Arsenal 3rd in EPL as David Luiz scores 1st goal for Gunners

Arsenal's David Luiz celebrates with his teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, left, after scoring his side's opening goalduring the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Bournemouth at the Emirates stadium in London, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Leila Coker)
Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang runs with the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Bournemouth at the Emirates stadium in London, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Leila Coker)
Arsenal's David Luiz celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Bournemouth at the Emirates stadium in London, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Leila Coker)
Arsenal's Nicolas Pepe looks up during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Bournemouth at the Emirates stadium in London, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Leila Coker)

LONDON — David Luiz scored his first goal for Arsenal in a 1-0 win over Bournemouth on Sunday which lifted Unai Emery's side up to third in the Premier League.

Luiz headed home off a corner from Nicolas Pepe with only nine minutes gone. It turned out to be the only goal of a game that lacked both chances and quality as the Cherries managed to keep in-form Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the periphery.

Arsenal has still lost just once this season in the league and now sits one point behind defending champions Manchester City.

Aubameyang, crucial to Arsenal so far this season, was kept quiet and the players selected to offer support — 18-year-old Bukayo Saka and club-record signing Pepe — also drifted in and out of the game.

For Eddie Howe, his Bournemouth side could have drawn level on points with fourth-place Leicester with a win at the Emirates Stadium but lacked a cutting edge in attack despite some good moments early in the second half.

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