Arsenal’s best performance of the season saw them make it nine wins from nine as two goals each for Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as well as a goal of the season contender from substitute Aaron Ramsey dove the Gunners to a 5-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage.

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Merlin’s Panini
Merlin’s Panini

Really pleased to see a response from Ramsey after starting on the bench. Lacazette is looking really well adjusted to the league now. Good to see Aubameyang picking up his goalscoring again too, that will do him a world of good.

Hurensohn
Hurensohn

Not Ramsey’s biggest fan but I liked his assist for the Auba goal as much as his role and finish in the 3rd. If he’s going to play at 10 that’s his primary job to link midfield to the attackers. Usually he’s just another one of the attackers but this time he found space in the pocket and the pass was perfect. More of that please Aaron!

David C
David C

That Rambo goal will go down as the EPL goal of the season. The buildup was hilarious – header after header after header…what a back heel!

Didn’t miss Ozil at all today, we were so much faster on the attack!

Ozzil
Ozzil

Dead weight Ozil.

Totally useless overpaid flop. No club gonna buy him because everybody knows that he’s a flop.

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

9/10 for wins in a row. Kind of frustrating as I would have rather had ten wins from the last nine games, that would’ve earned a 10/10 from me. But it’s a work in progress, so no complaints here. After the Interlul I’d really appreciate us improving further, getting ten points from the first three games, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

MateKiddleton
MateKiddleton

Not a maths genius by any stretch, but how do you get 10 wins from 9 games…

VAgooner
VAgooner

his math worked for me. i’d like those points too

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

The game today counts as two

Dave Crawford
Dave Crawford

Or 10 points from 3 games. Still..like the enthusiasm

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

By putting in the fabled 110%!

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

The important next step is to kill the game off before the third half. It’s our best hope of finishing higher than 1st place in the league.

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

If we can just get 32 more league wins this season, we can literally beat ANYONE.

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

Obviously we have to be careful all the other teams in the league don’t win every single one of their games… then it gets tricky.

Pedant
Pedant

9 out of 9 for wins in a row.

Hantal
Hantal

Bellerin and Mustafi both impressed me today, I’ve been critical of them in recent weeks.
Leno was solid too

Gooner Sam
Gooner Sam

What a great result, some really great football. I wouldn’t say Mustafi had a bad game but for me he has a lot to make up before I trust / rate him. Separate from that some great Arsenal football there, I’m genuinely excited now, god how I’ve missed my Arsenal.

hahahaha

City have De Bruyne, David Silva and Bernardo Silva competing for spots AWAY FROM CM and they manage them brilliantly. We have the same scenario with Mkhi, Ozil and Ramsey. Surely we find a way for them to coexist rather than ship one out. Ramsey is too good to loose. I doubt he’d be asking for absolute mega wages like Ozil, I just think its the fact that Emery is not convinced with him. There’s too many games in the season for rotation. Losing a player the calibre of Ramsey AT THE BEGINNING OF HIS BEST YEARS would be a huge mistake we will definitely regret. We screamed for squad depth in the past, we have it now and we’re gonna let it go like that?!

Dotman
Dotman

Same for auba and laca. Both must be kept in the team

santori
santori

Unai is now finding a way to play 4-4-2 with Iwobi involved and Granit/Torreira looking more solid in midfield (or Guendouzi)

That means we can accomodate a Welbeck/Laca partnership or Laca/Auba or indeed (less so) Welbeck/Auba.

Or we can play with one of them up topand have the hole behind supported by Ozil or Ramsey.

He could only do this when he sorted central midfield and with the option of an Iwobi to throw in as well.

Deerish
Deerish

Emery is doing a great job in keeping the squad fresh by constant rotation. My only concern is for Nacho though. He seems to be playing each and every match.

Rooks
Rooks

Kolasinac soon come fam

locksley444
locksley444

Welbeck put in a shift and held the ball up and played laca in many times. It’s almost like no one notices him because he doesn’t score prolifically.

Ozzil
Ozzil

Sell Ozil, he’s literally an overpaid sloth. Considering his wages, he’s the biggest flop and overrated mess of the century.

