Big Hopes for Arsenal Despite Boxing Day Result


The Mikel Arteta era began at the Vitality Stadium on Boxing Day as Arsenal shared points with Bournemouth.

Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made the starting lineup. Sokratis returned from suspension to replace Calum Chambers who had to serve a match ban following his reception of five yellow cards. Gabriel Martinelli missed out via injury.

The effect of the new manager was immediately noticed. You may begin to wonder how since we were unable to earn a victory but if you looked beyond the goal scored, you'll realise the aforementioned fact.

The boys were in control of the game with their cute passes. A feel of what we used to see pre-Emery surfaced. Also we had more of the possession and were able to position better. Even Ozil stepped up his game as he had enough openings due to our adopted pattern.

Many have since predicted that Arteta has got much more to offer and solicited the full support of the club because without that, it would be impossible to actualise those progressive targets of his.

One issue we had on the day was our final ball. With good work upfront, we will have gotten that win that we deserved. It was quite unfortunate that Lacazette looked handicapped in that encounter. At his best, he would have made perfect use of one of those opportunities.

Dan Gosling struck one past Leno and the hosts took the lead in the first period meaning Arteta had some reforms to make at the break.

The second half wasn't different in terms of fluidity and that paid off when Aubameyang followed up Nelsons's attempt to get us the equaliser. 17 shits played, one scored. Game was over at 1-1.

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