David Luiz scored the only goal as Arsenal edged past Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium to move up to third in the Premier League.

Luiz glanced home Nicolas Pepe’s ninth-minute corner for his first goal since his summer arrival from Chelsea.

Bournemouth improved after the break and went close through Callum Wilson, but they rarely troubled Bernd Leno in the Arsenal goal.

The Gunners move above Leicester, Burnley and Crystal Palace with the win, while Bournemouth stay 10th.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang went close in the opening stages and hit the post late on, but those opportunities bookended a game of few chances.

Bournemouth offered little as an attacking threat, but with Arsenal unable to kill the game off they were able to apply some pressure in the closing stages.

Only a last-ditch tackle from Matteo Guendouzi prevented Joshua King from converting a low cross by Callum Wilson, who also fired straight at Leno in stoppage time.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Arsenal

  • 1Leno
  • 21Chambers
  • 5Papastathopoulos
  • 23David Luiz
  • 31Kolasinac
  • 29Guendouzi
  • 34Xhaka
  • 19PépéSubstituted forMartinelliat 63′minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 8CeballosSubstituted forWillockat 75′minutes
  • 77SakaSubstituted forTorreiraat 83′minutes
  • 14Aubameyang

Substitutes

  • 3Tierney
  • 11Torreira
  • 15Maitland-Niles
  • 16Holding
  • 26Martínez
  • 28Willock
  • 35Martinelli

Bournemouth

  • 12Ramsdale
  • 17StaceyBooked at 29minsSubstituted forFrancisat 79′minutes
  • 3S Cook
  • 5Aké
  • 21Rico
  • 22H WilsonSubstituted forDanjuma Groeneveldat 79′minutes
  • 8Lerma
  • 29BillingBooked at 13mins
  • 7King
  • 9SolankeSubstituted forFraserat 63′minutes
  • 13C Wilson

Substitutes

  • 1Boruc
  • 2Francis
  • 6Surman
  • 14Danjuma Groeneveld
  • 16L Cook
  • 24Fraser
  • 26Kelly
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
60,326

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenalAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home14
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Arsenal 1, Bournemouth 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal 1, Bournemouth 0.

Foul by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal).

Steve Cook (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Aké with a headed pass.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) hits the right post with a left footed shot from very close range. Assisted by Calum Chambers.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Jefferson Lerma.

Lucas Torreira (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Philip Billing (Bournemouth).

Attempt missed. Steve Cook (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ryan Fraser with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Matteo Guendouzi.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Simon Francis.

David Luiz (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joshua King (Bournemouth).

Foul by Joe Willock (Arsenal).

Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Lucas Torreira replaces Bukayo Saka.

Attempt missed. Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Joe Willock.

Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Simon Francis replaces Jack Stacey.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld replaces Harry Wilson.

Attempt missed. Jefferson Lerma (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Steve Cook.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Joe Willock replaces Dani Ceballos.

Booking

Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal).

Harry Wilson (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Calum Chambers (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Dani Ceballos with a cross.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Nathan Aké.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Matteo Guendouzi.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Wilson.

Dani Ceballos (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steve Cook (Bournemouth).

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Calum Chambers.

Attempt missed. Calum Chambers (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Ryan Fraser replaces Dominic Solanke.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Gabriel Martinelli replaces Nicolas Pépé.

Foul by Bukayo Saka (Arsenal).