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Arsenal continued their perfect start to the Premier League season with a clinical 3-0 victory at Bournemouth, and now hold pole position on the ladder.
Just 12 months ago, Arsenal lost their first three league games in their first three league matches in the clubs’ worst start to a season in 67 years.
But having opened their season with victories over Crystal Palace and Leicester City, the Gunners now sit in the top spot after their third straight win.
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“Compared to last season we are a bit ahead,” said Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard, scoring twice in the opening 11 minutes.
“But we have to stay calm, stay humble, keep working hard and see where it takes us.”
After scoring four goals against Leicester last weekend, it was another clinical display from the north Londoners.
Arsenal took the lead after five minutes as Gabriel Jesus’ superb run and pass found Gabriel Martinelli, whose shot was pushed into Odegaard’s path for a simple finish.
Odegaard, who was once touted as a child prodigy at Real Madrid, added six minutes later when Jesus’ heavy touch fell nicely for the Arsenal captain to fire home from 10 yards.
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William Saliba’s 54th-minute goal, a superb curler for the first time from the edge of the box, epitomized the thrilling confidence across Arsenal as the French defender netted his first goal for the club.
Manchester City could yet overtake Arsenal and return to the top, with the champions set to take on Newcastle on Monday (AEST).
Second-placed Tottenham are also off to a strong start after strongly backing Antonio Conte in the transfer market in his first full season in charge.
After snatching a Champions League place from Arsenal in May, Tottenham maintained their momentum with seven points from their opening three games.
However, Conte was still unhappy with a sloppy first-half performance which could have been punished by stronger opponents.
Tottenham improved significantly after the break and got their reward when Kane sent a header home after Ivan Perisic turned Son Heung-min’s corner.
Kane’s 185th Premier League goal – his 250th in all competitions for Tottenham – set a record for most scored by anyone for a single club, overtaking Sergio Aguero’s 184 for Manchester City.
“I think every player is ready to trade a personal achievement to reach a trophy,” Conte said of Kane, who is yet to win a major trophy in his career.
“We are working on this aspect. The path is difficult, the path is long, but we must try to do it.
Fofana absent for Leicester
At the other end of the table, Manchester United remain bottom ahead of their huge clash against Liverpool on Tuesday morning (AEST).
But Leicester are only a point clear after Southampton’s Che Adams came off the bench to score twice in a 2-1 win at the King Power Stadium.
Wesley Fofana has been left out of Brendan Rodgers’ squad as the Frenchman looks to force a move to Chelsea.
Leicester are the only Premier League club yet to splash the cash in the transfer window, but may have to do so in the final 10 days of the window to stave off a difficult season.
James Maddison’s free-kick had put the Foxes ahead, but Adams pounced twice on poor defense in Fofana’s absence to give Southampton their first win of the season.
The pressure is also back on Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard after his side kicked off a perfect start to lose 3-1 at Crystal Palace.
Ollie Watkins opened the scoring for the visitors at Selhurst Park after five minutes, but Wilfried Zaha quickly equalized.
Zaha then put Palace ahead on the second attempt after his penalty was saved by Emiliano Martinez.
Jean-Philippe Mateta secured the points 19 minutes from time.
Fulham remain unbeaten on their return to the top flight as Aleksandar Mitrovic’s powerful header won a thrilling West London derby against Brentford 3-2.
Mitrovic is tied for first in the Golden Boot race alongside Leeds’ Rodrigo and Palace’s Wilfried Zaha, who all have three goals to their name.
The newly-promoted side shocked the footballing world with a draw against Liverpool in their first game of the season, but Fulham have gone unbeaten ever since.
After snatching another draw against Wolves last weekend, they have claimed five points from a possible nine and currently sit fourth in the table.
Everton earned their first point of the season as Demarai Gray equalized late to cancel out Brennan Johnson’s goal for Nottingham Forest’s free spending in a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.
A brilliant assist from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the closing stages earned the Toffees a point in front of their home fans.