Arsenal made it three wins inside a week with a 5-1 demolition of Bournemouth at the Emirates this evening. The goals came from Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Laurent Koscielny, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

With both Chelsea and Man Utd also winning, the three points were vital, and there was a lot to like about our performance.

Read the Arsenal 5-1 Bournemouth match report and see the goals here

Here’s how the players rated tonight.

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DamoDinkum
DamoDinkum

How about 100/10 for Trippier’s finish?

DamoDinkum
DamoDinkum

Sorry, I know it isn’t the Arsenal game but I really couldn’t help it

MateKiddleton
MateKiddleton

I heard Giroud gave the assist, hahaha

Susan
Susan

Did the spuds trip(pier) up

YoungFabregas
YoungFabregas

It was a Thierry Henry finish lol

GoonerJust
GoonerJust

Indeed it was a Henryesque beautiful finish

Runzac
Runzac

Absoloutely fucking brilliant

momozemio
momozemio

Great evening!! Poor opposition but a pleasure to watch us plat like that.
Can’t prevent myself to think a bout the coming 3 games… would sign up for 2 wins and a draw, whatever the sequence 🙂
COYG!!

Ondi
Ondi

Great Ebening!! How wonderful would it be if he opened with that?

Chickenshite

Great performance by many players. Standing out would be Kos, Mkhi, Ozil with others contributing. Great way to head into an important North London derby against Homeless Wankers FC. Hope we destroy them and their meaningless existence!

Gunnerlocutor
Gunnerlocutor

Wow. When Ozil and Mikhi both play like that the Gunners are on a whole different level. And so much more enjoyable to watch! COYG!

Nordin
Nordin

Özil played. And played well. And Arsenal won. What not to be happy about?!

A Fleeting Glimpse
A Fleeting Glimpse

Ozil been involved in 50 goals and assists in 85 premiership games at the emerates. For 95% who go to games live you sit back and admire one of the most gifted footballers I’ve had the privilege to watch live. On tv the percentage drops to about 50%. Strange

kaius
kaius

Well, you literally can’t see half the ridiculous things he pulls off on a tv broadcast. His first goal looked like a normal sidefoot finish from the main angle – it wasn’t until we saw the reverse angle we realised he’d done the Özil dink (the Özink?) again

Goonshow
Goonshow

Love the Ozink… can I use it?

Frank Bascombe
Frank Bascombe

Well said. I

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

Yes he played well. I was in the game, he disappeared for a long period of time. Still play Iwobi in front of him. Mkhitaryan was unbelievable. He has been excellent all year. Our rough patch correspond to his absence

Mpls
Mpls

You’ve got to be kidding.
That then is the very definition of having the blinders on.

GraeB
GraeB

Need more like that in next two games – please. Spudz and Manure may be a bit harder than the South Coast duo this week.

Rich
Rich

Really happy for Emery tonight, he’s taken a lot of unreasonable criticism.
Anyone know where Xhaka is?

Caligunner
Caligunner

I don’t really want to get into an argument after game like today. IMO emery is causing his own problems with his man management skills not being any good.

Case in point is jenks. He played couple of EL matches before bellerin went down and played reasonable well to warrant future opportunities especially when injuries happened to AMN. Since bellerin has been injured and licht showing he can’t consistently play in the PL he refused to give him some games up to this point. He showed he can at least play against some clubs. Does this mean he won’t get beat by better players on better clubs? No, but at least it shows that you have depth on this club that isn’t being used properly.

Thank you to arsenal for this type of dominance today it was beautiful to watch.

kaius
kaius

I would suggest that the switch to a back 3 helped Jenkinson to shine, and that contrary to your opinion about his man management, Emery considers every player’s strengths and weaknesses when picking line-ups and formations.

The fact we’ve got Jenkinson playing like the Corporal of old is a damn miracle.

Caligunner
Caligunner

It’s one thing to consider strengths and weaknesses but specifically talking about RB or RWB how can you say since bellerin has been injured that has been the case? I’m not saying jenks is the answer but the 2 appearance he’s had he has looked good enough for more opportunities. It’s taken him until now to get them since bellerins been hurt. It’s not like licht has been lockdown I’m that position and either has AMN.

Again I’m not saying jenks should start every game since bellerin has been hurt. Why hasn’t he gotten more opportunities since the injury because I question licht ability to be any good at this point in his career. Only reason why he got the chance today is because emery had no choice with AMN coming back from injury, licht being hurt and I suspect mustafi getting some rest(?) finally.

