Arsenal continued their undefeated streak this season by defeating struggling Bournemouth 4-0. Kai Havertz scored his first goal for Arsenal, while Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, and Ben White also found the net. This victory propelled Arsenal to second place in the table with 17 points, just one point behind Manchester City, who lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Bournemouth, led by Andoni Iraola, remains winless and has dropped into the relegation zone, sitting in 18th place with only three points from seven games. Interestingly, both Mikel Arteta and Andoni Iraola played together for the youth team Antiguoko in the Basque Country three decades ago.
Arteta expressed his satisfaction with the team's performance, noting their readiness for the game and their ability to read it effectively.
The match started with Bournemouth showing promise, but Arsenal took the lead in the 17th minute when Martin Odegaard delivered a superb cross to Saka, who headed the ball into the net after Gabriel Jesus' header hit the post.
Odegaard extended Arsenal's lead with a penalty just before halftime, which he calmly converted after Max Aarons fouled Eddie Nketiah. Odegaard then won another penalty for Arsenal in the second half, and this time, Havertz confidently took the spot-kick, relieving the pressure on the big-money signing.
Arteta praised the team's performance and the support shown to Havertz by the fans. Emile Smith Rowe had a couple of chances denied by Neto, but Ben White sealed the victory with a headed goal in added time, completing the 4-0 rout of Bournemouth.