Mikel Arteta’s first game in charge of Arsenal ended in a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth. The Gunners fell behind to a goal by Ryan Gosling’s brother, Dan, but pulled one back in the second half through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

There were promising signs in terms of how we played, how we passed the ball with more confidence, and the way we found space in the first period, but there’s still clearly a lot to do.

The new boss would have loved a win to kick off with, but a point away will have to do, and maybe we can take all three against Chelsea on Sunday.

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

Here’s how the players rated this evening.

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Goonarf
Goonarf

Love the ratings post as always. Thanks for it. Dude not that the secondary window that scrolls through the ratings makes viewing on mobile more difficult. It’s challenging to switch from scrolling the whole page and scrolling that interior window.

Goonarf
Goonarf

Ugh. Not “dude not” should have been “side note”.

Arse Lars
Arse Lars

Disagree, Arsenal is a place for dudes and sirs alike. Nothing wrong with that post.

A Different George
A Different George

Sometimes the autocorrect is truly amazing.

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

Yep scrolling this page is v difficult on iphone

Richard
Richard

Gutted we didnt get the 3 points but saw some promising improvements..

canon fodder
canon fodder

Laca in the past could be relied on to put in a shift; today, he was so ineffectual. The positive thing about his performance is that it would almost be impossible to replicate his dire form today in another match…Very sad news about Goonerholic which Blogs shared yesterday.

Alex Davis
Alex Davis

What happened?

cygan’sbaldspot
cygan’sbaldspot

He passed away yesterday. May he RIP

Essy
Essy

Good day in the office, better days a head.

HNelson
HNelson

Nelson was poor today. Pepe should have been subbed on earlier in the 2nd half.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

I thought Nelson was ok, good movement and dribbling. Never hid or shirked his defensive responsibilities. But he lacked in end product, you never feel like he believes he will score when he strikes the ball. And physically he doesn’t seem as developed as Saka or Martinelli. But the talent was there, hoping he gets a bit of a run.

Olivije Žirod
Olivije Žirod

Probably because Niles played as an inverted full back and Nelson is a traditional winger. On the other hand Pepe likes to cut inside, so he needs a full back who ovelaps. Arteta had to choose between Auba and Pepe. I think it is quite possible that we will see Niles on the left in the next few games and Bellerin on the right with Pepe.

Marco

Sorry loose cannon must of been watching a different game to me.Nelson should of been hooked long before the 80 min.Dreadful crossing and decision making.To be honest really ineffective in these last 2 games.Needs to buck up his ideas or I feel he will not be given many more.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

I tried to downvote you twice which demonstrates what I thought of your opinion…however it’s your opinion and you’re welcome to it.

AmericanGooner
AmericanGooner

I’d really like to see Pépé given a proper go under Arteta. I think he can thrive under Arteta assuming Arteta is going to mainly adopt Pep’s system of having wingers who cut in and shoot.

Pépé is definitely doing his part by putting the effort in. He looks like the one who is trying the hardest every time he comes on lately. I’m still very excited about him.

Right across Sunderland!
Right across Sunderland!

I think he’s being played because he offers his right back some protection whilst Pepe doesn’t. I thought he was average (not poor) but did close down space quite well.

KingThroughBall
KingThroughBall

Not true, there was a point in November when Pepe had the most tackles out of anyone in the team.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Nelson wasn’t poor at all. He fluffed some chances but he put a shift in and I thought he was more energetic than Pepe when he came on, although to be fair to Pepe it’s hard to play with two broken legs…thanks to inept refereeing.

Goonshow
Goonshow

Nelson was 90% ineffectual… simply running around and either squaring or reversing the play is not ‘putting in a shift’, it is wasting one of 11 key roles in the team. His crossing and through balls were poor, very little effort to break up early attacks starting in their half, and his usual enthusiasm was generally lacking yesterday – he could (and should!) at least have clocked the King threat to Niles and helped his team mate. He didn’t.

B.O.B
B.O.B

Xhaka,Ozil,Torreira played well today…Laca was very poor today….another day or if it was Auba in the middle we would have won the match..Willock wasted a very good counter. Good point though,it looks like eventually we will get better with Arteta.

