There’s always some natural good feel to the weekend when the Arsenal wins, and the weekend was no different from others. The Gunners went into their fourth League game of the campaign against Bournemouth with the hopes of putting the outing against Liverpool fast behind them.
The Gunners made a couple of changes to the side that lost to Liverpool a fortnight ago; Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin, Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey, Sead Kolasinac, Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck, and Alexandre Lacazette were in the lineup to face Bournemouth, whilst the visitors lined up Asmir Begovic, Adam Smith, Steve Cook, Nathan Ake, Tyrone Mings, Charlie Daniels, Dan Gosling, Harry Arter, Joshua King, Jermain Defoe, Ryan Fraser to face the Gunners.
With everyone playing in their rightful positions, things got off to a very good start for the Gunners as early as the 6th minute when Ramsey and Kolasinac combined well to create space for the latter, who delivered a sublime cross to the Bournemouth penalty area that was artistically headed in by Danny Welbeck. This is the first of the two goals scored by the Englishman in this match.
In the 27th minute, the Gunners further increased their lead through record signing Lacazette, as he beautifully controlled a pass from Mesut Ozil, away from the strides of Nathan Ake; playing a one-two with Danny Welbeck before scoring clinically against Begovic. The Frenchman has been superb thus far for the Gunners, scoring 2 goals in two home matches and 2 goals from three shots on target for the Gunners really shows he has a well-rounded striker’s instinct.
Three minutes into the start of the second half, Bournemouth had the chance to pull one back through Jermain Defoe, after he headed a cross from Jordan Ibe but would watch his effort get denied by the woodwork.
Two minutes later, Welbeck would go on and score his second of the game and Arsenal’s third goal of the match. Lacazette was instrumental to this goal as his work rate continues to impress me; he disposed of the ball from the opposition player with Ramsey picking on the loose ball and comfortably found Welbeck – who calmly slotted the ball into in the corner of Begovic’s goalpost.
It Seems Welbeck found his scoring boots after he scored for England during the international break, and was so close to getting a hat trick in the match. He controlled the ball beautifully with his chest and found it easy beating three Bournemouth players, attempting an audacious chip from a tight corner but was meters away from getting his hat trick and Arsenal’s fourth.
Alexis Sanchez came off the bench for the Gunners and was booed by a portion of the Arsenal supporters, but he didn’t let that interfere with his game when he came on. He linked up well with his teammates as though there weren’t any off-field antics in the just concluded transfer window, and was close to getting an assist – when he played a reverse pass to fellow substitute Olivier Giroud who was close to making it four for the Arsenal but was saved by Begovic.
It was a good game from the team as they were sublime with the “Wengerball”, everyone showed good character and did well to put the event of Liverpool behind them, but the real test comes this weekend when we face Premier League champions away from home.