Ozil gave Arsenal the lead.

Arsenal lead Bournemouth two-nil at half-time

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Arsenal lead Bournemouth 2-0 at half-time thanks to two goals in 88 seconds from Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The Gunners are looking for their first win since January 2 after falling off the pace in their hunt for a first Premier League title since 2004.

The first 45 minutes couldn’t have gone any better for the away team who, if they hold on to their two-goal advantage, will leapfrog Manchester City into third place in the table.


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After an even start to the game, the Gunners stole a march in the 23rd minute when Ozil smashed Olivier Giroud’s knockdown past Artur Boruc.

We’re used to seeing Ozil assist Giroud, not the other way around, and the German’s fourth league goal and first since Arsenal beat Bournemouth 2-0 in December had Gunners’ fans raving.

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It was Arsenal’s first league goal in 347 minutes and they needed less than two to grab another.

Oxlade-Chamberlain’s inclusion in the starting line-up was questioned by Arsenal fans on Twitter but the 22-year-old answered his doubters in style, latching on to Aaron Ramsey’s perfect pass before striking a low finish across Boruc into the far corner.

It was Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first league goal in over a year and first away from the Emirates. The winger, earning a rare start ahead of Theo Walcott and Joel Campbell, certainly repaid the faith shown in him by Arsene Wenger as the former Southampton man looks to get his career rolling.

Arsenal fans were quick to applaud Oxlade-Chamberlain on Twitter.

Arsenal need just nine second half goals to overtake second-placed Tottenham in the standings.

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