English Premier League

  • Barclays Prem
  • 10 Nov 2012
  • KO 15:00
  • Ground: Emirates Stadium
Home team Score Away team

Arsenal

3-3

Fulham

Olivier Giroud 11, 69
Lukas Podolski 23
Dimitar Berbatov 29, 67 (pen)
Alex Kacaniklic 40

Arteta's miss denies Arsenal

Saturday 10th November 2012 16:56

Mikel Arteta had a penalty saved with the last kick of the game as Arsenal and Fulham fought out a pulsating 3-3 draw at the Emirates.

Arteta was handed the chance to settle a simply superb match, which lacked any defensive responsibility, but he was denied by an excellent Mark Schwarzer stop that continued Arsenal's frustrating run of form.

After a bright start from Fulham, it was the home side who took the lead on 11 minutes when the excellent Olivier Giroud got ahead of Aaron Hughes and headed home Theo Walcott's corner.

Fulham lost Kieran Richardson to a hamstring injury and, while they were waiting to replace him, Arteta set up Podolski to make it 2-0 12 minutes later, the German getting in front of Sascha Riether to flick past Schwarzer.

But the visitors were never lacking in threat and pulled a goal back on 29 when Dimitar Berbatov was lost by at least four defenders and headed home a Bryan Ruiz corner.

And five minutes before half-time, the Emirates fans were left wondering where their back-four were again when Berbatov ran on to a finely-judged ball down the right and Alex Kacaniklic headed past Vito Mannone, who will think he could have done more to keep the ball out of the net.

Fulham nearly snatched the lead on the stroke of half-time but Ashkan Dejagah couldn't quite get enough on John Arne Riise's cross and Arsenal breathed a sigh of relief.

Ruiz snatched at a decent chance just after the start of the second-half and, at the other end, Walcott cut in from the flank and fired just over the bar from 20 yards.

More dreadful defending, this time from Arteta, gave Fulham the lead on 67, the Spaniard losing possession and bringing down Ruiz in the box, with Berbatov making no mistake from the spot.

Two minutes later the rollercoaster was back on an even keel with Giroud's shot hitting the post and rebounding for Walcott to cross for the Frenchman to score his second of the afternoon.

Giroud was only denied his hat-trick by a superb save from Schwarzer, turning his fierce 20-yarder around the post, as a topsy-turvy game headed for the final 10 minutes.

And there would be more drama in the closing seconds with the last kick of the game proving to be Arteta's penalty, given for a marginal handball, but Schwarzer came to the rescue with a superb save to give Fulham a well-deserved point.

Schwarzer's save ensured it was the second time in a week that Arsenal had blown a 2-0 lead following their draw with Schalke in the UEFA Champions League.


Arsenal Team Statistics Fulham
3 Goals 3
2 1st Half Goals 2
6 Shots on Target 5
6 Shots off Target 4
2 Blocked Shots 2
8 Corners 6
11 Fouls 12
1 Offsides 5
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
88.7 Passing Success 85
24 Tackles 14
62.5 Tackles Success 85.7
56.4 Possession 43.6
55.1 Territorial Advantage 44.9
556 Total Passes 439
39 Total Crosses 16
142 Lost Balls 136
52 Recoveries 58
53.2 1st Half Poss. 46.8
58.9 2nd Half Poss. 41.1

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