Welbeck at the double for first time in league for Arsenal


The Gunners had lost to both Stoke and Liverpool heading into the worldwide break but they were never in trouble here as Welbeck inspired them to a 3-0 win against a poor Cherries side.

For Arsenal Football Club and its players and fans it was a good day.

Yes but I have a selection problem before every game.

Too quick to surrender against the stronger sides, too weak to challenge the big boys for the title, but ruthlessly brilliant when it comes to crushing the weaker sides in the Premier League.

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 global 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. "The best way to get them on your side is to perform".

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that contract rebel Alexis Sanchez will "win back" disgruntled Gunners fans in the coming weeks. There's still work to do on his final ball, but he still contributed well to what Arsenal did in the opposition half.

A surprising stat from a player usually so influential, and even more so when Arsenal generally attacked well against weak opposition this afternoon.

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.

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.

As it was, the win was convincing, and while next Sunday's away trip to Chelsea will be a much sterner test, they did what they had to do today and they did it well.

Bournemouth sit 19th after they were utterly outclassed by a rampant Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

It might be easier to shine against a passive Bournemouth than at a throbbing Anfield, but that is hardly the point.

"That was not very good".

Bournemouth: Begovic 7, Cook 5, Ake 5, Daniels 5, Smith 5, Arter 5, Mings 5, Gosling 5, Fraser 5, King 5, Defoe 5.

Aaron Ramsey's pass released Saed Kolasinac down the left flank, and the wing-back's cross into the box was met by Welbeck, who nodded a messy finish past a wrong-footed Asmir Begovic.

"Jack is getting stronger and stronger", Wenger said.

The closure of the transfer window following the abysmal display against a Liverpool side showing promise was an interesting time for Arsene Wenger and the Gunners. If this was the first small step back in the right direction for Arsenal, there is no escaping that Stamford Bridge is the only place to make it seem real.