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Arsenal winners, losers and ratings as sensational Saliba sends rampant Gunners top

19:56 BST 20/08/2022
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Martin Odegaard scored twice as the Gunners made it three wins from three in the Premier League

Arsenal moved to the top of the Premier League as they continued their impressive start to the season with an impressive 3-0 win against Bournemouth on Saturday.

A superb goal from William Saliba after 54 minutes added to a first-half brace from Martin Odegaard to make it three wins from three for Mikel Arteta's side.

It's the first time since 2004 that Arsenal have started a Premier League season with three successive victories.

Arteta's side were far too good for Bournemouth, with two goals from Odegaard inside the opening 11 minutes settling the contest before it had really even begun.

There was no way back for the home side who were totally outclassed, with Saliba's sensational curling strike early in the second half capping a wonderful performance from the Gunners, who also had a goal from the excellent Gabriel Jesus ruled out for offside by VAR.

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    The Winners

    Winner: Martin Odegaard

    Arsenal's new captain needed a day like this.

    While the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli have sparkled so far this season, Odegaard has struggled a bit to make a major impact. He's been tidy, as always, but you felt he needed a big moment to really get his campaign going.

    So to score two goals - the first time he has done that in a single game since he was a 16-year-old playing in Norway - was important, not just to him, but for the team.

    Winner: William Saliba

    The young French centre-back just gets better and better.

    Saliba really must be loving life at Arsenal right now. He made a huge impact in his first two games and produced a faultless performance once again at the Vitality Stadium.

    He was magnificent at the back and in possession and scored a wonderful goal to open his account for the club.

    Winner: Granit Xhaka

    Nothing epitomises the feel good start to Arsenal's season more than Granit Xhaka being serenaded by the fans.

    That's exactly what happened in the second half at the Vitality Stadium as the travelling Gunners supporters started a new chant for the Swiss midfielder.

    Xhaka's strained relationship with the Arsenal fans is well documented, so it felt like a big moment was his name was echoing around the ground as the clock ticked down.

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    The Losers

    Loser: Manchester United

    "You're going down with United."

    That was the song Arsenal fans were directing at the Bournemouth supporters as they enjoyed themselves in the lats south coast sunshine.

    While that might not be true, what this performance did show is how far United now appear to be behind the likes of Arsenal when it comes to the race for the top four.

    Loser: Arsenal's goal difference column

    If there is one criticism of Arsenal's performance, it's that they weren't ruthless enough.

    They had chances to really put Bournemouth to the sword, but didn't take them - with both Jesus and Eddie Nketiah missing easy opportunities late on.

    With the top four race promising to be tight once again, goal difference could end up being key, so this was a bit of a missed opportunity for Arteta's side in that regard.

    Loser: Everyone who captained Jesus

    The official Fantasy Premier League game announced before kick-off that Gabriel Jesus had become the first player ever to be owned by over 80 per cent of managers in the game.

    So there must have been collective groans across the country when he failed to get on the scoresheet. He did at least get an assist, but he also got a costly booking.

    Oh well, there's always next week...

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    (TEAM) Ratings: Defence

    Aaron Ramsdale (6/10):

    Won't have an easier 90 minutes all season.

    Ben White (7/10):

    Great play in the build up to Arsenal's second goal. Continuing to perform well out of position at right back.

    William Saliba (10/10):

    Another superb performance from the young Frenchman. Calm, assured, dominant and scored an absolute worldie. Completed all 75 of his passes. Sensational.

    Gabriel Magalhaes (7/10):

    Given some tricky moments by Kieffer Moore in the air, but dealt with the big striker relatively well.

    Oleksandr Zinchenko (8/10):

    Quality throughout. Excellent on the ball, caused Bournemouth so many problems with his clever movement.

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    Midfield

    Thomas Partey (7/10):

    Nothing spectacular. Wasn't troubled defensively, so just kept the ball moving. Easy day's work.

    Granit Xhaka (8/10):

    Another fine performance from the Swiss midfielder who seems to be revelling in his more advanced role.

    Martin Odegaard (8/10):

    Two goals, the second of which was a beauty. Match winning display by the captain.

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    Attack

    Bukayo Saka (7/10):

    Another quiet game by his high standards. Yet to really get going this season.

    Gabriel Jesus (8/10):

    Set the tone with his sensational bit of play in the build-up to the opening goal. Didn't score himself, but picked up another assist. Excellent.

    Gabriel Martinelli (8/10):

    Continued his excellent start to the season. Should have scored with the initial shot that led to Odegaard's opening goal, but caused constant problems with his tireless work rate.

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    Subs & Manager

    Takehiro Tomiyasu (6/10):

    Never troubled, but good to see him got more minutes.

    Emile Smith Rowe (6/10):

    Some nice touches late on.

    Eddie Nketiah (5/10):

    Should have scored, but fired straight at the keeper.

    Sambi Lokonga (5/10):

    Only got three touches after his late addition.

    Kieran Tierney (5/10):

    Couldn't get involved.

    Mikel Arteta (8/10):

    A near perfect evening. Resisted the urge to make any changes and was rewarded with yet another win.