In the words of manager Arsene Wenger this was a must win game if we are to win the title and close the gap on leaders Leicester.
Following a winless run of four games and not scoring in the last three it was always going to be tough against a Bournemouth side who have done better than expected so far this season.
I was also worried because I couldn’t actually watch the game live and if you have read my blogs the only other game this season I haven’t watched live was against Southampton away and you know how that went! Hopefully this south coast team wasn’t as good.
In this crucial game it was important that we got off to a good start and Flamini was perhaps lucky not to be sent off. But you need luck to win games and I thought it would have been harsh because he got the ball. Fortunately he stayed on and we created some chances before Özil opened the scoring with a well taken volleyed goal.
This was then followed a minute later when surprise starter Chamberlain finished well and proved to Wenger that he perhaps needs more game time.
So 2-0 to Arsenal and it stayed like this until half time.
The second half was closer as we didn’t need to go for it as much and held on to the lead. We had chances to score more and a few great saves from Petr Cech once again meant that the score stayed at 2-0 and we were back to winning ways.
We are now 5 points behind Leicester again and have gone above Man City into third place.
It now means that the game against Leicester next weekend is so important. We have to win to close the gap and put more pressure on them. We did beat them 5-2 away and I think we can do it again.
The Gunners are coming after the Foxes!