Fabio Vieira had a standout performance and deservedly gets the highest points as Arsenal played out a 2-2 draw against Fulham at the Emirates Stadium.
The game took an interesting turn when Vieira was substituted in for Kai Havertz, who was struggling throughout. Arsenal was trailing 1-0 at that point and seemed uncertain of a positive outcome.
Vieira, from Portugal, not only won the penalty that led to Bukayo Saka’s goal but also provided a crucial assist for Eddie Nketiah’s strike. Unfortunately, Paulinha’s 87th-minute equalizer resulted in a shared outcome.
Here’s a comprehensive analysis of each player’s performance in the third game of the Arsenal vs Fulham clash:
Aaron Ramsdale: 4
Ramsdale faced a challenging match, and his role in Fulham’s first goal raised concerns. He could have better communicated with his defenders during Paulinha’s late equalizer.
Ben White: 6
Deployed in the central defense, White performed his duties capably. He notably supported the right flank alongside Bukayo Saka.
Thomas Partey: 5
The curious decision to deploy Partey as a right-back with midfield inversion seemed suboptimal. It hindered his potential impact, partly to accommodate Kai Havertz’s integration.
Jakub Kiwior: 5
Playing out of position as a left-back, Kiwior held his ground defensively but lacked attacking contributions.
William Saliba: 5
Saliba’s performance fell short of his usual standards, mirroring the overall challenges of Arsenal’s defense. An incident involving Adama Traore went unnoticed.
Declan Rice: 6
Rice displayed dedication and contributed to the team’s midfield stability.
Declan Rice’s game by numbers vs. Fulham:
96% pass accuracy
67 passes completed
24 final third passes
5 tackles won
5/6 ground duels won
4/5 long balls completed
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Martin Odegaard: 6
Odegaard’s performance showed flashes of brilliance but also instances of wastefulness.
Kai Havertz: 2
Havertz continues to struggle in his role, facing challenges in adapting to Arsenal’s dynamics.
Bukayo Saka: 5
Saka’s early mistake resulted in Fulham’s early goal. However, he redeemed himself by converting a penalty.
Leandro Trossard: 4
Played out of position as a striker, Trossard faced difficulties due to his unfamiliar role.
Gabriel Martinelli: 4
Martinelli couldn’t capitalize on his opportunities, impacting his overall effectiveness.
Fabio Vieira: 9
Vieira’s entry proved transformative. Substituting in for Havertz, he swiftly won a penalty and provided a pivotal assist, altering the game’s momentum.
Eddie Nketiah: 8
Nketiah’s immediate impact injected fresh energy, and he capitalized with a crucial goal.