The English Premier League season commenced with Arsenal visiting London neighbours Fulham at the Craven Cottage. The north Londoners got their campaign to a flying start with a win over Fulham.
Goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Magalhaes and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang gave the Gunners a well deserved victory.
Arsenal started strongly and dominated the game.
It was a bright start to the campaign for the new faces in the squad, Willian providing two assists in the game and Gabriel Magalhaes producing a strong display in defence.
Mikel Arteta’s side took the lead early in the game, Lacazette showing great awareness to tap home from close range after a Willian close-range strike was saved.
A quick-fire double in the second half gave the Gunners a good standing position as the game went on. Gabriel Magalhaes finishing from a delicious corner from Willian and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang top corner strike put the game to bed.
A tough time out for the new boys back in the English Premier League and a lot of work still to be done to survive in the top flight for Scott Parker side.
The team need more dynamism and athleticism especially when moving forward. Fulham created too few chances to threaten the Gunners for much of the game.
This is the start of a new campaign and Arteta’s first full season in charge. This are the talking points from the game.
1. Aubameyang can’t get enough goals
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang goal-scoring rate is tremendous, the Arsenal forward is a good threat and can’t stop scoring. His goals have no doubt propelled this team in and he his no way stopping any moment from now.
2. Good day for debutants
Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes had really fantastic games today. Willian provided for Gabriel Magalhaes in the second and also having a hand in the third (a man of the match performance).
3. Defence sorted?
You can’t take away the credit of what the Arsenal defence did today, they were strong, physical, took good control of the ball and didn’t budge into challenges. Quality stuff.
4. Energetic style of play
It’s taken a while to see an Arsenal side so fluid and energetic. They cover lot of distance and forward players tracking back very often to help defensively.
5. Lacazette running
To start the first day of the campaign with a goal and good display following the speculation surrounding your future during the break is a good pace setter and hopefully a sign for the rest of the campaign.
6. Parker need’s his drawing board
Scott Parker needs to get back to his drawing board, Fulham display today shows little progress from the last time they were in the top flight. Credits for coming back up, but to keep yourself up, Fulham needs to up their game and sort out things.