Arsenal player ratings vs Fulham, Lacazette ends goalless streak

Arsenal returned to normalcy in the Premier League after they secured a 4-1 win over London rivals Fulham on New Year’s Day. The Gunners had their vulnerable moments during the opening stages of the game but they managed to overcome the concern with a slice of luck before sealing a routine triumph.

Player Ratings:

Bernd Leno: The Germany had a relatively comfortable game between the sticks with Fulham’s poor finishing throughout. He could not do much to prevent Kamara’s consolation strike for the Cottagers – 7/10

Laurent Koscielny: The Gunners captain completed the entire 90 minutes for the first time in the Premier League since his injury comeback. He had a relatively solid game barring the opening exchanges where he was outrun by the young Sessegnon – 7/10

Shkodran Mustafi: Mustafi was unsure with his positioning at the back during the opening phase and he thereafter struggled with his long-ball distribution. He was hauled off at half time with a minor hamstring issue – 6.5/10

Sokratis Papastathopoulos: He was undoubtedly the best performing defender in the three-man backline and he completed the performance with an assist for Arsenal’s fourth goal scored by Aubameyang – 7.5/10

Ainsley Maitland-Niles: The youngster was once more comfortable with the ball at his feet despite playing out of his regular midfield position. He made several runs on the right side of the attack but could not find the final delivery – 7/10

Sead Kolasinac: The Bosnian provided another strong display from the left wing-back position where he used his physical strength to bamboozle his way into the Fulham box. He provided a clever assist for Lacazette’s opener. He was, however, caught unawares with Sessegnon’s close chance in the first period – 7.5/10

Granit Xhaka: Xhaka produced a much-disciplined performance from the Liverpool game last week. The Swiss made a couple of wayward passes early on but he made up for the mistake by scoring the opener from close range – 7.5/10

Mateo Guendouzi: Arsenal’s summer signing was effective with his distribution throughout the game and he nearly contributed a sublime long-range assist for Aubameyang. The Frenchman, however, needs to work on his positioning amid his regular tendency to romp forward – 7/10

Alex Iwobi: The Nigeria international was not particularly impressive with his first touch but still made a crucial mark with the assist for the opening goal before setting up a brilliant team move through which Lacazette’s scored the Gunners’ second – 8/10

Alexandre Lacazette: Worked tirelessly upfront for the Gunners and his efforts were paid with the second goal of the match. The strike was his first in the Premier League since the north London derby triumph over Tottenham in the opening week of December – 8/10

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Aubameyang could have quite easily bagged a hat-trick on any other day. The Gabonese could not convert for the opening hour due to some languid finishing and good shot-stopping from Rico but he eventually scored Arsenal’s fourth to lead the Premier League scoring charts once more – 8/10

Substitutes:

Lucas Torreira:┬áComing on for Mustafi at the break. Torreira did not have the commanding of games and he was responsible for losing possession in the lead up to Fulham’s goal which gave them a ray of hope at 2-1 – 5.5/10

Aaron Ramsey: Unlike Torreira, Ramsey was much more aware of the proceedings around him and he capitalised on Aubameyang’s strike which hit the woodwork to score the Gunners’ third goal with a sublime finish – 7.5/10

Bukayo Saka: Did not have much time to showcase his talents on his Premier League debut

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