Arsenal 3-0 B'Mouth: Welbeck, Lacazette ease Wenger worries
EPL By: Ambrose Udeme | 09/09/2017
Alexandre Lacazette and Danny Welbeck combined to ease the pressure on under-fire Arsene Wenger with superb finishes in Saturday's 3-0 thrashing of Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium in a Premier League fixture.Arenal took an early lead in the sixth minute after Kolasinac got to the byline and dinked in a cross which Welbeck met in the middle with a poor header off his shoulder to put the Gunners ahead.Lacazette made it two when he picked up a Mesut Ozil pass outside the area to curl an unstoppable effort into the top corner, leaving Begovic with no chance. Welbeck extended the lead five minutes after the break for his second of the game, this time benefitting from an Aaron Ramsey assist as Arsenal secured their second win in four games and their first clean sheet of the new Premier League campaign.Arsenal n their next game welcome Bundesliga side Cologn to the Emirates Stadium in their opening UEFA Europa League game of the season on Thursday while Bournemouth host Brighton and Hove Albion at the Vitality Stadium 24 hours later in a League fixture.SETTING THE SCENEArsenal boss Arsene Wenger Arsenal boss Arsene Weger made three changes to the side that fell woefully at Anfield in their last outing before the international break. Mustafi replaced Rob Holding in the three-man defense while Sead Kolasinac came in for the departed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.Elsewhere, Wenger kept faith in the same midfield set-up at Anfield while Alexandre Lacazette was named in place of Alexis Sanchez, partnering Welbeck and Ozil in a front three formation.There was a single change to the Cherries’ line up following the Manchester City loss, Ryan Fraser replacing Andrew Surman, with the captain’s armband being passed to defender Steve Cook.FIRST HALFA quiet start to the match was ended by home cheers, Welbeck putting Arsenal ahead in the sixth minute. A ball into the box found the England striker, who had fortune on his side with his finish six yards out; heading the ball into his own shoulder to wrong-foot Asmir Begovic and give the hosts an early lead.Granit Xhaka tested Begovic with a snap shot from 25 yards, before a slick home passing move set up a free-kick on the very edge of the Cherries’ box. Mesut Ozil took the set piece, Begovic making a stunning diving save to keep the shot out.