We needed to bounce back from our shock 4-0 loss against Southampton, and an early goal against Bournemouth is certainly the way to do just that. It was a rare goal for Gabriel Paulista on this occasion, with yet another assist from the assist king himself, Mesut Özil.
We didn’t start the game off incredibly brightly, and there were fears it was the same tired, uninspired looking Arsenal side we saw against Southampton. We thankfully got the opener though, and hopefully the goal will spark us into life.
Özil whipped a great ball towards the far post from a corner, and Gabriel was surprisingly left totally unmarked. The Brazilian had a free header just a few yards from goal, and powered it past Artur Boruc. 1-0.
There have been a number of decent chances created throughout the game, with Theo Walcott in particular missing a couple of opportunities. Özil is pulling the strings once again, and looks likely to extend his assists tally for the season if things continue in this vein.
The playmaker is already on 16 this campaign, and is unquestionably playing some of the best football of his career. He is likely to prove key to our success this season, and we need him to continue playing this way.
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Set pieces surprisingly seem like our best route to goals this game, so hopefully Özil can put some more quality deliveries into the box.
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