Jack
Jack

I can’t believe Auba ran into the crowd like that after scoring the equaliser! That’s how far we’ve fallen. Much preferred Martinelli the other week picking up the ball and running back to the centre circle

Cool Papa Bellerin
Cool Papa Bellerin

I don’t give a single care how he celebrates. There are many signs of how far we’ve fallen but the manner in which our best outfield player celebrates one of his many goals is not among them.

Sta
Sta

It’s only a problem when Giroud does it right?
Jeez the bias people have.

KongoKim
KongoKim

I gave u both thumbs up.

Goonshow
Goonshow

And the red shade on the new London buses is slightly off from the originals – terrible isn’t it?

Pedant!

alex alexsson
alex alexsson

Signs of improvement today… I thought Xhaka & torreira, in particular, looked good. Maybe a former cm can get the best out of them?

Angrybird
Angrybird

Ancelotti celebrates win today. Did Arsenal choose well?

Franconyl
Franconyl

Judging something on the first chance is not usually the wise choice either

Putney Swope
Putney Swope

Yes, yes we did.

Essy
Essy

This isn’t a good unit of measurement, I actually celebrated a good performance. I will stick by my Arteta any day, come to think of it, you can yourself to Everton.

Olivije Žirod
Olivije Žirod

Ljungberg before and now Arteta have to change our identity completely from whatever Unai played to proper football. What Unai did can’t be fixed overnight. On the other hand Everton won’t change theirs under Ancelloti. Their philosophy stays very much the same. That is why Ferguson had such an impact because the only thing they needed was a motivational boost. We need much more to be back on the level we used to be.

Henrik
Henrik

no

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

You need to chill out angrybird!

ArsenesLongSufferingZipper
ArsenesLongSufferingZipper

Ferguson won his first match in charge of Everton. Maybe they should have ignored Ancelloti and just retained Big Dunc on basis of that?

Atom
Atom

I’m excited to see what we’ll look like under Arteta a few windows from now when Edu/Arteta are able to make the squad fit the style he wants to play. In the short run just having Torreira as our dm dramatically improves the team although it appears he will be playing at the expense of gendouzi. Looking forward to seeing how Ceballos fits into this – can he be a more mobile version of Xhaka or will he compete with Ozil for the 10? We quickly need to figure out if Auba and Lacazette can co-exist as shunting Auba out to the wing somewhat blunts him. They might be like Gerrard / Lampard- 2 very good players individually who blunt the other when played together.

Will be interesting to see how active we are in January – given top 4 is so unlikely I really would only like us to bring in players who are here for the long term

Frank
Frank

At this time in the season must choose whether we are fighting for the league’s top spots or we are fighting against the drop.
Any confusion in our objectives may see us lose both battles God forbid.

cagooner
cagooner

i wouldn’t hold your breath for “a few windows…” A little run of bad form and the entire fan base will be down on Arteta and anxious for the next guy.

Mark
Mark

Hope Martinelli is back soon, to me he should be playing ahead of Lacazette which would allow Aubameyang to be up top.

You have to give a 10+ to Arteta’s hair for holding up in the heavy rain as it did.

Fledz
Fledz

Lego is designed for all conditions.

Jean Ralphio
Jean Ralphio

Nelson can do better and given Arteta’s coaching reputation, I expect him to improve. At times our passing was too slow, but some good forward passes.

Fledz
Fledz

Felt like I was watching a different team today. Some poor finishing and obviously a number of players lacking confidence and form, but it’s the first game in a while where I felt like they had an idea of what to do and how they should be playing. I also actually enjoyed watching the whole game which is a change!

Early days but content with that performance, all things considered.

Ordnance Dave
Ordnance Dave

That’s the key point. Pleasing on the eye. It’s been far too long since Arsenal have looked like a possession based team. Let’s not get carried away of course, Bournemouth allowed us the ball, but we played football in their half, which we haven’t done for over a season.

Edzo
Edzo

A major problem is that a club like arsenal players like sakai, nelson (again) and willock should ne making their mistakes while on loan. That they are playing shows how bad this squad is. Our bench is so weak which is a major concern because our starting 11, other than Leno and Auba, wouldn’t start for any other top 6 team, which we are not going to be.

We need world class players. That’s how you win. You never win anything with youth.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Tell that to Sir Alex Fergusson!