Again great game and I’m glad jenks got his chance to shine. Not much to complain about overall.

kaius
kaius

Always plenty to complain about for some people

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

Litchteiner has been really good in the past 2 games. Yesterday the tension was palatable every time the ball came anywhere near Jenkinson. Don’t get me wrong I’m happy for Jenks but if I have to face Litch or Jenks, I choose the latter.

Goonshow
Goonshow

Yeah – but’s because the poor lad is so desperate to impress and, worse still for him, not have a howler. He’s a Gooner through and through to his marrow – it means that much to him, which I will take any day of the week over a veteran who’s really just marking out the final phase of his career.

BigArse
BigArse

Xhaka is in I’m being rested for the Spurs game town. And you are one hundred per cent right on Emery. We are improved in a season of major, chaotic?, backroom transition. He deserves great praise.

Caligunner
Caligunner

Major backroom stuff was done by the time emery got there

If you mean by gazidis leaving I thought he wasn’t really part of the decisions regarding players at that point

yen
yen

Who would you guys start at RB/RWB on Saturday?

Ben
Ben

Jenks

VAgooner
VAgooner

Agreed. In his appearances this season, he’s never going to convince anyone that he’s “world class” but I haven’t noticed too much that he’s done wrong. He’s like the right-back Elneny, quietly giving you a 7 every game without doing anything spectacular.

Ausdrexler
Ausdrexler

As a gunner fan growing up, he would be determined to put in a 15+ performance vs Spuds. Play the guy, watch him shine!

Lacabang
Lacabang

I would start niles if fit. Anyways pleeeeeeeease emery anyone but lichtsteiner

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Niles clearly has more talent but Jenks deserves a chance at least. He has played well in the handful of games he has gotten.

Caligunner
Caligunner

Is jenks fit enough to play 2 games in a week? If he is than yes and knowing going in that he probably won’t look good as he did today but I think it’s much better to have a natural rb than a cm covering.

If jenks doesn’t play I would rather have AMN covering than licht.

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

Litchteiner or AMN.

JeremyDG
JeremyDG

Guendouzi- he is young and will make mistakes, but he will learn from that. What impresses me the most s that he never hid. Ever. Always positive, always looking forward. My favourite performance tonight just because of that. What a player he will be.

Pkub
Pkub

Absolutely. Other than that one awful slip up, I thought he had an amazing game as well. For a 19yo, there’s bags of potential!

kaius
kaius

This really was “vintage” Guendouzi. Makes a big error, shrugs it off, and quietly goes about dominating midfield for the rest of the game.

Deserved at least an 8 imo

Dobby
Dobby

His resilience really makes me think he will be a top player. So often we’ve seen players who had it all physically but never had the mentality or the confidence. I always think of the Ox fitting In to that bracket; he’d make a mistake and his head would drop and you could see it tormented him. Guendouzi just seems generally unphased by everything on the pitch and it’s great.

Bendtnerschristmastree
Bendtnerschristmastree

He’s got a crazy engine too, seems to never get tired.

goonshow
goonshow

It’s those mini semi-conductors in his curls… they recharge him constantly.

Carlos _ Santana
Carlos _ Santana

He recovered like a champ after the mistake..

Goonshow
Goonshow

I just love the way he can switch direction so quickly, assess everything in front of him and, 8 times out of 10, put a sweet pass right to feet, no matter what distance. Doesn’t have the 2-footed trickery of Santi, but also so similar in driving play forward and passing vision – already, at this young age.

Tony Adams Nose
Tony Adams Nose

Happy birthday Blogs.

goonero
goonero

For he’s a jolly good fellow!

stefangunner
stefangunner

Mkhi came out of depression,Ozil’s mom hid his joysticks-fucking poetry
No words to describe that trick shot,I’ve never seen another player doing it
Jankinson lion’s heart and Kos the boss
St. Tottering’s coming

Russ
Russ

Awesome night!

Happy birthday arseblog.

Cheers!

Shank

Mhiky is beginning to show what hes capable of……

Kroenke the Klown
Kroenke the Klown

Happy birthday Arseblog. Look how big you are now!

BZzzzzzzz
BZzzzzzzz

You’re all growds up and you’re all growds up.

