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2019-20 English Premier League
  • Dan Gosling (35')
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (63')

Arteta's Arsenal debut ends in comeback draw at Bournemouth

Arsenal came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth on Boxing Day in Mikel Arteta's first match in charge of the club.

The Emirates side came into this match on the back of a wretched run of results, which had yielded just one win in their past 11 games -- and that was extended to 12 at the Vitality Stadium.

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Despite a bright start for Arteta's side Dan Gosling, who recently earned Bournemouth a 1-0 win away at Chelsea, opened the scoring on 35 minutes.

The goal gave Bournemouth positive momentum for the remainder of the half, but it was Arsenal who looked the brighter after the break.

Arteta was pleased with his side's performance against Bournemouth and, speaking after the game, told BBC Sport: "It was intense, I was so excited, I just wanted to pass that energy to the players and I really enjoyed it.

"I think we had the chances in the second half to put the game in our favour, but in general in terms of attitude, desire and commitment, it was better than expected, not happy.

"I did not know how long the players would last at that rhythm with the demands I made of them but the attitude was spot on. There are no negotiables at this club, there are standards that have to be done at this club and they held them today."

And they were level on 63 minutes when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finished off at the near post. Arsenal then wasted a host of chances, with Alexandre Lacazette guilty of missing when put through one-on-one, but saw his effort saved by Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Arsenal appeared the likelier team to score next, but it was Bournemouth who then had the ball in the back of the net through Callum Wilson, only to see the goal disallowed for an offside.

The draw meant Arsenal stayed 10th, while Bournemouth remained 16th -- just two points above the relegation zone.

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