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Three positives and negatives from Arsenal’s 3-0 home win over Bournemouth

Arsenal retained top spot in the Premier League after a comfortable 3-0 home win over an in-form AFC Bournemouth side.

Many had labeled this as the Gunners’ toughest game in the Premier League, which was understandable considering Andoni Iraola’s side had lost just two league games since February to today.

Despite this, and the negative consequences of an early kick-off on Saturday, it was ultimately a comfortable result, but things didn’t always look plain sailing for the hosts.

After such an important win, here’s a look at the positives and negatives of the game.

Arsenal FC vs AFC Bournemouth - Premier League

Some things are bigger than football, and the first and biggest positive from the match for me was seeing a football family unite to honor a young fan who lost his life under tragic circumstances earlier this week.

14-year-old Daniel Anjorin was fatally stabbed by a sword-wielding assailant in London last week, marking a tragic loss of life at such a young age.

It was revealed that Daniel was an Arsenal fan, leading to fans almost immediately launching a social media campaign to honor the youngster’s life during the match.

It was really moving to see the entire stadium applauding him in the 14th minute, symbolic of his age, as well as a large banner and his likeness on the big screen in the stadium.

After such a tragic event, it was great to see how the club listened to the supporters and honored Daniel. While the pain caused by his passing is unlikely to heal, it was also hopefully a beautiful moment for those who knew him.

Martin Odegaard

First of all, I want to make it clear that I’m not singling out Martin Ƙdegaard on this point, it’s just an appropriate photo…

What I am doing is once again highlighting the frustrating profligacy that Arsenal showed at times during the Bournemouth victory.

Before Saka’s penalty at the end of the first half, the Gunners should have been two, if not three, goals positive, and this trend continued for a few moments in the second half.

Arsenal’s need to sign a striker could not be clearer, and we can only hope that this is realized as a priority during the upcoming summer transfer window.

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