PFo
PFo

said alan hansen, famously, right before Fergie’s Man Utd won the double with a team full of youth…

cagooner
cagooner

maybe you should consider supporting another club. there’s a few lean years ahead without too many world class players getting added. we survived and i survived the seventies and eighties when it was lean, and i’m ready to do the same again. #coyg

Right across Sunderland!
Right across Sunderland!

We had a pretty young squad that won the title in 89. Just sayin’.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

AMN positioning was really interesting today. He was essentially coming into midfield to make it a three, while Saka pushed on on the left. Could be signs of Arteta’s early influence because it’s similar to what City do with their fullbacks.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Ainsley was really good I thought, probably one of his better performances.

Edward Fishwick
Edward Fishwick

Harsh on Xhaka. He played a brilliant pass through to Auba that led to the goal. Was also involved in everything.
Interesting formation already from Arteta. Xhaka drifting left and Niles drifting central creates a 3 across the middle to keep the ball and protect the defenders on any counters through the middle. Work in progress but looks promising.

Zack
Zack

Xhaka can always hit some pretty long balls but he was seriously bailed out by two giveaways in this game that very nearly put Bournemouth directly through on goal, the most egregious one late in the game when Luiz stepped in to save us from a 2 vs the keeper. His disasters are always there; we don’t always get punished for them. It’s honestly hard for me to enjoy games he plays in at this point.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Don’t worry he’s leaving soon so you won’t have to be miserable for much longer!

SLC Gooner
SLC Gooner

Honestly, if we got a good price for Laca, and were pretty sure we could keep Auba, I’d strongly consider selling Laca in January, using Martinelli and a recalled Nketiah, and re-investing Laca money in the mid-field and/or defense.
The crossing was awful, but can’t complain much about the youngsters. That said, I’d probably start Pepe in the next match…he needs to start justifying the transfer fee.

Homer
Homer

Laca is the superior player. Dribbling, passing, hold up play…he’s a complete forward. His finishing last term was superb. And, keep in mind, he’s not been starting or playing that much. He’s barely match fit or sharp. A couple games, and he bangs a two of those in. So, whatever….

Sure, we love Auba. And he scores goals, though, TBF, he’s been ice cold lately. He ain’t what the club should be building around, especially given his age. Martinelli is young, and raw. Sure he’s flavor of the month, but he’s a gamble. Same with Nketiah. Sure, Ian Wright likes him, but who cares; he can’t see the future any better than you or I. Selling an established goal scorer, who links play and attacks well (and who tracks back) – for two teenage gambles? Yikes, but no thank you.

GraeB
GraeB

Hell, I can’t imagine what this site would be like if we sold either of our strikers and then had a game where we didn’t score. Mikel needs to see what he’s working with and find a way to get the most from them. Remember at Citeh even Aguero had to work his way back into the team.

Marco

Extremely frustrating watch this afternoon.Clearly the better side but our lack of quality in the final third had me tearing my hair out.Nelson extremely fortunate to last 80 mins.I feel Nelson seems to be going down the same road as Iwobi.His lack of final ball is criminal which was one of the main criticism aimed at Iwobi.Practice your craft guys, stay on the training ground until it’s dark if need be.Do you honestly think David Beckham’s crossing and general set piece taking was perfected by going home at lunch time to play PlayStation.On a more positive note great to see our midfield playing through the lines especially in the first half where Ozil was found in some promising positions.Give it a couple more games and hopefully the trauma of Emery ball will be forgotten and the team can move onward and upward.COYG.

Dawdler
Dawdler

Relax. One game, 20 year old player what the hell do you expect? For him to be Beckham from the get go? I guarantee you he is working on his game but it appears you have as much a video game mentality as you accuse the youngster of having. Improvement, takes time! And we are talking time in terms of months and years.

Nelson is a premier league rookie, we keep forgetting. Nice little run on loan in the Bundesliga but even then this is a game of men and once he was figured out he cooled off, now he needs to work on adding elements to his game, but talent is there. I hope the will is there but his willingness to run himself into the ground for the team is maybe a good hint that he is motivated to try. I wish him the best of luck. What are you doing to support the player by being so critical and dismissive?

Marco

We are going to have to respectfully disagree on this one Dawdler.

