PREMIER LEAGUE | Saturday 27th November 2016
ATT: 59,978 | REF: Mike Jones | HALF-TIME: 1-1
6 THINGS WE LEARNT FROM #AFCB v #AFC
01. HARRY ARTER RAN THE SHOW
AFC Bournemouth fans already know what a star Harry Arter is, but after yesterday (if they didn’t already know) Arsenal fans will know what a great player he is. He was the kingpin in midfield and shone throughout the game. He may not be quite as good as Jack Wilshire, but he has definitely learnt a thing or two from him. His tracking back has never been in question and his succint and precise passing was what helped keep us in the game. Great performance once again, oh, and a yellow card to add to his prestigious collection.
02. THE REF SHOULD HAVE GONE TO SPECSAVERS
We all like a game with the odd dubious penalty decision. It gives us something to talk about, and there were a few talking points thanks to Mr M Jones. The penalty he gave to us was in all fairness, not a penalty. It was won by Wilson. But, on first glance I thought it was a penalty. But after seeing numerous replays I don’t think it was. However, there were two shouts that should have been penalties. First when Mustafi blatantly shoved Steve Cook in the back from a corner, closely followed by Elneny handling . Second, there was the handball from Monreal. Both should have been penalties, but they weren’t thanks to the long blinking ref.
03. DANNY WELBECK IS A CHEEKY CHAP
Jack Wilshire had the pleasure of sitting next to his eternally injured teammate Danny Welbeck. After the first goal (more of this later) the Sky cameras panned over to their seats to see Wilshire getting a bit of a ribbing from his once close friend Welbeck. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see Mr Wilshire’s reaction when Callum Wilson scored. Perhaps it wasn’t as friendly as before 🙂
04. WE MISSED JACK WILSHIRE
This was something we probably know before the game and so it proved. Let’s not get down on those who took his place they did a great job. But, when you have a talent such as Wilshire in your team they will be missed. Would he have made a difference? We will say no, but obviously we will never know.
05. WE STILL LOVE STEVE COOK
Steve Cook has been one of our most consistent perormers over the five years he has been at AFC Bournemouth. His last-gasp tackles, wonderous strikes and late, late goals are never forgotten. But, he is prone to the occasional mistake (bit like Josh Gowling), but yesterday’s back pass was pretty poor. WTF were you thinking. But, as a defender you can’t beat yourself up over it. You have to shrug it off and carry on like it never happened, which is exactly what he did. A true professional. It won’t be forgotten in a hurry by many, but were already looking forward to Liverpool where he’s gonna score the winner.
06. SANCHEZ SHOULD HAVE BEEN SENT-OFF
Alexis Sanchez tackle on Harry Arter may not have been malicious or even intentional, but it was late. Looking back at the replays would suggest that yellow was probably the wrong colour. As a Bournemouth fan it’s easy to be biased, so we will be. If that was a Bournemouth player it would have been yellow, as it was an Arsenal player it’s a red. We can argue all day long and it won’t change the colour of the card. The ref saw it as a yellow, but I’m sure I saw him in a red shirt 🙂
THE AFTERMATH: GUNNERS TOWN
“Like most Arsenal fans I went to the game confident but not overly confident. We have not been playing well of late and Wenger cannot settle on his midfield combi. The confidence was born out of knowing that Bournemouth under Howe would be true themselves and not park the bus.
The early gift of a goal was a nerve settler, or should have been but the Cherries matched Arsenal in every department, with Arter, who I love, pulling the strings. The penalty for the equaliser was 100% not a pen but the same player hand-balling in the second half was one, so I guess that evens itself out. Arsenal should have finished the game at 2-1 but again Bournemouth fought back. In the end it was the strength of our bench over yours that allowed us to finish the game with Giroud and Ramsey adding the edge. Bournemouth will be fine this season and no question you missed Jacky boy”.
DAVE SEAGER – www.gunnerstown.com
4 ARSENAL v AFCB REPORTS WE DIDN’T WRITE
We saw the game, you probably saw the game. Everyone knows the ref got the big decisions wrong and the bigger club go on to win again. We couldn’t be bothered to write a report. There’s already plenty of out there. Here’s four that we read.
Arsenal vs Bournemouth match report: Alexis Sanchez double has Gunners back to winning ways
Spot of bother as Arsenal set unwanted penalty record
Arsenal lift their November blues with victory over Bournemouth>
Eddie Howe: ‘Bournemouth deserved equaliser against Arsenal’