Arsenal player ratings vs Fulham – Premier League

Arsenal rounded out a perfect month before the international break as they picked up a sixth-straight Premier League win under Unai Emery. The Gunners sealed a comfortable 5-1 triumph over Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday and this came about from a brilliant second display where the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Aaron Ramsey starred from the bench alongside Alexandre Lacazette.

Player Ratings:

Bernd Leno: The German footballer made his first Premier League start for the Gunners on Sunday with Petr Cech still sidelined with a hamstring problem picked during the previous game against Watford. He had a steady performance where he made a crucial save early on against Luciano Vietto – 7/10

Hector Bellerin: Bellerin has improved on the attacking side of his game under Unai Emery and he capped the performance with a brilliant assist for the Gunners’ fifth goal. However, there is room for improvement on the defensive front where he was overlapped by Ryan Sessegnon on a number of occasions – 7/10

Shkodran Mustafi: A much-improved performance from the Germany international who has been criticised in the past of making blatant errors from nowhere. He had the better of Aleksandar Mitrovic with several key interceptions – 7/10

Rob Holding: The young Englishman was surprisingly handed a start ahead of summer signing Sokratis and this came about from his solid showing in recent matches. However, he tended to mistime his passes on a few occasions and was outmaneuvered during Schurrle’s equalising goal for Fulham – 6/10

Nacho Monreal: Another impressive attacking display from the Spaniard, who secured the assist for Lacazette’s opening strike. But, he was one of those responsible for giving the ball away in the lead-up to Fulham’s goal on the day – 6.5/10

Granit Xhaka: Captain on the day. The Swiss was effective with his distribution towards his forwards but needs to cut down on making poor backpasses which may have cost the team against an elite opposition on another occasion – 6.5/10

Lucas Torreira: Unquestionably, the Uruguayan has been a leader in the centre of the park. Torreira made a number of tackles and interceptions during the game and he had the better of Zambo Anguissa in the midfield battle – 7.5/10

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: The Armenian has been out of the starting lineup in recent matches due to different reasons and appeared short of his best against Fulham. He came into several goalscoring positions before disappointing with his finishing – 7/10

Alex Iwobi: Iwobi has looked a different attacker under the tutelage of Emery and he was a thorn to the Fulham defence from the left side. He was influential to the lead-up to the opening two goals and was probably unfortunate to have not bagged an assist – 7.5/10

Danny Welbeck: The Englishman had a game to forget against Qarabag where he failed to come close to scoring. However, he showed a better workrate in the derby and provided the headed assist for Lacazette’s second goal of the match – 7/10

Alexandre Lacazette: Lacazette has adapted splendidly to the Premier League in his second season and he capped his man of the match performance with a goal in either half. He has been quick with his finishing unlike last season where he tended to delay his shot – 9/10

Substitutes:

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: The Gabon international started off the bench after his recent illness and he nevertheless made a strong impact. Scored the fourth and fifth goals for the Gunners while contributing an assist for the splendid team goal bagged by Aaron Ramsey – 8.5/10

Aaron Ramsey: The Welshman has been in a contract standoff with the Gunners this year but showed what they could miss after a strong showing off the bench. Netted the third goal of the game within 39 seconds after coming up which may surely win the goal of the season. He also bagged an assist – 8.5/10

Mateo Guendouzi – The youngster barely had time to make an impact with the team in a comfortable position – N/A

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