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"It was the winter holiday and I was back in Togo having a kickabout with friends when my phone rang.One of the boys answered it and said, 'Manu, it's Arsene for you'. 'Arsene who?' I said. 'Arsene Wenger', he said. 'Get out of it', I said, and grabbed the phone off him. But then I heard the voice. 'Allo'. F*****g hell. It is Arsene Wenger!"
-Emmanuel Adebayor

Player Ratings: Arsenal 2-1 Fulham

2 late goals and Arsenal get their first 3 points on the board.
For the full report, go here.
Player Ratings:

Jens Lehmann 5
Besides making one save right at his face he didnt really have much as to do than clear the ball, which he screwed up.

Bacary Sagna 6.5
Looked good going forward, combined well with Eboue. Tackling was good but was caught out of position too often.

Kolo Toure 7.5
Made a mistake but looked strong most of the time.

William Gallas 7.5
Looked tidy throughout. When we needed a goal in the 2nd half he didn't mind helping the attackers out.

Gael Clichy 7
Looked his usual tireless self. Was caught out a few times but his speed saved him.

Emmanuel Eboue 6.5
Played well in his new position. Linked up well with Sagna but looks a little one dimensional without Sagna overlapping.

Matthieu Flamini 7
Was invisible most of the time, which is good for a DM. Most wont realise the countless times he filled in when Sagna was out of position.

Cesc Fabregas 7
Played well but being marked well limited his capabilities.

Tomas Rosicky 8
Looked good and fit. Took shots when they came along which is always good with this Arsenal side.

Alex Hleb 9.5
Would have gotten a 10 for an outstanding performance but he did hold the ball for too long on some occasions. I love the new Hleb who shoots!

Robin van Persie 7.5

Played well but didnt threaten to score much. Extra .5 for having the balls to blast that penalty.

Niklas Bendtner 7
Played well in the short time he was on.

Theo Walcott 6
Did make much of an impact

Alex Song N/A
Didnt get to touch the ball.

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