Saturday 20 August 2022

Bournemouth 0-2 Arsenal (half time)

A brace from Odegaard ensured that Arsenal's early title challenge remained on track although, by the end of the half, some sloppy passing began to creep in.

Nevertheless, Arsenal's dominance was almost total initially with Jesus's brilliance creating a chance for Martinelli. The subsequent shot was parried and Odegaard converted the rebound.

The second goal came down the right, with White crossing low for Jesus, whose first touch was rifled in by the Norwegian.

The only danger was complacency creeping in.

Ramsdale 7 - comfortable
White 7 - helped set up the second goal, but guilty of a stray pass or two
Saliba 7 - has a new song and has been tidying up at the back
Gabriel 7 - solid
Zinchenko 9 - virtually faultless and showing off his silky skills
Saka 8 - causing havoc
Odegaard 9 - two goals and some incisive passing
Partey 7 - quietly efficient
Xhaka 6 - a bit anonymous
Martinelli 7 - an assist
Jesus 8 - incredible Maradona-esque skill for the first goal.

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