Wenger: Three important points

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was pleased to see his team return to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth at Dean Court on Sunday.

Two goals in quick succession, the first from Mesut Ozil in the 23rd minute and the second from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain just a minute later, were enough for the Gunners to end their run of four games without a win.

“We had a strong start and we were 2-0 in front with a good convincing performance,” Wenger said. “After that we were weak in some periods and we suffered a bit more.

“It was important for us to not concede a goal. In the end the second half was about keeping the result than continuing our flow in the game. It was an important three points for us.

“There were some moments where Petr Cech had to make some saves. It was very close to the end but I don’t think they created many chances. Bournemouth is a good team. They maintained that physical level from the first to the last minute and I think they can beat anybody.”

The title-chasing Gunners are now third in the Premier League standings, level on 48 points with neighbours Tottenham and five adrift of leaders Leicester City, making victory over the Cherries an important precursor for their home clash with the Foxes next week Sunday.

“We hadn’t won in a while,” he added. “We had gone four games without a win and when you play at the top it is a long period so your confidence drops a bit.

“Leicester were running away and us playing them next week makes the game very interesting. In one week Leicester have beaten Liverpool and Manchester City. That means that they suddenly become the favourite to win the Premier League. That makes our game on Sunday a big one.”