7th October, 2018
It is nine wins in a row in all competitions for Arsenal as they gunned down Fulham 5-1 in a Premier League game played this evening. For the records, this is the first time that Arsenal have won nine consecutive matches in all competitions since April 2015.
The show was started by Alexandre Lacazette who scored twice for the Gunners before Aaron Ramsey got in the act and then Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a late double to secure a third straight away win in the top flight – their best such run since October 2016.
In between, Fulham had gone level before half-time through Andre Schurrle.
With this win, Arsenal are now fourth on the table, above rivals Tottenham on goal difference.
The game was dominated by Arsenal who displayed a very good brand of attacking football and created so many chances in the course of the match.
Many times, they got thwarted by fine goal=keeping displays from Fulham’s shot stopper, Bettinelli.
On a good note for Arsenal, their striker, Lacazette is really flying under Emery this season and scored with his first two shots on target of the match at Craven Cottage.
Another positive for the front man is the fact that his all-round play was a real highlight for the Gunners, who are now reaping the rewards of the striker’s increasing confidence.
The striker had opened the flood gates in the 29th minute with his first goal of the match for Arsenal only for Andre Schurrle to later on level the scores with a goal scored in the 44th minute.
However on resumption of hostilities in the second half, Lacazette showed how much he meant business as he again found the net in the 49th minute of the game.
The host goal-keeper had just before then made a very good one-handed save to deny Hector Bellerin just after the break, but he was beaten in the bottom-left corner barely a minute later as Lacazette blasted home his second of the game with a beautiful half-volley.
From then on, it was virtually Arsenal all the way. The third goal for the gunners came in the 67th minute as Aaron Ramsey had just come on to replace Alex Iwobi, flicked a back heel in off the post after a super counter-attack gave Aubameyang room to cross the ball to him.
Then followed the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang show. Firstly, he collected a cross from Bellerin and fired a terrific left-footed shot beyond Bettinelli on the turn.
Then in the very last minute of the game, he got onto a beautiful pass from Ramsey before drilling the ball into the bottom-left corner of the Fulham net.
It is very clear now that the Gunners are growing in confidence under Emery and are undoubtedly on track for a top-four challenge, while Lacazette’s form comes in very handy at the right time.
As a result of this win, Arsenal now sits in the fourth position on the Premier League table with eighteen points from eight matches played so far. Their next match will be a home game against Leicester City on October 22.