Arsenal defender William Saliba secured for himself a new club benchmark, owing to his performance en route to the Gunners’ triumph over Bournemouth this evening.
Mikel Arteta’s men marked their return to action a short time ago.
Brimming with confidence on the back of a pair of successive wins to open the campaign, the capital giants made the trip to England’s south coast, hopeful of making it nine points from nine at the expense of newly-promoted Bournemouth.
And, when all was said and done, this is precisely what Arsenal managed, in some style.
A dominant showing ultimately culminated in Arteta and co. emerging on the right side of a 3-0 scoreline, owing to a Martin Odegaard brace, followed by a 2nd-half Saliba stunner:
As alluded to above, though, it was not the first goal in club colours netted by Arsenal’s prodigious young defender which, post-match, stole the headlines.
Instead, this came in the form of a statistic, highlighting another stellar aspect of Saliba’s display at the Vitality Stadium.
As per statisticians Opta, the 21-year-old, remarkably, completed all 76 of his attempted passes on Saturday night.
This makes Saliba the first Arsenal defender to manage such a feat in the Premier League since such stats were first recorded all the way back in the 2003/04 campaign.