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AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal Live Commentary, 21/08/2022

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M. Ødegaard (5)
M. Ødegaard (11)
W. Saliba (54)
Vitality Stadium

Commentary

That's all for today, goodbye!
Arsenal have won all three of their Premier League games so far and they're top of the table with nine points. Next up for them is Fulham at home. Bournemouth's unbeaten run at home comes to an end, and their attention turns to the EFL Cup, with their tie against Norwich City in midweek.
Arsenal cruise to a 3-0 win over Bournemouth. Their bright start to the game saw Odegaard score twice in the opening 11 minutes - he turned the first into an empty net after latching onto Martinelli's saved shot before rifling in his second. Arsenal were in control from that point, and Saliba sealed the points early in the second half with a wonderful curling effort into the top corner. Jesus thought he'd made it 4-0, but VAR ruled it out for a tight offside.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: BOURNEMOUTH 0-3 ARSENAL.
90' + 2' Again, Bournemouth work it down their right side and Smith swings another good, early cross into the box. Moore gets between two defenders to flick the header on, but it's a comfortable save for Ramsdale.
90' GOOD SAVE! It's another throughball that cuts open Bournemouth's defence and Nketiah peels off the back of Zemura. He's one-on-one with Travers and he keeps his shot low, but the keeper pushes it away.
A. Lokonga
G. Xhaka
Arsenal
88' Xhaka is also taken off, with Lokonga replacing him.
K. Tierney
B. Saka
Arsenal
88' Final changes for Arsenal now, and Saka is the first to go off, with Tierney on in his place.
87' GOOD SAVE! Arsenal break on the counter again and Xhaka plays the reverse pass into Jesus. His shot is straight at Travers, who pushes it away and Kelly throws himself in front of Saka's follow-up to make the block.
85' CLOSE! Bournemouth are taking their time over this free-kick, but Tavernier eventually steps up to take it. He keeps his shot low as he fires it around the outside of the wall towards the near post, but it's just wide.
83' Moore plays a good one-two with Christie to open up space down the left before laying it off to Zemura. He weaves his way past Saliba but then hits his cross straight at Ramsdale.
81' It's much better from Bournemouth as they continue to push for what will be a consolation goal. They work it down the left this time, but Zemura's cross is overhit past Moore.
79' SAVE! Smith has acres of space down the right, but he swings an early cross onto the penalty spot to pick out Moore's run. He leaps above his defender and flicks the header towards goal. It looked like it was heading wide, but Ramsdale takes no chances.
78' CHANCE! Xhaka's loose pass is cut out by Anthony, who quickly touches it into Moore. He turns to tee up Tavernier, but he scuffs his effort wide of the near post.
77' Bournemouth are still getting into some good positions out on the wings and Tavernier finds space to swing another cross in from the right. Moore peels away to the far post, but it's blocked by Gabriel.
E. Nketiah
Gabriel Martinelli
Arsenal
75' Martinelli is also taken off, with Nketiah on in his place.
T. Tomiyasu
B. White
Arsenal
74' And White is the final player making way, with Tomiyasu on for him.
E. Smith Rowe
M. Ødegaard
Arsenal
74' Arsenal are making a triple change now, and Odegaard won't get a chance to go for a hat-trick as he's replaced by Smith Rowe.
73' NO GOAL! It's the tightest of margins and it takes VAR a little while to get the lines drawn. He's only just offside, but the goal won't count and it's still 3-0!
72' JESUS SCORES! He starts the move as Arsenal move it inside from the right and touches it onto Odegaard before continuing his run into the box. He gets it back from the Norwegian and takes it to the near post before lifting it over Travers into the back of the net. It's being checked by VAR though...
71' WIDE! Zinchenko drills a good cross into the box and Jesus cushions it down for Martinelli. His first touch bounces up and he hits the shot on the half-volley, but it bounces wide of the far post.
69' Tavernier brings down the clearance by Travers and he drags Bournemouth upfield with a good run. He picks out Smith's overlapping run, but the attack is ended by the offside flag.
67' Arsenal have scored nine goals, their most in the first three matches of a Premier League season since 2010-11 (also nine). They last scored more at this stage in 2009-10 (11).
R. Christie
P. Billing
AFC Bournemouth
65' Third change for Bournemouth now and Billing, who seemed to pull up with a problem moments ago, is replaced by Christie.
64' Arsenal patiently work it upfield this time, and Martinelli tries to get himself on the team sheet again. There are a lot of bodies between him and the goal, and his long-range shot flies high and wide of the far post.
