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Summary

  1. Arsenal looking to avoid three successive Premier League defeats for first time since January 2012
  2. Bournemouth could lose their opening four games of a league campaign for only the third time in their history

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By Matt Davis

All times stated are UK

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That was a performance that Arsenal fans desperately needed to see.

The Gunners were in cruise control for much of the game against a poor Cherries side.

The home fans even had time to welcome back Alexis Sanchez.

Next stop the Europa League.

But for Bournemouth, they are only off the bottom of the league on goal difference.

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FULL-TIME

Arsenal 3-0 Bournemouth

All over.

Arsenal 3-0 Bournemouth

Sanchez desperately tries to get on the scoresheet, shooting from outside the box which Begovic pushes around his post for a corner.

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Bournemouth desperately trying to get a goal back.

Jordon Ibe stands a cross up for Joshua King, who sees his header put over by Petr Cech.

Arsenal 3-0 Bournemouth

Hector Bellerin breaks forward and he tries to find Sanchez with a low cross but Begovic collects.

Conor McNamara

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

Jermain Defoe has been substituted. He hit the post today, but that's as close as he got. So his record of having never scored at the Emirates continues... 11 games now at this stadium without finding the net.

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Francis Coquelin might have tweaked his hamstring here, quandary for Arsenal who have already made all three substitutes.

Coquelin heads down the tunnel and that's his day done, Gunners down to 10.

Can Bournemouth take advantage?

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Sanchez with an instant impact, driving at the defence and playing a cute pass to Giroud, whose fierce shot was well saved by Begovic.

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SUBSTITUTION

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Here is that change.

ON: Sanchez and Giroud

OFF: Lacazette and Danny Welbeck

Ovations for Lacazette and Welbeck, few boos for Sanchez.

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I don't want to stress out Bournemouth fans, but Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud are about to come on.

Arsenal 3-0 Bournemouth

Mesut Ozil lays the ball off for Francis Coquelin, but his goal-bound effort is deflected wide.

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Arsenal 3-0 Bournemouth

Lys Mousset on for Defoe.

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Arsenal 3-0 Bournemouth

Ozil concedes a free-kick with a lunge on Jordon Ibe.

He takes the set piece himself, but it is ambitious, firing wide off Petr Cech's near post.

Arsenal 3-0 Bournemouth

Conor McNamara

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

This has been so comfortable that some Arsenal fans have already passed me on the way to the exits, convinced that the job is done.

Last time these sides met it was Bournemouth who took a 3-0 lead, only to throw it away by conceding three times in the last 20 mins... There are 20 mins to go here now... Surely Arsenal aren't going to let this one slip...

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Arsenal 3-0 Bournemouth

Aaron Ramsey replaced by Francis Coquelin, who makes his 100th Arsenal appearance.

Arsenal 3-0 Bournemouth

Bournemouth are having a go in this half, but Arsenal are looking to counter every time.

More goals in this one I suspect.

Arsenal 3-0 Bournemouth

Danny Welbeck is played through and bursts into the box, before trying to chip Asmir Begovic for his hat-trick but it is just wide.

Arsenal 3-0 Bournemouth

Bournemouth with a rare corner, but Jordon Ibe's delivery evades all of his team-mates.

Arsenal 3-0 Bournemouth

Arsenal are taking Bournemouth apart, playing with a real swagger. Mesut Ozil tries his luck with a volley from a tight angle but it is just wide.

GOAL - Welbeck

Arsenal 3-0 Bournemouth

Alexandre Lacazette steals the ball off Dan Gosling in midfield. Aaron Ramsey then drives forward, laying off Danny Welbeck on the left, who shoots from a tight angle into the far corner.

Clinical by Arsenal.

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Jermain Defoe goes so close to opening his Bournemouth account.

He meets Jordon Ibe's cross with a diving header which clatters the near post, the ball ricochets back but he can't connect.

So close and the first attempt for Bournemouth in the match.

Arsenal 2-0 Bournemouth

Worry for Laurent Koscielny, who is rolling around in pain and appears to have been trodden on by Joshua King.

But he is soon back to his feet.

KICK-OFF

Arsenal 2-0 Bournemouth

Back under way.

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Arsenal 2-0 Bournemouth

Simon Francis on, Tyrone Mings off.

No sign of Sanchez yet.

Arsenal 2-0 Bournemouth

The teams are coming back out, Asmir Begovic is in an animated conversation with Steve Cook.

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The majority of Arsenal's attacking has come down their left-hand side against Bournemouth.

Sead Kolasinac has been particularly effective (see touch map below), hugging the touchline and putting in a number of dangerous crosses.

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Singing in the rain

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It's now raining really heavily at the Emirates, but even the Arsenal fans in the front rows don't care that they are getting wet. The early goal from Welbeck set the tone. Lacazette struck the second to the top corner and in truth Arsenal could have scored several more.

This is the wonderful redemptive power of football: No matter how poor their team were against Liverpool last time out, Arsenal fans are enjoying what they are seeing here.

But how long will the feelgood factor last? Is this just papering over the cracks? Or could this be a kick-start for Arsenal's season? For the home fans, it's the hope that kills you.

HALF-TIME

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Arsenal in cruise control.

Bournemouth heading for their fourth successive defeat.

Arsenal 2-0 Bournemouth

Aaron Ramsey plays in Sead Kolasinac on the left but Bournemouth just manage to clear the danger and it goes out for Arsenal's sixth corner.

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Bournemouth are struggling to get out of their own half at the Emirates.

Josh King (17) has been the most advanced player so far, while Jermain Defoe (18) has had only seven touches.

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Arsenal are as comfortable as you like as the rain starts to come down at the Emirates.

Problem for Bournemouth is a certain Alexis Alejandro Sánchez Sánchez is waiting on the bench.

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Wonderful football from the home side.

Aaron Ramsey passes to Hector Bellerin who floats a boat to Kolasinac at the far post and the full-back meets it with a volley that is deflected out for a corner.

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Ryan Fraser has not recovered from that earlier challenge by Hector Bellerin and is replaced by Jordon Ibe.

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It could have been three.

Begovic fails to deal with Mings' back pass and Welbeck pressures his clearance.

The ball falls to Lacazette but Begovic makes amends with a diving stop which is so hard it bursts the ball.

Begovic is fuming.

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Conor McNamara

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Stat for you: That's now 8 goals in his last 8 club appearances for Alexandre Lacazette

Arsenal 2-0 Bournemouth

Joshua King drives down the right and ends up on the floor after a tussle with Nacho Monreal.

Corner to Bournemouth who can't find any opening in what is looking a very well organised Arsenal defence.

GOAL - Lacazette

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What a finish by the Frenchman.

Mesut Ozil fizzes in a pass to Lacazette who manages to touch it off to Welbeck who then tees it up for Lacazette to fire past Begovic from outside the box.

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Corner to Arsenal.

Granit Xhaka swings in a high cross but it is headed away by Steve Cook.

Arsenal 1-0 Bournemouth

In terms of Arsenal's formation, they are playing a back three, anchored by Shkodran Mustafi, who is sitting very deep.

Hector Bellerin catches Ryan Fraser and we have a brief pause in play.

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Arsenal are enjoying 66% of possession at the moment and Bournemouth are yet to have a shot.

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