GuendouziBallonD'Or
GuendouziBallonD'Or

As I’ve been saying, we have a PLAYER on our hands with Mkhi. I have no idea why so many fans have cast him aside, basically from the beginning. He has been at Arsenal for just 1 year, and we are seeing glimpses of the player who lit it up in Germany.

Caligunner
Caligunner

Lol don’t let santori know this

jamezyjamez
jamezyjamez

He’s been mostly lackluster and even seemed disinterested since he joined. If not for Ozil, he’d be catching big shit on here

Susan
Susan

Wow that was fanbloodytastic. Bring on Saturday

Mesuli is not Mesut

Happy birthday to us all lol really though, great work gents, long may it continue, it’s really appreciated.

Daniel
Daniel

Win on Saturday and we’ll be 1 point behind spurs, if ozil and mkhitaryan play like that we should do

Killak
Killak

Although my favourite player Ozil took a huge step towards redemption today, he’s such a majestic player and today he even put in a defensive shift. I’m still not sure if I would trust him in a big away game just yet…we need a few more performances like that first!

YoungFabregas
YoungFabregas

The way we played tonight, I think we would of put 5 past any team outside the top 2 *insert fire emoji*

Bruised Banana
Bruised Banana

A performance that brought the feel good back. It was fuckin’ excellent! Happy Birthday Arseblog!
Is there an unofficial Arseblog birthday?

Unai are meant to be together
Unai are meant to be together

What a day….. 10/10 to everyone

Matt
Matt

That type of error has been coming all season for Guendouzi and fortunately the one time it leads to a goal the repercussions aren’t substantial. Although letting them back into the game at that point could have been disastrous.

Hopefully that’s the lesson he needed to improve on that side of the game because he’s got away with it too many times now. No doubt that he will be a great player for us and hopefully experiences like tonight can aid his development.

Olivije Žirod
Olivije Žirod

This season I have been many times criticizing Emery for his style of play. Not because I am Ozil fanboy but because I know this team is capable of playing great football. I mentioned against Bate that the reason I was so happy with the performance was because we abandoned rigid cut back playing style. We were much more similiar to the Arsenal we know. We kept the positive approach against Southampton and we kept it today. It doesn’t matter if we are playing with 5 or with 4 at the back. You can be exciting with both formations. I even think we also weren’t so impotent because Ozil didn’t play. The reason was the players weren’t let to express themselves but that changed. Hopefully it stays like that. I have no problem with backing Emery if we play like this (you can’t every game of course) even if we lose some points in the process. Just compare the 5:1 win today and the 5:1 and 4:1 wins against Fulham. I bet we all enjoyed more today. And no, in those 22 matches when we were unbeaten we weren’t as fluid as we are in the last 3 games. The difference is obvious.

Ozil and Mkhitaryan were great today. I can’t pick the man of the match today. Though the Armenian had a goal and two assists, Mesut could have added at least two more and a goal. They were both exciting to watch. This season Mkhitaryan has been always great off the ball but kind of frustrating on the ball. Today this wasn’t the case. Hopefully it will boost his confidence. I am very optimistic that if we keep playing like that with the reasonable rotation we can overtake Spu*s and finish even in 3rd place. The attacking play will define our season. But if we will go back to being too over cautious we will fail. The defensive play is also better if we are more offensive. Good ebening guys.

Dobby
Dobby

Not sure I actually agree about players not being allowed to “express themselves” before and that being the difference, I think it’s largely just due to quality and form. We weren’t “cutback fc” at the start of the season, it’s only really since we lost key players that that became the case. Even today though we created chances from wide areas, koscielny’s goal being a prime example and I enjoyed that goal. There were always going to be ups and downs with a new manager coming in and trying to impose his style of play on the group. It takes time and familiarity with a system for players to really become fluid in it, especially with a manager like Emery who is very much about the system and not improvisation. Our defence looks better with koscielny and Sokratis, Torreira is finding his form again, Mkhitaryan and Ozil are back in the side and on form and that’s all huge, whatever system they’re in as I think we saw today with the back 3 looking pretty progressive

Devlin
Devlin

I think this “improvisation” thing is becoming overstated now. I think this season has shown that it was Arsene’s tactics that brought us that football and we need to give him greater credit for such a style of football. If it was improvisation, we would have seen it elsewhere, with other teams telling their players to just “improvise” as well. People just sat down enjoyed what was being served to them, but how do you not notice that the performances when winning were similar, and the losses were similar as well under Arsene.

