Arsenal returned to winning ways in the Premier League as they cruised to a 4-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.
Mikel Arteta duped us all by naming several injury doubts in the starting XI, with the inclusions of William Saliba, Declan Rice and Bukayo Saka bolstering Arsenal’s chances of a victory.
The Gunners’ first-half showing was efficient against a pretty poor Bournemouth side, with Saka and a Martin Odegaard penalty handing the visitors a 2-0 lead. A stupid Ryan Christie challenge on the skipper then handed Arsenal another spot-kick, and the two goalscorers selflessly allowed Kai Havertz to step up and score his first goal for the club.
Cue to wholesome celebrations and the new chant. It’s catchy.
The game then endured a bit of a lull with Arsenal’s victory quickly secured at the start of the second half. There were chances at both ends in the final 30 minutes, but the Gunners didn’t add further gloss to the scoreline until stoppage time when Ben White glanced home Odegaard’s free-kick.
Bournemouth 0-4 Arsenal player ratings
Here are the Arsenal player ratings from their win at Bournemouth.
Goalkeeper & Defenders
David Raya (GK) – 6.5/10 – Taking up an interesting role in possession and was confident with the high ball. A quiet outing overall.
Ben White (RB) – 6.5/10 – Had no issues dealing with Justin Kluivert down Arsenal’s right. Ventured forward once early on and concluded his outing by heading home his side’s fourth in stoppage time.
William Saliba (CB) – 8/10 – There was no goal for Saliba at the Vitality this time around, but he made a crucial defensive intervention to deny Dominic Solanke early on.
Gabriel (CB) – 8/10 – Sturdy like Saliba, Gabriel made a big block to deny Phillip Billing at the end of the first half.
Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB) – 8/10 – Back to his very best. The Ukrainian exuded control throughout the contest, and while he was tested defensively, Zinny held up pretty well. Big role in Arsenal’s second.
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