Report: Arsenal 3-3 Fulham

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Mikel Arteta missed from the penalty spot with the last kick of an eventful 3-3 draw at the Emirates stadium on Saturday.

That squandered opportunity could have nicked the points for Arsenal but after 23 minutes, the Gunners did not seem like needing any last-gasp chance to win today.

Like they did on Tuesday at Schalke, Arsenal raced into a mesmerizing 2-0 lead in front of their own crowd and looked poised to ease the pressure mounting from their recent worrying form. First, Giroud managed to head Walcott’s out-swinging corner kick into the net and as Fulham crumbled at the back, Podolski sneaked in to double Arsenal’s lead.

But the Cottagers suddenly found their first corner-kick of the game and from that, Berbatov’s free header pulled a goal back for them. As expected, that goal unsettled the nerves of an Arsenal side struggling with belief and so it was not much of a surprise when Mannone was sorrily beaten with another header which came from Kacaniklic this time on the stroke of half-time.

It was 2-2 at the break and the open affair that the second-half produced would go along with the scoreline.

Both sides traded punches while Ramsey and Oxlade-Chamberlain were introduced to help Arsenal’s fight. Then, with an attacking attempt from Fulham seemingly stopped, Arteta was caught dallying on the ball in his own area and the Spaniard fouled Brian Luiz in desperation only to give away a penalty-kick.

Berbatov stepped up and coolly made Arsenal pay as Martin Jol’s men took a 3-2 lead. But the Gunners’ response to that dismay was surprisingly swift and the fashion of their equalizer summed up the story.

Giroud was first sent through on goal, but his strike could only find the woodwork. The big frontman did not drop his head though. If anything, he raised it even more as Walcott won the ball back and returned it to the Frenchman to head it home.

3-3, but neither side settled for a draw. And then in the dying minutes of injury time, Arshavin’s attempted cross was adjudged to have been handled by a Fulham defender. Sadly, Arteta who had fluffed his lines all day, would do so one more time from the penalty spot as Schwarzer saved his lowly struck effort.

It was a squandering sort of day.

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23 thoughts on “Report: Arsenal 3-3 Fulham

  1. We are simply shit. We didnt deserve champions league last season. Spurs were much better than us. Sack Wenger

  2. gunners should try to play a speed game ,attack more and they should also improve marking the opponents in the wings this is also another problem of the gunners. When the corner comes to the opponents side you find them 6or 7 gathering at the same place not marking anyone of other team so these things kill us gunners most of times

  3. very very poor performance “once again” ….. really frustrating….we lost 3 clear points..if walcott leaves(thats sure) we will weak again …wenger wil not add anyone what the team require right now..all seasons we had some missing links which completes a perfect squad…this time also the story will in another way if we sign a good cdm and one more striker(or cannot allow to leave rvp and song)…3 good players in and two fantastic players are out .team again unbalanced..how will we compete for the title..never ..its along journey , a team like us cannot.really frustrating .in each season we have a new hope that we will do this time but the reality is painful. at any cost walcots contract will be renewed ,because he is a match winner, he can change the game quickly..if the best players in our squad leaves regularly we will not won any thing and poor performances will continues ..this time also we will fight for the 4th place(more harder than last year ) and CL knockouts..

  4. very very poor performance “once again” ….. really frustrating….we lost 3 clear points..if walcott leaves(thats sure) we will weak again …wenger wil not add anyone what the team require right now..all seasons we had some missing links which completes a perfect squad…this time also the story could be in another way ,if we sign a good cdm and one more striker(or cannot allow to leave rvp and song)…3 good players in and two fantastic players are out .team again unbalanced..how will we compete for the title..never ..its along journey , a team like us cannot compete in epl for the title.really frustrating .in each season we have a new hope that we will do this time but the reality is painful. at any cost walcots contract will be renewed ,because he is a match winner, he can change the game quickly..if the best players in our squad leaves regularly we will not won any thing and poor performances will continues ..this time also we will fight for the 4th place(more harder than last year ) and CL knockouts..

    1. My hrt z 2 young 2 be weaken by Arsenal,no longer watch our matches till we improve,remedy…..plz sack Arsene Wenger

  5. i’ve been saying for a couple of seasons that our problems are kossa & vermi. they are two average players who are over hyped by the fans.
    how can you say they are class when we have one of the worst defences in the civilised half of the premiership.
    mannone is a joke. we all know wenger should have spent on a experienced goalie a couple of seasons ago.
    our problem is our 3rd rate players. buft an even bigger problem is wenger keeps playing them.
    wenger can’t wait to play two of our worst players. gerv & santos.
    how f***knn thick is wenger? everyone sees our sh**e except wenger.

  6. Wr haz carzola gone…..is he dat average or Arsenal is turnin 2 liverpool dat reduces d quality of players?…….God save Arsenal

  7. Don’t blame arteta,blame wenger.Arshavin,chamakh,squilaci,podolski,giroud,park were all fantastic players during their arrival at the club.But now,ur guess is as good as mine.

  8. There is far too much knee-jerk reaction in football but i would not criticise the reactions today–it was the assumption that arsene had done a brilliant job in the summer,Arteta was a great defensive holding midfielder and Bouldy was a genius at defensive coaching . Boy oh boy how wrong that was. This is probably the worst organised defence i have seen at Arsenal for years. Awful marking from set pieces,Arteta’s confidence in ruins and Podolski and now Cazorla losing their early season lustre.
    All those who berated Song should now realise he was a much better shield than what we have. At least Giroud tried his heart out and showed some significant improvement. i’m genuinely terrified about next week/ Hopefully Szczesny and Wilshere will return but Theo is a slow healer and looks to be out for a while.
    While Wenger might be sacked at some clubs forget it with this board–but he must wonder about Bould . very disappointing

  9. am saying it again wenger will relegate arsenal,then he will resign.monaco used to be a top team untill wenger came in and make monaco mediorca before leaving for japan league.He will do same to arsenal.

  10. What is the rationale playing Ramsey. If Ramsey is good,why was he stripped off his country’s captain band. And wenger can’t even learn from that. Wenger should step aside, infact he should be sacked for guadiola to step in.

  11. In answer to French Jimmy Saville; unlike your namesake you lot couldn’t even rape a corpse. It’ll be the same outcome as last season and with that clown in charge you’ll be lucky to make the comedy cup next season (the one you currently play on Thursday nights).

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