Mikel Arteta's reign gets underway as Arsenal draw 1-1 with Bournemouth

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Mikel Arteta got his Arsenal tenure underway with a trip to Bournemouth on Boxing Day. 

Donning a Guardiola-esque casual black sweater, there were clear signs of the Catalan's influence in his prodigy's tactics as the visitors dominated the flanks and played some promising, expansive football. 

Unfortunately, in the early stages, there were also ample signs of the difficulties which plagued Unai Emery and Freddie Ljungberg. 

One of Arteta's first actions was to recall Mesut Ozil for the trip to the Vitality Stadium as the north Londoners look to halt a run of 1 win in 13 in all competitions.

Initially, it looked as if a side with three changes might be ready to turn a corner as they managed more shots in the first half than they had in any away game all season. 

Yet their crosses into the box simply weren't good enough and the north Londoners were made to pay for their missed chances 35 minutes in when Dan Gosling finished from close range. 

It was against the run of play but it was another sign that Arteta has plenty of work to do. 


It took just over an hour for Arsenal to convert but when they finally did, it was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who scored the first goal of the new era. 

Ozil laid it off to Reiss Nelson on the edge of the box before the 20-year-old lashed the ball across goal to Aubameyang. 

The striker made no mistake from just a few yards out. 

Callum Wilson thought he'd restored the Cherries' lead but his goal 10 minutes from time was rightly ruled out for offside. 

Arteta can take plenty of positives from his first day in the job. 

The Spaniard is the club's youngest boss since Terry Neill but at 1-0 down, he already seemed able to inspire a comeback in a way that was unthinkable under Emery.

Arsenal have something to build on ahead of the Chelsea game on Sunday.

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