Premier League: Arsenal player ratings vs Fulham

Arsenal celebrated their ninth victory on the bounce across all competitions as they secured a comfortable 5-1 triumph over Fulham on the road. The north London giants had come into the game with five successive Premier League wins and a victory over the Cottagers has ensured that they have jumped into the top four for the first time this season.

Player Ratings:

Bernd Leno: The Germany international made his maiden league start for the Gunners amid the injury absence of Petr Cech. Produced a solid performance which included an early save to deny Luciano Vietto – 7/10

Nacho Monreal: The Spaniard was full of running on the left side of the attack and he and Alex Iwobi came a tough time for Cyrus Christie. Bagged the assist for the opening goal from Lacazette but was culpable for giving away possession right before Fulham’s equaliser – 6.5/10

Hector Bellerin: Just like Monreal, Bellerin had concerns when tracking back from defensive situations but overall, he had a good game which was capped off with an assist for the Gunners fourth goal of the game – 7/10

Shkodran Mustafi: The German returned to the lineup after playing no part in the midweek Europa League game. He was effective in handling the threat of Mitrovic with key interceptions and avoided his tendency of making a blatant error from nowhere – 7/10

Rob Holding: The young Englishman has slowly become one of Emery’s favourites after putting in a string of solid displays. Against Fulham, he was once more effective with his interceptions but he was outmaneuvered prior to Andre Schurrle’s goal – 6.5/10

Lucas Torreira: Torreira has been regularly earmarked as the main catalyst in the Gunners midfield and he proved the same against the Fulham where he had the better of┬áZambo Anguissa in the centre of the park – 7.5/10

Granit Xhaka: Skipper on the day. The Swiss was effective with his passing without trying any unnecessary attempts at goal. However, there were a couple of occasions where his backpasses for his defenders could have easily helped the opposition gain advantage – 6.5/10

Alex Iwobi: The Nigerian has been highlighted as the most-improved player under the guidance of Emery and he continued to showcase his improvement with a tireless performance on the left wing. Unlucky to have not bagged at least an assist – 7.5/10

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Unlike Iwobi, Mkhitaryan looked short of his best form during the course of the game and he should have at least found the scoresheet once, based on the chances up for grabs – 6.5/10

Danny Welbeck: The Englishman had a no-show during the recent Europa League trip to Qarabag where he nearly looked like finding the scoresheet. However, against Fulham, he worked much harder upfront and contributed a headed assist for Lacazette -7/10

Alexandre Lacazette: Lacazette started the game without his main strike partner in Aubameyang but that did not deter him with two splendid goals in either half. He has now scored in every other Premier League game for the Gunners this term – 9/10

Substitutes:

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: The Gabonese missed the midweek Europa League game through an illness. He returned in style versus Fulham with two goals and an assist off the bench – the latter coming off a superb team move which was completed by Ramsey’s strike – 8.5/10

Aaron Ramsey: Made his impact after just 39 seconds after coming on to the pitch as he scored a wonderful goal which was orchestrated by him from his own box. He further added an assist for Aubameyang’s second goal of the game – 8.5/10

Mateo Guendouzi: The Frenchman did not have much time to influence the play – N/A

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