Arsenal moved back to the top of the Premier League table with a clear and decisive 3-0 victory away to Brentford on Sunday lunchtime.
Mikel Arteta’s side were well on top before William Saliba flicked home a Bakayo Saka corner with a header at the near post.
Gabriel Jesus doubled the visitors’ lead just before the half hour mark with a powerful header into the top far corner following a superb cross from deep by Granit Xhaka.
The Gunners started the second half similar to how most of the opening 45 minutes was played – with the ball in Brentford’s half. And the game was put beyond doubt with Fabio Vieira’s sumptuous long-range effort on his debut.
Here are CSAR’s player ratings from Brentford 0-3 Arsenal:
Aaron Ramsdale 7 – Fine save to deny Bryan Mbeuno at 3-0 but otherwise the Arsenal goalkeeper had very little to do.
Ben White 8 – Looking comfortable out at right-back to start the season. Rico Henry didn’t see much of the ball down the left for the hosts.
William Saliba 9 – Opened the scoring and was solid at the back as the two centre-backs protected Aaron Ramsdale all afternoon.
Gabriel 9 – Some strong headed clearances whilst new England call-up Ivan Toney barely saw any of the touches of the ball, and when he did, was often conceding possession.
Kieran Tierney 8 – Offered good support down the left wing, playing a one-two with Granit Xhaka leading up to the second goal. Little to do defensively.
Thomas Partey 9 – Controlled possession in midfield as Arsenal overran the hosts. The Ghana international looked confident and composed in helping start attacks.
Granit Xhaka 9 – Josh Dasilva, Vitaly Janelt and Mathias Jensen couldn’t get involved in the Brentford midfield as Arsenal dominated the game from start to finish. Granit Xhaka enjoyed pushing up to the edge of the opposition area and produced a superb cross to pick out Jesus for the second goal.
Fabio Vieira 8 – Drifted into wide positions to support overlapping runs and generally played some nice passing in the opposition half. Capped his debut off with a superb strike.
Bukayo Saka 9 – An assist from a corner and one from open play as the hosts couldn’t handle Arsenal’s young star. Although Bukayo Saka didn’t look like scoring today he played a huge role in the victory with his assists.
Gabriel Jesus 8 – Superb header to double Arsenal’s lead in the first half. Gabriel Jesus linked up well with his teammates too.
Gabriel Martinelli 7 – Worked hard off the ball and linked up well with the attack.
Albert Sambi Lokonga (13 mins) N/A – Saw a couple of touches but nothing significant.
Eddie Nketiah (13 mins) N/A – Only had the odd touch and didn’t see a sight on goal.
Takehiro Tomiyasu (5 mins) N/A
Ethan Nwaneri (2 mins) N/A – Wearing the number 83, the 15-year-old was introduced late on solely to break Harvey Elliott’s Premier League record as the youngest player to ever appear in the competition.