Saturday, August 24, 2013

Fulham 1 - Arsenal 3

Sorry for the late and abbreviated match report, but I went out for a 40-mile ride immediately following Arsenal's fairly comfortable victory over Fulham at a very rainy Craven Cottage. It was a very solid team performance, much like the mid-week CL tie in Turkey. Olivier Giroud scored his third goal in three games, and Lukas Podolski, getting his first start of the season, scored a brace. Hopefully, rumors about his impending departure to Shalke in the Bundesliga can be put to rest. On the few occasions when Fulham created good scoring chances, Wojciech Sczesny was strong in the Arsenal goal. No one had a bad game for the Gunners (although Rosicky was not quite as sharp as in the first two matches of the season). Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla both had strong games (in addition to those already mentioned above).

All in all, a very good response to last week's poor start to the Premier League campaign. Hopefully, Arsene Wenger will not take the good results this week as an excuse for not bringing in more players. With Bacary Sagna starting out of position today, and still no dedicated holding midfielder in the line-up, Arsenal still need to add both quality and depth.

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