Morning all.

Love this.

Didn’t you react in similar fashion when Gabriel scored? I was out of my chair and running around the sitting room in celebration. Seriously though, it was good to see the Arsenal women in the stadium supporting the mens team. I hope the men find time to reciprocate the support once the WSL is up and running.

Arsenal 2 Fulham 1

That was a right old mixed bag of a game of football. It had everything from moments of brilliance, mistakes, a bit of handbags and terrible officiating. In my opinion, Arsenal spent too much time focusing on the extra pass in and around the box. For Gabriel, too much time trying to fancy foot his way out of trouble instead of dealing with situation. Mitrovic was on him in a flash and we were 1-0 down. Captain Martin Odegaard brought the scores level, assisted by a slight deflection which helped the ball fly past Bernd Leno and then with minutes left on the clock, Gabriel Martinelli, for the only time in the game, played a corner into a dangerous area which Leno couldn’t quite get to. Gabriel did though and after a VAR review, his goal was allowed and with it, Arsenal had secured maximum points. It also led to continued support for the top for at, with odds also shortening on the site for a title challenge.

Mitrovic is a nasty striker. He plays on the edge of the rules in my opinion but he’s also a great striker. Strong, physical and extremely good at what he does. Whether he remains at the level he’s at for the entire season is questionable as he’s been in the Premier League before and struggled. I hope this time he succeeds because he could cause many clubs a lot of problems. All our rivals hopefully.

The Negatives:

Not being ruthless enough in front of goal. Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli all guilty of spurning opportunities. Eddie Nketiah too after he came on in the second half.

The Positives:

The fans – as Alan Smith said, it’s been a long time since The Emirates Stadium has been so noisy in a positive way. I’m not sure the stadium has ever been like it was yesterday, mind you, I don’t think the support for the team in general has been as good as it now for years. That’s down to Edu, the board, Mikel Arteta and the squad they’ve built. Every single player who walks on to the pitch is giving their all and I think the fans react to what they see.

Mikel Arteta on our response to going a goal down

We have grown up, we have more alternatives. I think we have matured as well. Playing in front of these supporters helps because they are driving you as well and then a lot of that is about belief and confidence that you can do it and really believe that you can do it, and now we have that belief.

On the connection with our supporters…

I don’t know any top teams, winning teams, that don’t have that connection with their supporters. I just had a person that I really like, that I love, that I haven’t seen for a while, it’s the first time that he’s been at the stadium for two years and he says it’s the best he’s heard since Highbury, so well done.

Gabriel made one mistake. Did his head go down? No. Did his teammates rally round him? Yes they did and when Odegaard scored, he ruffled Gabriel’s hair, well, he would have had he not shaved it all off. Lol

Aaron Ramsdale looked more like his old self with a couple of really good saves. Ben White was very good at right-back, William Saliba just went about his business quietly and confidently, as did Odegaard. Despite being a goal down, Arsenal didn’t stop believing they could win the game and it wasn’t until that idiot with the whistle blew for full time, did any one of the players stop fighting for the cause.

Mikel Arteta made a bold move on the hour by replacing Kieran Tierney with Nketiah and he was full of energy. His fresh legs caused the Fulham defence problems, as did his movement. By the end, Rob Holding had replaced Odegaard and Takehiro Tomiyasu, Gabriel Jesus. Oh, and Ramsdale had made what turned out to be a match winning save.

Next up for Arsenal is Aston Villa at The Emirates on Wednesday night. Hopefully Thomas Partey and Oleksandr Zinchenko will be fit for that one.

See you in the comments.