62' Martinelli is away on the counter again, but this time, Bournemouth have bodies back. He has three around him as he tries to sort out his feet in the box and Mepham eventually clears it.
A. Smith
Yellow Card
AFC Bournemouth
60' The ball bounces up in front of White, but Smith kicks the defender's legs in his attempt to win it. He's shown a yellow card.
58' With Bournemouth pushing higher upfield, it's leaving a lot of space in behind for Arsenal on the counter. Partey slides through Martinelli this time and he takes the shot from the edge of the box but lifts it over the bar.
56' CLOSE! Bournemouth have their first corner and Tavernier whips a dangerous cross into the six-yard box. It looks like Gabriel just stopped it from reaching the goal line and before White helped it on.
G. Xhaka
Assist
Arsenal
54' Xhaka just peeled away from his marker at the far post and he had time and space to spot Saliba, who was unmarked.
W. Saliba
Goal
Arsenal
54' SALIBA SCORES! And what a goal it is! The free-kick is taken short to Martinelli and he clips a great cross into Xhaka at the far post. He squares it to Saliba on the edge of the box and he lifts his shot over the crowd in the box and it curls into the top corner out of Travers' reach. 3-0 Arsenal!
Gabriel Jesus
Yellow Card
Arsenal
52' It's a clumsy one by Jesus on the back of Cook as he tries to stop the attack, and he goes into the book.
51' CHANCE! Ramsdale is trying to clear his lines but Anthony is giving him a problem by hovering in the box. Ramsdale slices his clearance straight to Moore, but he fires his shot high into the stands.
50' Kelly puts a long throw-in into the box from the left and it's flicked back to the far post towards Cook. He rises high to nod it back towards goal, but it's a comfortable collection for Ramsdale.
48' Bournemouth are pushing higher up the field since the start of the second half, but they still can't find a way into the box. Moore tries to roll past Saliba, but can't keep the ball.
46' Bournemouth get us back underway for the second half!
J. Anthony
M. Senesi
AFC Bournemouth
46' Bournemouth are making a double change at the break. Senesi is the first to go off, with Anthony replacing him.
L. Cook
B. Pearson
AFC Bournemouth
46' And Pearson is also taken off, with Cook on in his place.
Arteta will be pleased with what he's seen so far. His team is comfortable due to how they started the game, and he'll be hoping for more of the same. Bournemouth just haven't been able to get into this game. They're yet to have a shot and didn't manage a touch in the opposition box, which Parker will be looking to change after the break.
An Odegaard brace gives Arsenal a 2-0 lead over Bournemouth at half-time. It was a brilliant start for the visitors, with Odegaard netting their first just five minutes in when he latched onto Martinelli's saved effort to slot it into the empty net. His second came just six minutes later when he rifled his shot through the crowd giving the keeper no chance. Arsenal dominated without creating anything of note after that, and Bournemouth struggled to get into the game.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: BOURNEMOUTH 0-2 ARSENAL.
45' Gabriel's arm came up and caught Moore in the face as he was holding him off. The forward's nose is bleeding so he's receiving treatment, but he'll be able to carry on.
43' Saliba threads it through the middle and there's a tangle between Lerma and Saka which opens the space for Martinelli in behind. He's through on goal until the offside flag goes up against him.
41' Odegaard's shot takes a big deflection, but Jesus is alive in the box to bring it down. He turns before getting his own shot off, but Senesui throws himself in front of it and Gabriel can't keep it in play on the right.
39' It's a great pass from Odegaard over the top of Bournemouth's defence to pick out Jesus' run through the middle. He works it back out to the right and White fizzes it into a good position, but no one is there for Arsenal.
37' Xhaka has his pocket picked by Billing, and his first thought is to try and slide it through to Moore. He's sandwiched between two Arsenal defenders though and Saliba is the one to cut it out.
35' It's better from Bournemouth now as they patiently work it upfield. Arsenal are happy to sit back at the moment and just let them keep possession in front of them.
33' Another free-kick for Arsenal and this one is chipped in by Xhaka. He's looking for Odegaard on the edge of the box, but it's nodded straight back to him by Mepham.
31' Pearson is down holding his head after Odegaard jumped into him during an aerial challenge. He's slow to get back to his feet, but he doesn't need treatment.
29' Zemura's loose pass gifts the ball back to Arsenal, and the visitors are on the attack again. Odegaard tries to slide it in behind for Jesus, but he isn't on the same wavelength.
J. Zemura
Yellow Card
AFC Bournemouth
27' Zemura has his arms all over Saka before he goes to ground in an attempt to trip him. He receives the first booking of the game.
