We learnt three crucial lessons as Arsenal continued their fine form against AFC Bournemouth, running out 3-0 winners in the third game of the 2022/23 season.
Gabriel Jesus produced a ridiculous run before giving a reverse pass to Gabriel Martinelli, who had his initial shot saved, but Martin Odegaard slotted in the rebound to put Arsenal ahead. The Norwegian hammered in a second when Jesus’ heavy touch in the box teed him up.
Arsenal had to face multiple Bournemouth counter-attacks at the beginning of the second half but any hopes of a comeback were put to rest in the 54th minute when William Saliba curled home a thunderous strike to make it 3-0 in the Gunners’ favour.
1. Arsenal Are An Incomplete Work Of Art
2. Martin Odegaard Relishing His Role As Captain
It is a remarkable achievement for the 23-year-old. Odegaard scored the first two goals in this match. The midfielder, however, insists that it would be foolish to get carried away, even if the mood could not be more contrasting to 12 months ago when Arsenal lost three straight games and failed to score a single goal. He said:
“Compared to last season we are a little bit ahead but we have to stay calm and we have to stay humble and see where it takes us.”
3. William Saliba Is A Sensation
William Saliba had to wait three years for an Arsenal debut, and he is not letting it slip, evident from the consistent top-quality performances. He was wonderfully quick and assured in his presence in the heart of the defence.
He was always on top of the opposition and was barely forced into last-ditch defending. His excellent positioning played an important role in helping Arsenal play out from the back. Saliba’s goal against Bournemouth was a culmination of his excellence, his quality encapsulated in goal-scoring form.
Mikel Arteta played down Arsenal’s position at the top of the Premier League table but admitted he was proud after his side produced another impressive display at Bournemouth, with William Saliba’s stunner being the pick of the goals.
The Gunners moved to the top of the fledgling Premier League table, extending their winning run to three games. Arsenal host local rivals Fulham at home next weekend, hoping to extend their winning run.
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