Arsenal 4-1 Fulham: Gunners bounce back after Anfield humiliation
Arsenal returned to winning ways by beating fellow London opponents Fulham 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium on New Year’s Day. Goals from Granit Xhaka, Alexandre Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed the deal for the Gunners. Aboubakar Kamara did pull one back for the Cottagers but it wasn’t enough.
Claudio Ranieri’s men had two glorious chances to take the lead, but neither was taken well by the young Ryan Sessegnon. The first was one-on-one with Bernd Leno and he hit the shot wide. The second was a great cross from Andre Schurrle and the youngster missed his kick at the far.
Arsenal then punished these missed chances when Granit Xhaka scored, unmarked in the box with a cross coming in from Alex Iwobi. Unai Emery’s men doubled the lead after half-time after a good piece of play ended with Lacazette having a simple task of waiting and burying the chance.
Around the 70th minute, Fulham pulled one back when a Sessegnon cross found Kamara at the far post unmarked. The home side restored the two-goal lead through Aaron Ramsey nine minutes later, and Aubameyang sealed things with a customary goal at the Emirates.
This win keeps Arsenal in fifth position, six points clear of sixth-placed Manchester United, who have a game in hand tomorrow. About the big picture, it was important for Emery’s men to win after a humiliating loss at Liverpool three days earlier.
Here’s how the Arsenal fans reacted on Twitter after their latest win:
Mainland Niles. My man of the match
— Moh 🇸🇳🏴 (@momo_juuf) January 1, 2019
Give Rambo a new contract! 🤷♥️
— silvie (@vykydalovas) January 1, 2019
We almost cancelled out Liverpool’s result😉😁
— Pranav Prabhu (@pranav_268) January 1, 2019
Maitland-Niles was superb, he will continue to grow. Attacking wise we were superb. Our defence shambolic must be improved!
— Doctor Like Daniel 🎆 (@DTSalamander) January 1, 2019
The rate at which Unai is losing the fans’ support will keep doubling if he continues subbing @LacazetteAlex
— Peterclaver Kimuli (@PeterclaverKimu) January 1, 2019
Much needed win that!
But seriously need to improve that defence ASAP.
We look like conceding all the time.
Never gets clean sheet.
Signings ASAP please
— UpTheArse (@UpLeArse) January 1, 2019
2019 is off to a great start,thanks for the 4-1 win over Fulham
— Valentine Mwamburi (@MwamburiV) January 1, 2019