ARSENAL 2-1 FULHAM: The Gunners continued their 100% start to the new season with Gabriel Magalhaes playing both the role of hero and villain at the Emirates Stadium and eventually scored the winning goal for his side.
Serbian forward Aleksandarn Mitrovic opened the scoring early into the second-half as he robbed the ball from Gabriel Magalhaes and coolly slottted home past Aaron Ramsdale Captain Martin Odegaard was on hand though to equalise with a defelcted effort with half an hour still to play. However, chances were not forthcoming until Gabriel prodded home a late winner to ensure his side’s winning run to the season continued.
Here are a number of standout talking points from the Emirates Stadium as Mikel Arteta’s men reclaimed top spot.
Gunners go the hard way around to keep up 100% start
Arsenal remain top of the table after their fourth win in four but this time around, it wasn’t as straight-forward as their cruise against Bournemouth. The Gunners found themselves behind after Mitrovic’s opener and for a long time, it looked as though each side were going to have to make do with a point each with the hosts struggling to really threaten the Fulham goal.
However, for the first time this season, the Gunners were able to come from behind and win the game. That is certainly a feature that will bode well for the remainder of the campaign as Arsenal attempt to seal their return to the Champions League.
Serbian striker Mitrovic was expected to be the star man for Fulham this season as they attempt to stave off the threat of relegation. He enjoyed a record-breaking goalscoring season last term and the early signs were good this season with three goals in as many games.
The former Newcastle man was the headline-maker once again at the Emirates as his second-half striker saw him net his 100th goal for Fulham. Whilst the finish was unerring, Mitrovic – who was a constant thorn in the Gunners’ side – owed plenty to Gabriel Magalhaes, who dallied on the ball for far too long.
Arsenal made five errors leading to goals in the Premier League last season – Gabriel’s howler being the first of the 2022/23 campaign. Mikel Arteta will hope those mistakes remain at a minimum.
Gabriel with perfect response
The Brazilian defender certainly took the flak for the opening goal at the Emirates Stadium and justifiably so. He was also at fault the last time that the Whites came to town having conceded what was a costly penalty.
However, the former Lille star responded in the best way that he possibly could by winning the game for his side. The Brazilian was in the right place at the right time to tap home and indeed keep up the Gunners’ flawless start to the new season. Again, that is an attitude that should see the Gunners thrive this season.
Jesus involved in unsavoury incident
Gabriel Jesus has been one of the driving forces behind Arsenal’s excellent start to the campaign thus far having netted two goals and notched three assists in his first three appearances. He will have been confident in extending his hot form against Fulham but endured a frustrating game and was involved in a tense incident with Joao Palhinha at the end of the first-half.
The Portuguese midfielder appeared to take exception to a heavy challenge from the Arsenal striker – the pair then squaring up to each other after the incident. Both of them then received a booking.
Following the half-time whistle, Jesus was pictured chasing referee Jarred Gillett but those appeals appeared to fall on deaf ears.
Captain Ode on hand again
Whilst Jesus was not able to play a role on Saturday evening, one of their other star performers of the season so far Odegaard did manage to drag his side from the mire.
The Norwegian followed up his brace against Bournmouth last time out with another this time around. His shot was of course deflected but he has still managed to claim his third goal of the campaign. He actually only scored seven league goals throughout the entirety of last season so he will no doubt be motivated to better that record this time around with only four matches of the season played.