Arsenal opened a Premier League campaign with three successive wins for the first time in 18 years after Martin Odegaard’s brace sent them to a 3-0 win at Bournemouth on Saturday.
North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur had earlier taken the upper hand as Harry Kane’s 250th goal for the club sealed a 1-0 win at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
But Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, with the same starting XI for the third straight game, were far too good for newly promoted Bournemouth on the south coast and they could have won more.
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Fulham maintained their impressive start to the campaign by beating Brentford 3-2 in a thrilling West London derby to move up to fourth in the table – Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring the winner after Brentford recovered from a two-game deficit goals.
Everton picked up their first point of the season with a late Demarai Gray equalizer in a 1-1 draw at home with Nottingham Forest who had led by Brennan Johnson.
Wilfried Zaha scored twice as Crystal Palace recovered from conceding an early goal to beat Aston Villa 3-1 at Selhurst Park for their first win of the season.
Leicester City’s dismal start continued, however, as they crumbled to a 2-1 home loss to Southampton.
James Maddison put Leicester ahead with a 54th-minute free-kick but the visitors claimed victory with substitute Che Adams scoring twice at the King Power Stadium.
A year ago, Arsenal manager Arteta was under intense pressure after his side lost their first three games without scoring a goal.
They recovered to battle for a top-four spot, eventually finishing fifth behind Tottenham, but some impressive summer business has turned the Gunners into a team that looks capable of defying silverware.
Gabriel Jesus, signed from Manchester City was again sublime and unlucky not to appear on the scoresheet while Oleksandr Zinchenko, also signed from City, was also upgraded.
Young French defender William Saliba, back at Arsenal from loan spells, capped off Arsenal’s victory with a superb curling effort after Odegaard struck twice in the opening 11 minutes to put the visitors in control of speed.
“I’m proud, it’s not easy to come here and win 3-0 but there are still things to prove,” Arteta said.
“We started the game very well. We were dominant, precise. Both goals gave us a lot of confidence. Jesus was involved in the goals. His contribution to the team has been outstanding.
Arsenal could be knocked out of first place if Manchester City win at Newcastle United on Sunday.
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As Arsenal boasted victory, Tottenham worked against Wolves but a much improved second half maintained their excellent start to the season.
Once again, Kane was the key.
The England captain headed off Tottenham’s 64th-minute winner on a flick by Ivan Perisic, who got his first start since joining the north Londoners.
It was Kane’s 185th Premier League goal, putting him ahead of Sergio Aguero in fourth place on the competition’s all-time list. He now also holds the record for most Premier League goals for a single club.
“It’s been a fantastic nine or ten years in the Premier League. Let’s hope there are many more years to come. I always like to score,” Kane said. “The most important thing is to win games.
“We have to improve. But the sign of a good team is winning when you’re not playing your best.
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