Paul Merson states his prediction for Arsenal v Bournemouth

Paul Merson states his prediction for Arsenal v Bournemouth

The Emirates Stadium demanded a good showing from Arsenal after a disappointing start to the season for the Gunners.

The nature of the Liverpool defeat would have been heavily - and rightly - criticised at any point of the season, but coming after another loss at the hands of Stoke City only served to exacerbate the dismay which many associated with the club must be feeling. Last few seasons have invariably started with these fans frothing at their mouths and trending hashtags such as #wengerout on social media platforms. Despite the Hitchin player's insistence he is fit and raring to go - most on social media - the long-serving Frenchman declined to include him in the squad.

Sead Kolasinac was superb again this afternoon at left wing-back, setting up Welbeck's opener with a fine run and cross breaking forward down the left-hand side.

Arsenal finished a lowly fifth last season and their current campaign has begun in disastrous fashion, with the Gunners losing two of their opening three games. Asmir Begovic did well to parry the ball out for an Arsenal corner.

Arsenal were on the ascendency and tested the Bournemouth keeper through a Granit Xhaka shot from outside the box.

"We hit the post and at 2-1 it is very much game on but not only did we not score with that moment, we conceded moments later which effectively ended the game".

The defeat was Arsenal's second in a row, but the manager backed his team to respond when they host Bournemouth in the league on Saturday.

Arsenal broke their club transfer record this summer by signing striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon in a deal worth up to £52m, but failed in a deadline-day attempt to buy Thomas Lemar from Monaco for £92m.

Eddie Howe's men almost pulled one back just after the interval after substitute Jordon Ibe, on for the injured Ryan Fraser, whipped a low cross into the box. They are yet to play against stronger sides, which is why they will be very motivated to take as many points as they can until then.

And as the game petered out it was time for the controversial Alexis Sanchez to enter the fray, along with Olivier Giroud.

The club appointed Huss Fahmy, formerly of cycling outfit Team Sky, in June to work alongside Law - chiefly on player contracts although it is not clear whether he will now assume the role on his own.

In the last week, La Liga president Javier Tebas has raised further question about the huge amounts of money being spent in the transfer window, accusing PSG and Manchester City of financial doping.

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