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Fulham 0-3 Arsenal: Match report, player ratings, fan reaction & more

Fulham and Arsenal clashed in the Premier League a short time ago.


Arsenal headed into the game knowing they needed a win on the day to restore their five-point lead atop of the Premier League.

Fulham, meanwhile, had slipped down to 8th but could have gone level on points with 5th if they won on Sunday.

And when all was said and done, Arsenal came away with the three points.

It was a fairly slow start to the game, with Arsenal having the majority of the possession.

The Gunners’ first chance of the day came 16 minutes in and led to a goal. Granit Xhaka played a lovely ball to Gabriel Martinelli, who saw his shot saved by Bernd Leno but the deflection hit off Antonee Robinson and went in his own net. However, it was ruled out for offside by VAR.

Arsenal would actually score five minutes later though, with Gabriel guiding in a Leandro Trossard corner.

The away side added their second of the day six minutes later. Trossard played a lofted ball into the six-yard box, which was headed in by Martinelli.

Xhaka should have made it 3-0 35 minutes in following a lovely passage of play but he took a touch instead of hitting it first time when he was through on goal.

Martinelli also came close to adding a third right before the break but Leno saved well. It was Martin Odegaard who got the third two minutes into injury-time to kill the game off. Zinchenko played a ball to the Norwegian who was under no pressure before smashing in a shot.

Fulham had a better second half and hit the bar 68 minutes in but were still unable to find a goal.

Player ratings

Fulham

  • GK: Bernd Leno (4.5)
  • RB: Kenny Tete (4)
  • CB: Tim Ream (4)
  • CB: Tosin Adarabioyo (5)
  • LB: Antonee Robinson (4)
  • CDM: Harrison Reed (4.5)
  • CDM: Sasa Lukic (4)
  • CAM: Andreas Pereira (5)
  • RW: Bobby Reid (5)
  • ST: Aleksandr Mitrovic (5)
  • LW: Manor Solomon (4.5)

Substitutes

  • Daniel James (4)
  • Harry Wilson (4)

Arsenal

  • GK: Aaron Ramsdale (6)
  • RB: Ben White (6.5)
  • CB: William Saliba (7)
  • CB: Gabriel (8)
  • LB: Oleksandr Zinchenko (7)
  • CDM: Thomas Partey (6.5)
  • CDM: Granit Xhaka (6.5)
  • CAM: Martin Odegaard (7.5)
  • RW: Bukayo Saka (7)
  • ST: Leandro Trossard (8)
  • LW: Gabriel Martinelli (7.5)

Substitutes

  • Reiss Nelson (5)
  • Kieran Tierney (5)
  • Gabriel Jesus (4)
  • Fabio Vieira (4)
  • Takehiro Tomiyasu (3)

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.


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