A lacazette brace, Aubameyang brace and a lovely flick goal from Ramsey ensured Arsenal made it nine wins on the bounce. Here are 5 key points from the game
– Sarriball??.. Hold my beer, This is EmeryBall
This was Arsenal’s ninth in a row in all competitions, making those early season woes seem like a very long time ago.
Alex Iowbi and Nacho Monreal combined nicely down the left to set up Lacazette, who turned superbly in the box and fired inside the near post. The spin and the shot were performed in one. smooth motion, and with such grace and speed that the Fulham defence didn’t have chance to react.
The second goal, an individual brilliance and it was Lacazette once more. Again he got the ball with his back to goal, again he span expertly and again he fired into the near bottom corner, but this time it was a half-volley from 25 yards out.
Ramsey finished a brilliant flowing move with a delicious backheeled flick into the corner with virtually his first touch after coming on as a substitute 39secs earlier.
It was four with 10 minutes left as Hector Bellerin sped down the right, crossed to substitute Aubameyang, who span and half- volleyed into the far corner from the edge of the six-yard box.
The Gabon forward made it five as the 90 minutes ticked over, firing low into the bottom corner with the Fulham defence absent.
– No Ozil, No Problem
Ozil missed out on the game through a back spasm and the lads came winning 5-1 at Craven Cottage. However, this isn’t to undermine Ozil’s magic in the Arsenal squad but this can’t be me alone, anyone else noticed how much faster our transitions and forward play was without Ozil on the pitch?. The irony however is that like him or not, with ozil in the game we could have scored more
Unai Emery is showing that any of the players that starts games can get the job done for him.
Last season we look so lost creating chances, let alone clear cut ones when Ozil missed games but this has been another case entirely as we don’t look like a one man team but rather a team full of team spirit, work rate and huge mentality.
– Lacazette fast becoming Emery’s main man
The numbers themselves are impressive. Alexandre Lacazette now has four goals from five starts this season, and in the calendar year only Aubameyang has been directly involved in more goals than Lacazette: 14 scored, four assists.
But it’s more the manner in which he has scored those goals that makes Lacazette’s form so impressive. For a long time, Arsenal were missing a killer, a finisher who would take his chances decisively and with economy of effort.
Lacazette certainly looks like that player now, his two goals in this game scored at least in part because he took his shots just early enough for both defence and goalkeeper to be surprised by them.
Both finishes were crisp, both free of flourish but both incredibly effective.
He looks a natural goal scorer, and you could make an argument that he’s Arsenal’s most important player at the moment.
– Fans now enjoying Arsenal again
“We’ve got our Arsenal back,” sang the travelling fans as Aaron Ramsey scored the Gunners’ third goal. This was Arsenal’s ninth in a row in all competitions, making those early season woes seem like a very long time ago, and at least providing some optimism and enthusiasm in the stands.
Nobody expects Unai Emery’s side to challenge for the title this season, but at the very least watching Arsenal is no longer a chore. With Arsene Wenger gone, the weight of a diminishing legend being their manager has been lifted. This is an Arsenal team playing football that satisfies the aesthetic demands while collecting points at the same time.
– Torreira has always been the missing piece years long
Unai Emery is still presiding over a work in progress: work that is progressing pretty well, but his job is made an awful lot easier by an Uruguayan in prime form.
Lucas Torreira may well challenge him for that title at some point: the Uruguayan midfielder feels like exactly the sort of player Arsenal have needed for a while, a midfielder of quiet efficiency who breaks up play of opponents and sets it up for his own team.
Either way, with both Lacazette and Torreira in this sort of form, Arsenal have great reason for optimism.
An all round performance which means the boys and fans can enjoy their International break.
I will be in Uyo this Saturday to keep an eye on Alex Iwobi who will be playing for Nigeria in their AFCON 2019 Qualifier vs Libya. Until then #YaGunnersYa
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