I’m turkish and I hate Ozil hiding behind “racist accusation” to hide is incompetence. Ozil been shit for years, Hoeness is 100% correct.

Petit's Handbag
Petit's Handbag

Might want to change your name there so…..

Deano

Ozzil, Hoeness was doing an excellent job of diverting any of the blame away from all the Bayern flops from the World Cup, there were plenty.

George
George

Oh, well, seeing as you’re Turkish and all, you must be right!

A Different George
A Different George

As has been pointed out, Hoeness must have been watching a lot of Ozil’s matches from prison. I think Bayern and Germany (and Ozil) did okay while he was gone.

shaka
shaka

We have Auba, Laca, Welbeck competing for places up top. Ozil, Mkhi, Ramsey, Iwobi for the attacking midfield roles. Total 7 players for 4 slots, which means at any time we may have 3 awesome attacking players on the bench.

Xhaka, Torreira, Guendozi, Eleneny for the two defensive mid slots…and there it seems we are a bit short…but in a pinch, if you ask nicely, Ramsey should be able to fill that slot.

Włodarz Aleksander
Włodarz Aleksander

Third goal is everything we love about Arsenal – tha past one and the present …long it may continue

santori
santori

Ramsey has scored some beauties and very important goals (FA cup Chelski) for us over the years.

We have 3 players in Ramsey, Ozil and Mhki (to some extent) who are similar. One has to go.

Problem is Ozil’s salary scares off most suitors. So Ramsey is the most vulnerable to a sale at the moment bc of contract.

Abhimanyu
Abhimanyu

Loved how Emery celebrated it. The passion is back at the Arsenal! Still buzzing!

rosicky4real
rosicky4real

COYG.

Kolkata_Gooner
Kolkata_Gooner

Gonna give them all 10 on 10 (after I post this comment), including Mustafi whom I dissed in the Line-ups article. 😛
Also Ramsey showed us what exactly we’re going to miss about him. That goal scoring instinct in him, that deftness in front of goal…he’s the best goal scoring mid we’ve had since the days of Pires/Ljunberg, and its going to be hard to replace that. Right now I think he works best as a super-sub (although Emery has a penchant for getting all his subs right pretty much every time). Starting with him I don’t know so much…just can’t figure out whats his best position in this team…but off the bench in the second half, when we have picked up a gear, he slots in really nicely. Maybe start with Ozil/Mkhi and replace them with Ramsey later in the match? It would also be interesting to see whom Emery goes with once Auba is fit to start…him or Welbz, coz Auba of course showed again he works best as a striker, and Welbz does a really good all-round job for the team. It seems like our first-halves are more suited to a Welbeck type player-scrappy, putting in the hard-work, winning battles in the field, tiring out the opponents and trying to impose ourselves slowly but systemically. In any case, its a good headache to have, and Emery will know better than us the right solution there…so I’m just going to stop thinking about it, and enjoy rating this wonderful wonderful performance!

santori
santori

Personally I’d rather keep Ramsey than Ozil bc of salary and age.

BUT I don’t think we will have a buyer for Ozil as much as we would for Ramsey so it may be he will have to be sold.

If so, we need to balance the team.

The action predominantly comes from left side with Iwobi close to the only thing near a winger we have at present.

We need someone out right.

No surprise Bellerin was less able to join the fray first half. It was only ins econd half when they were a bit more open that Hector manage to come forward to provide assist.

BUT if we have to sell Ramsey, then we should look for someone to spread the game out wide right side.

Rumour has it Sanheli and Vinai are keen on Cristian Pavon from Boca. Won’t be cheap. That’s the sort of player we need frankly to transition even quicker with speed and technical skills.

WallyT
WallyT

You and your pavon. Are you Argentinian by any chance? Don’t think so cos that way; you would know from the World Cup the guy would need time to settle down in Europe. Plus, don’t think Arsenal can afford spending 44mil on someone like him at the moment, it would be too big a risk. Go for cheaper options like Almiron or someone, 11 mil quoted.

