CHERRIES’ away-day misery continued as they were beaten 5-1 by Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

Goals from Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan had seen the hosts race into a two-goal lead before Lys Mousset pulled one back for Eddie Howe’s men on 30 minutes.

But Laurent Koscielny, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette struck in the second half for the Gunners, who kept up their impeccable home record.

Defeat extended to nine games Cherries’ losing run away from home in the top flight.

The visitors made two changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Wolves last time out.

Dominic Solanke was left out of the squad with a thigh problem, meaning frontman Mousset made his first Premier League start since the trip to Burnley on the final day of last season.

Andrew Surman returned in place of the suspended Jefferson Lerma.

Attacking midfielder David Brooks was a surprise selection on Cherries’ bench after previously being ruled out for three games with an ankle problem.

The hosts made six changes in total as Carl Jenkinson earned his first top-flight start for the Gunners in 830 days.

And it was one of those returning stars in Ozil who gave the hosts the lead after just four minutes.

The former Real Madrid ace was given acres of space to run on to Saed Kolasinac’s through ball and slotted into the net, despite Artur Boruc in the visiting goal being able to get a touch.

After being camped in their own half for the opening 15 minutes, Cherries then fashioned their first chance.

Adam Smith got forward to link up with Ryan Fraser, the former’s cross found Joshua King – but the Norwegian was unable to keep down his header at goal.

Cherries began to find their feet and could have been level through Fraser.

He showed electric pace to run on to King’s precise pass, only to be denied by a sublime save from German stopper Bernd Leno.

Dan Gosling’s effort was then blocked on the follow-up by home skipper Koscielny.

But just as Cherries looked to have settled, a crucial error allowed the hosts to net a second. Smith’s cross-field ball fell straight into the path of Mkhitaryan.

And after a neat one-two with Ozil, the Armenian international tapped in his seventh of the season.

An Arsenal error gave Cherries a lifeline on 30 minutes however. Midfielder Matteo Guendouzi was caught dwelling on the ball by Gosling, who picked his pocket and rolled the ball to Mousset.

The Frenchman applied a cool finish for his first league goal of the campaign.

King then received a caution for diving from referee Chris Kavanagh after going to ground under the challenge of Koscielny.

Less than 90 seconds after the restart, Arsenal made it 3-1.

Mkhitaryan burst down the right and cut back for Koscielny, whose strike fell in off the post after a deflection off Chris Mepham. Ozil then saw an effort from close range hit the upright.

Cherries continued to battle however and it was Gosling who came within inches of pulling a goal back. His powerful drive looped off Nacho Monreal and onto the crossbar with Leno stranded.

But the game was over as a contest just before the hour mark.

Striker Aubameyang burst clear on the counter to gather Mkhitaryan’s pass. The Gabon international rounded Boruc to convert and make it 4-1.

And after Cherries substitute Charlie Daniels fouled Lucas Torreira on the edge of the box, Frenchman Lacazette curled in the resulting free-kick to make it five 12 minutes from time.

Sam Surridge was given his Premier League debut for Cherries on 80 minutes when he replaced Ryan Fraser.

Arsenal: Leno; Papastathopoulos, Koscielny, Monreal; Jenkinson, Guendouzi, Torreira, Kolasinac (Iwobi, 57); Mkhitaryan (Lacazette, 64), Ozil; Aubameyang (Suarez, 71).

Unused subs: Elneny, Ramsey, Mustafi, Cech (g/k).

Booked: Papastathopoulos, Torreira.

Cherries: Boruc; Clyne, Mepham, Aké, Smith (Rico, 70); Ibe (Daniels, 56), Gosling, Surman, Fraser (Surridge, 80); King, Mousset.

Unused subs: Simpson, Taylor, Brooks, Begovic (g/k).

Booked: King, Daniels.

Referee: Chris Kavanagh.