English Premier League
Result: Arsenal 4-1 Fulham
Date: 01 January 2019
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Arsenal bounced back to winning ways in style after thrashing struggling Fulham 4-1 in the Premier League on Tuesday afternoon on New Year's Day.
The Gunners were looking to bounce back from the 5-1 hammering against Liverpool the last time out. Aaron Ramsey, amidst speculation that he's leaving in the summer when his contract expires was notably dropped to the bench by Unai Emery.
Stephan Lichtsteiner was also dropped after glaring errors against the Reds with Laurent Koscielny getting the nod ahead of him.
On the other hand, the Cottagers were aiming to keep up the momentum after netting late to sink fellow strugglers Huddersfield Town 1-0 in their last match. Claudio Ranieri's charges got into the the game deep in the relegazion zone.
Emery's men made a strong start to the game, surging forward in numbers but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was particularly wasteful in front of goals.
Granit Xhaka finally found the breakthrough for the hosts in the 25th minute after receiving a through ball from Alex Iwobi in the centre of the box and he was clinical with his finish, 1-0.
The Gunners were creating a lot of chances after half-an-hour but they could just not put them away.
Alexandre Lacazette came close to doubling the lead for Arsenal after showing strength to get past the Fulham defence but he was thwarted by goalkeeper Sergio Rico.
The hosts managed to go to the break leading by an odd goal, while the Cottagers needed to come to the party in the second stanza to salvage something out of the game.
Emery changed his shape immediately after the break switching to a back-four after starting with a back three, with Lucas Torreira coming on for Shkodran Mustafi.
Lacazette finally got on the score-sheet ten minutes into the second stanza with a close range finish after Sead Kolanisac made a telling cut-back inside the box.
Ranieri had seen enough of Andre Schurrle just after the hour-mark and he took him out, bringing on fellow striker Aboubakar Kamara.
Kamara repaid the faith shown in him by Ranieri as he pulled a goal back for the visitors 20 minutes with a simple tap in at close range following a good cross by Ryan Sessegnon.
Emery recalled Ramsey from the bench 15 minutes before time, with goalscorer Lacazette making way. The Wales International made it 3-1 for the hosts in the last ten minutes profiting on a rebound after Aubameyang's strike had hit the woodwork.
Aubameyang finally got on the score-sheet after he made it 4-1 for the Gunners seven minutes before time with a deflected shot after Fulham could not clear their lines following a corner.
Arsenal were cruising towards the end and the three points just keeps them firmly in fifth position on the table with rejuvenated Manchester United breathing down their neck in sixth place.