Tuesday 1 January 2019, 3:00pm at Emirates Stadium, London
Premier League
Arsenal
Arsenal
4
Xhaka 25'; Lacazette 55'; Ramsey 79'; Aubameyang 83'
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Kamara 69'

25' Goal

Granit Xhaka
Assist by Alex Iwobi

55' Goal

Alexandre Lacazette
Assist by Sead Kolasinac

79' Goal

Aaron Ramsey

83' Goal

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Assist by Sokratis

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lucas Torreira
Off:Shkodran Mustafi

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aaron Ramsey
Off:Alexandre Lacazette

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Bukayo Saka
Off:Alex Iwobi

69' Goal

Aboubakar Kamara
Assist by Ryan Sessegnon

77' Yellow Card

Timothy Fosu-Mensah Card was given for a foul

56' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Timothy Fosu-Mensah
Off:Cyrus Christie

61' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jean Michael Seri
Off:Ibrahima Cissé

61' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aboubakar Kamara
Off:André Schürrle

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Fulham started 2019 with a 4-1 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates on New Year’s Day.
Fulham started 2019 with a 4-1 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates on New Year’s Day. 

A first half Granit Xhaka goal somewhat against the run of play saw the hosts take a narrow one goal lead into the break. Alexandre Lacazette struck shortly after half-time before Aboubakar Kamara scored to give the Whites hope. However, with 10 minutes remaining Aaron Ramsey rifled into the top right-hand corner to restore a two goal cushion. With time ticking down Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang added a fourth. 

Claudio Ranieri made four changes to the side that picked up a crucial three points against Huddersfield Town just three days prior. Ryan Sessegnon, Maxime Le Marchand, Ibrahima Cissé & André Schürrle were all brought into the starting XI for the Whites. 

It was a tentative opening to the game from both sides with Fulham content to keep men behind the ball and soak up waves of Arsenal attacks. Despite an early chance for Aubameyang the opening 10 minutes passed without incident. 

After absorbing the pressure, the Whites came close to opening the scoring in the 15th minute with a textbook counter attack. After winning possession just inside the Arsenal half, Tom Cairney slipped a perfectly weighted ball through into the path of Sessegnon. With defenders scrambling to get back, Sess took aim and looked to curl one in the far corner past the onrushing Bernd Leno. His effort fizzed past the post and the game remained in deadlock. 

Despite the visitors looking comfortable it was the Gunners who opened the scoring in the 25th minute. With Fulham sitting back the ball was worked slowly out to the left wing and to the feet of Alex Iwobi. After taking a quick glance up the winger swung a teasing ball into the box. Lacazette smartly let the ball past and in the blink of an eye Xhaka chested it and placed a neat shot into the right hand corner. A cruel goal to concede after a composed opening. 

Things almost went from bad to worse in the 35th minute when Arsenal produced a moment of brilliance to scythe through the Whites defence. A neat link up between Sead Kolašinac and Xhaka resulted in another golden opportunity for the Swiss midfielder. With Fulham bodies rushing to smother him in the box, Sergio Rico stood up well to parry away his right-footed effort. 

A surreal atmosphere at the Emirates, with barely any noise generated by the home fans. It felt more like a lazy summer afternoon at the cricket rather than a Premier League football match. 

The crowd was jolted into life just before half-time when Lacazette was slipped in behind the Fulham back line inside the box. However, Rico once again proved a wily adversary for the French striker. A brilliant save with his right foot denied a second for the hosts. 

The referee brought the first half to a close with the home side holding a slender one goal lead. 

The second half started in similar fashion to the first with neither side able to generate any attacking threat. A slow paced stand-off with Fulham looking to catch the opposition napping on the counter. 

It was time yet again for the obligatory stand and cheer for 15 seconds for the home fans as Arsenal doubled their lead in the 55th minute. Aubameyang attacked the Fulham box and played a wonderfully timed through ball into the path of Kolasinac. The Bosnian defender kept his composure and slid a neat pass back into the feet of Lacazette. With time and space to pick his spot the Frenchman slammed a shot high into the roof of the net. 

