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They haven't fared well against Arsenal since their return to the premier league and have failed to win any game against the Gunners, losing three and drawing just once in four meetings.

Manager Arsene Wenger has already come in for criticism after a slow start to the campaign, having been challenged to deliver major silverware following his contract renewal in May.

This is a must-win situation for Arsenal, who got humiliated in the previous round against Liverpool.

Welbeck calmed any nerves with a sixth-minute opener before sweeping home a well-taken second after a wonderful Lacazette strike had made it two.

"I believe the transfer market is over and for us there was a lot going on", said Wenger, whose side are languishing towards the bottom of the Premier League table after a poor start to the season. He gets stronger and stronger. He's a team player and the coaches love him.

The 34-year-old was a huge fan favourite during his time at Arsenal and with Sagna now a free-agent, the potential signing could be a huge boost to the sagging morale of the Arsenal boardroom and fans.


"I liked his second goal today, it's really the clean finishing of a goal scorer".

"It's good news for Arsenal in general, for the fans, for the players, for the club in general that Alexis is staying here", Monreal said in a club interview. It is a good time for us to focus on our performance. "That's where I believe it's important that people around the team continue to believe in what we do".

While we all know about Alexandre Lacazette's quality - his finishing, his technique, his awareness and timing to get into scoring positions - he's not one to score from outside the box. "I hope not. But it's inevitable", he said. "The interpretation of the attitudes is always very risky". Eddie Howe desperately needs goals from his team and while Defoe is a renowned Premier League goal-scorer, Josh King presents the biggest threat from Cherries' side.

"It was very, very disappointing". We were disappointing from start to finish.

And on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's move to Liverpool and Kylian Mbappe nearly joining Arsenal, Wenger said: "We wish him well and all the best (Chamberlain)".


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