Arsene’s tactics are severely underrated. He used tactics that his players enjoyed playing, probably more than any coach, his tactics made gave us football that was so freeflowing, it seems impossible for people to believe that it was all part of a plan.

It’s not about expressing yourselves, it about finding the best tactics for your players abilities to be fully on show. Tactics are not just defensive or rigid, Arsene taught me that “the purpose of anything in life is to do it so well, that it becomes an art”. I hope he will appreciate that he did it so well that people do not even believe that there was a plan behind it. Unfortunately his defensive tactics took a back seat to his vision upfront and people will now only see him as an attacking coach, even if he had good defensive tactics over his reign.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

The tactics this season have not changed, the players were always trying to play these combinations, and it didn’t work. Only this time they found form. It is a usual phase.

Gooner222
Gooner222

What a game from the lads!
I’ve had my doubts over Suarez so far but I thought he showed promising signs in his limited time on the pitch today. He covered a lot of ground and ran with purpose, as well as looking tidy on the ball.
If we do sign him at the end of the season I think once he gets up to match fitness and gets some consistent game time under his belt, he’s going to be a useful player for this squad! We’re going to need the energy he showed today with Rambo leaving!

Mpls
Mpls

From what I’ve seen so far the one thing -that should hopefully come with familiarity with his teammates- is what he does with the ball AFTER he runs around with it. Passes that accomplish something, shooting, final ball, etc. His close control looks good, but there’s a little missing at the end yet.

Indian gooner
Indian gooner

BTW my birthday is aligned with arseblog. Seemed to take me a while to figure it out since I have been passively active on the blogs. Happy birthday blogs, let’s split the cake.

Love from India.

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

Happy birthday to all gooners whose birthday it is, whenever that may be, such that they become one year older.

Goontang
Goontang

I think Jenkinson deserves more. I dont think he “Carl’d” at all. He was tenacious in the tackle. Great ball retention. Probably one of his best games in an arsenal shirt and by that performance deserves to start in front of old man Lichsteiner

DBMÖ10
DBMÖ10

Agree bro. But I bet you’re forgetting Jenks Vs Bayern and Jenks Vs City that we won. I really thought at a time he was gonna be top class.

Mpls
Mpls

He played the sideline and made space really well I thought. So even if he wasn’t a game-changer, he didn’t look out of place. Held it down well for us.

DBMÖ10
DBMÖ10

Corporal Jenks deserves a shout-out , bailed us out on a few occasions. Highlight bring the mad pressing and clean tackle when we were down to 9 men and those Bournemouth players wouldn’t put the ball out for the injuries.
P.S ( Adam Smith should really try to stay on his feet for once )

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

Shout out to Jenks.

Ben
Ben

On a different note… Did anyone see Beth Mead’s winner against Brazil earlier? Eat that!!

ozzi-gooner
ozzi-gooner

Happy Birthady arseblog! A great performance by the lads. Ashame for the goal as I thought Guendouzi was playing well and giving us extra movement. A disciplined display so here’s hoping with mash the spuds 🙂

Victor
Victor

COYG.. Let’s go for the weekend derby

LMAOScoredToday
LMAOScoredToday

Mkhi has a goal and 2 assists*

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

The balls it takes from Ozil to do that bounce finish…

Nick
Nick

He Carled? You’re better than that, blogs.

Frank Bascombe
Frank Bascombe

No. He’s not.

Santori
Santori

Leno – Had to be alert and make a couple of important stops today. No harm ahead of the derby.

Jenkinson – Good effort. Grew into the first half with a great lay off first time and industrious harrying when our midfield duo were down for the count. BUT overall, lack positioning which led to several chances dangerous chances for them (including one Koscielny had to slide away late in match). Passing was OK but lost the ball a lot of times. Overall still not the quality we need but effort always there.

Sokratis – Solid as usual. One slightly rash challenge which if he was Mustafi or Granit would have bore criticism from some quarters.

Koscielny – Great performance today again. Also a deliberate tactic whilst seemingly 3 at the back, in Koscielny pushing forward high up all match (which of course reaped benefit with the goal). It was an overload Bournemouth could not cope with. Unfortunate with injury again. As I mentioned, wear and tear issues will inevitably dictate we need ALL Cback options.