With 20 minutes remaining Fulham continued to push and pulled a goal back to put pressure on the hosts. Two second half substitutes were heavily involved. Jean Michaël Seri, who looked tidy after being inserted in the centre of midfield fed the ball out to Cairney just outside the box. The skipper played Sessegnon clean through on the left hand side of the box. With the Arsenal defence in tatters Sess crossed to an unmarked Kamara at the back post to slot in. A lovely move from Fulham. 

With hope of grabbing a leveller, Ramsey quelled the chance of a point with 10 minutes remaining. After a low shot cannoned off the post and fell kindly to the Welshman in the box, he made no mistake and smashed home into the top corner. 

Minutes later the hosts pulled further in front. Aubameyang was picked out in space just inside the box and he looked to place a right-footed shot beyond Rico in the Fulham net. The ball clipped off the outstretched leg of Tim Ream and looped up over the commanding goalkeeper and fell nicely into the net. 

You could hear a pin drop in the Emirates as the referee brought the match to a close. A harsh scoreline in a match where Fulham had showed good spirit and on another day might have picked up a few more goals for their efforts. 

Match Information

Competition: Premier League

Date: Tuesday 1 January 2019
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Emirates Stadium, London
Attendance: 59,887

Referee: Graham Scott

Arsenal

Line-up: Leno; Mustafi (Torreira 45'), Sokratis, Koscielny; Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Iwobi (Saka 83'), Aubameyang; Lacazette (Ramsey 75')

Unused substitutes: Cech, Lichtsteiner, Mohamed Elneny, Eddie Nketiah

Manager: Unai Emery

Fulham

Line-up: Rico; Odoi, Le Marchand, Ream; Christie (Fosu-Mensah 56'), Cairney, Cissé (Seri 61'), Bryan; Ryan Sessegnon, Mitrovic, Schürrle (Kamara 61')

