Arsenal 3-0 Bournemouth: Bukayo Saka, Leandro Trossard and Declan Rice help put pressure on Man City | Football news

Bukayo Saka’s penalty, a Leandro Trossard strike and Declan Rice’s late goal gave Arsenal a 3-0 win over Bournemouth; Gunners are four points ahead of title rivals Man City, who face Wolves live Air sports at kick-off on Saturday at 5:30 p.m

By means of Nick Wright, commentary and analysis @nicolaspwright

2:48 PM, UK, Saturday May 4, 2024

Arsenal reopened a four-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium.

Bukayo Saka put the Gunners ahead from the penalty spot in a one-sided first half, before Leandro Trossard scored home the second after a period of Bournemouth pressure after the break.

The visitors’ goal was then controversially ruled out, with VAR upholding referee David Coote’s decision to penalize Dominic Solanke for a foul on David Raya, before Declan Rice added a third stoppage time to put the result beyond doubt.

The win, Arsenal’s fourth in a row, maintains their title hopes and puts the pressure back on Manchester City as they host Wolves, live on Air sportsat kick-off at 5:30 p.m.

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How Arsenal achieved another win

Arsenal fell behind after just nine seconds when Bournemouth visited the Emirates Stadium last season, but they looked comfortable from the start this time, creating a succession of early chances that required last-ditch blocks from the visitors.

Team news

  • Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta named an unchanged team from the north London derby, with Kai Havertz once again in charge.
  • Bournemouth welcomed Illia Zabarnyi to the defense, while Ryan Christie also returned to the starting line-up.

Kai Havertz, William Saliba and Saka all came close before Takehiro Tomiyasu cleared his header off the line and there was an even bigger chance for Rice, who wastefully fired a low shot past the post after Havertz’s knockdown at the far post.

Bournemouth’s resistance was finally broken when the excellent Martin Odegaard played in Havertz, who received contact from goalkeeper Mark Travers before going to ground, with the penalty surviving a lengthy VAR check before Saka converted.

Paul Merson thought Bournemouth were unlucky with Arsenal’s penalty

The goal makes Saka the first Arsenal player since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score 20 goals in all competitions for the club in a single season, and Trossard is not far behind him on 16 thanks to his clinical first goal, courtesy of the clever pass from Rice. , in the 70th minute.

Arsenal had already been put on the back foot before that and survived the scare immediately afterwards, when Antoine Semenyo’s goal, after Ryan Christie’s effort had come back off the crossbar, was disallowed after another long VAR check.

Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka celebrates after scoring his side’s opening goal

The referee’s decision to penalize Solanke for a foul on Raya was upheld despite the contact being minor, with Bournemouth’s appeal for a penalty for a Gabriel Magalhaes draw on substitute Philip Billing in the same passage of play rejected.

The Soccer Saturday team discuss the decision not to award Bournemouth a penalty or goal against Arsenal

Arsenal had more chances to extend their lead, with Odegaard shooting into the side netting and Havertz clipping the crossbar, but Rice eventually grabbed the third, finishing well from an angle after Gabriel Jesus’ pass to add a goal his previous assist in a player. of-the-match display that delighted the home fans.

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What’s next?

Arsenal continue their title bid on Manchester United on Sunday May 12, continue live Air sports. Starts at 4:30 PM. They end the season at home Everton on Sunday, May 19, starting at 4 p.m.

Bournemouth host Brentford in their last home game of the season on Saturday, May 11, starting at 3 p.m. The Cherries end the season on Chelsea on May 19, starting at 4 p.m.

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