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Danny Welbeck bags double as stylish Arsenal return to winning ways

Danny Welbeck bags double as stylish Arsenal return to winning ways

Arsenal made three alterations from their line-up which was beaten heavily at Liverpool before the worldwide break. Aaron Ramsey feeds Sead Kolasinac down the channel, the full-back picks out the unmarked Welbeck at the near post and the England global makes the finish. Sanchez walked straight down the tunnel at full-time, having put in a lively enough cameo that might have been crowned with a goal had Asmir Begovic not beaten his late shot away.

The second goal came just before the half-hour mark, Ozil playing a pinpoint pass to Lacazette, who exchanged passes with Welbeck before finishing well.

Welbeck started as Alexis Sanchez was left on the bench following a late trip back from South America after worldwide duty and transfer deadline-day turmoil when a deal to sell him to Manchester City collapsed in the final hours. Ozil drills a ball forward from deep and Nathan Ake gambles on the interception and completely misses the ball.

That fixture at Stamford Bridge will be the true measure of Arsenal's response to the low points from August; this was an afternoon on which it soon became clear they would not lose, and it was noticeable that Howe cast the fault firmly on his own team's shoulders rather than extolling the virtues of the home side.

Manager Eddie Howe was unhappy with the display and, with Bournemouth still without a point so far this season, midfielder Dan Gosling wants a reaction against Brighton on Friday night.

The hosts then nearly had a third before half-time when Begovic's clearance was charged down by Welbeck.

The charging down of Begovic late in the first-half, which nearly earned Arsenal another goal, showed how much Welbeck relished the opportunity.

He was replaced by Jordon Ibe.

In 11 games at the Emirates, Jermaine Defoe has still never scored.

Welbeck opened the scoring early on with a mistimed header before setting up Alexandre Lacazette and then completing his brace with a well-taken second.

Shortly after the break Bournemouth had a last chance to get back into the game.

Wave after wave of Arsenal attacks continued with Wenger's side full of confidence.

The former Manchester United man should have had his hat-trick on the hour mark but his attempted chip dropped wide of Begovic's goal. Subs: Francis 5, Mousset 5, Ibe 5.

Unused subs: Mertesacker, Iwobi, Walcott, Ospina (g/k).

Unused subs: Boruc (g/k), Surman, L Cook, Pugh.


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