Arsenal held to 2-2 draw as 10-man Fulham grab late equaliser


Reuters : Arsenal were held to a 2-2 home draw by 10-man Fulham after the visitors grabbed a late goal to deny Mikel Arteta’s side provisional top spot in the Premier League on Saturday.

Soccer Football – Premier League – Arsenal v Fulham – Emirates Stadium, London, Britain – August 26, 2023 Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus in action with Fulham’s Bernd Leno REUTERS/Tony Obrien

The result leaves the Gunners second with seven points, behind north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on goal difference.

Andreas Pereira put Fulham ahead in the first minute but Arsenal eventually bounced back with two goals in two frantic second-half minutes from Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah.

Fulham then had Calvin Bassey sent off for a second yellow card in the 83rd minute but despite going down to 10 men they rescued a point when Joao Palhinha swept home from a corner.

“Unfortunately we didn’t win but I think it’s a good result,” Palhinha told the BBC. “It’s always tough to play against Arsenal. We came to try to win but the most important thing was the effort we showed until the end even with 10 men.”


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