Mesut Ozil got his customary assist and added a goal to his name as well as Arsenal bounced back, as Arsene Wenger predicted they would, in style with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Bournemouth in the English Premier League.
That top place is now Arsenal's, at least for 24 hours, with Leicester City only hosting Manchester City on Tuesday, and this was the kind of assured, unfussy performance that everyone expected Arsene Wenger's men to produce on Boxing Day against Southampton as well.
However, with that poor result very much a part of history now, Arsenal needed to respond, and respond they did in a professional manner with Gabriel opening the scoring off a Mesut Ozil corner, before Ozil made it 2-0 in the second half with a team move that you will want to watch again and again, and then some after that.
Bournemouth did pretty well in the first 15 minutes of the game, competing with Arsenal well, even if that the-opening-goal-for-the-home-team-is-coming feeling was never too far away. And that opening goal feeling came to fruition in the 27th minute, when Gabriel left his marker for dead to score a simple header from six yards to hand Ozil his 16th assist of the season in the Premier League.
Arsenal could have gone a few more goals ahead before halftime, with that corner from Ozil from the Arsenal right causing Bournemouth problems every single time, but they hung on and kept their hopes of extending their unbeaten run to seven games.
However, the unbeaten run would end for the promoted side, with Arsenal putting the game to bed on 63 minutes via a sumptuous goal. Ozil was at the heart of it and after a ping and pong of passes, the German switched the ball to Olivier Giroud, who produced one of his usual flicks to return the favour. The ball fell perfectly for Ozil, who took a first touch before placing the ball in between Artur Boruc's legs and ensure all three points for the Gunners.
Arsenal are now a point clear at the top, but Leicester can climb back up to the top of the perch with victory over Manchester City on Tuesday.