Monreal – Good performance as usual. Helped afford Kolasinac a more forward role. May be a case for him against Spurts with Mustafi and Sokratis in the back 3.

Kolasinac – Excellent today and withdrawn early for protection with forthcoming match. There seemed a deliberate instruction for both wingbacks to gamble into the middle when going forward. Great feet and vision from the burly Bosnian. Simply in excellent form.

Guendouzi – Culpable for the goal and almost got caught out again dawdling in second half. There is liability playing him but his positives are tremendous for a 19yr old. He carries the ball forward well and with tremendous confidence. One excellent ‘Granit’ ball releasing Laca from long range in second half.

Torreira – In the war as expected. Biting tackles as always. Difficult to say who should be next to Granit against Spurs as both have different attributes with Guendouzi able to eat up the ground where Torreira positions himself well to menace the opponents.

Ozil – Excellent form. Just imperious stuff from the German first half. If Emery’s management of him has unleashed the beast, well it augurs well for the final push. Just superb vision and passing but also finishing now. What a treat to have. And they said he was a ‘panic buy’ at 42.3m

Mhkitaryan – He’ has come into some great form of late. BOTH Ozil and Mhki combined excellently with great give and goes, pulling defenders all over the place as they roamed across the pitch from left to right. Wonderful powerful run from deep to release Auba for the goal. MOTM for me.

Aubameyang – We have to play to his strength. The Dortmund goal ala Mhki illustrates what we need to do to get Auba behind defences. Superb stuff. Good link play today as well.

Iwobi – Again superb endeavor and there’s guile to his passing now as he almost released Ozil into the box then received a pass from Ozil from wide later and almost ghosted the ball in but for side netting. He is key to our play at the moment but gratifying to see Mhkitaryan also adding a threat down the right now.

We now have a myriad of combiunations between Ozil-Mhki, Ozil-Iwobi, Iwobi-Kolasinac etc.

These relationships need to be telepathic and there are signs we are finally starting to purr again.

Laca – Just superb. I have a feeling at 27/28 he is only just coming into his best seasons (like RVP) what’s that 5 consecutive goals. A great set piece goal (we haven’t seen that from us too often for far too long now). BUt could have got more and the strength in his running and dribbling bodes well for more to come.

Dennis – Its a confidence thing I think got around decent which will help build his self belief up as he gets use to the frantic pace. Still very early days but with Ramsey leaving, every bit an opportunity to weigh in and there is time yet in the season for him to factor in a key role.

Unai – Gaffer as predicted will not simply have one set of preferred plan or set up. He will tweak the shape and formation as per our opponents and against our own strength and weaknesses. Went 4 at the back in response to Eddie Howe. Kept the momentum. There are great signs the team is starting to click into gear again.

Nathan Ake – What? Were some people impressed and going on about how he should replace Mustafi? OK…

GraeB
GraeB

The return of the Santi blog!

Christopher Wreh
Christopher Wreh

Yawn.

Carlos _ Santana
Carlos _ Santana

I’m really ken to see a sharp Denis Saurez.. He looks like he could be a class player when he’s up and running.. That close control is fantastic..
Carl is an absolute champion.. Glad he got a chance to show what he can do

Comedian
Comedian

For me mkhi was the outstanding player tonight. Its the mkhi of dortmund days, precise and quick with no double thoughts. Also watching a player pass with both their feets is so nice to watch (santi we miss you). But i thought torreira didnt have that splendid game in general. Love seeing the tenacity from him on ball recoveries and holding onto it, but today he did get caught a bit more than usual, hence the worry.

ODB
ODB

You’re right on Torreira, noticed it too. I don’t think it’s anything to be worried about though. He’s a top player. Going to be one of the best midfielders the prem has seen, my opinion.

Gunn Cabinet

17/10. Enough said. Happy birthday, Bloggs

Almunia4Pires
Almunia4Pires

Ozil quality. Mikhi excellent. Good rotation, even in mid-game, by Unai Emery. Onwards and upwards.

Mother
Mother

Excellent performance from all of the players!

We’re extremely fortunate that Charlie Daniel’s shocking foul didn’t make full contact with Torreira’s ankle last night. With the recent news of Diaby’s retirement, I can’t help but feel pissed off that players are STILL allowed to go around making such awful challenges with no genuine repercussions.