Arsenal recorded a comfortable 3-0 win over Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with Danny Welbeck grabbing a brace and Alexandre Lacazette also getting on the scoresheet.
The Gunners took the lead on six minutes with the first real attempt on goal of the game. Sead Kolasinac crossed and found Danny Welbeck, whose effort off the shoulder wrong-footed Asmir Begovic in the Bournemouth goal.
The home side had the next attempt on goal on 13 minutes. Kolasinac strode forward again but lost the ball. The ball then broke for Granit Xhaka 30 yards out and the Swiss star saw a first-time effort parried by Begovic.
Arsenal continued to attack and on 16 minutes, Begovic produced a superb full-stretch save from a long-range free-kick from Mesut Ozil. Xhaka fired well over the bar two minutes, after good play from Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette.
The Gunners doubled their lead on 27 minutes. It had been coming. Welbeck found Lacazette who fired past Begovic on the edge of the Bournemouth area. The home side came close to making it three on 38 minutes.
Welbeck closed down Begovic after a pass back from Mings, his clearance deflected to Lacazette, but the Cherries goalkeeper was out quickly to smother the ball.
Three minutes later Arsenal saw a penalty appeal turned down by the referee after Kolasinac’s powerful effort was blocked by Cherries defender Adam Smith.
Bournemouth had the first shot on goal of the second period. Jordon Ibe’s cross was turned towards goal by Jermaine Defoe’s head but the effort hit the post and the striker failed to bury the rebound.
Arsenal went straight up the other end of the pitch and scored their third of the game. Aaron Ramsey found Welbeck, who fired low into the opposite corner of the net.
Arsenal continued to dominate the game and on 57 minutes came close to going four up. Ozil found Ramsey, who produced a snapshot that was comfortably saved by Begovic. Just short of the hour mark, Welbeck also came close to extending the Gunners lead.
The striker beat three defenders, before chipping an effort past Begovic, but also wide of the goalkeeper’s post. Arsenal took their foot off the gas. On 69 minutes, the Cherries offered a rare attacking threat as Ibe’s free-kick went well wide.
A few minutes late Arsenal substitute Francis Coquelin saw an effort from the edge of the area deflect wide of goal for a corner kick.
Substitutes Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud combine well, with the Frenchman seeing his effort from a difficult angle saved by Begovic. Arsenal were reduced to ten men with around ten minutes left on the clock, as Coquelin went off the pitch injured.
With four minutes remaining, Sanchez saw an effort on goal blocked by Nathan AKE, with the Chilean making an energetic cameo.
Bournemouth had a chance to score a consolation goal with two minutes left, but Petr Cech saved Josh King’s header. There was still time for Sanchez to have a low effort saved by Begovic.
In truth, the game had been over since the first half and Arsenal claimed a comfortable victory to lift spirits at the Emirates Stadium.
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