Mikel Arteta acknowledged Arsenal’s angle was “higher than I anticipated” after the Gunners rescued a degree at Bournemouth within the Spaniard’s first match in imprint.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 12th Premier League aim of the season cancelled out Dan Gosling’s first-half strike against the fling of play.
The Gunners attain the midway stage of the season within the backside half of the table after winning neutral staunch one among their last 11 league games, but Arteta believes there were enough positives against Bournemouth to be optimistic about the 2d half of the advertising and marketing campaign.
“I’m cosy with a form of things I truly possess considered and a form of things we practised that passed off,” acknowledged the extinct Arsenal captain, who was appointed as head coach on a 3-and-a-half-year deal last week.
“I’m no longer cosy we now possess got no longer acquired the sport but cosy overall. Through angle, desire and commitment it was higher than I anticipated.”
Midfielder Gosling gave the hosts the lead from terminate vary after Jack Stacey’s decrease assist sooner than Arsenal’s captain came to the rescue.
Aubameyang struck with a first-time shot after Reiss Nelson’s are attempting from the sting of the penalty space deflected into the Gabon ahead’s direction.
Work ahead for Arteta
Arsenal attain the midway point closer to the relegation zone than the tip four and possess now dropped 24 aspects from the last 11 top-flight games, with home fits against Chelsea on Sunday and Manchester United on 1 January coming up.
Because the Arsenal gamers went to applaud the away fans on the discontinue of an keen game, there was a clear cheer for Arteta.
The Spaniard saw his facet salvage heaps of probabilities within the opening 45 minutes but Aubameyang’s aim, a sweeping instinctive attain, was their first are attempting heading within the staunch direction after a string of overlooked alternatives, essentially by Alexandre Lacazette.
The Gunners once extra made existence fascinating for themselves, a careless slump allowing Gosling to establish Bournemouth ahead in direction of the discontinue of the predominant half – speeding hopes of assist-to-assist spruce sheets away within the Premier League for the predominant time since February 2016.
Mesut Ozil started the Arteta generation with a rep and started properly increasing just a few probabilities sooner than being changed by Joe Willock.
The younger substitute had an replacement to purchase it within the closing levels but Arsenal were some distance from clinical in entrance of aim and his shot was very without problems stored out by Aaron Ramsdale as Bournemouth secured a deserved point.
Cherries dig in for a must possess point
Bournemouth are neutral staunch two aspects above the relegation zone but this was a titillating efficiency by Eddie Howe’s facet whose persona has been wondered one day of the predominant half of the season.
Their first 19 games encompass losing to a Crystal Palace facet reduced to 10 males for 71 minutes, losing at Newcastle after main, allowing Burnley to rating an 89th-minute winner and letting leads tear against Sheffield United and West Ham.
In opposition to Arsenal, the Cherries produced the extra or much less defiant efficiency their fans possess change into conversant in since promotion in 2015.
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Steve Cook marked his return from a fractured wrist with a gutsy efficiency on the assist whereas Stacey, a League One player with Luton last season, produced a delightful assist for Gosling.
Weak Everton and Newcastle player Gosling adopted up his winner at Chelsea this month with a artful attain to rating against the fling of play.
Bournemouth had didn’t arrange a shot heading within the staunch direction in two of their earlier three fits.
They managed four in this game as they showed a possibility that will possess cosy Howe earlier to assist-to-assist away games at Brighton and West Ham, who sit straight away above and beneath them within the table.
Man of the match – Lucas Torreira (Arsenal)
‘We didn’t know what to stay wide awake for’ – what they acknowledged
Bournemouth supervisor Eddie Howe: “I’m cosy with the efficiency, it was a truly delicate game in tough cases. We had a tiny readjustment in our backline again with Simon Francis missing out and Jack Simpson taking half in left-assist.
“Those adjustments conception to be, I assumed the gamers gave every little thing to purchase. It could perhaps well additionally possess long previous either map on the discontinue, they’d probabilities and we had probabilities, but we’ll receive the purpose and are attempting to fabricate on it.
“We didn’t rather know what to stay wide awake for from Arsenal, we assumed the philosophy would alternate and I mediate it did, it was rather visible to search out Arsenal taking half in in a a little bit different map.
“The machine was different but we may possibly possibly well not conception for that as we had no thought in fact what they were going to place – we had to devise for us and be optimistic we were higher than we were against Burnley and learn from that trip – and I mediate we did.”
Away-day specialist Aubameyang – the stats
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 73% of Arsenal’s away Premier League targets this season (eight out of 11).
- Bournemouth possess scored neutral staunch three targets of their last six Premier League home games, and below no cases extra than once in a match in that time.
- Arsenal had extra shots in this game (17) than they did of their earlier two Premier League games combined (12 – six every v Everton and Manchester City).
- Bournemouth’s Jefferson Lerma has been booked 20 instances for the explanation that start of last season, extra than any other player within the Premier League.
- Both Bournemouth and Arsenal’s targets in this match came from their first shots heading within the staunch direction.
Bournemouth make no longer possess prolonged to prepare for his or her early kick-off at Brighton on Saturday (12: 30 GMT). Arsenal possess longer to salvage higher sooner than they entertain Chelsea in a heavyweight London showdown on Sunday (14: 00).
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