Arsenal managed to see off a resilient Bournemouth 3-1 in a pulsating Premier League encounter at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
- Arsenal 3 Bournemouth 1
- Debuchy limps off
- Sanchez opens scoring
- Wilson equalises with penalty
- Walcott restores Gunners' lead
- Sanchez scores again for hosts
Alexis Sanchez broke the deadlock on 11 minutes and that lead lasted the same amount of time as Nacho Monreal's foul presented Callum Wilson with the opportunity to slot home a penalty.
But the Gunners went back in front through Theo Walcott after the break and Sanchez sealed the win, despite the Cherries producing a brilliant attacking display in the capital.
Arsene Wenger's side opened the scoring after 11only minutes, as they profited from an absolute shocker from defender Steve Cook, whose back-pass was meant for Adam Federici, but was hit with too little power and Sanchez had the simple task of picking up the loose ball and slotting it past the scrambling Cherries keeper.
Mathieu Debuchy, who was handed his first start for the Gunners in over a year, limped off shortly after to be replaced by Gabriel, and the Cherries soon looked to profit from the right side.
Barely two minutes later they found the equaliser, through their danger man, Wilson, after Monreal nudged the forward to the ground inside the area. Wilson stepped up to fire home the subsequent spot-kick to give Eddie Howe's men a fighting chance in the second half.
Their first-ever goal against the north Londoners clearly buoyed the visitors and they nearly found a second when the ball was chipped into the box and headed on by Nathan Ake to Adam Smith, who was unmarked 10 yards out by somehow heads over the bar. The training ground set-piece was a clear sign of intent that Howe set his team up for the three points.
In the second half, as Olivier Giroud was sent to warm up, Walcott managed to give the hosts the lead for the second time.
Mesut Ozil's dinked ball to the back post saw Monreal send it back over to the England international for a rare headed goal at the Emirates.
The game went back on forth after the Gunners took the lead and the Cherries had reason to feel aggrieved when Monreal stopped Simon Francis chipped ball with his arm.
With the new rules, it may have confused the officials on the day, but in past fixtures it may well have been awarded another penalty for the south coast club.
Petr Cech then rescued Arsenal late on as Francis' flick-on from a corner was met by Benik Afobe, but his shot is blocked on the line low down by Cech's knee.
And in stoppage time it was all over with the hosts getting one on the break – Ozil released Giroud in the box to pull the ball back from the byline for Sanchez to grab his brace.