Match Review - Arsenal 3 Bournemouth 0
Doesn't everything feel a darn sight better after an Arsenal victory?
Bournemouth have had a dismal start to this Premier League season, losing all of their games before their trip to North London, so they were the perfect opponent for an Arsenal team desperately in need of a pick me up. I was feeling confident about today, so much so that I used my betfred promo code banking on an Arsenal victory.
All eyes were on Arsene's team selection and we were treated to our most balanced team of the season so far in my humble opinion. Arsene went for experience with his three centre backs. Mustafi on the right, Monreal on the left and Koscielny in the middle was very nicely balanced indeed. Kolašinac started his first game at left wing back and Hector Bellerin would have been thankful to have been shifted back to the right in place of the departed Oxlade-Chamberlain (ha!)
I was hoping that we would finally see a front line of Alexis, Lacazette and Özil for the first time but Alexis returned from Chile late and perhaps Arsene wants to slowly reintegrate him back into the team after the deadline day madness. Who knows?
Danny Welbeck started on the left in place of the Chile International and he made his mark on the game. Welbeck has been on the end of fans frustrations in recent weeks, some of the comments have been utterly ridiculous in my opinion but there is no arguing the fact that his finishing has left a lot to be desired in recent weeks, but as Arsene commented post match, he is a coaches dream. His work rate is phenomenal, he is always involved in the game.
Welbeck kicked us off with a somewhat miscued header but it was the cross by Kolašinac. His second assist of the season already in his first game at left wing back. Judging by the quality of his delivery throughout the 90 minutes, it's safe to say we will see that assist statistic increase as the season continues.
Lacazette scored a wonderful second on 27 minutes. Özil zipped in a lovely hard pass into Welbeck who flicked it onto the Frenchman, Lacazette's whipped shot flew past the keeper into the top corner. It was the sort of finish we've seen many times for Lyon last season.
Lacazette is a rather interesting striker, not exactly the player I imagined he was before this season. I assumed he was more of an off the shoulder of the last defender type of number 9. But he definitely enjoys having the licence to roam around the front line, finding spaces between the lines to link up with others. What it does mean, is that it is harder for defenders to mark him because he arrives at the ball rather than waiting for it to arrive.
The move in which the referee decided to blow for the foul instead of playing on was beautiful to watch and Lacazette was heavily involved in that.
My concern with the way Lacazette plays is that he is not getting on the end of many moves but once the ball does fall his way, he seems to be incredibly clinical. Maybe he will get on the end of more chances the longer he has with his team mates. At least I hope so.
Welbeck's second half finish was fantastic, placing a left footed shot across the keeper into the far corner. That will do his confidence the world of good. It's just a shame his chip didn't go in to complete the hat-trick.
Alexis came on with around 20 minutes to go, I really do not see the point in booing him. If you can convince me that it benefits the team then I'm all ears because that is essentially all I care about. It's clear that he wanted out, he wanted his move to Manchester City which fell through at the death. He will be an Arsenal player at least until January so let's save the pantomime stuff until the players are no longer registered at the football club.
So a much needed three points on the board and hopefully, we will see a good number of changes for Thursday's Europa league match against FC Cologne at the Emirates. All eyes will be on our trip to Stamford Bridge next Sunday.