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.
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.
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.
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.