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Villain to hero! Arsenal winners, losers and ratings as Gabriel makes up for horrible mistake vs Fulham

20:08 BST 27/08/2022
Gabriel 2022-23
The Gunners came back from a goal behind to beat Fulham 2-1 and maintain their 100 per cent start to the season.

Arsenal mounted a stirring comeback to beat Fulham 2-1 on Saturday and make it four wins from four in the Premier League.

Mikel Arteta's side looked set for their first defeat of the season when an awful mistake by defender Gabriel Magalhaes gifted Alexander Mitrovic the opener for Fulham early in the second half.

But Arsenal responded well and an equaliser from the excellent Martin Odegaard brought them level on 64 minutes.

And then, with just five minutes remaining, Gabriel made up for his earlier mistake by scoring the winner - prodding home from close range after former Gunners keeper Bernd Leno failed to deal with a corner.

The win maintains Arsenal's 100 per cent start to the season and moved them back to the top of the Premier League ahead of Wednesday night's home game against Aston Villa.

  • Arsenal celebrate winner Fulham 2022-23

    The Winners

    Winner: Martin Odegaard

    Another excellent display from the captain, backing up his performance at Bournemouth.

    He always looked like the player would make something happen, and while he got a bit of luck with the deflection for the equaliser, he deserved that for the way he played throughout.

    A lack of goals was the one big criticism you could aim at Odegaard, so Mikel Arteta will be delighted that his skipper has now scored three in his last two.

    Winner: Gabriel Magalhaes

    Arsenal's centre-back was a winner and loser in this one.

    His awful mistake early in the second half looked like gifting Fulham the win, but he responded in excellent fashion.

    He kept his head up and was in the right place at the right time late on to score the precious winner for Arsenal.

    At one stage he looked like being the villain, but in the end he was the hero.

    Winner: Eddie Nketiah

    Arsenal's young striker came on just after Fulham had gone in front and he played a big part in turning the game around.

    He got involved straight away and his direct running caused the Fulham defence all sorts of problems.

    Gabriel Jesus has taken all the headlines so far this season, but Nketiah deserves a lot of credit for his cameo during the final half an hour.

    It was a reminder to everyone that he will still have a big part to play this season.

  • Bernd Leno Fulham Arsenal 2022-23

    The Losers

    Loser: Gabriel Magalhaes

    Arsenal's centre-back had an absolute howler early in the second half.

    His costly error gifted Fulham the lead soon after half-time just as Arsenal were starting to dominate.

    It was school boy stuff from Gabriel, who is prone to the odd lapse in concentration like that.

    If he is going to go on to become a truly world class defender, those are the sort of errors he has to cut out of his game.

    At least he made up for it at the other end though.

    Loser: Arsenal's squad depth

    What exactly was going on in Arsenal's training session on Friday afternoon?!

    To lose one key player just before half-time was bad, but to lose two was disastrous.

    Exactly how long Thomas Partey and Oleksandr Zinchenko will be out for remains to be seen, but if it's a long time it will be a major blow to Arsenal. Both players are so vital to the way Arteta wants his team to play.

    Loser: Bernd Leno

    This may be a touch harsh, as Leno actually played very well on his return to Arsenal.

    He made several excellent stops to frustrate his former side and looked like being the Fulham hero.

    But then, with five minutes remaining, he flapped at corner and gave Gabriel a tap in to make it 2-1.

    Leno and his team-mates may have complained to the referee, but deep down the German will know he made a big error which cost his side a draw.

  • Gabriel Arsenal Fulham 2022-23

    Arsenal Ratings: Defence

    Aaron Ramsdale (7/10):

    Barely had anything to do in the first half, but made some big saves after the break.

    Ben White (7/10):

    Continues to operate well at right-back, but never really got in behind the Fulham defence.

    William Saliba (8/10):

    Calm, composed, strong. Another fine display.

    Gabriel Magalhaes (6/10):

    A horror moment to gift Mitrovic his goal.

    Kieran Tierney (6/10):

    Brought into the team to replace the injured Zinchenko. Solid enough, but lacked the quality and guile of the Ukrainian.

  • Martin Odegaard celebrate Arsenal Fulham 2022-23

    Midfield

    Mohamed Elneny (6/10):

    Neat and tidy as always. Kept the ball moving from the defensive midfield position, but there's no doubt Arsenal missed Thomas Partey's passing ability from deep.

    Granit Xhaka (6/10):

    Got forward as he has done all season, but couldn't make much of an impact.

    Martin Odegaard (8/10):

    Always looked the most likely of any of the Arsenal players to open Fulham up. Buzzed around the final third all afternoon with his clever movement and deserved his goal. Excellent showing.

  • Palhinha Gabriel Jesus Arsenal Fulham 2022-23

    Attack

    Bukayo Saka (6/10):

    Another performance below his usual level. Missed a good chance in the first half, but did get an assist for Odegaard's goal

    Gabriel Jesus (6/10):

    Had one half chance in the second half which Leno saved. A frustrating afternoon for the striker, who was booked.

    Gabriel Martinelli (7/10):

    Worked hard as usual, but couldn't really make much of an impact.

  • Mikel Arteta Arsenal Fulham 2022-23

    Subs & Manager

    Eddie Nketiah (7/10):

    Came on just after Fulham had opened the scoring and made a big impact. Excellent cameo.

    Takehiro Tomiyasu (5/10):

    Came on in the final minute to help see the game out.

    Rob Holding (5/10):

    Another late, late sub to help see the game out.

    Mikel Arteta (7/10):

    Reacted immediately to the Fulham goal by sending on Nketiah and it proved to be an excellent sub.