Unai Emery’s Arsenal side responded to Saturday’s 5-1 to Liverpool at Anfield with a thumping 4-1 victory at the Emirates against Claudio Ranieri’s Fulham. Granit Xhaka, Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Aaron Ramsey all found the net in what was a strong second half display by the Gunners.
In the opening stages, it was the away side that were carving open some early opportunities. Ryan Sessegnon came mightily close to opening the scoring for the visitors as he saw his curled effort run just wide of the post. Sessegnon was almost in behind the Arsenal defence once more, but he was flagged offside. Arsenal started to assert their dominance on the game, and the home side opened the scoring on 25 minutes as Alex Iwobi played a delightful ball into the path of Granit Xhaka who fired the ball past Sergio Rico in the Fulham goal.
Fulham will feel that they should’ve at least been level at half-time as they created several key openings in the latter stages of the first half. Leno pulled off a superb save to deny Aleksandar Mitrovic who guided his header towards the top right corner. Arsenal also could’ve doubled their advantage towards the end of the first half as Lacazette and Aubameyang were both denied by Sergio Rico.
At the break, the scoreline was quite fair considering how the first 45 minutes. Both sides could easily of been ahead, as Fulham were left to dwell on those missed opportunities. Just ten minutes into the second half, Arsenal doubled their lead as Sead Kolasinac provided an excllent pass straight inot the path of Alexandre Lacazetter who accepted the gift as he tapped the ball into the Fulham net.
Lacazette could’ve doubled his tally in a matter of minutes, but the Frenchman watched his effort comfortably dealt with by Sergio Rico. With 20 minutes to play, Fulham found themselves back in the contest as Ryan Sessegnon picked out Aboubakar Kamara who cooly slotted the ball home to reduce the arrears. With the pressure piled on Arsenal, the home side responded well, and with little over ten minutes to play, Aaron Ramsey fired home Arsenal’s third as he fired a rebound into the top right corner to give the home side some breathing space.
At this point, Arsenal were bombarding the Fulham box, and just four minutes after grabbing a third goal, Unai Emery’s side made it 4-1 as the Frenchman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang lashed the ball past a helpless Sergio Rico to cap off an impressive victory for the home side. Overall, it was a very strong performance from Arsenal, there were still some questions to be asked from a defensive point of view, but overall it was a dignified second half display from Unai Emery’s side.