We said we wanted a big performance, well there it was.
Arsenal have finally registered a decent, comfortable Premier League win this season.
While Bournemouth were terrible, Arsenal were solid and have fans plenty to be optimistic about after their nightmare start to the campaign.
In the sixth minute, Danny Welbeck scored from close range. New boy, Sead Kolasinac, got the assist.
Lovely assist from Kolašinac from his natural position 👀
— Daily Cannon (@DailyCannon) September 9, 2017
That new LWB is really good when he plays LWB. Very smart change from Wenger.
— Lewis (@LGAmbrose) September 9, 2017
The left wing-back continued to get involved, asking for the ball and surging forward.
Kolasinac is an absolute monster. How the fuck did he not play the other week at Anfield
— Andy Hug (@MightyGooner81) September 9, 2017
We essentially were paid £40 million to start Kolašinac. https://t.co/6ZWovKCq8F
— greengooning (@greengooning) September 9, 2017
While Arsenal were still a little sloppy in possession at first, there was far more zip to their play than the 4-0 loss away to Liverpool.
In the 15th minute, Mesut Ozil took a brilliant free-kick, which the 28-year-old managed to lift over the Bournemouth wall. Asmir Begović made a fantastic save to deny Arsenal their second.
Cracking save by Begovic.
— Stephen Bradley (@bradley08) September 9, 2017
Arsenal continued to dominate the opening stages of the clash, with Granit Xhaka even having a shot from range.
The Gunners finally doubled their lead in the 28th minute through Alexandre Lacazette following some brilliant build-up play with Mesut Ozil and Welbz.
Oh, and the finish wasn’t too bad either…
WHAT A GOAL LACAZETTE!!!
— Renato (@th14Renato) September 9, 2017
Superb finish from Alexandre Lacazette. Arsenal have finally found a world class striker who knows where the back of the net is.
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) September 9, 2017
That's a magic finish though.
— Arse2Mouse (@arse2mouse) September 9, 2017
The Cherries almost conceded a third when Begovic lazily passed the ball to Mings and Lacazette intercepted. Fortunately for the visitors, the Frenchman kicked the ball at the keeper.
As the teams went in at half time, the Gunners would have been happy with their deserved lead.
Arsenal 2-0 Bournemouth HT:
Pass accuracy: 83%-74%
Chances created: 5-0
Arsenal restore some normality. pic.twitter.com/FU6AofdtbT
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 9, 2017
Defoe hit the post at the beginning of the second half, showing how vulnerable Arsenal can be at the back and proving that most of the time the ex-Spurs striker just needs a whiff of goal to score.
A minute later, however, Bournemouth gave the ball away in their own half again and Arsenal capitalised. Welbz netted his second of the afternoon.
Fuck me, Danny finished that like a proper striker
— Lee Hurley (@HLeeHurley) September 9, 2017
Always rated Welbeck…
— S (@attwood10) September 9, 2017
It's finally revealed that Alexis wanted to leave because he didn't want to fight Welbeck for the first team spot
— Daily Cannon (@DailyCannon) September 9, 2017
Welbeck scores again! 🔥🔥Arsenal are dominating this game. #AFCvAFCB
— Nicole Holliday (@NicoleHolliday) September 9, 2017
Instead of sitting back after the third goal, as the Gunners tend to do, they continued plugging away.
Granted, while Arsenal were good, Bournemouth were very, very bad. They couldn’t get hold of the ball and when they did they lost it, but Wenger’s team capitalised on every mistake.
Welbz almost completed his hat-trick on the hour-mark but couldn’t quite finish what would have been a lovely goal.
Welbeck just replaced Ox's seasonal contribution in 50 minutes, no wonder we didn't sign a replacement
— ™ (@TheFalseNein) September 9, 2017
“Just can’t quite execute the finish” has been, up until today, the Danny Welbeck story, tbf #ARSBOU
— Phil West ⚽️ (@philwest) September 9, 2017
Will be telling my grandkids about the day I saw Danny Welbeck score without scuffing the ball.
— Paddy (@VieiraPaddy) September 9, 2017
Someone's been practicing after hours…#welbeck
— Sophie Nicolaou (@soccerdiva) September 9, 2017
— Charteta (@Charley2385) September 9, 2017
Aaron Ramsey, who assisted Welbz’s second goal, was taken off for Francis Coquelin in the 67th minute.
Coquelin nearly nets his 1st Arsenal goal but his shot is deflected wide for a corner. #AFCvAFCB
— Mattias Karén (@MattiasKaren) September 9, 2017
Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez came on for Laca and Welbz with less than a quarter of the match to play.
Sanchez comes on here for Welbeck… to a mixture of boos and cheers.
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) September 9, 2017
Giroud, eager to net his 100th Arsenal goal, almost found the back of the net within minutes of coming on but Begovic saved.
Despite only just coming on, Coq had to be taken off injured, reducing the Gunners to 10 men since they’d used all their subs.
Coquelin took off his shirt & threw it away in anger in the tunnel after suffering his injury. [NBC] #afc
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) September 9, 2017
Despite some late pressure from the Cherries after Arsenal were reduced to 10 men, the Gunners managed a 3-0 win. It was a much more convincing performance from the lads.