The Thierry Henry Show!
Arsenal cruised to a 4-0 thrashing of Fulham, with inspirational play from Captain Fantastic. Watch out Real Madrid!
Arsenal started with Lehmann, Eboue, Toure, Senderos, Flamini, Freddie, Diaby, Gilberto, Hleb, Adebayor & captain Thierry Henry.
Arsenal started lively, and in the first half created the better chances.
The short-passing moves were excellent, except for a few stray balls from Adebayor and Hleb. Hleb does seem to be improving a little game by game, but his passing really does have to step up if he wants a more regular place in the team.
Arsenal were again playing their narrow football, and Fulham were playing deep like Blackburn, Bolton and most of the home teams this season in the league, and letting the gunners play all their football in front of them.
But the warning signs were there, and Eboue sent a great curling ball over the top for Henry on 13 minutes, but the Arsenal captain was unable to control the ball and it went straight into Warnerâ€™s hands.
Diaby and Adebayor had a couple of efforts from outside the area, but on 31â€™ Henry got his chance and smashed a brilliant effort at the near post.
With Fulham camped outside their own penalty area, Diaby managed to play Henry through with a precise ball and the striker ran down the left side and cracked a sweet shot into Warnerâ€™s near post and into the roof of the net.
An emphatic finish!
After that, Fulham were rattle and Arsenal only had to wait 4 minutes until their next goal.
The influential Ljungberg played a through ball from almost the same position as Diaby for Henry, but this time to Adebayor. From almost exactly the same position, the Togo International coolly slipped the ball past Warner with his left foot.
At last, Arsenalâ€™s intricate passing moves have paid off in the league and they went into the break 2-0 up.
Arsenal started well in the second half, and on 57â€™ Arsenal counter attacked and Henry played a great reverse ball that fooled the Fulham defence and played in Hleb, but the winger shot straight at Warner.
About a minute later, Adebayor almost played in Freddie from the by-line but Warner came out quick and blocked the pass.
Arsenal were really turning up the heat in the second half and on 64â€™ Hleb pushed the ball wide to Eboue, who made a run from the back. He cut the ball back to Diaby, who had so much space but from only 6 yards out he hit the ball into Warnerâ€™s legs.
Then just 30 seconds later, the mercurial Thierry Henry received a pass from Hleb just outside the D, swivelled and chipped the ball into the air. In one smooth movement, he turned and volleyed but over the bar.
Dennis Bergkamp made is welcome return on 70 minutes, coming on for Adebayor. Hopefully heâ€™s getting a run out to get ready for the Real Madrid game on Wednesday.
Henry had been on awesome form all afternoon, and just after Bergkamp was introduced he played in Freddie, who waltzed through but Warner made another good smothering save with his feet.
But Henry again showed why we was on another level to everyone else on the pitch, and Freddie played him in on 75â€™ for Titi to calmly slot the ball into the far corner â€“ a typical Henry finish.
Arsenal had been playing some brilliant stuff all game and it looks like Wenger has instilled some real belief into a team who canâ€™t seem to win away from home.
The Galactikid Cesc Fabregas replaced Hleb with 10 minutes to go, to sure up the game and get a run out before the midweek Champions League game.
With 7 minutes remaining Jose Antonio Reyes came on for Henry, who came off to a standing ovation from the Gunners faithful.
But the goals didnâ€™t dry up with Henry leaving the feel, as on 86â€™, Flamini found himself at the by-line and played in Cesc Fabregas in and he stroked the ball into the bottom left corner for 4-0.
Great game, great team spirit and great performance. Was there any doubt?