Arsenal can take some massive positives from Bournemouth win despite underwhelming performance.
It may not have been the most entertaining game we have seen at the Emirates in recent years. There are some clear issues to resolve but that does not mean there are no positives that can be taken from the game.
It was not just the clean sheet that was impressive but the fact that Bournemouth was reduced to long shots. The Cherries never really penetrated the Arsenal defence, not even when Arsenal invited pressure. At no stage did the back four look vulnerable and that is saying something.
Playing out from the back
The Arsenal backline appears to be getting the hang of playing out from the back. This was a much-improved display and one that should not be ignored. It was not totally smooth but in comparison to previous games, it was a significant improvement.
Youngsters getting better and better
Saka had yet another good game but it is not just him, Guendouzi, Willock and Martinelli all did just fine in a mundane game. The future for Arsenal is looking better as every game passes. The youngsters are certainly more consistent than most of the senior players.
Right this minute Arsenal sits third one point behind Manchester City and even the most loyal Gooner will admit we have not been playing that well. That is a sign of a good team that continues to amass points when not in top form. Arsenal is doing just enough and it can only get better.
There are more positives from the game but defence improving, playing out from the back better, youngsters growing and winning ugly is enough for one day.