You should have seen Saliba celebrate the winning goal, won in the 86th minute against Fulham on Saturday (2-1). Arms in the air, haranguing the Emirates Stadium, the French defender could exult, he who did not hesitate to go into battle on a corner from Gabriel Martinelli. His presence confused the Cottagers defense, and his header ended up at the feet of Gabriel, who pushed the ball deep.
Revenge for the former Lille, guilty of a maddening defensive error which had allowed Aleksandar Mitrovic to open the scoring (56th). Omnipresent in the midfield, Martin Odegaard had equalized in the 64th, with a shot deflected by Tosin Adarabioyo. Orphan of Olexandre Zintchenko (hit) on his left wing, Martinelli then took care of everything. After threatening Bernd Leno several times, the Brazilian delivered the corner from the deliverance. And in the 90th, Aaron Ramsdale took out a shot from Trevoh Chalobah, preserving the victory.
Arsenal’s stellar start to the season raises a lot of hopes. Mikel Arteta’s Gunners have won four times in four Premier League games and are developing a shimmering game, led by their captain Odegaard and the impressive Martinelli. Two young people aged 23 and 21 who learned the lessons of such a frustrating end to last season. With this experience and their nerve, they can take Arsenal far.