Get Tottenham – the sand may have changed in North London, but the tide is coming back.
Arsenal, a five-star, proved itself in front of Saturday's tiff over the garden fence and did exactly what it said on tin.
In the clash between a team that has now won eight consecutive home Premier League games and sick travel opponents who have lost nine straight games on the road, nothing has had to give in – and things have happened like usual.
Bournemouth, who has lost all games against the top six this season, aside from the abnormal demolition of Chelsea, has recovered, and if the Gunners' third home win in a week was not to pound peas, consisted of shelling oysters.
Win at Wembley on Saturday and away with the Spurs will suddenly be reduced to one point – and the Gunners' boss, Unai Emery, can smell the blood.
He admitted, "It's a great motivation. We had to seize our opportunity tonight and then we could make it a great opportunity on Saturday.
"At the moment, they are better than us in the table and it will be difficult to win there, but it will be a good test and a positive test for us."
Emery will not be seduced by the grotesque space offered by his camp in the UAE, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, chief of the chief destroyers, and Mesut Ozil in particular.
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Arsenal's manager had no guarantee that either of his star's turns would make the starting line at Wembley on Saturday, but he said about Ozil, "I think he's happier." with us. He helped us with his quality. "
The Spurs will not leave more holes than an enigma like Bournemouth, and it took only four minutes to the Gunners to progress seriously in the race and rank among the top four.
Emery may have reservations about Ozil's value at £ 350,000 a week, but it's never the brightest idea to let it slip into unboxed cartons. .
Yet the Cherries allowed him to collect a pass from Sead Kolasinac, his first goal since October beyond Artur Boruc to open the locks.
Arsenal was grateful to goaltender Bernd Leno for his comprehensive intervention when Ryan Fraser threatened the equalizer unexpectedly, and that the big German rescue added value to Arsenal who had doubled his advantage after 27 minutes.
Mkhitaryan intercepted Adam Smith's bad cross-pass and finished the race safely, as Ozil's cup came in 10 yards.
Before the flat bullies could apply the big roll, they managed a reciprocal visit to the self-destruct button, Matteo Guenodouzi having been stolen on the edge of his own surface by Dan Gosling and Lys Mousset having missed his first goal in the league. in an empty net.
But after gaining a foothold in the competition, Bournemouth was canceled again within 90 seconds of the restart.
Mkhitaryan, enjoying a scandalous liberty at this level, burst into the surface and his low center was swept by Koscielny – whose late knee injury should be nothing more serious than bruises.
And the cherry goose was cooked – orange sauce, decked out – when the rise of Mkhitaryan opened them and Aubameyang devoured his 19th goal of the season expertly.
On Alexandre Lacazette 's excellent free kick, eleven minutes from the goal, Eddie Howe, Bournemouth' s coach, was groaning: "Our mentality was not excellent and we must be clear: we can play much better than that.
"Arsenal played well, but we made too many mistakes that contributed to our own downfall."