Most fans would say that Arsenal didn’t play very well yesterday against Bournemouth, but considering that we were playing a team just below us at their own ground to come away with all three points is still something to be proud of, especially as it conserves our long unbeaten run. It was particularly impressive that we came back from conceding the equalizer just before half-time which would have usually seen a few heads drop.
As Emery explained after the game: “The result is very important, but we spoke in the dressing room at half-time after they’d scored and the process is in our mentality also. The result is very important and we went up 1-0, but they scored so we needed to keep calm and continue our control, which is getting better on the pitch.
“I think we knew this was a difficult stadium and a difficult team, and they were four points behind us, and it was an important game for them to be near us. I am very happy with how the players and fans supported and pushed us today. The control over the 90 minutes with keeping calm in a lot of moments was very important in this victory.
“Today is 17 matches unbeaten, but in the last three matches we drew and it is not enough for us, for our mind, for our objective – and today, to win, we were speaking during the week about how important it was to win, and that it is very difficult. It was a big moment for us.”
We can’t underestimate how important it was for us to win this game, with the Spuds coming up next week and to keep us in touch with the leaders.
It may not have been pretty, but it’s an excellent result all the same….