Arsenal 3 Bournemouth 0
Welbeck 6, 50, Lacazette 27

It was back to winning ways for Arsenal, another home fixture and another three points for the Gunners. Danny Welbeck headed in after six minutes, with Alexandre Lacazette firing in a second. 2-0 at the break and Arsenal were cruising. The France striker is finding good early season form, now netting in consecutive home fixtures. Arsenal were on top, but that didn’t mean that they let up in their intensity. They continued their stylish passing game, as Welbeck fired in his second from a tight angle after the re-start. Özil and Welbeck couldn’t capitalise on further chances, with Jermain Defoe reminding us of his threat, heading onto the post after the break. Arsenal however were never really stretched and when Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez added to the Gunners’ firepower from the bench, more goals looked inevitable. Despite the scoreline, Asmir Begovic had a good game. Having denied a nailed on goal from Özil’s first half free kick, he denied Alexis late on with a near post save as Arsenal wrapped up what in the end proved to be a comfortable win.

With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain now a Liverpool player, Sead Kolasinac was entrusted in the left midfield role, in front of a defence consisting of the returning Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal. Hector Bellerin was right of the defensive line.

Arsene Wenger’s consistent stance on Alexis staying made for uncomfortable viewing with Manchester City circling, but Wenger stuck to his guns to keep his player. He named the Chile striker on the bench where he sat amongst Giroud, Per Mertersacker, Theo Walcott, Alex Iwobi and Francis Coqulein.

Bournemouth have yet to take anything from their Premier League visits to the Emirates stadium and when Welbeck twisted his body to head in from Sead Kolisanac’s cross, the writing was again on the wall for the Cherries. What followed was wave after wave of Arsenal attacking play, and although that was to be expected, not adding soon after going in front may not have been. Granit Xhaka pulled out a shot from nothing after 11 minutes following another left sided run from Kolasinac. Begovic pushed the ball away for a corner.

When Welbeck was impeded just outside the area, Özil stepped up for the resultant free kick. The German found the flight and the direction as the ball was destined to nestle into Begovic’s net. That was until the Bosnia keeper swooped to produce a save of the highest quality.

Another pacy move saw Xhaka produce a pile-driver from Lacazette’s pull back, but the ball was always rising over the bar. After 27 minutes however, Arsenal got the reward their football deserved. Özil broke away to release Lacazette. The France striker combined with Welbeck to take the return before firing into Begovic’s top right hand corner. It was a stunning strike.

The Bournemouth defence was wobbling and the sight Begovic dawdling was an open invitation for Welbeck to pounce. The England man got the ball, and as Lacazette looked to follow up with the rebound, Begovic recovered, albeit to the cost of a new ball now being required.

Five minutes before the break, Kolasinac’s shot hit an outstretched defending arm but only a corner was awarded as Arsenal finished the half strong.

Three minutes after the break and the Cherries almost halved the deficit. Jordan Ibe’s cross found Defoe who headed low but hit Cech’s upright.

Arsenal replied with an Özil volley which was just the wrong side of goal, and after 50 minutes, Welbeck put the game to bed when firing in from the left from a tight angle. Just on the hour mark, the England man should have gotten his hat-trick with an exquisite chip which flew just wide of target.

Xhaka was enjoying the type of game we know he can play. Combative and braking up opposition moves in a deep position with Aaron Ramsey the more advanced of the pair. The Swiss defender won the ball to put in Özil. The German teed up substitute Francis Coquelin whose shot was deflected for a corner. Featuring in his 100th Arsenal game, Coqulein has yet to score for Arsenal.

With 16 minutes remaining Wenger replaced Lacazette with Giroud and
Welbeck with Alexis. The Chile striker has had to accept that he will remain at the Emirates for now at the very least, and soon got down to business. He powered away, finding Giroud. The Arsenal number 12 latched onto the pass to strike with power, only to see Begovic deny the chance.

Cech was then called into action to save from Charlie Daniels and King as the visitors mustered some rare but late pressure.

In time added on, Alexis worked a sighter on the Bournemouth goal, but once again Begovic was required to save to keep the scoreline at 3-0 on an afternoon when the Gunners got back to winning ways.