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By By Josh Allen
Arsenal maintained their 100% start to the season with another big victory, as they beat Portsmouth 4-1 at the Emirates.
Arsene Wenger's side have looked full of confidence in the opening games of the season) and have now scored 12 goals from 7 different players, in just over a week. This Saturday it was the turn of Abou Diaby and Aaron Ramsey to get off the mark, as they netted either side of a William Gallas strike, keeping them in play to join the premier league title race.
As with last weekend, the Gunners got off to a relatively slow start but once the scoring started, it never looked like stopping. Abou Diaby was making his 100th appearance for the club and celebrated in style as he scored two goals in the space of three minutes; first netting from an Eduardo cut back and then doubling his tally in the 21st minute with a tap-in from an Eboue cross.
Portsmouth are a side in disarray following a bungled takeover bid and two defeats in their opening two matches, but a powerful header from Younes Kaboul gave the visitors hope just before the break.
Unfortunately for Paul Hart's men, any hopes of a shock result were dashed just six minutes into the second half, when William Gallas scored for his third successive match. Arsenal are known for their pretty football but Gallas's goal was anything but attractive - Andrey Arshavin sending in a free-kick from the left, which eventually found the net via a post and the French defender's face.
Portsmouth should have made it 3-2 shortly afterwards, when new signing Frederic Piquionne hesitated in front of goal, allowing Gibbs to make a clearance. Aaron Ramsey then made the striker pay for his profligacy, sliding home a Robin Van Persie pass to put the game to bed.
Paul Hart's misery was completed ten minutes later, when goalkeeper David James was forced off the field with a knee injury, but for Arsene Wenger it's all smiles as the Gunners go marching on.