25' Odegaard has scored his first top-flight brace since October 2014, when doing so for Stromsgodet vs Lillestrom in Norway when he was 15 years old.
23' Saka's fizzed shot is blocked on the edge of the box and Bournemouth break quickly on the counter through Billing. He's the only one forward for the hosts though and Zinchenko easily nudges him off it.
21' Arsenal are getting a lot of joy in the wide areas still and Martinelli is able to win another corner. He swings the cross into the box, but it hits the first man.
19' Arsenal are slow to get upfield with Saka, but when they do, he lays it back for White. He clips a good cross into the far post, but there's just too much on it for Martinelli and it bounces harmlessly out.
17' Bournemouth are enjoying their first real spell of possession here but it's all in their own half. They're trying to get forward, but Arsenal's high press is causing them some real problems.
15' It's a loose pass from White back to Gabriel and Moore pounces straight onto it. The Brazilian does well to force him out onto the left wing and Moore can't keep it in play in the end.
13' Arsenal quickly win it back from the restart again and they've won a corner. It's swung in by Saka towards Gabriel at the far post, but he can't get the contact he needs and it bounces wide.
Gabriel Jesus
Assist
Arsenal
11' Jesus' first touch took the pace off White's cross, but he was trying to set himself for the shot. Instead, he gets the assist for Odegaard's goal.
M. Ødegaard
Goal
Arsenal
11' ODEGAARD SCORES AGAIN! It's more good work from Arsenal and they work it down their right this time. White makes a great overlapping run before pulling it back from the byline to pick out Jesus on the penalty spot. His first touch gets away from him, but Odegaard is there to rifle it past Travers. 2-0 Arsenal!
9' The Arsenal fans are already cheering every pass that their team completes. Saka turns into space through the middle and tries to play Odegaard in behind, but Senesi makes an important interception.
7' Bournemouth just can't get out at the moment and Arsenal have won a free-kick in a good position. Odegaard swings it in from the left, but Zemura takes it away from Xhaka at the far post.
M. Ødegaard
Goal
Arsenal
5' ODEGAARD SCORES! It's a great start for Arsenal! It started with Jesus' great work in midfield as he spun away from Senesi and brushed off three other players before teeing up Martinelli. His shot is well saved by Travers, but the rebound falls straight to Odegaard who slots it into the empty net. 1-0 Arsenal!
4' Travers goes long for Pearson and he cushions it into Moore's path. He slides a lovely throughball into the box for Billing, but White gets his body in front of it and stops him from getting in on goal.
2' It's Arsenal with all of the early possession here and Martinelli slides it forward down the left for Xhaka. There's no one in the box for Arsenal though, and he can only hold it up.
1' Jesus gets the game underway for Arsenal!
The teams are out on the pitch now, with kick-off just moments away!
Bournemouth are unbeaten in 11 home league games (W7 D4), winning the last three without conceding. They've not won four in a row at home while keeping a clean sheet each time since April 2010 in League Two.
For the third game in a row, Mikel Arteta names the same starting line-up after Arsenal's strong start to the season. Saka makes his 100th Premier League appearance, while new signing Vieira, is deemed fit enough for a place on the bench.
Scott Parker makes three changes to the side that lost to Manchester City last weekend. Senesi makes his full debut, Zemura has recovered from COVID-19 to start and Billing is also brought in. Christie, Cook and Stacey drop to the bench, but they're still without Dominic Solanke due to a foot injury.
ARSENAL SUBS: Kieran Tierney, Eddie Nketiah, Emile Smith Rowe, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Matt Turner, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Mohamed Elneny, Fabio Vieira, Rob Holding.
ARSENAL STARTING XI (4-2-3-1): Aaron Ramsdale; Ben White, William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka; Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli; Gabriel Jesus.
BOURNEMOUTH SUBS: Ryan Christie, Jaidon Anthony, Siriki Dembele, Lewis Cook, Jack Stacey, James Hill, Emiliano Marcondes, Neto, Jamal Lowe.
BOURNEMOUTH STARTING XI (3-4-2-1): Mark Travers; Chris Mepham, Marcos Senesi, Lloyd Kelly; Adam Smith, Jefferson Lerma, Philip Billing, Jordan Zemura; Marcus Tavernier, Ben Pearson; Kieffer Moore.
Arsenal are one of just two teams to have won both of their games in the Premier League so far this season, along with Manchester City, seeing off Crystal Palace 2-0 on the opening day before a 4-2 victory over Leicester City last weekend. As for Bournemouth, they got off to a winning start on their return to the top-flight, beating Aston Villa, but were brought back down to earth with a 4-0 loss to the reigning champions.
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