Arsenal remain unbeaten after comfortably cruising to victory by hitting four past AFC Bournemouth. Bukayo Saka headed home the visitors an early lead, before Martin Ødegaard added another from the penalty spot after Max Aarons had brought down Eddie Nketiah.
Ben White then rubbed salt into the wounds in added time as he headed in Ødegaard's free kick.
Bournemouth are still without a win and fall into the relegation zone for the first time this season.
Here are four things we learnt from Arsenal's convincing victory.
Cherries struggling to adapt to Iraola's style
Bournemouth fans won’t be expecting to blow teams away this year, but at least give the ‘bigger boys’ a go. However, a lacklustre performance against Arsenal has certainly set the tone that this could be another difficult season at the foot of the table.
Iraola employs a high pressing high-block way of play. A press that worked very well at his old club Rayo Vallecano, he would set his team out of press from the front surprising teams with constant energy and press.
Yet, the Cherries are still getting used to the Spaniard's high intensity style, a much different approach than what they were used to last season where they mainly hit teams on the counter attack under Gary O’Neil.
From the get-go against Arsenal and especially from Saka’s opener, the Cherries rarely threatened David Raya’s goal. They only managed one shot on target in the entire 90.
Bournemouth have scored just once in their four home league games this season - and that came in their season opener against West Ham in August.
Arsenal are serious title contenders, again:
There’s no hint of a second-season syndrome at the top of the tree for Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal. Another very strong start to the season means the London club are looking like contenders for the league again.
Hitting four past Bournemouth combined with Manchester City’s 2-1 defeat at Wolverhampton will certainly give the Gunners some extra confidence.
Arsenal are yet to concede on the road, a point that Arteta has stressed enough and has worked hard on tightening up at the back.
They also have not lost since taking the lead in a Premier League game since January 2022.
Bournemouth need a win... and fast:
The Cherries now have gone 11 Premier League games without a win, seven under new manager Iraola.
Just the one goal at home as well for the fans to cheer about, will certainly have the Bournemouth faithful nervous for the next few matches.
A win is needed and fast. With October just around the corner, the Cherries have three very crucial games where they feel all nine points could be up for grabs.
Keeping key players fit will be extremely crucial for Arsenal:
If the likes of Ødegaard and Saka are kept fit this season and we’ll rested with the European matches to think about, this season could be really special to Arteta’s side.
Ødegaard again shone in the Arsenal midfield grabbing a goal and an assist. Keeping him fit will be vital for the Gunners. The Norwegian already has 3 goals and an assist to his name this season.
He was pivotal in the centre of the park, creating the most chances out of anybody for either team (three).
Saka goes one better. Four goals and two assists means he is almost contributing a goal or an assist per game so far this season.
Arsenal looked dominant in beating Bournemouth and if this is a sign of what is to come then the Gunners are in for a successful season.