Fulham 0-3 Arsenal – 19/01/08 – (Premier League) 20 January, 2008Posted by lasagnechef in Premiership.
That was exactly what we needed to forget about losing our place at the top of the table last weekend. A comfortable 3-0 win and a great performance and we’re all smiling again. It was nearly an even better afternoon when Chelsea and Man United were both being held 0-0 late into their games but in the end they both won. Liverpool are playing Villa tomorrow night but in all seriousness I’ve ruled them out of the title race in my mind for the moment anyway.
Rosicky came back into the squad for Walcott who was rested for the Carling Cup game. Tomas was amazing on his comeback game. He was creating so much and was a key player for us in this game. He topped it all off with a goal 9 minutes from time. It was really good to see him play well as he’s had some anonymous performances this season.
Rosicky’s performance was great, but he was out-shone buy Alexander Hleb. He just seems to be getting better and better and yesterday he proved why he’s such an important player for us. Fabregas hasn’t been the same player like he was at the start of the season so it’s good to see Alex come through and take the creative responsibility. Not that Cesc had a bad game; just it wasn’t as special as we’ve seen.
We took the lead after 20 minutes through Adebayor. Clichy got the assist from the left wing with an absolutely perfect cross and Ade leapt like he does so well and headed us into the lead. It was a nice goal and such textbook stuff.
It was really game over from then, we were far to good for Fulham and we were playing confident football. Adebayor doubled our lead 6 minutes from half time with another header. This time it was a cross from the right from Hleb. Adebayor beat the defender again, and got his 15th goal of the season. With van Persie out it’s great that Emmanuel has been scoring goals for us and if Ronaldo wasn’t in such fantastic form he’d be top scorer in the league.
We were cruising in the second half. Fulham had no chance; they were just simply outclassed by us. We took the foot off the pedal a bit and were happy at two goals. As the half went on Fulham started to think that maybe they could find two goals from somewhere. They crowd were getting behind them and so were the commentators on talk sport. They did have a few chances but Almunia wasn’t giving away his clean sheet.
Just when the home side were starting to realize that they were running out of time Tomas Rosicky came up with our third. Eduardo supplied this one with some great work on the left and Tom came flying in with a great finish to wrap things up.
It finished 3-0 but it could have easily been more. Arsene highlighted after the game that it was nice to see us scoring three goals from crosses too; we’ve done that a few times this season which is refreshing when I think back to times when we simply could not score from any cross, or any corner, never mind how good the delivery was. You can read Arsene’s thoughts on the game here.
So next up it’s the second leg of the Carling Cup semi final at Spurs. We didn’t make one substitution in yesterday’s game which suggests that none of our preferred 11 will start. Eduardo’s scored a lot of goals in the cup but he’s made his way into the first team squad now and I’ve got a feeling Walcott could start up front with Bendtner. Wenger said in the week that Theo’s a striker and he needs to be playing more central so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him there.
We’ll maybe have some strong players on the bench but just because this is a decisive game it doesn’t mean Arsene’s going to field first team players. The games on Tuesday, which means I’m going to have to preview it tomorrow. Maybe I’ll write two posts in a day, I don’t like writing on the day of the game, sorry.
Thanks for reading.