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Johansen, Ayité, Vietto

Manager: Claudio Ranieri

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Liverpool 20 54
2 Manchester City 20 47
3 Tottenham Hotspur 20 45
4 Chelsea 20 43
5 Arsenal 21 41
6 Manchester United 20 35
7 Leicester City 21 31
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 29
9 Watford 20 28
10 Everton 21 27
11 West Ham United 20 27
12 A.F.C. Bournemouth 20 26
13 Brighton and Hove Albion 20 25
14 Crystal Palace 20 19
15 Newcastle United 20 18
16 Cardiff City 20 18
17 Southampton 20 15
18 Burnley 20 15
19 Fulham 21 14
20 Huddersfield Town 20 10
Goals
4
1
Total Shots
16
9
Shots On Target
9
4
Passing Accuracy
79%
74%
Fouls
7
12
Corners
9
3
Offsides
4
4
Bookings
0
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Arsenal (3-4-2-1)
  • 19Bernd Leno
  • 20Shkodran Mustafi
  • 5Sokratis
  • 6Laurent Koscielny
  • 15Ainsley Maitland-Niles
  • 29Matteo Guendouzi
  • 34Granit Xhaka
  • 31Sead Kolasinac
  • 17Alex Iwobi
  • 14Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
  • 9Alexandre Lacazette
Substitutes
  • 1Petr Cech
  • 12Stephan Lichtsteiner
  • 4Mohamed Elneny
  • 8Aaron Ramsey
  • 11Lucas Torreira
  • 49Eddie Nketiah
  • 87Bukayo Saka
Manager
  • Unai Emery
Fulham (3-4-3)
  • 25Sergio Rico
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 20Maxime Le Marchand
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 44Ibrahima Cissé
  • 23Joe Bryan
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
  • 9Aleksandar Mitrovic
  • 14André Schürrle
Substitutes
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 21Timothy Fosu-Mensah
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 24Jean Michael Seri
  • 11Floyd Ayité
  • 19Luciano Vietto
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
Manager
  • Claudio Ranieri
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Arsenal 4, Fulham 1.
  • 90'+4' Second Half ends, Arsenal 4, Fulham 1.
  • 90'+4' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Jean Michael Seri.
  • 90'+4' Attempt blocked. Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
  • 90'+3' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Joe Bryan.
  • 90'+2' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 90'+1' Delay in match Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) because of an injury.
  • 90' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 89' Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 89' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).
  • 89' Attempt blocked. Jean Michael Seri (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 88' Foul by Lucas Torreira (Arsenal).
  • 88' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 85' Sokratis (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 85' Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 83' Goal! Arsenal 4, Fulham 1. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sokratis following a corner.
  • 83' Substitution, Arsenal. Bukayo Saka replaces Alex Iwobi.
  • 82' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Sergio Rico.
  • 82' Attempt saved. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matteo Guendouzi with a through ball.
  • 79' Goal! Arsenal 3, Fulham 1. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.
  • 79' Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) hits the left post with a right footed shot from very close range. Assisted by Sead Kolasinac.
  • 77' Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 77' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).
  • 77' Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 76' Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 76' Foul by Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Fulham).
  • 75' Substitution, Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey replaces Alexandre Lacazette.
  • 74' Offside, Fulham. Ryan Sessegnon tries a through ball, but Aboubakar Kamara is caught offside.
  • 69' Goal! Arsenal 2, Fulham 1. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 69' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jean Michael Seri with a cross.
  • 68' Offside, Fulham. Tim Ream tries a through ball, but Joe Bryan is caught offside.
  • 67' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Granit Xhaka.
  • 62' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Timothy Fosu-Mensah.
  • 61' Substitution, Fulham. Jean Michael Seri replaces Ibrahima Cissé.
  • 61' Substitution, Fulham. Aboubakar Kamara replaces André Schürrle.
  • 59' Offside, Arsenal. Laurent Koscielny tries a through ball, but Alexandre Lacazette is caught offside.
  • 58' Attempt blocked. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Granit Xhaka.
  • 58' Attempt missed. Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.
  • 58' Attempt saved. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Granit Xhaka with a through ball.
  • 56' Substitution, Fulham. Timothy Fosu-Mensah replaces Cyrus Christie.
  • 55' Goal! Arsenal 2, Fulham 0. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Sead Kolasinac.
  • 52' Offside, Fulham. Tom Cairney tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Mitrovic is caught offside.
  • 52' Foul by Sokratis (Arsenal).
  • 52' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 49' Offside, Arsenal. Lucas Torreira tries a through ball, but Alexandre Lacazette is caught offside.
  • 47' Offside, Arsenal. Bernd Leno tries a through ball, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is caught offside.
  • 47' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon with a cross.
  • 46' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.
  • 45' Substitution, Arsenal. Lucas Torreira replaces Shkodran Mustafi.
  • Second Half begins Arsenal 1, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Arsenal 1, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+1' Foul by Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal).
  • 45'+1' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 44' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 44' Delay in match Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) because of an injury.
  • 43' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Maxime Le Marchand.
  • 42' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Sergio Rico.
  • 42' Attempt saved. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Granit Xhaka with a headed pass.
  • 42' Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 42' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 40' Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 40' Foul by Joe Bryan (Fulham).
  • 40' Attempt missed. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Alex Iwobi with a cross.
  • 39' Attempt missed. André Schürrle (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
  • 38' Foul by Sokratis (Arsenal).
  • 38' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 36' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Maxime Le Marchand.
  • 36' Attempt blocked. Sokratis (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sead Kolasinac.
  • 35' Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 35' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 35' Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 35' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 34' Attempt blocked. Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sead Kolasinac.
  • 33' Attempt saved. Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
  • 32' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joe Bryan.
  • 31' Offside, Arsenal. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tries a through ball, but Alexandre Lacazette is caught offside.
  • 30' Attempt missed. André Schürrle (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 29' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
  • 27' Foul by Sokratis (Arsenal).
  • 27' André Schürrle (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 27' Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 27' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 25' Goal! Arsenal 1, Fulham 0. Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Iwobi.
  • 24' Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 24' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 22' Offside, Fulham. Tom Cairney tries a through ball, but Ryan Sessegnon is caught offside.
  • 18' Foul by Sokratis (Arsenal).
  • 18' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 17' Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 17' Foul by Joe Bryan (Fulham).
  • 15' Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 15' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 15' Attempt missed. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a through ball.
  • 9' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Maxime Le Marchand.
  • 6' Foul by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal).
  • 6' Tim Ream (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 6' Attempt missed. Joe Bryan (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
  • 2' Attempt missed. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) left footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Alex Iwobi.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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