With yet another midweek victory under their belts, Arsenal wanted to keep their strong form going with a short trip across London. Fulham, meanwhile, are languishing just above the relegation zone. They needed to start churning out results that matched their summer ambition.
Bernd Leno – 7/10
The German had a relatively quiet day between the sticks. A couple of good saves were overshadowed by a Fulham goal to take away his clean sheet. Another positive performance.
Hector Bellerin – 8/10
He was a force to be reckoned with today and the Fulham back line couldn’t handle his attacking play. Quiet defensive display, but it was all about his contribution to the attack. He grabbed himself an assist in the process
Shkodran Mustafi – 7/10
Usually the scapegoat of this shaky defence, but stepped up to the plate today and looked far more assured. Kept his concentration which often lacks.
Rob Holding – 8/10
Aleksandr Mitrovic has been a shining light in the Fulham team, but it was up to Holding to keep him as quiet as possible. Something which he did very well. Was prepared to go toe-to-toe physically with Mitrovic and even came out on top in most cases.
Nacho Monreal – 6/10
Much like Bellerin, he was dominant in the attack. But, he was partially at fault for Fulham’s goal with a wayward pass forward.
Lucas Torreira – 8/10
An absolute monster in the middle of the park today. Soaking up the pressure and distributing the ball to all areas of the pitch. Despite his diminutive stature, he comes across as a giant in the middle.
Granit Xhaka – 7/10
Another solid performance from Xhaka. Acting as the basis for which Arsenal mount their attacks. Crucial when Arsenal look to play out from the back as well.
Alex Iwobi – 8/10
Following his good showing against Qarabag on Thursday, he was handed another start. Like the vast majority of his performances this season, he excelled. He caused all kinds of problems for Fulham’s defence and played a big part in Arsenal’s first goal.
Henrikh Mhikitaryan – 7/10
The Armenian looked very lively going forward and Fulham struggled to handle him. Played a role in Aaron Ramsey’s stunning goal. Mhikitaryan can take a lot of confidence from this performance.
Alexandre Lacazette – 9/10
Phenomenal game from Lacazette and looking to be the striker that Arsenal have cried out for since Robin van Persie left the club. An out-and-out goalscorer that can score from anywhere inside the box. Strong hold up play and a brilliant team player. Grabbing himself two goals as well. My Man of the Match.
Danny Welbeck – 7/10
What was said about Mhikitaryan is very much the same with Welbeck. Lots of energy and caused more than a few problems for Fulham. Directly involved in Arsenal’s second goal with an assist.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 8/10
Brought on to replace Welbeck and inject a bit more impetus going forward to really close out the game. Just over five minutes after coming on, he was providing an assist for Ramsey. While operating on the left wing to start with, he moved more central when Lacazette was brought off and Arsenal definitely reaped the benefits. He scored two lovely goals to boost his tally four in the Premier League.
Aaron Ramsey – 8/10
While Lacazette wins my Man of the Match, Ramsey definitely stole the headlines. A stunning goal which finished off some fine build up play. Early goal of the season contender in the eyes of many. He also provided an assist for one of Aubameyang’s goals later in the game.
Matteo Guendouzi – 6/10
Clearly brought on to protect the lead from any capitulation and he did a sound job of it.