Arsenal v Bournemouth

1 of 6

‘I’ve been hitting those repetitions in training’

We are only four games into the new Premier League season, but Danny Welbeck has already beaten his goal tally from last term.

The England forward netted his second and third goals of the campaign during Saturday’s 3-0 win against Bournemouth, taking him past the two domestic strikes he netted during an injury-disrupted season in 2016/17.

Now fully fit with a full pre-season behind him for the first time in an Arsenal shirt, Welbeck has started this year in fine scoring form - even if he has received some luck along the way.

“The first definitely wasn’t the cleanest,” he told Arsenal Player. “I got a glancing header, I thought it was going in and then it hit my shoulder on the way. It was a great ball from Sead and I think the play down the left to open up that opportunity for the cross was really good.

“The second is one that, once you’ve been hitting those repetitions in training, it becomes a lot easier for you to do. I got into that position today and I didn’t think twice about it.

“The past two years I didn’t have a pre-season and that made it a bit difficult for me, so I’m pleased to have a pre-season. With some of the games that we’ve played at the start of the season it’s not gone too well, but I’m pleased to be on the scoresheet and long may it continue.

“There’s always competition when you’re at a club like Arsenal. There’s always going to be competition, not just with the players here but players worldwide. Everyone would love to get the opportunity to play here so there’s always competition and I think that makes it better for you as a player. It makes you want to improve and just keep on doing your best.”

The Breakdown

How Mesut Ozil helped us pick off the Cherries

Goals from Danny Welbeck and Alexandre Lacazette helped us bounce back from consecutive defeats with a 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.

Adrian Clarke analyses what went right, and what went wrong, against the Cherries, and also examines:

  • The forward players’ hunger to close down
  • How we hunted in packs to win the ball back
  • Our awareness and willingness to run into space 
  • The timing of Welbeck’s runs into the box
  • How Mesut Ozil made things happen in midfield

Click the 'Play' button above to watch the latest episode of 'The Breakdown' and the check out the following:


Three goals, tough tackles and superb skills

We bounced back from consecutive away defeats with a convincing win over Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium.

Danny Welbeck struck twice and also assisted Alexandre Lacazette as we stormed to a 3-0 victory in front our our home fans.

Re-live an action-packed game featuring goals, big tackles and more in our special edit above, and then don’t forget to check out the following:


Watch the goals from our win against Bournemouth

We returned to winning ways with a dominant performance against Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Danny Welbeck struck twice and set up Alexandre Lacazette as we secured our second Premier League victory of the season.

Press ‘Play’ to watch our 12-minute match clip above, or our bitesize round-up below:

You can also watch individual goals and full-match replay by clicking on the links below:


Wenger - Why this will be a big season for Welbeck

Danny Welbeck stole the show with two goals and an assist in our commanding win over Bournemouth on Saturday.

Arsène Wenger gave his take on the England forward’s performance, Alexandre Lacazette’s development and the strength of the side he will pick for our Europa League tie against Cologne on Thursday evening.

on the team's perfect response…
Yes, in two ways. First of all I would have been happy with the win, but the way we played as well I think added to the way we responded, so overall I am pleased. You check the team after a bad performance. How much is in there? How much can they respond? Overall I think we did very well.

on whether it could be a big season for Welbeck…
Yep, I'm pleased with his performance, I kept faith in him and overall I think he is getting stronger and stronger and more confident. Confidence plays a big part in his game and I loved his finishing on his second goal.

on how pre-season made a difference for him…
Of course, he has all the physical qualities to play at that level. If he can add the finishing, he's a team player as well, he is loved by his partners, so that's a lot of positives.

on Lacazette growing with each game…
Yes, I kept him out at Liverpool because I thought you can take some time to adapt, but I agree, he is getting stronger and stronger from game to game. Physically he worked very hard today. He still suffered a little bit in the second half, but physically he's getting better in every game. And on the football front, you see he is a great player.

on a clean sheet for the defence…
I went for more experience at the back, I changed the positions a little bit and I think it suited them well and we looked solid. We had a bad experience at Liverpool, so you always think 'should we change everything from a system that we did very well with at the end of last season?' But I think it was worth experiencing it again.

on his team selection for the Europa League…
It will be a Premier League team. Some players will come in of course, because many players played twice for the national team, and then again today. So two or three will not be in the squad, but most of them will play. 


‘Alexis is full of desire and ready to play’

Alexis celebrates against Bournemouth

Arsène Wenger has praised Alexis's attitude and commitment, while dismissing claims that he returned from international duty overweight.

The Chilean was introduced during the second half of our 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday, and the manager said he is looking in good shape after returning from a disappointing international break with Chile.

"He is disciplined, serious and committed," Wenger said after the game. "He is focused. He told me he is focused on the Premier League and Europa League. On top of that Chile had a bad experience, but he came back full of desire and was ready to play.

"He is not fat. His fat percentage is under ten, so that’s not fat, but you know how it is when you don’t win, people find every problem for you.

"He was not completely physically ready to start three games in a week and certainly for Chile he was not completely ready as well."

The boss added it was too early to say whether Alexis would be involved on Thursday evening against Cologne in the Europa League, but confirmed he would be taking the competition seriously.

"It’s a new experience for us," Wenger said. "We will take it seriously, but as I said, the priority is to focus on the Premier League and as well to manage to combine the two until December and at least qualify."