William Saliba strike sends Oleksandr Zinchenko to his knees in shock with Arsenal fans singing his song for 10 minutes straight as Gunners maintain perfect start at Bournemouth August 21, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer
You’d have thought Oleksandr Zinchenko had seen it all at Manchester City, but even he was left in shock as Arsenal rolled over Bournemouth 3-0 on Saturday.
The Ukrainian summer signing has played with some of the world’s best at the Etihad, but William Saliba’s first Gunners goal still brought him to his knees.
And that’s not to mention the two earlier efforts, with Martin Odegaard’s first of a brace featuring a Neymar-esque run from Gabriel Jesus.
The Brazilian entered the game at the Vitality Stadium full of confidence with two goals and two assists in Arsenal‘s perfect start to the season, and he quickly continued that trend.
Bullying Marcos Sensi off of a long ball up field, Jesus – a £45million summer signing from Man City – took possession from just outside of the centre circle and charged at the Cherries’ defence.
Skipping past two more defenders with an unstoppable run, he then laid the ball off to Gabriel Martinelli, whose spilled shot was parried straight to captain Odegaard for a fifth-minute opener.
And it didn’t take long before the lead was doubled as the Gunners flooded forward and Odegaard stole a heavy touch off Jesus’ boot to make it 2-0 in the 11th minute.
Mikel Arteta‘s men appeared to be on cruise control, but there were hints of Bournemouth revival either side of the break, which was shut down by a fine defensive display from Saliba.
Travelling supporters were singing his catchy new song to the tune of ‘Tequila’ for almost 10 minutes straight, and then got their reward in the 54th minute.
The 21-year-old waited patiently for Granit Xhaka’s pass just outside of the box, and curled it back where it came from, giving Mark Travers no chance on an effort the world’s best midfielders would be proud of.
It was so good, in fact, that Zinchenko was left on his knees with his head in his hands in shock, before walking off with a ‘no way’ gesture showing just how good the goal was.
Jesus appeared to have capped another sublime performance with a late dink over Travers, but VAR ruled it out, still, it did little to distract from an Arsenal side proving to be a different monster to years past.
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