Arsenal FC moved back to the second position in the league on Sunday, with a five point deficit to Leicester City,after Arsene Wenger’s side defeated Bournemouth 2-0. The visitors took a comfortable lead in the first half thanks to Mesut Ozil and then Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, ending a horrible club run of almost 350 minutes without a goal in thePremier League.

Arsene Wenger decided to name the same starting team that played against Southampton on Wednesday, but he brought in youngster Oxlade-Chamberlain in place of Joel Campbell. The game looked like getting off to a terrible start for The Gunners, when Mathieu Flamini seemed about to be sent off eight minutesinto the game, but the midfielder received only a yellow card for his two-footed tackle on his opponent.

Two quick goals

Arsenal dominated the first minutes of the game, but they couldn’t deliver finishing passes to their strikers. They finally took the lead in the 24th minute, when German maestro Ozil smashed the ball home from inside the penalty box with the half volley. Only 88 seconds later it was 2-0, as Oxlade-Chamberlain finished superbly off the post from a small angle. He received a perfect pass from Aaron Ramsey and fired it past the goalkeeper, giving him no chance.

A few moments later the hosts came close to scoring a goal, but Petr Cech made a superb save to tip over Harry Arter’s attempt from 20 yards out. Arsenal decided to slow down the pace at the end of the first half and they did a great job of keeping the ball away from their penalty box.

Second half

In the second half the Cherries took control of the game. They had far more of the possession after the break but their attacks were to weak to beat Arsenal defence, who have lost only two goals in last five games in all competitions.

Arsenal seemed to be happy with their two-goal lead as they moved back on the pitch to stop Bournmouth’s attacks.

Despite the defensive mentality of Arsenal in the second half, they should have scored two more goals, but Aaron Ramsey couldn’t find a way to beat Artur Boruc in one-on-one situation.

Cech made two impressive saves in injury time, when he stopped Steve Cook’s close-range effort and then a long-range shot from Smith, to keep the 174th clean sheet in his career.

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