Bournemouth 0-3 Arsenal: Odegaard scores brace to seal Gunners’ 3rd consecutive win, Saliba on target

Hello, and welcome to Apex Football’s coverage of Arsenal’s third game of the season, against newly-promoted Bournemouth.

Mikel Arteta’s side have won both of their opening games, while Scott Parker’s men have one win and one defeat.

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That’s it! The referee blows the final whistle!

Odegaard scores brace to seal Gunners’ 3rd consecutive win, Saliba on target, Gunners now on top of the EPL table with 9 points.

Four minutes added on
90+1′ Bournemouth 0-3 Arsenal

Can Bournemouth spoil Ramsdale’s clean sheet hopes?

Match stats at 90′

Nketiah effort saved well
90′ Bournemouth 0-3 Arsenal

The ball fell nicely to Smith Rowe who plays through Nketiah on the right. The substitute hits the ball first time but it’s straight at Travers who keeps the scoreline respectable.

More substitutions
88′ Bournemouth 0-3 Arsenal

Saka and Xhaka make way for Tierney and Lokonga.

That’s cruel
73′ Bournemouth 0-3 Arsenal

It’s ruled out for offside by the slimmest of margins. Jesus is incredibly disappointed.

IT’S FOUR!
72′ Bournemouth 0-4 Arsenal

Jesus delightfully chips home to add to Arsenal’s lead. Odegaard pokes it through Bournemouth’s defence to find Jesus.

VIDEO: Saliba’s spectacular strike
Gets better with every watch.

WOW! Saliba take a bow!
54′ Bournemouth 0-3 Arsenal

That is a sensational finish from Saliba. Martinelli’s cross finds Xhaka at the back post who tees up Saliba on the edge of the box to curl one into the top right corner.

Bournemouth improving early on
49′ Bournemouth 0-2 Arsenal

They’ve been putting more balls into the box for Arsenal to clear and the crowd are reacting.

The second half is underway
46′ Bournemouth 0-2 Arsenal

Substitutions for Bournemouth at HT
Jadon Anthony comes on for Marcos Senesi.

Lewis Cook comes on for Ben Pearson.

Half an hour goneโ€ฆ
30′ Bournemouth 0-2 Arsenal

Arsenal are well and truly in the driving seat after putting two early goals past Bournemouth. Odegaard’s clinical finishing earns him a double.

Yellow card for Zemura
28′ Bournemouth 0-2 Arsenal

Saka beats him for pace and the Zimbabwe international brings him down before he can cause any danger.

Arsenal retaining possession well
18′ Bournemouth 0-2 Arsenal

Bournemouth can’t get a grip of the match and Arsenal are knocking it about with ease.

IT’S TWO! Two for Arsenal and Odegaard!
10′ Bournemouth 0-2 Arsenal

Saka finds White down the right who cuts the ball back for Odegaard to hammer home. There was a VAR check for offside but the goal will stand!

GOAL! Arsenal lead 1-0
5′ Bournemouth 0-1 Arsenal

It all starts with Jesus’ brilliant footwork on the left. He wins the ball and brings it forward before playing in Martinelli who strikes straight at Travers who can then only parry it into the path of Odegaard who taps it into an empty net.

Bournemouth trying to find space behind
3′ Bournemouth 0-0 Arsenal

Moore has been pushing high up the pitch and trying to squeeze behind Arsenal’s back line but Saliba and Gabriel have been strong in these early minutes.

We’re underway!
1′ Bournemouth 0-0 Arsenal

The players are in the tunnel


Kick-off is next!

The boys are in the building..

Line-ups Confirmed!

Mikel Arteta’s side unchanged!
Arsenal XI: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Jesus.

No Dominic Solanke in the squad for Bournemouth
Bournemouth XI: Travers; Smith, Mepham, Senesi, Kelly, Zemura; Lerma, Billing; Pearson, Tavernier; Moore.

100 Premier League appearances for Saka!
How quickly has that come around?!

Bournemouth vs Arsenal team news
Speaking on Friday, Arteta said: โ€œEverybodyโ€™s okay. We had Cedric, Fabio (Vieira) and Emile (Smith Rowe) with the Under-21s (against Swansea City on Wednesday). They trained with us all week, so they are available for selection.โ€

Welcome!
Week three of the Premier League season continues on the south coast as Arsenal look to maintain their perfect start to the fledgling 2022-23 campaign.

With Manchester City playing tomorrow, Mikel Arteta’s side could go top for a few hours at least if they can follow up victories against Crystal Palace and Leicester with one against Scott Parker’s promoted side.

Bournemouth had a rude awakening on their return to the top flight after an opening 4-0 thrashing by Manchester City, but they saw off Aston Villa 2-0 here last time out and will be hoping for more home comforts this evening.

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