Gary Tillyer
Gary Tillyer

It feel silly trying to criticize a 5-1 win but the old “game of two halves” was definitely accurate for yesterdays performance. Fulham would have hardly had a sniff if we never gave the ball away trying to play out of the back. In the first half all team who use the high pressing tactic are full of energy and running. In the second they fade. We gave them two gilt edged chances by playing the ball low across the face of our penalty area which they intercepted and almost scored. As others said, top 6 teams will not waste these opportunities. This must stop.
In the second half we scored early and it knocked the stuffing out of them after all the work they did to get it back to 1-1. This allowed us more time in midfield and the ability to break on them as they pushed forward to find the equalizer. This has been the pattern in the last eight games. It will not last. If Fulham would have gone 2-1 up and we had to chase the game it may have been very different.
If in doubt, boot it up field.

Tcfc
Tcfc

When PEA was through on goal for the 5th you just knew it was going in. Haven’t had a player that made you feel like that since my childhood man kroosh Henry!

santori
santori

He’s not Henry quality.

Nor Laca.

But combined and with Welbeck, we have plenty of goals and they are starting to look less forgiving.

alderweireld science
alderweireld science

Torreira, what a beast!

santori
santori

He wasn’t the only one.

If anything, Torreira has some limitations bc of size. BUT he never backs down.

It’s a team performance today and it started with Laca up top. He was the real beast coming back to support defense.

WallyT
WallyT

Yeah, our very own little Verreira

WallyT
WallyT

Verrati and Viera combined. Small but..

Dotman
Dotman

I remember when we got Lacazette and some of us didn’t know much about him. Somebody here said he’s a lot like Theo Walcott. If you are that person, you deserve 6 strokes of cane.

santori
santori

He wasn’t particularly good last season.

BUT Emery has got the best (beast) out of him.

That’s bc Emery tweaks to play to the player’s strength where Wenger left out those details.

Case in point starting Welbeck with Lacazette. He knows we were going to be under great physical pressure.

Auba would not afford the sort of retention Iwobi gave on the left and we needed the added support to Laca to hunt the ball down higher up.

But then play opened up and they started to tire, he put on Auba to exploit space which he is good at.

shaka
shaka

you realise he underwent surgery last season?

Kunlewoye
Kunlewoye

LoL… He’s actually my favourite Arsenal player atm. I’ve always heralded his qualities on Arseblog if you’ve been paying attention. He’s the definition of “lethal”.

Make Arsenal Great Again
Make Arsenal Great Again

One thing was very apparent today. Torreira was built for English football. He was spectacular today

santori
santori

Its not just Torreira. Granit was solid today too like Granite.

We had to weather them through first half.

The score does not betray how difficult they made it.

Its not a one man performance today. The midfield was largely more competitive with 4 across.

And defense stood solid, yes even Mustafi.

WallyT
WallyT

How dare u vote him down that much, was thinking of outvoting you alone. But it ain’t possible

santori
santori

4-4-2 and then 4-4-1-1.

Emery started players bearing in mind Fulham were going to be strong coming at us first half. NO surprise we get more joy out of second halfs when teams start to lose a bit of their enthusiasm. And that’s when the likes of Auba and Ramsey had more space to exploit and go at tired legs. BUT first half we needed to be resolute and strong and THAT (not the goals alone) is perhaps the most encouraging aspect of this win.

1) Leno – From strength to strength. Kept us in with a good save, came out when he needed to. Starting to get a good understanding with the players in front of him.

2) Bellerin – One glaring poor pass at the start leading to a big chance for them. Less able to come up in first half so again our attack was mianly down the left flank. more able to in second half when they got deflated and he picked one or two great passes, one of which Auba scored from.

3) Monreal – Constantly down the left side with Iwobi. Defensively a couple of lapses including the one bad pass (thankfully we weren’t punished).

4) Mustafi – Care to pick faults as per usual. He made 3 great tackles which had it been Sokratis many would be wanking themselves over …including one to deny Mitrovic bearing in on goal. Several good headed clearances again. Gaffer has faith in him (got a good slap in the face from Emery end of game)and I can see why. Monreal gave away a needless free kick on 16th minute which had it been Mustafi (last game) the pundits and some people would be apoplectic. But since it was Monreal …crickets.

