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Watch: Martin Ødegaard Scores Brace Against Bournemouth

Working on the presumption that if it isn’t broken you shouldn’t fix it, Mikel Arteta names an unchanged team for the third consecutive game. Summer signing Fabio Vieira is on the bench, but Nicolas Pepe is a conspicuous absentee from the match-day squad. Arsenal’s record signing is believed to be off to Nice.

Bournemouth boss Scott Parker makes three changes from the side that got swatted aside by Manchester City. Marcos Senesi makes his full debut, while Jordan Zemura and Philip Billing are recalled. Jack Stacey, Lewis Cook and Ryan Christie drop to the bench.

Captains Martin Odegaard and Lloyd Kelly lead the teams out behind referee Craig Pawson and his team of match officials. It’s a splendidly sunny evening on the south coast.

Arsenal get the ball rolling, their players wearing black armbands in memory of their head groundsman, Steve Braddock, who has passed away at the age of 58 after a long illness. May he rest in peace.

Arsenal dominate possession in these early stages, with Bournemouth struggling to get a touch of the ball. Halfway inside his own half, Ben White almost gets caught in possession by Ben Pearson but holds on to the ball and wins a free-kick.

It was play from Gabriel Jesus, controlling a high ball, knocking Senesi oout of his way and slaloming his way past a couple of defenders before playing Martinelli in behind. His shot from a tight angle was well saved by Travers, but the ball broke to Odegaard, who had the simple task of tapping in.

Scrap that, they’ve scored. It’s Odegaard with a tap-in after the ball rebounded his way from Mark Travers.

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