Five things we learned about Arsenal from Fulham win

Cazorla Corner

The Gunners won 2-0 against their London rivals, with Santi Cazorla scoring two superb goals

A fifth straight win kept Arsenal top of the league, and with have Santi Cazorla to thanks for the victory, we take a look at five things learned from the match.

A goalscorer remains one of the few improvements that could be made

Though the side is playing well right now, it remains clear that a player to compete for the centre forward position is the most glaring possible addition to the squad.

Olivier Giroud is a capable player, as has been covered frequently on these pages, but seems like the kind of player who flits between a clinical finisher and an indifferent one.

Against Fulham he once more should have found the net but was unable to do so, and surely bringing in another proven striker, on loan if they can't get the absolute quality they want, is a must for Arsenal.

This Arsenal defence deserves some acclaim after another clean sheet

Arsenal continue to have the joint best defence in the league, along with the miserly Chelsea defence drilled by Jose Mourinho.

However, the brilliance of the Arsenal attack means that they have a healthier goal difference to their London rivals, and for such an offensive-minded team to be so resolute, the defence have to be doing something right.

A recent statistic emerged showing that when Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny had completed 90 minutes together, Arsenal hadn't lost a league game for 29 matches. That's some improvement for the Gunners, and proves that they really do have the best defence in the league.

Cazorla still has a big role to play for Arsenal

For much of this season Santi Cazorla has had to make do with others grabbing the headlines ahead of the former Malaga man. Ramsey, Ozil, Walcott and even Wilshere at times have caused Cazorla to be relegated to something of a sub-title in the Arsenal write-ups.

However, this game today, coming so soon after his fantastic goal in the recent North London derby, proves that the Spaniard has a huge part to play if Arsenal are to collect some silverware come the season's end.

Cazorla's first goal, which he started out on the wing before running inside to get on the end of some intricate Arsenal passing, was a joy to behold, and his second with his left foot proved that aside from the early season Ramsey, he is the most potent goalscorer in the Arsenal midfield.

Where will Ramsey fit into this team?

All of which begs the question, where will Ramsey fit into this midfield once he returns from injury?

Ramsey excelled playing behind the striker early in the season, and with Ozil seemingly undroppable, Cazorla and Wilshere playing well, and either a Flamini or Arteta needed, it looks like Ramsey may find himself back out on the right, unless one of the former three get moved there.

This would be very harsh on Serge Gnabry though, who has looked a more than capable Walcott replacement whenever he has played.

While Arsenal keep winning, and keep on top, they have to be considered title favourites

The media continue to focus on Manchester City and Chelsea as title favourites, despite Arsenal remaining top of the league weekend after weekend.

Clocking up five straight wins is no mean feat, especially as, like in this game, many of the results didn't come easily.

But once again the three points go to Arsenal. When will that age old adage of whoever has the points on the board is in the driving seat? Will it be after the 37th or 38th round of fixtures?

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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