Arsenal 5 Bournemouth 1
Ozil 4, Mkhitaryan 27, Koscielny 47, Aubameyang 59, Lacazette 78, Mousset 30

Arsenal turned on the style in a five star performance to gun down Bournemouth at the Emirates. Five goals and five different scorers in a thoroughly satisfying night for the Gunners. Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan gave Arsenal a two goal lead after 27 minutes, and more first half Gunners’s goals were on the cards. The next goal however came from Lys Mousset to make it 2-1 at the break. Two minutes after the re-start, Laurent Koscielny’s ball had crossed the line despite Artur Boruc clawing the ball out, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rifled it in just to be sure. The Gabon striker then scored the goal of the night, outpacing two defenders from Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s pass to round Boruc and slot home. Alexandre Lacazette then came off the bench and curled a beautiful strike from a free kick for Arsenal’s fifth goal on a night when Unai Emery’s men delivered one of their best performances since his arrival in north London.

Barely had the Emirates faithful settled into their seats when they were celebrating Ozil’s opener. Sead Kolasinac found the mercurial German on the left, who had time to chip Artur Boruc for a sublime finish. You sensed Ozil was in the mood and his determination and quality were being lapped up by the Arsenal fans. When Mkhitaryan intercepted Adam Smoth’s cross field ball, he swapped passes with Ozil, for a cut back which took Boruc out of the game and enabled Mkhitaryan to volley a low shot to make it 2-0.

Bournemouth’s plan to press high up bore fruit on the half hour mark. Guendouzi was being man marked by Dan Gosling, and his pressure won back possession for the Cherries. Gosling fed Mousset who was alone to pass in from Josh King’s cut back beyond the stranded Bernd Leno for a 2-1 scoreline at the break.

Two minutes after the break, and Koscielny struck after a pacy move from the right. Ozil and Mkhitaryan combined for a cross which ┬árewarded the Gunners’ skipper with his third goal of the season. Ozil, Mkhitaryan and Guendouzi were pulling the strings, but mention must be made of Carl Jenkinson who had a good game. He was a willing runner and comabatant for his team all game.

Arsenal were in the mood for more, and when Aubameyang hared onto Mkhitaryan’s through pass, the Gabon striker proved too good for the Cherries defence, to then round Boruc and score from a tight angle. It was Aubameyang’s 19th goal of the season.

Mkhitaryan had made way for Lacazette after 64 minutes, and when Lucas Torreira was impeded on the Bournemouth D, up stepped Lacazette to take the free kick. The France striker got the right amount of dip and curl to beat Boruc for Arsenal’s fifth goal.

The Gunners went searching for more, while the Cherries continued to attack with Leno having to be alert to one shot from Josh King which had to be palmed away for a corner. King was fortunate to not get a yellow card or worse for what was a studs up challenge on Koscielny. The FA may yet take a look at that incident as referee Chris Kavanagh gave nothing.

Next up for the Gunners is a trip to Wembley for the north London derby against Spurs on Saturday lunchtime. The Gunners will be aiming to fire just as well there as they did here tonight.