It appeared for a while against Fulham that Arsenal’s undefeated start to the season would come to an end.
Aleksandar Mitrovic, a Serbian attacker, scored the game’s first goal early in the second half after stealing the ball from Gabriel Magalhaes and calmly slotting it past Aaron Ramsdale. With a half-hour remaining, captain Martin Odegaard was there to score a deflected goal to tie the score. Prior to Gabriel’s late winner, which extended his team’s winning streak for the season, chances were scarce.
1. Zinchenko was sorely missed
The Ukrainian was missed despite Tierney putting in a strong performance.
Although Tierney did nothing wrong in and of itself, the decline in technical quality occasionally made for a spectacle.
Zinchenko is a perfect example of the “pausa” Arteta mentioned in All or Nothing from his players.
Rotations on the 25-year-left old’s side were notably less smooth when he wasn’t there.
2. Arteta has a plan B.
His lack of in-game versatility has been criticized frequently, but last night, the Spaniard disproved that claim.
Shortly after conceding, Tierney was replaced by Nketiah, changing the formation to a 4-4-2 with Martinelli and Saka switching to fullback.
This is partly because of Xhaka’s flexibility; the Swiss player can step in as one of the two attackers who burst forward, maintaining both offensive and defensive stability.
With him and Jesus extending the Fulham back three once they entered the game, Nketiah did no harm to his chances.
3. Arsenal maintain their 100% start
After their fourth straight victory, Arsenal is still in first place, although it wasn’t as easy as their victory over Bournemouth. Following Mitrovic’s opening goal, the Gunners found themselves down a goal, and for a while, it appeared as though each team would have to settle for a draw as the hosts failed to seriously threaten the Fulham goal.
But the Gunners managed to overcome a deficit and triumph for the first time this year. For the balance of the season as Arsenal tries to secure their return to the Champions League, that is undoubtedly a feature that will be encouraging.
4. Gabriel provides a flawless reaction
At the Emirates Stadium, the Brazilian defender received a lot of criticism—and rightfully so—for the game’s first goal. He was also at fault when the Whites last visited to town because he gave up a costly penalty.
However, the former star of Lille reacted as best he could by helping his team win the match. The Brazilian’s goal, which maintained the Gunners’ perfect start to the new season, came at the perfect moment. That mindset, once more, ought to help the Gunners succeed this year.
5. Gabriel Jesus was not as impressive
With two goals and three assists in his first three games, Gabriel Jesus has been one of the key factors in Arsenal’s successful start to the season so far. He will have felt confident about continuing his strong play against Fulham, but he had a difficult game and got into a tense exchange with Joao Palhinha at the end of the first half.
The Arsenal striker looked to make a strong challenge against the Portuguese midfielder, at which the two appeared to take exception. They each subsequently received a booking.
After the halftime siren, Jesus was seen chasing referee Jarred Gillett, but his pleas seemed to go unanswered.
6. Martin Odegaard continues to impress
Jesus was unable to participate on Saturday night, but Odegaard, another of their season’s top performers thus far, was able to save his team from the muck.
The Norwegian scored again after scoring twice against Bournemouth the previous time. Despite the fact that his shot was deflected, he still managed to score his third goal of the season. Considering that there are still four games left in the season, he will undoubtedly be driven to improve on his seven league goal total from the entire previous year.