Two seasons ago, there were six goals scored as we drew with Bournemouth 3-3.
This latest encounter shared the same amount of goals, but this time we scored five of them, as we thumped the Cherries 5-1 to stay in fourth spot in the Premiership.
Goals from Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Laurent Koscielny, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette saw off Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth in emphatic style, and set us up to take on our North London neighbours this weekend.
Unai Emery recalled Mesut Ozil for this game among other changes, and the German wasted no time in leaving his mark on the game.
Our Number10 was sent clear and what is fast becoming a trademark finish was unleashed, as he kicked the ball into the ground to lift the ball over a lunging Boruc and into the net.
Four minutes on the clock and we were flying.
Our pressing was restricting Bournemouth, but the Cherries nearly pulled an equaliser out of nothing, if it weren’t for Lys Mousset’s wasteful finishing after heading over the bar.
Next up was a great save from Leno to deny Ryan Fraser, followed by Koscielny’s dive to block Dan Gosling firing in the loose ball. We were playing well, but carelessness could have cost us dear.
We settled down, and on the 27th minute, we doubled our advantage.
Mkhitaryan cut out an attempted crossfield pass in Bournemouth’s half, ran forward and fed Ozil in the box. The German shaped as if to curl round Boruc, but instead passed perfectly for the onrushing Mkhitaryan who lashed home.
Three minutes later, after attempting to play out from the back, Guendouzi was caught in possession outside our box. Gosling was the man who picked the ball up and squared to Mousset who had the simple task of firing home.
Two minutes later, Josh King was booked for diving when he threw himself directly at Koscielny and claimed a penalty, which convinced no-one and forced referee Chris Kavanagh to book the Norwegian.
This game was going a mile a minute, but the pace had to break, and it did as half-time approached. We kept possession, and when not with the ball, our shape was in place to keep things tight.
Half time came and went with us leading 2-1. Just like the first half, we came out of the blocks quickly, and two minutes after the restart, we had our third.
Ozil and Mkhi combined well on the right, with the Armenian crossing for Koscielny who fired home in off a defender.
We had daylight again, and instrumental was the returning Ozil and the resurgent Mkhitaryan. A few minutes later Ozil had smashed against the woodwork - our Number ten was on fire.
Bournemouth did the same thing just two minutes later, with Monreal heroically deflecting Gosling’s shot onto the bar. It was a timely reminder for us.
Our first substitute was Alex Iwobi who came on for our left winger for the night, Sead Kolasinac. This happened a minute before Aubameyang got back on the goal trail and scored our fourth.
Mkhitaryan grabbed his second assist after breaking from deep and under pressure. He still had the composure to find Auba with the outside of his foot with an exquisite pass. The striker raced onto the ball and rounded Boruc before calmly scoring. It was a beautiful goal.
It was to be Mkhitaryan’s last action, as Lacazette came on in his stead, hunting for a goal that would make him the first player to score five consecutive Emirates goals.
He nearly grabbed it instantly with a volley from Guendouzi’s dink over the top, but Boruc pulled off the save.
There were still goals in this.
We made our third sub soon after, with Suarez coming on for Aubameyang,and Laca got that goal he was craving mere minutes later.
We had a free kick about twenty five yards out, in a central position. Lacazette stepped up and curled a great effort into the bottom corner after going over the wall, with Boruc getting a hand to it but unable to keep it out.
The game was finished, and the last ten minutes were a procession.
We had the points with a great performance, our playmakers are hitting form, and our strikers are firing in goals for fun.
Throw in a midfield operating well with a rotation of Torreira, Guendouzi and Xhaka, and a defence that can at least pass for a resistance line, and we are starting to kick into gear.
Next up is tottenham, who are four points ahead of us. Let’s do this!