Arsenal return to winning ways

Arsenal return to winning ways

first_imgArsenal 3 Bournemouth 0: Sanchez given frosty Emirates return after Welbeck inspires victory Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 00:03 10/9/2017 DannyWelbeck - cropped Getty Images Danny Welbeck scored twice as Arsenal beat Bournemouth 3-0 and Alexis Sanchez returned to Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Alexis Sanchez returned to a mixed reception as Arsenal eased a tense Emirates Stadium with two first-half goals in a 3-0 Premier League win over Bournemouth.Sanchez was back on club duty, having seen his push for a move to Manchester City fall flat before the transfer deadline amid a miserable international break with Chile, and made way for Alexandre Lacazette in the starting XI, before emerging to a mixture of cheers and jeers in the second period.A 4-0 thrashing at Liverpool a fortnight previously and uncertainty over Sanchez’s situation had seen Arsene Wenger come under pressure just months into a new two-year contract, but his players rediscovered their groove to comfortably dispatch Eddie Howe’s strugglers. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Danny Welbeck nodded in with Arsenal’s first attack and laid on a second for Lacazette, before finishing again himself after the break.FULL-TIME Arsenal 3-0 BournemouthDanny Welbeck scored twice and set up Alexandre Lacazette’s goal in a comprehensive victory #ARSBOU pic.twitter.com/MeAhHyhTBs— Premier League (@premierleague) September 9, 2017Wenger had talked up his side as title contenders before kick-off and the reaction on the pitch was promising – even if it would be unfair to evaluate the accuracy of the manager’s claim against a Bournemouth outfit that scarcely looked like landing a blow.Howe’s men remain in the bottom three after four defeats this season, while Arsenal move onto six points ahead of a tough week which sees Cologne visit London in the Europa League before Wenger takes his side to champions Chelsea.Arsenal’s nerves were settled by a goal within six minutes, the recalled Sead Kolasinac making the difference with an incisive run and cross on the left to tee up Welbeck for a close-range header.Asmir Begovic parried Granit Xhaka’s low strike clear as Kolasinac made progress again, before the goalkeeper saved brilliantly from a Mesut Ozil free-kick.Xhaka then failed to keep his 20-yard effort down after Lacazette’s fine hold-up play as Arsenal continued to pile the pressure on the floundering visitors.And Lacazette deservedly doubled the hosts’ lead shortly before the half-hour mark with a cool finish high past Begovic from Welbeck’s pass.Enjoying life at your new home, @LacazetteAlex ? #AFCvAFCB pic.twitter.com/z7Z0ExeFly — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 9, 2017 Lacazette could have scored again 10 minutes later when Begovic hurriedly hacked a clearance against Welbeck, but the former Chelsea man smothered the subsequent shot before accosting Tyrone Mings for a shoddy back pass.While Bournemouth were slightly fortunate to escape a penalty award as Adam Smith handled Ozil’s volley, the visitors regrouped at the break and initially threatened as Jermain Defoe crashed a header against the post.But Welbeck’s 50th-minute goal – fired hard and low across Begovic from the left-hand side of the area – ensured Arsenal would cruise through the remainder of the second-half.Ozil thrashed wide and Welbeck lifted a delicate right-footed just beyond the left-hand upright, with Wenger then introducing Sanchez from the bench 15 minutes from time.The Chilean could not get on the scoresheet despite one stoppage-time effort – well saved by Begovic –  but sections of the home fans chanted his name throughout the closing stages. KEY OPTA STATS- Arsenal have won their last seven Premier League games at the Emirates, their longest such run at home since April 2015 (nine successive wins).- Alexandre Lacazette became only the second Arsenal player to score in his first two home Premier League games for the club, after Marouane Chamakh in 2010.- Bournemouth have become only the ninth team to lose their opening four games to a Premier League season, though four of the previous eight have managed to avoid relegation.- Danny Welbeck has scored three goals in four Premier League games this season, having scored just two in 16 appearances in the competition last term.- This was only the second time that Danny Welbeck has both scored and provided an assist in a Premier League game for Arsenal, with the other being at Aston Villa in September 2014.- The Gunners have won by at least a two-goal margin in all four of their previous home meetings with Bournemouth in all competitions. read morelast_img

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