Arsenal Vs Fulham Live Text Commentary


93′ Penalty for Arsenal

90 ‘Giroud miss

89′ Berbatov Offside

84’ Ashkan Dejagah Damien Duff

84′ Walcott out Arshavin in

80′ What a save from Schwarzer! Giroud runs at the Fulham goal and shows good strength to hold off a couple of tackles before unleashing a vicious swerving drive that the keeper does well to tip wide. Close for the hosts.

78
It really is anybody’s game – while not wanting to belittle Fulham here, it’s surprising just how evenly matched the two sides are across the pitch. If they fail to win here, expect Gunners fans to be asking some difficult questions of Wenger and the Arsenal board.

76 Lukas Podolski Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

74’A good Berbatov chance as he finds space in the area from Kacaniklic pass, forcing Laurent Koscielny to lunge in with a last stitch tackle.

74’Ruiz is at the centre of everything for Fulham having a good game chasing all over the pitch and supplying Sidwell with plenty of the ball.

73’Podolski makes a nice run and feeds Cazorla whose shot is blocked on the edge of the box.

72’Frantic stuff here in North London, the attackers on both sides are enjoying themselves, whilst the defenders are having an off day.

70′ Arsenal 3 – 3 Fulham

69 Gooooooooooooooal Giroud Equalized

66 Arsenal 2 – Fulham 3

66′ Gooooooooooooal Berbatov Again

65′ Penalty for Fulham

60 Aaron Ramsey


60′
Cazorla miss a Freekick

57′ Podolski yellow card

56′ Corner for Arsenal

55′ Great miss by Walcott, he flew it away

50:09
Unfair challenge on Ashkan Dejagah by Thomas Vermaelen results in a free kick. Chris Baird restarts play with the free kick.

48:32
The referee blows for offside against Alex Kacaniklic. Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.
46:14

Bryan Ruiz fouled by Lukas Podolski, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Baird takes the free kick.
45:01

The second half kicks off.

HT.

45 ‘Podolski and Giroud build well in midfield as they mount an attack, only for Thomas Vermaelen to overhit a cross from the left.

43’Arsenal have fallen asleep here and their lack of a killer instinct has been evident again. They are allowing far too much space in midfield.

42’Berbatov has made a great impact at Fulham since his summer move and his cross for the goal there really was superb. This is a decent game.

41’ Huge credit to Fulham, they looked dead and buried 15 minutes ago and they are now right back in it.

40′ GOAL!!! A brilliant goal from Fulham on the counter attack with Berbatov slipping into the box on the right and delivering an excellent cross for Alexander Kacaniklic to head home.


40′ Goal equalizer Arsenal 2 Fulham 2

36′ Berbatov looks offside as he chases an over hit Steve Sidwell pass from midfield. Goal kick Arsenal.

35’A good spell for Fulham who have plenty of the ball at the moment.

34’Ruiz delivers a decent looking near post cross from a free kick after a silly foul by Podolski but Arsenal manage to clear the danger.

3’Last season Arsenal led the league in comeback points with 24, this season they have gained just four points from trailing situations so far. Today it’s their opposition who are already looking for a comeback win.

36’Berbatov looks offside as he chases an over hit Steve Sidwell pass from midfield. Goal kick Arsenal.

35’A good spell for Fulham who have plenty of the ball at the moment.

34’Ruiz delivers a decent looking near post cross from a free kick after a silly foul by Podolski but Arsenal manage to clear the danger.

3’Last season Arsenal led the league in comeback points with 24, this season they have gained just four points from trailing situations so far. Today it’s their opposition who are already looking for a comeback win.

32′ Walcott wastes a free kick in a good position, hitting his delivery low when he should do better from just outside the box.

31’Berbatov senses a chance to score a second, before mis-hitting a half volley wide of the target.

28′ Bryan Ruiz provided the assist for the goal.

28′ GOAL!!! Fulham strike back with Berbatov header from a Ruiz corner. A simple finish but that’s slack from Arsenal.

25′ Damien Duff has eventually come on to replace Richardson.

23′ Goooooooooooooooal Podolski make it 2 -0 Assisted by Arteta

18′ Not a great deal happening with Fulham trying not to lose the ball but unable to penetrate at present. For once a Berbatov first touch lets him down and Arsenal get an easy goal kick. The home crowd enjoyed that little mistake!

17’Arsenal are unsurprisingly sitting deep and looking to keep things tight after getting that early goal.

15′ Before today Fulham have hit the target with a higher percentage of their shots than any other side this term (57%). They need some of that precision this afternoon.

14′ Berbatov and John Arne Riise are keeping the Arsenal defence busy, trying to stretch the play on the wings and get Fulham back into this.

13′ The Gunners have lost three of their last five league games, but they should be able to put that right today following this excellent start.

12:53 Santi Cazorla gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Sidwell. Free kick taken by Chris Baird.

10:29 Assist by Theo Walcott.

10:29 Goal scored

Goal – Olivier Giroud – Arsenal 1 – 0 Fulham Olivier Giroud finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Arsenal 1-0 Fulham.

10:08 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Theo Walcott,

9:09 Steve Sidwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Theo Walcott. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.

8:59 Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside. Free kick taken by Per Mertesacker.

6:20 Olivier Giroud has a shot on goal from long range that goes wide left.

5:36 John Arne Riise gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Theo Walcott. Direct free kick taken by Bacary Sagna.

3:27 Bryan Ruiz takes a shot. Blocked by Per Mertesacker. Corner taken left-footed by Bryan Ruiz from the right by-line to the near post, Per Mertesacker manages to make a clearance.

1:59 The official flags Dimitar Berbatov offside. Vito Mannone takes the free kick.

0:11 Dimitar Berbatov concedes a free kick for a foul on Per Mertesacker. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.

0:00 The referee gets the match started.

Teams: ARSENAL: Mannone, Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Coquelin, Arteta, Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski, Giroud… Subs: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Santos, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arshavin, Chamakh. ///

FULHAM: Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise, Dejagah, Baird, Sidwell, Richardson, Ruiz, Berbatov… Subs: Stockdale, Senderos, Petric, Karagounis, Duff, Rodallega, Kacaniklic.

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