Arsenal went back to winning ways and stay in contact on top of the table with the leaders. Alexis Sanchez scored a brace and Walcott added another one for a successful afternoon and well-deserved three points.
Coach Wenger comments on the win and on Alexis’s performance:
on Bournemouth’s quality…
“Not really because they weren’t exactly the side I wanted to play after Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain. They are a tricky side who can keep the ball and, if you’re not well organized, you can be in trouble. On top of that, I felt we started well but when they equalized we were nervous and that’s where having three consecutive draws played a little bit on our minds. At half-time it was down to us to calm down and focus on the game we wanted to play. In the second half we created many dangerous situations but Bournemouth remained dangerous too because they can keep the ball well and attack very well. They’re one of the teams who can compare their possession with the top teams in the Premier League.
It’s as well the first time I made seven changes compared to Wednesday night. When you go in the Premier League, I think it’s a long time since I have done that, to change seven players, keeper included to go from a Champions League game into a Premier League game. That’s why I have top-quality players on the bench.”
“Even when he looks dead, he’s still alive and always finds the resources to do something special. He has that conditioning which allows him to always find an extra gear to be dangerous.”
Alexis Sanchez added:
“I’m so happy for the two goals, but the team’s mentality is strong. The Premier League is very difficult but we continue, it’s more difficult for me, for the team. It’s the number one [league with the likes of] Chelsea, City… it’s the Premier League and I like it!”