Man City thrash Bournemouth, as Gabriel Jesus shines with Arsenal

Manchester City raised the bar even higher two games into the new Premier League season, crushing promoted Bournemouth 4-0 on Saturday to maintain their fast start.

Arsenal joined City on six points after a 4-2 win over Leicester City, with former City striker Gabriel Jesus scoring twice.

Leeds United appeared to be on course for a second consecutive victory, but blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Southampton on a hot Saturday afternoon.

City, vying for their fifth Premier League title in six seasons, dominated West Ham United in their opener and were equally dominant against Bournemouth.

They wasted no time getting into their stride in the sunshine, with Norway striker Erling Haaland assisting Ilkay Gundogan’s opener after 19 minutes.

Kevin De Bruyne curled a fine strike into the net with the outside of his foot to give City a sumptuous second goal 12 minutes later.

Phil Foden added another goal before halftime thanks to De Bruyne’s assist, and it was only a matter of time before the hosts added another. They only managed one more goal, courtesy of Jefferson Lerma’s own goal, but they spent the majority of the second half on cruise control.

The arrival of Jesus has created quite a stir at Arsenal, and the Brazilian marked his home debut with a virtuoso performance against Leicester, scoring twice and assisting twice.

In the 23rd minute, he gave his team the lead with a delightful chip, and he made it 2-0 with a header at the far post.

Gabriel Jesus vs Leicester City

Leicester pulled within a goal of the hosts twice, thanks to own goals by William Saliba, who, like Jesus, was making his home debut, and James Maddison.

However, Arsenal were always one step ahead, with Jesus setting up Granit Xhaka and Gabriel Martinelli scoring shortly after Leicester’s responses.

Leeds appeared to be on course for an away win at Southampton, with Rodrigo’s brace putting them in command by the hour mark.

Southampton vs Leeds United

However, goals from Kyle Walker-Peters and Joe Aribo gave Southampton their first point of the season.

Everton suffered their second consecutive defeat, falling 2-1 at Aston Villa, with Danny Ings and substitute Emiliano Buendia scoring.

Fulham, who drew with Liverpool in their first game back in the Premier League, missed out on their first win when Aleksander Mitrovic’s second-half penalty was saved by Jose Sa in a 0-0 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s match against Newcastle United also ended in a draw.

In the big game on Sunday, Chelsea will face Tottenham Hotspur.

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