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Arsenal 4 - 1 Fulham

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By Laurie Laker

Leno – 6.5

His distribution was pretty average, a bit of an annoyance for a modern keeper. Was often quick off his lie to help out an occasionally wayward back three. No clean sheet, though. 

Koscielny - 7

Still clearly well short of his best, but fitness coming back even if his pace isn’t. Cleared well in what was easily his best display since a long layoff.

Mustafi – 6

He’s a liability, and he really didn’t find anything like the passing range he can have, but he also didn’t stick out a leg or do something incredibly “Mustafi-esque” so, you know, that’s a plus. Taken off at half-time, which helped my heart rate drop.

Papastathopoulos – 7 

Still had some edgy moments where he toed the line with his aggression, but the highlight for me was his unbelievable tekkers in the final third – a nutmeg, a inside cut, and a shot on target – marvelous stuff. 

Maitland-Niles – 7.5

Got up and down well, really showed regularly for an out ball to set up forwards. Linked up well with Lacazette at times, lots of round the corners. Encouraging stuff from a player with an incredibly high ceiling. 

Xhaka – 6.5

Before his goal, he really wasn’t great – loose in possession and inaccurate with his forward passing. Kicked on in a big way from his goal, grew in confidence hugely. Should’ve had a second after lovely move between Iwobi and Kolasinac. 

Guendouzi – 7 

One thing you can say about him is that he wants the ball. He’s 19. He’ll get better, but there’s raw talent to burn. Played some lovely passes into spaces, even if he was a little loose in possession at times

Kolasinac – 7.5

Defensively, he’s a feather. Offensively, he’s a hammer. Assist for Lacazette’s goal and highly involved with Iwobi in positive build up on the left.

Iwobi – 6.5

An assist and plenty of involvement down the left, had one of his better displays in recent weeks. Can see him actively trying to find form, fight his way out of a bit of a slump. Particularly lovely was his backheel for Xhaka’s near-second goal, too.

Aubameyang - 7

He’s a prolific striker in the number of chances he gets, and the number of goals he scores. Worked hard, made some excellent runs into space – found sometimes by the adventurous Guendouzi – and eventually got his goal via a deflection. League top scorer – cannot complain at that.

Lacazette – 7.5

Always hungry and involved, something of the Giroud about his energy at times. He’s a physical presence, too, and bodied up to a few of Fulham’s pressing defenders. Took his goal wonderfully, handshakes all round. Taken off to some negativity, but his applause changed the mood.

Subs

Torreira – 6

On for Mustafi, clearly still in need of a rest. 

Ramsey – 7

Off the bench, among the goals. Got the vital third goal. He’s a true professional, and we’re really going to miss him when he’s gone.

Saka – N/A

No impact, but a Premier League debut for one of the most talented youngsters the club has seen in years. More to come.