A double from Martin Odegaard and a beauty from William Saliba took Arsenal to a 3-0 win at Bournemouth, making it three victories from three games for the early Premier League table-toppers.
The Gunners captain tapped in his first (5) after excellent work from star new signing Gabriel Jesus led to Gabriel Martinelli’s shot being parried, and the Norwegian hammered in a second (11) when Jesus’ heavy touch in the box teed him up.
But it was centre-back Saliba who stole the headlines with a sumptuous strike in the second half. The Frenchman scored an own goal last weekend against Leicester but more than made up for that with a wonderful, curling effort which went in off the underside of the bar (54).
After waiting three seasons for his Arsenal first-team opportunity, the 21-year-old celebrated his first goal for the club in style.
Mikel Arteta had named the same Arsenal XI for the third match in a row and was rewarded with another extremely encouraging performance, with Jesus unplayable early on and denied a third goal of the season by a marginal VAR offside call.
Arsenal lost their first three matches last season but their perfect start to this campaign has them above north London rivals Tottenham in the table, with Man City – who also have a 100 per cent record – playing at Newcastle, live on Sky Sports on Super Sunday.
As for out-classed Bournemouth, they sit 14th after suffering during another tough assignment, having lost at City last time out. It doesn’t get any easier for Scott Parker’s side – they go to Liverpool next in the Premier League.
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Bournemouth go to Norwich in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night in a 7.45pm kick-off before travelling to Liverpool for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday. Arsenal are back in action on Saturday Night Football when they host Fulham in a 5.30pm kick-off live on Sky Sports.