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Bournemouth 0-3 Arsenal: Player ratings

Alex Merson

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Bournemouth 0-3 Arsenal: Player ratings

Arsenal continued their perfect start to the season, with a 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday evening.

A quick start saw Arsenal shoot into a 2-0 lead before the 10th minute, with a brace for the captain Odegaard.

Jesus was on fire to start the game, causing problems all over the pitch, and Arsenal took a deserved 2-0 lead into half time, but it could’ve been more.

Bournemouth struggled to create anything in the game, and Saliba put the final nail in the coffin when his beautiful left footed strike from the edge of the box nestled into the top corner.

Arsenal’s perfect start is the first time they’ve won 3 out of 3 to begin a season since 2003/04, and Arsenal will be hoping to continue their form against Fulham next week.

Here are our player ratings.

Aaron Ramsdale - 8

A clean sheet for Ramsdale, and an all-round comfortable performance yet again. There was one small area where his kick fell straight to a Bournemouth player, however his clean sheet gives him a worthy 8.

Oleksandr Zinchenko - 8

Once again, it was an electric performance for Zinchenko, and his presence on the left when both going forward and defending is immense. What an amazing signing he is proving to be.

William Saliba - 9

Out of this world. Saliba scored the third goal in the second half, and what a way it was to score his first Arsenal goal, his left footed strike from the edge of the box clipped the crossbar before nestling into the far corner. 

A goal, a clean sheet, 100% pass completion, 6 ball recoveries, 2 interceptions, 6 recoveries and a 3-0 win, he really is the real deal.

Gabriel - 8

The centre back pairing between Gabriel and Saliba has been consistently brilliant this season, and once again they shut down nearly every attack Bournemouth had. He made 2 important clearances from dangerous corners and was solid throughout.

Ben White - 8

Despite being out of position, White has started the season in his new role very well and has more than likely earned himself another start next week, keeping Tomiyasu out the team. In today’s game he made very few mistakes and played a big role in the second goal with his overlapping run and cross into the box.

Granit Xhaka - 8

Xhaka’s new role in the team gives him opportunities around the oppositions area he never has had before, at times today it seemed he was playing as a striker, high up the pitch and pushing right on the last defender at times.

He assisted the third goal with a cut back to the edge of the area and had a solid performance.

Thomas Partey - 8

Partey had a very nice performance today, moving the ball around in the middle of the park, winning the ball back for the team and rarely made a mistake. He plays a very important role in the team and his presence is huge.

Martin Odegaard - 9 *MOTM*

Odegaard scored two goals in a game for the first time in a Arsenal shirt, with his goals giving the Gunners a perfect start as they both came within the first 10 minutes.

The captain was electric, and after a slow to start to the season, he showed everyone why he’s one of the best attacking midfielders in the league.

Gabriel Martinelli - 7

The Bournemouth game was the first game this season Gabi failed to score in, after he scored in the first two games, but he still had a good game, causing headaches all over the pitch for the opposition.

He had a few chances to score but couldn’t find the net today.

Bukayo Saka - 7

Saka wasn’t seen a lot today on the right, as most of the play was through the middle of the field, but when he was, he was a threat. He played a role in the second goal and I believe his goalless start will be stopped next week against Fulham.

Gabriel Jesus - 9

An incredible performance last week was followed up by yet another top performance in an Arsenal shirt. For the first goal, it was his top-class touch and dribble that moved Arsenal into the box, and for the second his first touch teed up Odegaard to double the leader.

No goal for Jesus today, but he is a large part of Arsenal’s perfect start.

Mikel Arteta and Arsenal will be very happy with their work against Bournemouth and will be hoping they can continue their momentum against Fulham.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, Gabriel Jesus, Bukayo Saka, Ben White, Bournemouth, William Saliba, Premier League

Alex Merson
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