Mikel Arteta will be convinced on his boy’s performance in their opening day victory at Craven Cottage with Lacazette, Gabriel Magalhaes and Aubameyang getting on the scoresheet.
Willian delivered a ‘Man of the Match’ performance with his two crucial assists to take the game out of Fulham’s reach. The host’s manager, Scott Parker tried his best to lift his side from the touchline but all in vain.
The opening half between the sides was a more even one. Only two minutes after kick-off, Fulham got a chance to capitalize from a sloppy pass back from Maitland Niles with new signing Gabriel letting it go but Bernd Leno came out to rescue. Odoi then tested the German goalkeeper as Fulham maintained early pressure.
But on the eight minute mark, Arsenal were able to thrive from a Mohammed Elneny pass in deep region which Aubameyang placed for Tierney. The Scot pulled a shot that struck Willian and lurking Lacazette scored from the scramble after the initial attempt was saved by Fulham keeper.
Fulham continued to ring bells with sharp runs behind Arsenal’s full-back but the visitors too on their end played fine pressing football. Hector Bellerin and Willian dominated the right-hand side in this period. The Brazilian then got close with his freekick hitting the post, 27 minutes in. The first half drew to a close with the Gunners leading.
Arteta’s men got a good grip on the game after the restart. They figure out the runs of Odoi behind Maitland lines and were able to break the opposition’s press in a definitive style. It is likewise Arsenal got their second of the day. Willian flung in a beautiful corner for the new center back Gabriel Magalhaes’s to head in beyond Radok. There is no looking back from there.
Willian introduced his brilliance yet again, now getting his second assist. Refree Chris Kavanagh played on a possible foul on Lacazette with the former Chelsea winger taking full advantage of it. He switched it straight to Aubameyang on counter for the Gabonese cutting from the left and scoring a audacious finesse for the third. It’s his trademark fashion to get on the scoresheet.
There was nothing much to play after that. Fulham ran out of ideas and Arteta claimed his first three points of the season. Granit Xhaka hobbled off with his injury but it is hopeful that won’t drown this fine outing.