Arsenal 3-1 Bournemouth: Gunners player ratings from a rare November win

Arsenal 3-1 Bournemouth: Gunners player ratings from a rare November win

Arsenal got a much needed victory in the month of November with a hard-earned victory over Eddie Howe's AFC Bournemouth

Rob Tonkinson

Arsenal ground out a November victory against AFC Bournemouth off the back of three consecutive draws with Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain.

Two goals from Alexis Sanchez and one from Theo Walcott cancelled out Callum Wilson’s penalty as the Gunners recorded a solid three points. But how did the players fare individually? Let's take a look.

Goalkeeper and defence

Petr Cech: Made a decent save from point blank range to deny former Gunner Benik Afobe and was unlucky to lose his clean sheet to a dubious penalty. 7

Mathieu Debuchy: Can’t really judge his performance as he only lasted fifteen minutes before going off injured. That sadly could be his last action for Arsenal if it’s a serious injury for him. Unrated

Gabriel: Debuchy’s replacement was adequate, however, his presence seemed to create all the havoc of a usual Gabriel appearance when it really shouldn’t have. With no Hector Bellerin or Debuchy, he could now be fighting for an opportunity in the right back position with Carl Jenkinson and Rob Holding. 5

Shkrodan Mustafi: The German international has looked a bit shaky in the last few games and Bournemouth caused him some problems, still his and Laurent Koscielny’s partnership won’t be broken up anytime soon. 6

Laurent Koscielny: The skipper did his best to ensure Bournemouth didn’t start to run away with it in the first half as Arsenal were all over the place after the penalty. Has helped Mustafi along in recent weeks. 7

Nacho Monreal: Caught out and gave away a penalty, however dubious that was he has been suspect for a lot of this season and definitely seen as the weak point of the back four when it’s fully fit. 4

Midfield and attack

Mohamed Elneny: Rather disciplined performance from Elneny who’s become an integral squad player in a stacked midfield, typical performance from the Egyptian. 7

Granit Xhaka: Everyone’s been clamouring for Xhaka to get some game time and he was given his chance this week, he put in a decent performance but nothing that was out of the ordinary. Still feels like he’s the best deep midfield option the Gunners have at the club right now. 6

Theo Walcott: Scored the second and linked very well with everyone throughout the game, this is really turning into one of his marquee seasons after last year was such a disappointment. 8

Olivier Giroud: Did really well to set up Alexis’ second goal when he came on, sadly justifying his role as a substitute rather than a starter. 7

Mesut Ozil: His link up play was excellent as usual and was unlucky not to find the net, he really is the glue that keeps the front four together. 7

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: A busy performance from Chamberlain yet again that ended in a standing ovation from the Arsenal fans, he’s putting good use to his extended minutes on the pitch compared to last season. 7

Aaron Ramsey: Not much to talk about in his performance, Ramsey is starting to look a lot like Walcott from the previous season, big promise but not really warranted of being a starter and starting to get to an age where he has to show more consistency if he wants to become one. Like Walcott nobody quite seems to know the Welshman’s best position within the team either. 5

Alexis Sanchez: Although gifted the opener, the Chilean put in a great performance and never gave the Bournemouth back line a moment’s peace. Seems to be over the thigh troubles that dogged him at Old Trafford, Arsenal will be hoping his goalscoring form will continue over the busy festive period. 9 - Man of the Match