Finally, after a few weeks I have a few serious contenders to be my man of the match for our 3-0 win over Bournemouth from Saturday. Firstly, I think it’s fair to say everyone played better than they did away at Anfield last time out. Before I reveal our man of the match though I’ll run through a couple of guys who came close.
First up is Alexandre Lacazette. Again our new man up top showed that he’s much more than just a goal scorer. He managed to link play very nicely with everyone going forward including that intricate passage with Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck which freed him up before the referee blew up for some reason. He also continued to show his appetite for tracking back on various occasions before dispossessing Dan Gosling in the lead up to Welbeck’s second goal. Of course there’s one thing missing and that is the goal that topped off his performance to make it 2-0, a very well taken goal from just outside the area, something we haven’t seen that often at Arsenal.
Next up is our other new boy, Sead Kolasinac. Finally playing in his preferred position of left wing back finally got to bomb forward without worrying too much about what was going on behind and it wasn’t long until we saw the benefits. After linking up with Ramsey he burst down the left before putting in a class ball which Welbeck bundled home. For the remainder of the game he carried on in the same fashion and hardly put a foot wrong.
Picking up the man of the match award for the game is none other than Danny Welbeck after scoring twice either side of his assist for Lacazette’s goal. Of his goals his second was probably the better as he guided the ball past Begovic into the corner of the goal with his weaker foot but that wasn’t all he offered during the game.
Like Lacazette, Welbeck worked well when tracking the ball down from the top of the pitch as well as winning possession back and starting counters. We almost had another goal as a result of his pressing as he rushed Begovic’s first touch to cause panic at the back for Bournemouth before Lacazette had his resulting shot saved.
In possession he did quite well too helping Mesut Ozil’s pass reach Lacazette for his goal as well as showing great feet in the second half to work his way into the box before attempting an almost perfect chip in search of his hat trick.
Despite not pulling of that chip there’s no doubt that his performance was of ‘Dat Guy’ standard but hopefully he will be able to back these performances up in the coming weeks and repay the faith put in him by Arsene Wenger.