5) Holding – Good partnership developing between Mustafi and Holding with both covering each other. Another assured display from Rob. We will frankly need all 3 of Mustafi, Sokratis and Holding to be able to rotate, not within a match but taking turns throughout the season. It will minimise injury risk if anything.

6) Granit – Difficult game today even if scoreline may suggest otherwise. We had little time on the ball befor ea Fulham shirt closed us down, they were very hard working. Not the most comfortable given this for Granit and a couple of times he lost the ball under duress but overall, he was very effective playing the ball out for us and blocking off channels. He is an improved player defensively overall. BUT he gets us moving forward quickly switching play from deep.

7) Torreira – Also had a hard time and was in the war being bowled over a number of times. His small size counts against him but he stuck in there like a right terrier and was the sort of player you need in this kind of contested physical games.

8) Mhkitaryan – Not as effective on right side, he’s more a hybrid between old Mhki winger from Dortmund and a more central type player. Lost some contests but did pick some good passes including the one smooth pass out to Auba which led to the goal for Ramsey. Not sure but I think last goal is his assist too. We don’t miss Ozil on games like this bc both Mhki and Ramsey perform similar task.

9) Iwobi – Again he makes a BIG diff for us. He drives out left side and not surprising most of the play came from that side with Monreal. He’s willing and able to take players on is key. We need to balance the team with the same threat out right if we can find someone this Jan. Understandably lost steam second half with mid week efforts. The other thing I like about him (and why he was started ahead of Auba this game) is his strength. He holds the ball for us when we look for outlet left side. He is able to either hold ball to feet or with body strength.

10) Welbeck – I think we benefit from Welbz bc he brings something different for us up top. Its his raw strength and power. He’s in the mix up top for sure and it was again the right call for Unai to start him so we had an extra body next to Laca to press and exploit their error prone defense. BUT also like Iwobi, we gave the mids and defense a player we could aim for to hold the ball up with physical power. Good assist to win the aerial ball and knock down for the Lacazette second.

11)Laca – MOTM for me. Its not just the two goals and his increasing lethality but the graft he shows coming back to help out defensively, like the Ramsey goal when he came down pass how half way line to help with the move. IF he can continue this ruthless streak, we will profit from our attack which is the BEST form of defense for us.

12) Ramsey – Well, we don’t know if he will sign and it looks unlikely. BUT Rambo has scored some superb and important goals (think recent FA cup) for us over the years and personally, between Ozil and him, I’d keep the Welsh wizard (if anything on age alone but also salary). In a 4-4-1-1 just behind the striker, he has the instincts to attack. BUT the goal came with Laca still on pitch and Ramsey barely on…fantastic Wengerball team goal only we seem to ever score. Simply magic.

13) Auba – Again with Laca, if he can keep this friendly rivalry going scoring goals with ruthlessness, it will help our defense. He profits from coming on second half where there was more space to exploit as Fulham got a little more leggy and less competitive. Almost a carbon copy swivel goal from the right side of Laca’s earlier. As mentioned, we will need all 3 of Welbeck, Auba and Laca to rotate through those front two positions. It looks like we are clicking into gear now with understanding between players taking root to Emery’s tweaking of details. And with confidence, we are starting to take off.

14) Guendouzi – Again like striker and defense, we need all 3 of Granit, Torreira and Guendouzi to rotate thought the positions. In particular in midfield, we need to rotate through a game to sustain effort through the 90. As per usual, came on and drove us forward. All 3 mids mentioned have attributes of each other but Granit is strong passing from deep where Torreira finds space to exploit and Guendouzi is good driving forward.

Gaffer – Kudos to Emery. I said we needed to get up to speed quickly following defeats and needed to stay close to front runners. We have clawed the gap down to just 2 points to City, Liverpool and Chelsea! Conveniently we are already pass Spurts and on GD. Yet certain pundits would deem Liverpuddle and Klopp the second coming or Perennial underachievers Spurts the most exciting team since 1964.

