Theo Walcott hailed the “perfect weekend” after helping Arsenal to a 3-1 victory just two days after becoming a father for the second time.
In a stuttering performance, Alexis Sanchez gave the Gunners the lead against Bournemouth after capitalising on a poor Steve Cook pass before Callum Wilson equalised from the penalty spot after Nacho Monreal brought down the striker.
Walcott restored the Gunners’ lead with a header on 53 minutes and Sanchez notched his second in stoppage time to put Arsene Wenger’s side three points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea in fourth place.
Walcott spoke of his delight of scoring on his return to the starting line-up and focusing solely on football after a couple of long days at home.
He told Sky Sports: “It’s just nice to be back, it’s happened now and I can just concentrate on the football.
“I’m probably the happiest person in the world and obviously with the team winning as well, back to winning ways – it’s the perfect weekend.
“It was a good team performance today, Bournemouth are a very solid team and play very good football. We did find it difficult at times but but we started to click again.”
On his goal, the England international said: “You can grab a few goals from the back stick, I was there at the right time and luckily for me it went in. But I am more delighted for the guys to get the three points because we have kept this run going.
“We are still undefeated since the start of the season so for me it’s more positive from the dressing room.”
Man of the match Sanchez was pleased to see his side earn the win which extended their unbeaten run to 19 matches.
The Chilean said: “I am so happy for the two goals but the team’s mentality is so strong. The mentality of the Premier League is very difficult.
“I am happy for the team and the fans – the fans are fantastic.”