Ya gooner
Ya gooner

I found myself frustrated alamd moaning at our lack of decision maling in the final third and realised I’d not been upset like that in a long time! It’s actually an improvement lol

Right across Sunderland!
Right across Sunderland!

Laughed at the Dan Gosling comment and then thought, “Wait. Is he actually really Ryan’s brother?”. Actually googled it to check.

I won’t tell you if it’s true though…

I thought David Luiz played really well. Bit annoyed that we conceded by faffing about at the back again though.

SuperTom7
SuperTom7

Did exactly the same, laughing included.

Zadok
Zadok

Pepe put the brakes on himself and… With that, the counter-attack is out of the question. Still, I’d love his style.

Zadok
Zadok

I love*

Venga Bus

And what about yer man leaving the ball behind him and crashing into an Arsenal player………..free kick Bournemouth ?????

Captain Khan
Captain Khan

It’s only a game in with Arteta, but it was a promising display, I liked that the players were a lot closer together which allowed us to move the ball a lot quicker than we previously had.
Anyone else noticed that we barely win balls that are lumped up by either teams. I feel that we lose a lot of pressure and put pressure on us by losing these small battles.

Although we drew, I’m excited to see how we do with Arteta, he’s definitely saying the right things!

MonkeyJoe
MonkeyJoe

Nelson and Willock are awful awful footballers at the moment and should not be anywhere near first team. At best they are Championship midtable rotation players.

Marco

Awful may be a touch harsh,but they are definitely not good enough to play for Arsenal.Go and reinvent yourself elsewhere would be their best bet.I believe Martinelli is younger and a far better player than either of those two.

Malaysian gunner
Malaysian gunner

Abu got Arsenal out of jail yet again.Yet he could be off in January.
Shd it happen where will the goals come from ?I shudder.
Arsenal have scored 28 goals which aint good enough for a team
aspiring to greater heights.
As for trying to get 4th,the gunners wont be able to win the cl for the
next 5 to 10 years.Its just to fill the coffers to maintain the self
sustaining model of a club ,a premium one soon to drop out of
Europes list of 10 top clubs if they cant challenge.

Najeebrahmàn.k
Najeebrahmàn.k

Ozil must playing full time and saka out. Including three midfielders..torrera ,gundo…xaka..1,4,3,3

Santori
Santori

Some effort today but clearly still punching below what we should be considering this is a poor Bournemouth side bereft of many senior players (To put things in context)

1) Leno – Thought he was decisive on many occasions coming out to claim the ball and we will need that from him.

2) AMN – Decent. In a right battle with King. Physical enough, was instructed to keep slightly deeper and allow Nelson to push wide in front of him as AMN lined up in a midfield 2 or 3 with either Torreira or Torreira and Xhaka providing better screening.

3) Sokratis -One very good and critical clearing header which led to hopefully not a serious concussion. We lined up in a 2-3-5 or 3-2-5 when in possession providing better structure and we kept the ball better plus for most parts played out better IMO. Its a decent start to Arteta technique to find the midfield better but also create a better base to prevent counters.

4) Luiz – Still shaky moments as expected but finished the game well, and had one very good through ball to I believe Laca for an excellent chance on goal. Again in some part the structure pushing Saka upfield to provide width with nelson on opposite flank, allowed Auba and Ozil to operate closert o Laca and in and around the front of the Penalty box more. This in turn allowed us to find them better as they could drop for the ball. The 3 at the back (with Granit joining Luiz and Sokratis, stationed left) had better joy bypassing the Bournemouth midfield ostensibly lined up in a 5 but having to drop to watch aforementioned Nelson and Saka.

5) Saka – Some people incredibly harsh on Saka. Lets just be clear, he’s barely 18yrs and playing out of position for us. Many poor crosses and he needs to do better but we need to cut the chap some slack surely. He performed his duties well and got into some very good positions competitively for us. Work in progress but as mentioned hardly unsurprising when you have younger players.

