Posted: 1 January 2019
Following their capitulation at Liverpool, Arsenal displayed redemption in a 4-1 victory over Fulham in an English Premier League encounter on New Year’s day.
The Gunners made three changes from the disastrous showing at Anfield, as an immediate reaction was required to begin the New Year on a high note.
Fulham needed a last-minute strike to get over Huddersfield, and their slow start didn’t last long as Ryan Sessegnon went toe-to-toe with Bernd Leno to miss by just a whisker on 15 minutes.
The Cottagers were buzzing, but following another near-miss from Sessegnon, were pegged back.
A spate of passes around the penalty area delicately set-up Granit Xhaka to control and slot into the bottom corner inside the halfway stage.
Known for sloppy defending, Arsenal nearly allowed a response when Aleksandr Mitrovic rose to get on the end of a high-cross but his effort went straight to Leno.
A great ball from the left by Alex Iwobi ghosted in Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, but his header from point-blank range went wide on 39 minutes.
Earlier, Xhaka missed a good chance to get a second but his effort was taken off the goal-line by Job Ream.
A coming together from the left-side of the penalty area led to an opportunity for Alexandre Lacazette, who draw a crucial save from Sergio Rico closer to halftime.
The host returned for the second half with a change as Lucas Torreira came on for Shokdran Mustafi.
The visitors put on a bright opening and went behind the opposing defence on a few occasions, threatening to get the equaliser.
The Londoners though made their earlier advantage count courtesy of Lacazette, who finished off a square pass from close metres on 57 minutes.
Inside minutes, Lacazette nearly completed his brace after bombing forward from a long ball to get a shot away, but Rico’s outstretched posture kept him at bay.
In the 68th minute, Mitrovic crept up at the back post and teed off a defender to get a header in off a cross from Jean Seri but Leno saved easily.
Reasoning for a fight back for the visitors was strengthened after Abdoulaye Kamara came off the bench to tap in a diagonal pass a minute later.
Aaron Ramsey came on for Lacazette with 15 minutes to go, and capped on a loose ball in the box to pick out the top-corner with a curling strike on 79 minutes.
A superb ball from midfield released Aubameyang, who showed strength to hold off a defender to draw a point-blank save from Rico nine minutes from time.
A minute later, the Gabonese international secured his just rewards when he shoved to the right side to see his shot deflected into the back of the net.
The Gunners return to winning ways to boost their top-four chances, while Fulham suffer a set-back to survive the drop.
Article by: Staff Reporter
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Author : Staff Reporter
Publish date : 2019-01-01 16:20:24