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Arsenal 3-0 Bournemouth; 3 talking points

Sunday 10th September 2017
In 16th place, the Gunners needed to register an emphatic performance. As did the winless Cherries. Here are the talking points from Arsenal 3-0 Bournemouth.

Back-to-back defeats versus Stoke and Liverpool accompanied by a shambolic transfer window have put Arsene Wenger's club in utter turmoil. A win at home to Bournemouth would be the only acceptable outcome for Arsenal fans.

Meanwhile, Eddie Howe's Cherries had lost all three games to open the season, although two were one-goal affairs.

Both teams needed three points but it was the Gunners that rose to the occasion. A resounding 3-0 win gives Wenger's squad some much-needed respite. Meanwhile, Eddie Howe must make drastic changes before this slump turns into a season-long crisis.

Here are 3 talking points from the game.

Sead Kolasinac is a left wing back, end of

The German-born Bosnian international looked exceptional thrust out wide rather than as a left centre back. It's his natural position. Afforded freedom to bomb up and down the left flank, he provided excellent support in attack. His willingness to get forward soon proved telling. Kolasinac created two chances in the opening ten minutes. One was a perfect cross for Danny Welbeck's imperfectly headed opener.
The 24-year-old is industrious, strong, robust. As Bournemouth discovered, he can't be beaten one-v-one. When he's running pell mell with the ball, there's no stopping him. His performance on the day revealed how silly it was to play him elsewhere or bench him to accommodate other players. He clearly excels in one position more than any other player in Arsenal's defence. Play him there.

Jermaine Defoe needs service

With the right personnel around him, Jermaine Defoe is a top quality striker. Give him the ball; he'll put it in the net. In his Premier League career, the 34-year-old has scored 158 goals, placing him among an elite few. This season, the Englishman hasn't scored, a statisitic proportionate to the service he's being provided.
Bournemouth's wingers created three chances between them. One ended with Defoe hitting the post. overall, he cut a frustrated, isolated figure. He was finally put out of his misery on 71', when Lys Mousset was sent on to finish the game. If Bournemouth are to halt their 4-game losing streak, they must provide their new talisman with consistent service.

Alexandre Lacazette is the real deal

It's becoming evident why Arsenal paid £46.5 million for Alexandre Lacazette. The French striker looked at home with a free-roaming Mesut Ozil supporting him. In his second Emirates start, Lacazette scored his second league goal.


The 26-year old scored from the edge of the box in the 27th minute. His scrumptious finish came after a lovely one-two with Danny Welbeck.
Even apart from the goal, the Frenchman was electric for the Gunners. His in-box movement surpasses Alexis Sanchez, who too often drops back. Lacazette linked up well with Welbeck. Both ran down the channels to confuse Bournemouth's back four. The chemistry between the entire front three was perfect. Arsene Wenger faces a selection dilemma. If their success continues, he may regret not selling Sanchez at the deadline.
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 

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