Unai Emery and his Arsenal side played host to Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side for the Premier League match-day 8 of the 2019/20 season.
The Gunners managed to grind out a win against the Cherries in a match hugely described by many fans as a game of two halves, in which both teams shared dominance.
Arsenal emerged victorious on the day with a surprising and rather undeserving rare League clean-sheet at the Emirates Stadium.
Below we share a few of the many talking points from the game…
Arsenal retain third best home win record
Despite the Gunners terrible Premier League home and away defensive record, and managing to ship in so many goals, Arsenal have somehow found a way to outscore their opponents. Making their way into a rather surprising record book as the team with 3rd best home win record, only behind Liverpool and Manchester City in 1st and 2nd respectively.
Arsenal will be hoping to continue their home dominance after the international break with a couple of crucial clash on the way.
David Luiz still owe us 3 points
When Arsenal signed Luiz a few hours to the summer transfer deadline, many Gooners where not sure how to feel. Clearly we needed to sign a defender, and we had tried all summer long but to no avail, bar the signing of William Saliba. Which was of little immediate significance since we were loaning him back to Saint Etienne for the rest of the season.
Then the Laurent Koscielny exit saga came towards the end of the summer transfer window to heighten the need for an experienced centre-back. And so when the club announced the signing of Luiz within just 48-hours of being reportedly linked with a move for the Chelsea man.
Such was the need for a defender at Arsenal as Emery threw Luiz straight into action at the start of the League season. The Brazilian impressed in his first two games for the Gunners before going on to concede 2 rather unnecessary penalties. And so his match-winning goal against Bournemouth has been described by many fans as part of a six-points repayment back to the team before the end of the season.
Team B still looks better-flowing than team A
Arsenal’s season so far has been hugely characterized by two different squads. The first team squad that handles the Premier League, and then the second team squad, which is mostly made up of youngsters, that has so far taken care of the League Cup and European games.
And so far, the manner of class and finesse in which the Arsenal youngsters have cruised passed their opponents since the start of the season has left many fans wondering if they should in-fact swap places with the current “first team” stars.
Their goalscoring prowess and the fact that they defend together as a unit and have so far kept more clean-sheets than the first team squad clearly makes a big case for them don’t you think?