That was more like it from Arsenal, as we got back to Premier League action in style with a 3-0 win over Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side. Let’s be honest though, Gooners, and admit that the Cherries did not offer up a great deal of resistance.
I am not complaining, though, or trying to take anything away from the Arsenal players and Arsene Wenger, as you can only beat what is in front of you and right from the start we saw a more focused and determined Arsenal performance.
I was a little bit surprised to see Wenger stick with Danny Welbeck up front although he did at least start the simmer signing Lacazette as well and also put Kolasinac back in as our left sided wing back, and all three fully justified the manager’s faith in them.
Welbeck opened the scoring and came so close to a brilliant third with a second half piece of skill and chip that went agonisingly wide of the post after beating Begovic. His opener was a nicely cushioned header after Kolasinac burst down the left and provided a peach of a cross.
His second was a fine slotted finish into the corner after Ramsey slid him in to cap a flowing move early in the second half to seal the points. They already looked pretty safe after Lacazette doubled the lead before the half hour mark with a sharp curled shot that highlighted his finishing prowess.
The defence looked much better with Monreal back on the left and Mustafi on the right of Koscielny and Ozil ran the game as we know he has the ability to do. All in all a good all round team performance from the Gunners with one bad incident which saw Coquelin go off after tweaking his knee.
Now for Chelsea next weekend…