Details are where Emery has focused but we are also starting to see now that he has increasing confidence that the team is absorbing the lessons and he is willing to push 4-4-2 (which can easily morph to 4-2-3-1) but also 4-4-1-1 (which can drop into a 4-1-4-1).. That would dictate he feels players are getting comfortable with the basics.

And his exercise in making changes pays dividends bc he has the gumption to call it when need be. Case in point Ramsey coming on to great effect and scoring the goal within 37 seconds, maybe a bit of happenstance but hey, maybe not.

upvoter
upvoter

ugh, tough crowd

TheMerse1985
TheMerse1985

Might not agree with every point, but a big upvote for a thoughtful and well articulated post. Tough crowd indeed… cheers for the time and effort.

WallyT
WallyT

You should wonder why you get so many down votes. Your comments sometimes doesn’t necessarily typifies what actually happened on the pitch. Bellerin had to be careful overlapping too much cos he got a very fast Sessegnon to worry about with Mikhy being Mikhy. He needed to time his runs well which imo, he did to perfection. And about Granit, don’t even get me started, guy put his heart out yesterday. In fact, I wouldn’t mind having him as permanent Captain if he’s gonna keep playing like he did yesterday’s. At a point in the first half, when laca got tired a bit, he pressed alone until he forced their left back to play it long. That’s the leader in there

A Different George
A Different George

Actually, I think he gets so many down votes because his posts are so long, and he assumes that we need to know his opinion about each player after each match.

SeryxMe

I really am not sure what made today’s performance much more complete than the earlier games. There were too many changes up front to point at it exactly. Using Welbz, Iwobi and Mkhi of course gives us people who naturally love the wings – a complete deviation from Auba, Ramsey and Ozil who love the middle. Was it the availability of one or two wingers in the team? Was it the absence of square pegs in round holes a la the shoe-in of our stars? Was it just that Fulham was shite today? Or was it just the fact that Emery’s tactics are finally working in the team?
I really can’t point at it until the next game comes around and we see what our coach concocts on the pitch again and see how it tastes.
The performance today was exceptional from back to front. Despite the fact that we still gave up easy, unnecessary chances to the opposition, who were obviously even weaker than our recent ones, we still managed to not give too many clear-cut ones.
There’s so much to like about today’s performance. The swagger towards the latter half of the 2nd half, the 5 goals to frogleap the Spuds, THAT 3rd goal, the quality of all the goals, the double brace, Mustafi almost looking world class, seeing Holding keep growing, Leno confirming my hunch that we’ve got two great goalkeepers on our hands, Torreira, impact of the subs (we’ve got depth!), so much to love.
Noting that we played against a team in the early relegation waters, we could easily have panicked and dropped points after conceding late in the 1st half. We’re 2 more wins away from our (unofficial) target 24-point haul before our next big game and that has pushed us just 2 points off the top spot, that, after our unfortunate start to the season. I’m very much optimistic for this season!

shaka
shaka

we just missed Fulham. They were always lovely opponents. Play a high line, three at the back, and try to attack us, bless them. They dont push and shove and kick too much and try to play the ball on the ground. Perfect opponents as always. We sure missed them while they were out of the PL

btw
btw

I think these scores are inflated by the second half, The first half was characterized by misplaced passes and inability to deal with the Fulham press, leading to more than a few Fulham chances. Once again I’m left feeling that a team of City or Pools caliber would tear us apart.

That said, 10/10 for the second half maybe brings up the average.
I wonder if Fulham ran out of steam after pressing so much in the first half, after we went 3 up they basically gave up.

Regardless of our worries about the defense and conceding chances, this winning run is brilliant and will do a lot to build confidence and automatisms. I hope we improve and prove the doubters (myself included) wrong by beating the mugsmashers on Nov 3. We don’t face another top 6 team until Dec 1, which is nice.

btw
btw

Oh and 2pts off 1st place, what a magic!

