Arsenal bounced back from a terrible performance at Anfield against Liverpool by beating a unimpressive Bournemouth 3-0 in a routine win. Arsenal were never put under much of a threat from Eddie Howe’s side, and controlled the game throughout.
Arsenal fielded their strongest side of the year, which featured an actual left back playing at left back and an actual right back playing at right back.
Danny Welbeck started in place of Alexis Sanchez, who had to travel back to London from international duty with Chile. Welbeck took full advantage of his chance and opened the scoring in the 7th minute on a header from a Sead Kolašinac cross.
Welbeck also provided an assist for the second goal. Alexandre Lacazette had a great finish from outside the box to put Arsenal up 2-0.
The game was essentially over at this point. Bournemouth were unable to provide any threat to Arsenal besides a Jermaine Defoe header hitting the post early in the second half.
But just after that miss by Defoe, it was Welbeck again to put Arsenal up 3-0. A great finish from Welbeck with his weak left foot on the ground across Asmir Begovic’s goal. A simply fantastic goal from Welbeck.
Danny Welbeck was the clear man of the match with 2 goals and an assist. He was great in all areas of the game, and it will be tough for Arsene Wenger to drop him for the next game.
The end of the match was uneventful. Francis Coquelin came into the game for Aaron Ramsey, while Olivier Giroud and Alexis came on for Lacazette and Welbeck to finish off the match.
Coquelin sadly picked up what appeared to be a hamstring injury, and was unable to return to the field forcing Arsenal to finish the match with 10 men. It looked to be a serious injury and Coquelin may be added to the list of injured players for Arsenal.
This was a good bounce back performance for Wenger and Arsenal. It was a professional showing against a Bournemouth side that is really struggling to start the season. Bournemouth have lost their first four Premier League matches while only scoring one goal in the process. Arsenal looked exactly how they should look against a side like Bournemouth.
Arsenal have their first Europa League match of the season against FC Köln midweek, before they will find out if they can really bounce back when they head to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea next Sunday.
For now, let’s all praise future Ballon d’Or winner, Danny Welbeck.