after an injury scare, didn’t put a foot wrong.
CB) Gabriel Paulista – 8.0
Not only did he get the opening goal, he put in a couple of potentially game saving blocks. He showed the agile energy we usually get from Laurent Koscielny, proving once again that he’s more than capable of filling in for either the Frenchman or Per Mertesacker.
CB) Per Mertesacker – 6.0
The German looked really, really poor yet again in the opening stages of the game, lacking composure, playing sloppy and dangerous passes, and looking like a really weak link. Thankfully he grew into the game, and as the team settled down so did he.
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