EPL: David Luiz header sends Arsenal third place

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal Arsenal have climbed up to third in the Premier League table after securing a 1-0 win over Bournemouth in a tense game at the Emirates Stadium.David Luiz bagged his first goal as a Gunners player – his ninth-minute header turning out to be all that separated the two sides.Unai Emery’s men had chances to extend their lead with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe going close.However, they nearly failed to hold onto the three points with Callum Wilson, Jack Stacey and Josh King giving the Arsenal defence things to think about.But Arsenal claimed a deserved three points and go into the international break with only Manchester City and Liverpool above them.But their thrashing of Standard Liege in the Europa League on Thursday lifted spirits slightly and Arsenal started this game very confidently.They could have taken the lead on six minutes but Aubameyang’s curling effort from the left whistled just past the post.Arsenal didn’t have to wait long to get their goal though when Luiz met Pepe’s corner from the right and glanced the ball into the net – the ball taking a telling deflection off Josh King before bouncing in.Pepe almost doubled their lead shortly afterwards but his effort sailed slightly over the bar, while Aubameyang had an effort cleared off the line by Philip Billing.The visitors were much more potent in attack in the second half and were nearly level when Wilson rounded Bernd Leno from a tight angle but his ball across was cleared away.Jack Stacey’s cross-cum-shot forced Leno into making a smart save, while Matteo Guendouzi made a vital block to deny King a certain goal on 89 minutes.Aubameyang should have scored when he hit the post on the stretch from six yards out in stoppage-time, although the striker was offside when the low cross came in.But none of that mattered in the end for the home side as they held on for the win. Tags: ArsenalCallum WilsonDavid LuizPierre Emerick Aubameyanglast_img read more