Arsenal boss Mikel Aterta discusses why Kai Havertz took a penalty during their comfortable 4-0 Premier League win over Bournemouth.
Havertz has struggled for goals since arriving from Chelsea in the summer, but he finally had his first Arsenal goal to ensure a comfortable win over Bournemouth in the Premier League.
The 24-year-old German international converted the second of two Gunners penalties at the Vitality Stadium as they recorded a third consecutive away victory this season.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, to BBC Sport: “Big credit to the players.
“To win 4-0 away from home in the Premier League is difficult with the players that we were missing even more – so happy.
I think the way we played we had the right to win the game.”
Arteta, on Kai Havertz taking the second penalty: “It shows the people we have in the dressing room that they have the ability to leave the ‘me’ away.
“What they did for Kai (Havertz), was a really moving moment – someone that is going through a period externally, not internally.
“He’s getting questioned in certain areas. For the team to step up and show that empathy and trust – they won my heart even more today that group of players.”
Arsenal’s Win Over Bournemouth Key Stats
Arsenal have won their opening three away games in a top-flight campaign for just a fourth time (also in 1930-31, 2004-05 & 2013-14) and for the first time they’ve done so without conceding a single goal.
Bournemouth have failed to win any of their last 11 Premier League games (D3 L8), the longest ongoing winless run of any current top-flight side. Indeed, this is just the second time in Bournemouth’s league history that they’ve failed to win any of their first seven games (also in 1994-95 in the third tier).
Arsenal have kept 13 away clean sheets in the Premier League since the start of last season, five more than any other side.
Bukayo Saka has scored (5) or assisted (2) in seven of his last eight Premier League appearances for Arsenal. He’s also netted against 22 of the 24 sides he has faced in the competition with the only exceptions being Leicester (6 games) and Burnley (5 games).
Aterta discusses Havertz penalty kick role during the 4-0 win over Bournemouth