Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice during an interview.

Arsenal player ratings: Declan Rice superb as Kai Havertz makes his mark

Kai Havertz scored his first Arsenal goal as Mikel Arteta’s side continued their unbeaten start to the season with a comfortable 4-0 win at Bournemouth.

The German slotted home a second half penalty to finally get off the mark eight games into his Gunners career.

It could be a huge moment for the 24-year-old, who was mobbed by his team-mates as he celebrated his strike in front of the away end.

The goal sealed a fine win for Arsenal, who had taken a commanding 2-0 lead into half-time thanks to a Bukayo Saka header and a Martin Odegaard penalty.

Arsenal player ratings

David Raya: Really calm and composed. Made a good save to deny Christie just before half-time. Came and took crosses so comfortably. 7

Ben White: Got forward well and supported Saka. Barely troubled defensively and scored a great header at the end. 8

William Saliba: Back in the side and look like he’d never been away. Cruised through the game without breaking sweat. 8

Gabriel Magalhaes: Made a couple of superb blocks. Excellent display. 8

Oleksandr Zinchenko: So close to scoring his first goal of the season with a stinging drive. 7

Declan Rice: Superb as always. Drove through midfield multiple times to get Arsenal moving. 8

Martin Odegaard: So classy on the ball. Unlucky not to get a great assist for Nketiah in the first half. Took his penalty expertly and set up White’s late header. Excellent. 8

Kai Havertz: Had a really good second half, which he capped with his first Arsenal goal. This could be a huge afternoon for him. 7

Bukayo Saka: Well placed to score the opening goal. Caused Bournemouth plenty of problems whenever he got on the ball. Worrying signs as he limped off injured. 7

Eddie Nketiah: Led the line well. Showed good intent when running with the ball and won the penalty. 7

Gabriel Jesus: On the fringes of things at times playing out on the left. His header which came back off the post led to the first goal. Flashed an effort just wide after the interval. 7


Takehiro Tomiyasu: Came on to give Zinchenko a breather. Helped see the game out. 6

Reiss Nelson: Couple of bright moments. Jesus should have picked him out when well placed. 6

Emile Smith Rowe: Got the last few minutes and went close twice to scoring twice but was denied both times by Neto. 6

Fabio Vieira: Game was done by the time he came on. N/A

Jorginho: Replaced Rice for the final few minutes. N/A