A win is a win is a win. Especially when it is for a club that has lost two matches on the bounce and has a had a pretty shambolic transfer window. It doesn’t even matter that it comes against a team that has even had a worse start to the season. A win is always three points.
When the team sheet for the Bournemouth game at the Emirates was released, there were major reactions to it. First, there was relief that players were actually playing in positions that as suited to them. Said Kolasinac returning to the team, Koscienly, Mustafi and Nacho Monreal playing in a back three, Hector Bellerin returning to right wing back. Relief also that Alexandre Lacazette was starting.
There was also consternation that Danny Welbeck was in the starting lineup, presumably in the place of want-away Alexis Sanchez. Most perhaps forgetting that Sanchez played two qualifying games for Chile over the international break and would have also had to endure a round trip of thousands of kilometres.
It, however, didn’t take long for the manager’s selections to be vindicated. As soon as the match started, it was clear to see that Arsenal was going to give Bournemouth a lot of problems, harrying and harassing their backline. When Arsenal took the lead, the only surprise was perhaps the goalscorer with Danny Welbeck bundling in Kolasinac’s cross off his head and shoulder.
The English striker had one of his better games for the Arsenal, constantly tracking back and finding space between the Bournemouth players. He capped off the fine performance, with an uncharacteristic finish. Despite falling over, Welbeck slotted the ball past Asmir Begovic like a regular striker would.
In between the Welbeck goals, Lacazette had doubled the lead spectacularly for the Gunners from a Welbeck assist after Mesut Oil had played a blinder of a pass through the centre.
All in all, it was a regulation win for Arsenal, precisely what the doctor ordered after the Anfield shambles. Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez would later come on for the home team, showing perhaps the depth available to the manager, at least for now.
So it’s on to the matter of Chelsea next weekend, but before that the small matter of a Europa League tie against Koln at the Emirates on Thursday. It remains to be seen if the manager will keep to his assertion to prioritise the league and play youngsters on Thursday.
Until then, stop talking and keep supporting!!!