6) Torreira – He was likely told not to venture too far forward and stay closer to backline and toward the middle (bias right). It worked better for us as he provided better relation to Xhaka allowing the latter to find time to provide his best asset in long range passing accuracy. BUT Torreira also played to his strength by Arteta IMO and was busy all game nipping in to steal the ball. Encouraging signs we are finally getting something out of him (if still a couple of stray passes)

7) Granit – Ditto as mentioned with Torreira. Got a bit careless toward end of game but given new structure and closer relation / distance to Torreira, he had more opportunity to drop deep left side in line with Luiz and Sokratis in a 3-2-5 and provide plenty of laser precision passes from deep. Again Arteta seemingly may have found a way to unlock the midfield’s potential and play them to their strengths (albeit still too early to tell). If anyone can understand and unlock Granit, it may be Arteta who was tasked with similar role by Wenger converting from a forward midfielder.

8) Ozil – I thought he was good today and made an effort to stay in the game. First half particularly sharper with movement again beneficiary of playing slightly in field with Auba in similar relation to Lacazette. On many occasions, he peeled right to provide an initial presence till Nelson could motor forward in support giving us a quicker transition. Subbed later but this time more because of good effort and energy spent. More like this from him please. Again the question mark over Ozil is not these sort of performances but sustaining it.

9) Auba – Cutting in from out left never stopped Pires or henry from scoring so I don’t see why it should effect Auba. As mentioned tucked in closer to Laca on the left (with Ozil drifting right to provide similar presence) they were more able to drop for the ball allowing midfield to pick them out in channels beyond Bournemouth’s midfield. And he got his just dessert precisely from that pocket between Saka wide left and Laca in the middle. Some good tracking back today as well which needs to continue.

10) Nelson – Like Saka, some people having a right go at him. He’s a young player who has not featured much and it will take him a bit of time to find his crossing range. I thought he kept hold of the ball well, and put in a decent effort off ball plus pushed forward on the break with more directness. A positive IMO but clearly younger players will have rough patches which need improving. Martinelli (and possibly Pepe) likely being saved for the forthcoming Chelsea encounter.

11) Laca – Off pace today but he’s not had regular feature which is part of the problem. OTOH, he presents a better structure for u allowing the more mobile Auba to drift into pockets whilst he muscles for the ball. I’d keep playing him with Auba to regain the sort of intuition they showed earlier in season and last season. Its there to be rediscovered particularly with Auba being afforded ability to drift more with Saka pushing wide left and Granit dropping to left of defense to cover and orchestrate.

12) Willock – Would have personally preferred to put Guendouzi on. not sure why both freddy and now Arteta prefer Willock. Slightly anonymous today if as per usual industrious. Had one great opportunity toward the end on the break with lay off by Laca but lacked confidence and did not hit through with laces. Of course again bearing in mind he is a young player as well (which is the danger if we have too much reliance on Academy players)

13) Mustafi – Not sure what injuries are keeping Calum and Holding at bay but everyone’s favorite target for unfair pillory yet again come on to put in a shift for us. One moment heart in mouth when they were rule (off side on a goal (in which he needed as per usual to be more aware of the player behind) and a crazy sliding challenge later but otherwise fairly solid.

14) Pepe – a bit of time on the bench may be a good tonic. Came on and looked spritly with some impact but seem to fade away thereafter. Would have liked to see him maybe on earlier.

OVERALL

Gaffer – Early days. Provided better structure IMO with 3-2-5 or 2-3-5 when we were in possession and seems to be getting the better qualities of both Torreira and Granit (and Ozil) into play.

How he can sustain this teams off ball work ethic of course is the other issue.

BUT I think we can build on this and he has every reason to feel we can make more immediate impact. Chelsea to come but they have had their struggle with Soton and no reason to believe if we put the work into it, we cannot get all 3 points.

Same distance more or less from top 4 as is to relegation but no reason to look down. A couple of good results and we will be closer to contention into the europa places at least and from there we can hope to build a push for higher. BUT off ball work ethic has to be sustained and Arteta has to keep this team disciplined. Good to see him shouting instructions and pulling them into shape from sideline. BUT we saw that with Unai first season too and emery also made impactful timely subs.

It all when pear shape this season and I suspect in some regard, Unai lost his own belief which had corresponding negative effect for the team.

Artera's hair gel
Artera's hair gel

Did anyone noticed Mustafi’s wild lunge at the sideline? Totally missed the tackle which could have ended in a goal conceded.

Pavan
Pavan

Can we buy giroud this January?