The Province

Arsenal knocking on Champions League door


LONDON — In its second season away from the Champions League, Arsenal is showing signs it intends to return to the elite competitio­n.

The Gunners won 2-1 at Bournemout­h Sunday to move within one point of fourth-place Chelsea and the Champions League spots.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his eighth Premier League goal of the season.

Jefferson Lerma scored a remarkable volleyed own-goal to give the visitors the lead at Vitality Stadium with Joshua King levelling for Bournemout­h before Aubameyang’s second-half strike.

Arsenal has not lost since August, but drew with its last three opponents.

Arsenal took the lead a half-hour in as Lerma accidental­ly converted Sead Kolasinac’s cross past Asmir Begovic.

However, Arsenal’s run of not leading at halftime continued. King’s smart finish with the last meaningful kick of the opening 45 minutes ensured Bournemout­h went in level. Arsenal was again pushing for a second goal, but having lost possession in the Bournemout­h box a rapid counteratt­ack ended with King converting past Leno.

Neither side could create anything of note at the start of the second half. Aubameyang slid in to score from six yards out in the 67th after another Kolasinac cross.

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