Three goals, a clean sheet, and a catchy song that will be stuck in your head for days.
It was a wonderful trip to the south coast for Arsenal.
Bournemouth 0-3 Arsenal: By the graphics
Bournemouth 0-3 Arsenal: By the numbers
43 – Shots for Arsenal in their first three matches this season
29 – Shots for Arsenal in their first three matches last season
22 – Shots allowed by Arsenal in the first three matches this season
55 – Shots allowed by Arsenal in their first three matches last season
9 – Goals for Arsenal in their first three matches this season
0 – Goals for Arsenal in their first three matches last season
5.1 – Expected goals for Arsenal in their first three matches this season
1.8 – Expected goals for Arsenal in their first three matches last season
2 – Goals allowed by Arsenal in their first three matches this season
9 – Goals allowed by Arsenal in their first three matches last season
1.9 – Expected goals allowed by Arsenal in their first three matches this season
8 – Expected goals allowed by Arsenal in their first three matches last season
9 – Points for Arsenal after their first three matches this season
0 – Points for Arsenal after their first three matches last season
It is not a perfect comparison (there never really are tho) because Arsenal’s strength of opponents is very different than it was last season but the results and the performances that have led to those results could hardly be more different.
Arsenal was in last place after three matches and deservedly so. This season Arsenal have maximum points and they have deserved all three wins they have this season.
There is still a long season ahead and it won’t always go as smoothly as this but this team is off to a hot start and they are not doing this with smoke and mirrors, but rather playing as good or better than any other team in the League right now. It is an exciting time to be an Arsenal fan.
Do Do Do Do Do SALIBA!
73 – Pass Attempts
73 – Pass Completed
100.0% – Pass completion percentage
484 – Progressive Pass Distance, fourth among all players
1 – Shot, 1 shot on target, 1 shot placed in the top corner, 1 goal
270 – Progressive Carry Distance, second among all players
3 – Progressive Carries
2 – Tackles
0 – Dribbled Past
2 – Interceptions
6 – Ball Recoveries
3 – Clearances
1 – Wonderful song that filled the Vitality Stadium
It feels like I can write something good about Saliba every week because his impact on this team has been immediate and very noticeable. His calmness on the ball is second to none. It is interesting that he doesn’t necessarily pop on things like progressive passes or final third entries but he is very obviously a major factor for Arsenal’s buildup play and ability to control the ball. I am so happy that he has been able to integrate into this team after a successful loan spell.
Martin Ødegaard comes alive
56 – Pass Attempts
80.4% – Pass completion percentage on an expected completion percentage of 78%
4 – Final 3rd Entry Passes
3 – Progressive Passes
2 – Box Entry Pass
4 – Deep Pass Completions (within 25 meters of goal)
3 – Shots
2 – Shots On Target
0.60 – Expected Goals
1 – Dribbles Completed
5 – Progressive Carries
Odegaard had been relatively quiet at the start at start of the season but in this match, he stamped himself all over it. There has been a little concern about Arsenal’s right-hand side’s involvement in attack but in this match Odegaard and Saka were the main men. Before this match Odegaard had been more of a buildup player than a final third player but here with Arsenal spending so much of their time in the Bournemouth half he got to spend more time around the box. It is nice to see Arsenal have so many different ways that they can cause problems to an opposing defense.
Sources: Opta via whoscored, statszone, my own database.