Arsenal served up a reminder of what they were capable of against Bournemouth, as Danny Welbeck and Alexandre Lacazette popped the Cherries resistance in a 3-0 victory.

Arsene Wenger could have been under no illusions regarding how fundamental a win was in this fixture, and despite a comfortable win, there are reasons to halt any musings of recovery.

The French Manager opted for a stable eleven, amidst calls from all corners to ring the changes after the humbling at Anfield two weeks previously. Shkodran Mustafi took the place of Rob Holding and Alexandre Lacazette once again returned to the team in place of the recovering Alexis Sanchez. The only other change was forced, with the departure of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain meaning a return to having a left-sided player in the left wing-back slot in Sead Kolasinac. Hooray!

This side did show a lot more than they presented against Liverpool, this much was undeniable. Perhaps they did actually want to show that they do give a damn about the support and the club, and they wanted to give everyone a reminder, as Arsene alluded to in his press conference. Or maybe it is just a lot easier to play the way we feel most comfortable against a Bournemouth side who also enjoy building play up from the back, with a focus on attack rather than defence?

Whatever it was, it meant that we were treated to the Arsenal we all know resides in this team. Slick passing - at times - and some neat interchanges are all hallmarks of an Arsene Wenger side, and it was too much for a stoic but brittle Cherries side who are still looking for their first points of the season.

It stemmed from good work between Ramsey and Kolasinac on the left, with the Bosnian putting in a great ball which Welbeck diverted in with his head early in the first half.

Mesut Ozil nearly made it two with a fine free-kick, but it didn’t take long to get two.

it was Ozil again, and his long fizzing pass on the deck was well picked up by Lacazette, who immediately offloaded to Welbeck, who returned the favour. Lacazette then finished well, over a diving Asmir Begovic.

It should have been more, but a combination of the referee, some fine saves by Begovic and some profligate finishing saw the half end 2-0.

Bournemouth nearly pulled a goal back early in the second, with Defoe hitting the post with a header, but the match was soon to be put out of reach for Eddie Howe’s men.

Aaron Ramsey picked out Welbeck who finished well from a tight position. The best was yet to come from the England man, who beat two and then floated an effort over the despairing Begovic, but the ball drifted wide.

Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin both could have made it four, but it wasn’t to be. No matter though. This game was a great workout for our attackers, who stretched themselves and built up a bit of confidence.

Our defence looked firm, but there are clean sheets against Bournemouth, and clean sheets against our true rivals. The one thing to take from this game is that we have started our recovery. There will be bigger hurdles than this, but we have leaped over this one and there are no games we can take for granted.

Onwards, and next up is a Europa League test versus FC Koln, with our next Premier League game being against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next Sunday.