Arsenal's squad has become something of a sign of unity, togetherness and support under Mikel Arteta and Saturday was no different for a multitude of reasons. The Gunners travelled to the south coast to take on AFC Bournemouth, hopeful of continuing their unbeaten start to the campaign and adding another three points to their Premier League total.
Those hopes were met early on as Bukayo Saka opened the scoring in the opening 20 minutes before Martin Odegaard tucked away a penalty on the stroke of half-time. There was another spot-kick after the break and that squad togetherness was on show for everyone to see.
It appeared as though Gabriel Jesus was set to take it, but a word from captain Odegaard sawKai Havertz handed the opportunity. The former Chelsea man has been on the end of some criticism since his switch for £65million, but the goal that followed may give him the confidence to build on.
Plenty of chances followed, with a late finish fromBen White adding a fourth to complete the rout and earning a huge victory to continue their momentum. After the game, Emile Smith Rowe was spotted in a tearful mood as he was unable to score late on after a substitute appearance.
The youngster has been given few opportunities over the past year to fight his way back into the team, with the latest possibly passing him by. That team ethic was shown yet again as Oleksandr Zinchenko went over to support Smith Rowe in a moment of vulnerability.
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