Arsenal got back to winning ways on Sunday with a convincing 2-0 victory over Bournemouth at the Vitality stadium to end their four game winless streak in the Premier League.
Two first half goals from Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with Oliveri Giroud and Aaron Ramsey as providers was enough to send the Gunners back into third spot, five points behind leaders Leicester City.
Oxlade-Chamberlain – who learnt his trade along the south coast at Southampton – was Wenger’s only change. Joel Campbell dropped to the bench alongside Per Mertesacker and Francis Coquelin as Gabriel and Mathieu Flamini kept their places.
Mesut Ozil ended the Gunners’ long wait for a Premier League goal with a perfectly-executed volley halfway through the first half after Olivier Giroud’s header down inside the penalty area.
It was Ozil’s first strike since he netted on December 28 – against Bournemouth.
The wait for the next goal was a mere 88 seconds, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain firing a shot in off the far post following good work from Aaron Ramsey.
Petr Cech kept Arsenal in the comfort zone with a brilliant save from Harry Arter and the visitors stayed solid at the back to close out a much-needed victory.
Suddenly the title picture looks a lot rosier. This win takes Arsenal into third place, ahead of Manchester City and behind Tottenham on goal difference.
Leicester City are still within reach, and Arsène Wenger’s side can trim their lead to two points when the teams meet at Emirates Stadium next weekend.
With four Premier League games without a win – the last three of those without a goal – Arsenal were left eight points adrift of the seemingly unstoppable pacesetters, Leicester City who are due at Emirates Stadium on Valentine’s Day and Arsenal needed some momentum going into that increasingly significant clash which they have gotten with Sunday’s win.