At the Emirates Stadium earlier today, Arsenal hosted Fulham in an effort to get a win in front of their home crowd. The Gunners had a sluggish start to the game as they allowed the visitors’ Andreas Pereira to score in the first minute. At halftime, Mikel Arteta’s team trailed 1-0 after failing to create a comeback in the first half.
After conceding a penalty in the 70th minute, Bukayo Saka gave Arsenal the lead, and Eddie Nketiah’s outstanding finish two minutes later completed the comeback. Following Calvin Bassey’s dismissal, Fulham was down to ten men. Joao Palhinha, who scored with a strong effort, gave Arsenal a late equalizer. The Gunners were held to a 2-2 draw in the London derby as the game came to a close.
Let’s examine how each Arsenal player fared in the contest with the Cottagers.
GK: Aaron Ramsdale – 5.5/10
He made one good save at the back but will be disappointed after conceding two goals today.
RB: Thomas Partey – 7/10
Partey worked hard defensively and made some decent runs with the ball. He was substituted in the 55th minute.
CB: Ben White – 6.5/10
The English talent made a few crucial clearances inside his half and was a good presence on the ball as well.
CB: William Saliba – 6/10
The French defender made two essential defensive contributions and managed to create a good chance going forward.
LB: Jakub Kiwior – 6.5/10
He did his fair share of defending but offered very little in the Fulham half.
CM: Martin Odegaard – 7/10
Odegaard completed some decent dribbles in the final third but failed to register a goal.
CM: Declan Rice – 7/10
He anchored the midfield well at times but offered very little in the opponent’s half.
CM: Kai Havertz – 6/10
The German made a couple of decent chances for others around him but could last only 55 minutes.
RW: Bukayo Saka – 7/10
Saka caused a lot of headaches for the opposition defenders and was calm when converting his penalty in the second half.
ST: Leandro Trossard – 6.5/10
He managed to engineer some meaningful openings for his teammates but never looked like he would score. Trossard was replaced at half-time.
LW: Gabriel Martinelli – 7/10
Martinelli was not shy of having a strike at goal but failed to take any of his chances.
ST: Eddie Nketiah – 7/10
He came off the bench and scored a good goal in the second half.
LB: Oleksandr Zinchenko – 6.5/10
Zinchenko made two decent chances in the final third.
CAM: Fabio Vieira – 7.5/10
He caused a few headaches for the opposition defenders and has got an assist to show for his efforts.
CM: Jorginho – N/A
ST: Gabriel Jesus – N/A