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EPL 2017/18, Arsenal 3-0 Bournemouth: 5 Talking Points

Greg Lea
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Welbeck and Lacazette were on target as Arsenal hammer Bournemouth

Danny Welbeck scored twice and Alexandre Lacazette also added one to his tally as Arsenal eased to a 3-0 victory over Bournemouth.

Welbeck opened the scoring early on, turning the ball home with his shoulder after a fine cross from Sead Kolasinac.

The England international then turned provider, setting up Lacazette to fire home the Gunners’ second from 25 yards. The job was completed in the 50th minute with Welbeck slotting the ball into the far corner after being set up by Aaron Ramsey.

This was a much-needed triumph for Arsene Wenger’s side after consecutive losses to Stoke City and Liverpool, but Bournemouth remain without a point after four matches.

#1. Welbeck and Lacazette combine well in comfortable win

Lacazette was a surprising omission in the 4-0 thrashing by Liverpool last time out, with Wenger opting to start him on the bench at Anfield. He returned to the XI here, though, and did not take long to trouble the Bournemouth rearguard with his speed, movement and touch.

Welbeck began the game as an inside-forward on the left-hand side, but he frequently drifted into central areas to link up with Lacazette. With Mesut Ozil pulling the strings from behind, Arsenal produced some impressive attacking football, as Bournemouth struggled to cope with their slick interplay.

The second goal would have pleased Wenger most: Lacazette rolled Nathan Ake, exchanged a neat one-two with Welbeck and fired the ball home. It was an excellent piece of play from the two forwards, who proved a constant thorn in Bournemouth’s side.

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Greg Lea is a London-based freelance football writer for The National, FourFourTwo and various others. Follow him on Twitter: @GregLeaFootball.
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