Martin Odegaard scored twice and Gabriel Jesus shone again as Arsenal continued their perfect start to the season with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Bournemouth.
Mikel Arteta’s side put on a show for their traveling fans as they recorded their third straight win at the top of the league after beating Crystal Palace and Leicester City – the first time they have played a Premier League season in 18 years opened three victories.
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“Still far [from perfect]’ Arteta said in an interview with Sky Sports.
“We had some strong spells. In the second half we conceded too many chances for Bournemouth. I’m proud it’s not easy to come here and win 3-0 but there are still things to prove.”
“We started the game very well. We were dominant, precise. The two goals gave us a lot of confidence. Jesus was involved in the goals. His contribution to the team was outstanding.”
Arteta said there were areas of the squad that needed “more firepower” before the end of the transfer window, although he said no signings would be made as a result.
“Obviously we want to bring in the players that we think will have a big impact on the team,” Arteta said.
“If we can do it, we’ll try. If we can’t do that, we’ll stick with the players we have.
“It doesn’t change, but we also know where we’re short, where we need to add more firepower. And if we can do it, we’ll do it.”
Arsenal got off to the perfect start in the fifth minute when Jesus stormed through the Bournemouth defense and dumped to Gabriel Martinelli. The winger’s low shot was saved by goalkeeper Mark Travers but Odegaard was there to fire home.
Odegaard scored his second goal just under six minutes later from a low Ben White cross, using Jesus’ smarter movement to fire past Travers and put Arsenal in full control.
Arteta’s side rarely looked troubled in the first half and their fans were in high spirits as the team clicked through the aisles with little resistance from newly promoted Bournemouth.
The hosts appeared with renewed determination after the break, but that positivity faded when William Saliba pulled off a beautiful finish in the 54th minute, sweeping home a Martinelli cut-back with his left boot to secure his first goal of the game to achieve association.
Jesus seemed to have added luster to the win in the 72nd minute when he latched on to a clever pass from Odegaard before tossing the ball over Travers, but it was ruled offside after a VAR check.
“It’s not just about goals for him,” Odegaard said of Jesus. “He gives us so much in the game and he drops to combine.
“He’s brilliant and it’s fantastic to play with him. We’re lucky to have him here.”
Bournemouth had an opportunity to close the gap in the 79th minute when Kieffer Moore mounted a cross, but goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale acrobaticly tapped the striker’s header away.
Odegaard added: “We’re a bit ahead compared to last season, but we have to stay calm and humble and see where it takes us.”
https://www.espn.com/soccer/report?gameId=638219 AFC Bournemouth vs. Arsenal – Football Match Report – August 20, 2022