Another week, another disappointing performance from the Gunners. The boys are no longer competing with the likes of Chelsea, Man Utd and Man City but instead are competing with Everton, Newcastle and Tottenham.
The Gunners have no god-given right to be winning trophies, and the way things are going at the moment, the wait will continue. Already 11 points behind the pace-setters and having the worst start to a Premier League season in 18 years, the Gunners may struggle to even make the Champions League.
After taking a 2-0 lead against Fulham on Saturday, the Gunners proceeded to concede two goals before half time. The same had happened midweek, when the Gunners raced in to a two goal lead before being pegged back by Schalke. Mikel Arteta, Europe’s top passer, had a game to forget. His clumsy challenge led to Fulham’s penalty and his attempt to atone for his mistake was saved from the spot. The boss had asked for the fans to lift the spirit within the Emirates but at the final whistle they were feeling deflated.
Vito Mannone – 5
The young keeper is still finding his feet and his positioning needs to improve vastly if he wishes to continue playing for the club.
Bacary Sagna – 5
Sagna is still getting back to match fitness, and didn’t quite seem at his best. He rarely pushed forwards and his crosses tended to be wide of the mark.
Per Mertesacker – 6
The giant German has been Arsenal’s best defender of late, reliable and consistently putting in good performances.However, he should have stuck to Berbatov for the first goal.
Laurent Koscielny – 6
The Frenchman was kept busy during the game but stuck to the task his hand.
Thomas Vermaelen – 6
After a few shaky performances of late, the Belgian vastly improved this week and played well, despite operating on the left.
Mikel Arteta – 5
Despite laying on the ball for Podolski to prod home, Arteta had a day to forget. He was at fault for Fulham’s third, with a clumsy challenge on Ruiz after hanging on to the ball for too long. Arteta had the chance to make up for his error with the last kick of the game but saw his penalty saved.
Francis Coquelin – 6
Hardly put a put wrong defensively, Coquelin had an ok day, making his first Premier League start.
Lukas Podolski – 6
Took his goal well, making a run across the defender but his passes were wayward during his time on the pitch. He did not look as comfortable as we would have hoped.
Santi Cazorla – 6
If Cazorla is quiet, Arsenal are too. The Spaniard could not get a stranglehold of the game and this affected the Gunners’ performance.
Theo Walcott – 7
Walcott was direct with his play and gave Fulham a torrid time with his pace. His crossing has notably improved, something that Giroud will thrive on.
Olivier Giroud – 8
Fantastic day for Giroud who showed great strength on the ball and in the air. He took his two goals well and will look to keep improving.