EPL: Perfect riposte

EPL: Perfect riposte

With a commanding performance at Craven Cottage yesterday, Arsenal clinched a 3-1 victory over Fulham to allay fears that they are sliding down a very slippery slope.

Temporarily, at least.

A 3-1 home loss to Aston Villa in their opening game had invited the vultures to circle above a demoralised camp.But, in a show of character, they bounced back in midweek with a 3-0 win over Fenerbahce in a Champions League qualifier.

Saturday's London derby performance confirmed that there isn't a crisis looming on the horizon, as many have made out.

On the contrary, it served as a reminder of the Gunners' quality.Without the marquee signings that were promised, they are still of excellent quality.

At the very least, the present crop still look favourites for a spot among the Premiership top four.

With some luck in the transfer market - and there is still more than a week to go before the window closes - they may yet join Chelsea and the Manchester clubs for a charge at the English Premier League crown.

Fulham were by no means easy meat. Their finances boosted by the arrival of new owner Shahid Khan, manager Martin Jol was able to make several quality additions, including Scott Parker and Darren Bent (on loan). The Gunners, on the other hand, were far from full strength.

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