Bob
Bob

First half we should have really scored at least 2 and constantly got in down their left. Wasn’t as good as the second but it wasn’t exactly poor.

WallyT
WallyT

First half poor? As much as I would agree with everyone that yesterday’s performance was our best so far this season. Don’t think an opponent trying to play to less effect should mean we were poor. No we weren’t as good as in the second half. One thing people should understand around here is; no matter who you play, at a point in the game they would get their chances too, what differentiates a good team from a bad one is how often or less you concede clear goal scoring chances. People agree we were good yesterday bcos we didn’t give away too many clear chances as opposed to our previous wins. Plus, attacking wise, we were really decisive

David
David

Iwobi looks totally transformed,every time he gets the ball now he just wants to attack his man. That’s nice to see considering how ponderous he was on the ball last season

Mark
Mark

What a great luxury to have Ramsey and Auba to bring in off of the bench. Really like our attacking options with Auba and Lacazette when either is center striker or when they play together, both are great finishers with either foot and work hard for the team to do what is needed (esp Lacazette with your he is constantly dropping deep to help defend or be an outlet for the team).

Love the way Torreira has been playing, what a great addition he’s been and is the type of player we’ve been missing in the engine room.

The big worry for me is our penchant for some bad turnovers in the defensive 3rd leading to some very easy chances for our opponents. The biggest positive though from our turning the ball over is that it is leading teams to press us higher which really opens up the pitch in our attacking half (when we do work the ball out) giving us plenty of room for our speed players to attack vs playing against a park the bus type of opponent so often.

xi

2 goals each from laca x auba but I’m still quietly waiting for their partnership to really blossom. Once that’s a given, the team would have earned some respect from opponents. Their worry to stop our attack would outweigh their focus to press on our relatively troublesome defence. I can honestly see 20+ goals 30 goals each from both of them.

D. Karbassiyoon's right eye
D. Karbassiyoon's right eye

I think the rating for Bellerin is way too high. He played well in the build up for the two goals but other than that his touch was awful and he gave the ball away in dangerous positions multiple times in the first half. He hasn’t been great this season, would love to see the Swiss international get a few games instead.

Tonyadamsonthewing
Tonyadamsonthewing

10/10 Torreira gets a song, a little star is born today for the away fans

Nicknock
Nicknock

I know that dreaming about the title is dangerous business, but if we can keep this up against the lesser teams and manage at least draws against the top four, we could be in a happy place come May.

shaka
shaka

well, the last young foreign manager we appointed didnt do too badly in his first season. This might not be so fanciful.

LEFT08
LEFT08

Iwobi was my man of the match with Laca a close second. Welbz did well too.

George
George

Outstanding. Loving our away performances so far.

Some of that passing out from the back though – not good for the heart! Hopefully it will improve as we go on. More first touch passing would be a good start.

Oldtone
Oldtone

Correct me if I’m wrong, but whenever he’s on, Miki’s been heavily involved in nearly every goal we’ve scored.

Chamakhyungpark
Chamakhyungpark

Oh yeh, that was nice.

Blogs, when was the last time we won 10 on the spin?

It would be nice to shove a blue wkd up the hoop of Vardy and co on the next outing 🙂

George
George

Oh, and I just want to add 10/10 for Steve Sidwell’s colour commentary.

A bit raw, sure, but a hell of a breath of fresh air after the Gales of this world. More please.

TheMerse1985
TheMerse1985

The potency of our striking options is just grand. I really wasn’t sure about letting go of Giroud when we did, as I fancied him as the foil for Auba in the way he does for France, and have always felt his link up play is amongst the best in the world, but my word… The difference in having strikers that you know can finish half chances with ease or can make something happen with a moment of dynamism… It’s great – I’ve missed that without really realising it.

It also makes things a lot easier for the midfield, whose job under Emery is more to get the ball and move it to our dangerous attacking third as quickly as they can, as opposed to with Giroud up top when they had to make continued supporting and attacking runs and act as goal threats themselves.

afobabab@gmail.com

Top 4 is the maximum for us this season

afobabab@gmail.com

No laca no party

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

That third goal is something out of this world.