Premier League Scores: Result and Highlights from the EPL Fixture between Arsenal v Fulham on Saturday, November 10, 2012.
Result: Arsenal 3 – 3 Fulham
Location: Emirates Stadium – Arsenal
|Arsenal – 3||Fulham – 3|
|Olivier Giroud (11’)||Dimitar Berbatov (29’)|
|Lukas Podolski (23’)||Alexander Kacaniklic (40’)|
|Olivier Giroud (69’)||Dimitar Berbatov (67’)|
2 -1 was my predicted outcome for this match. I may have gotten this wrong, but I’m not surprised by the score or the way the match played out. It was an excellent London derby and was quite fun to watch. Arsene Wenger will be very disappointed to not come away from this with all 3 points. Martin Jol and Fulham fully deserved the point in the end.
Arsenal and Fulham both started out well with some good end to end play. Bryan Ruiz came close early, but saw his shot curve wide of the goal. Arsenal were able to get the first goal when Olivier Giroud got a head on their 11th minute corner. Despite this Fulham were able to string together several minutes of possession, but were stuck in midfield where Arsenal were content to let Fulham knock it around.
Fulham were hit with an early injury blow in the 21st minute when Kieran Richardson was racing down the sideline where he pulled up with a hamstring injury. The most unfortunate part of it was that he was in a good position having gotten behind the Arsenal defense and would have been set up for a cross. Arsenal quickly got another goal with a great low cross into the box by Mikel Arteta past the sleepy Fulham defenders for Lukas Podolski to put past Mark Schwarzer in the 23rd minute.
Fulham had plenty of possession, but did very little with it, rarely getting into the final third. They had a hard time getting the ball up to Dimitar Berbatov leaving him to pull deeper and deeper in midfield. Berbatov was able to get his goal in the 28th minute off of a splendid Ruiz corner. Arsenal did not look good defending the corner and looked shaky following the goal.
The 39th minute brought another goal with Berbatov making a great run into the box and sending in a perfect cross for Alexander Kacaniklic to head in just past Vito Mannone. The keeper was able to get a hand to it, but the ball was put too far out of his reach and Fulham was able to equalize at 2 – 2.
Both teams started the second half in attacking form and both were going for the win. In the 58th minute Arsenal won a free kick following a Steve Sidwell foul. The referee appeared prepared to give Sidwell a yellow card, but then he seemed to realize he had already booked the player and chose not to give the card. Gunner supporters will certainly consider this controversial and complain about it, but in all fairness it was not much of a foul and a second yellow would have been very harsh.
The 66th minute saw Mikel Arteta give away a penalty to Bryan Ruiz. Dimitar Berbatove stopped up and calmly slotted the ball into the lower left corner, completely freezing Mannone on his line. The 69th minute saw yet another goal. Giroud took the first shot 1 on 1 with the keeper only to see it go off the post. Arsenal got lucky to have the ball land at Theo Walcott’s feet where he crossed in for Giroud to head the ball home and tie the game yet again, this time at 3 – 3.
Wow, the end to this match was very exciting as the referee, wrongly, gave a penalty for a handball in the box by Sascha Reither. He clearly had his hand by his side, but the penalty was given nonetheless. As if to prove that the call was wrong, Mark Schwarzer dove to his left to make the save against Mikel Arteta. The frustration on Wenger’s, and Arteta’s face, was obvious as the final whistle blew.