Kai Havertz scored his first Arsenal aim in a snug 4-0 Premier League win over Bournemouth on the Vitality Stadium.
In his tenth look in all competitions since becoming a member of from Chelsea for £65m in the summertime, Havertz calmly slotted residence a penalty to offer his facet a 3-0 lead eight minutes into the second half after Martin Odegaard had been recklessly introduced down by Ryan Christie (53).
Havertz has struggled to make an influence since transferring throughout London however Mikel Arteta believes the midfielder’s first membership aim since March might show to be a turning level in his Arsenal profession.
Bournemouth: Neto (6), Aarons (5), Zabarnyi (5), Senesi (6), Kerkez (6), Christie (6), Prepare dinner (6), Tavernier (6), Billing (6), Kluivert (5), Solanke (6).
Subs: Sinisterra (6), Ouattara (6), Rothwell (6), Semenyo (6), Smith (6).
Arsenal: Raya (7), White (8), Saliba (7), Gabriel (7), Zinchenko (7), Odegaard (9), Rice (7), Havertz (7), Saka (8), Nketiah (7), Jesus (7).
Subs: Tomiyasu (6), Nelson (6), Vieira (6), Jorginho (6), Smith Rowe (6).
Participant of the match: Martin Odegaard.
“We now have all tried to offer him help and the proper instruments. He is doing so many nice issues. It was about that second, that was the query that needed to be answered and he has performed it,” Gunners boss Arteta mentioned.
“It’s going to change every part. After every part he is been by means of in the previous few weeks that second is price all of it, so I am actually completely satisfied for him.”
Bukayo Saka, who was injured late within the sport, had earlier headed Arsenal in entrance from shut vary (17) earlier than Odegaard scored a spot-kick of his personal simply earlier than the break (44). Ben White’s header in stoppage time (90+3) then capped a routine victory for the guests on the south coast.
The end result saved Arsenal unbeaten within the Premier League this season and moved them to inside one level of leaders Manchester Metropolis, who misplaced at Wolves. Bournemouth stay winless and dropped into the relegation zone after Luton beat Everton.
How Arsenal eased previous Bournemouth
Arteta was in a position to name on various gamers who have been damage doubts forward of the journey to the Vitality Stadium as William Saliba, Declan Rice and Saka all began regardless of lacking nearly all of coaching main into the sport.
Saka, although, hobbled off for the second match in succession having injured a foot in opposition to Tottenham in final weekend’s thrilling north London derby draw.
Arsenal made only one change from the facet that began final weekend’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham as various gamers overcame damage doubts.
William Saliba, Bukayo Saka and Declan Rice all retained their locations regardless of lacking coaching within the build-up to the sport. Kai Havertz got here in for Fabio Vieira in Mikel Arteta’s solely alteration.
Bournemouth made one enforced change from the group that started their 3-1 loss at Brighton final day out with Marcos Senesi changing the injured Lloyd Kelly.
Bournemouth had began the sport brightly however Arsenal rapidly took management. Havertz noticed a shot deflected narrowly huge earlier than Saka put the Gunners forward by nodding into an empty aim after Gabriel Jesus’ header got here again off the publish and into the trail of the England winger.
Saka’s strike deflated the Cherries and, after Oleksandr Zinchenko stung the palms of Neto, they fell additional behind when Odegaard stroked residence a penalty following Max Aarons’ clear foul on Eddie Nketiah.
Bournemouth did take a look at David Raya on the finish of the primary half by means of Christie, however Arteta’s facet picked up the place they left off after the break and shortly put the end result past doubt when Havertz, and not using a aim or help in his first 9 Arsenal appearances, made no mistake from 12 yards.
The Germany worldwide was mobbed by his team-mates as his identify rang out from the away part earlier than White’s well-timed header from an Odegaard free-kick made it 4-0 deep into stoppage time.
The one bitter notice for Arsenal got here when Saka hit the deck in ache after a coming along with Milos Kerkez within the second half. The 22-year-old initially performed on however limped off the pitch within the 76th minute.
With a Champions League journey to Lens on Tuesday and a house match in opposition to Manchester Metropolis within the Premier League subsequent Sunday – dwell on Sky Sports activities – Arteta will desperately hope Saka’s damage is only a minor one.
Arteta hails ’empathy’ of Arsenal gamers
Mikel Arteta hailed the “empathy” of his Arsenal gamers after they gave Havertz the possibility to finish his aim drought for the membership.
Havertz shouldn’t be Arsenal’s common penalty taker however was handed the ball by his team-mates after Odegaard had been fouled by Christie within the second half.
“I am actually completely satisfied for the win, however I am even happier to be a part of a group that exhibits the human qualities that they did as we speak,” Arteta mentioned.
“With out me telling them something, to indicate that empathy to a participant that has some query marks to resolve externally, they warmed me much more. They’ve performed it in a very pure manner.
“To point out that degree of empathy and understanding, worrying and caring for any person is simply nice.
“I am delighted they made that call. And so grateful as effectively to our supporters for the best way they sang his identify and made him really feel. If there is a participant who deserves that it is Kai Havertz, I am so completely satisfied for him.”
Iraola: The worst Bournemouth have performed all season
Bournemouth head coach Andoni Iraola mentioned: “It was the primary time we weren’t on the degree the competitors required and we didn’t end the sport effectively.
“For certain this sport leaves the worst sensation for me. You’ll be able to lose in opposition to this kind of group as a result of they’re actually good, however it’s the first sport this season the place I’ve felt that we weren’t on the degree.
“You need to be at your finest to compete in opposition to these groups and we weren’t after the primary aim. We can not concede two penalties and likewise the primary aim is a bit unusual, we ought to be there however we misplaced the positioning of Saka.
“We began rather well, have been doing effectively however after 1-0 I believe they have been higher than us.”
How the match performed out
FPL stats: Bournemouth 0-4 Arsenal
|Targets||Saka, Odegaard, Havertz, White|
|Bonus factors||Odegaard (3) | White (2) | Saka (1)|
Opta stats: Arsenal shining however Cherries struggling
- Arsenal have received their opening three away video games in a top-flight marketing campaign for simply the fourth time (additionally in 1930-31, 2004-05 and 2013-14). It is the primary time they’ve performed so with out conceding a single aim.
- Bournemouth have didn’t win any of their final 11 Premier League video games (D3 L8), the longest ongoing winless run of any present top-flight facet.
- Arsenal have saved 13 away clear sheets within the Premier League because the begin of final season, 5 greater than every other group.
- Bukayo Saka has both scored (5) or assisted (two) in seven of his final eight Premier League appearances for Arsenal. He is additionally netted in opposition to 22 of the 24 sides he has confronted within the competitors with the one exceptions being Leicester (six video games) and Burnley (5 video games).
- Kai Havertz scored his first aim for Arsenal (tenth sport), netting for the primary time in 21 membership appearances throughout all competitions since March.
Bournemouth‘s subsequent project is a Premier League conflict with Everton at Goodison Park on October 7 (kick-off 3pm). The Cherries then host Wolves within the league two weeks afterward October 21 (kick-off 3pm).
Up subsequent for Arsenal is a visit to Lens within the Champions League on Tuesday (kick-off 8pm). The Gunners then return to Premier League motion subsequent Sunday after they host champions Manchester Metropolis, dwell on Sky Sports activities (kick-off 4.30pm).