- 2nd Half
- Zambo Anguissa61'
- Maja (P)59'
Arsenal - Fulham
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- End of 2nd Half
FT: Arsenal 1-1 Fulham. Nketiah struck deep into stoppage time to grab a draw for Arsenal and seriously hamper Fulham's survival hopes after Maja's penalty had put them ahead.
The goal stands! 1-1.
VAR is checking.
- GoalEddie NketiahArsenal
GOAL! Nketiah stabs home at the far post after Fulham failed to deal with a left-wing corner that was flicked on by Gunners keeper Mat Ryan.
SUPER BLOCK! Reed gets his body in the way to help keep out Nketiah's effort. It's all Arsenal!
Fulham try to attack and keep possession as the best form of defence but almost get caught on the break.
- Yellow cardAlphonse AréolaFulham
Seven minutes added! Still time for Arsenal. Meanwhile, Areola booked.
SAVE! Areola stands firm at his near post to beat away Martinelli's strike from the left side of the area.
CLOSE! Saka jinks in from the right and curves a left-foot strike just past the upright.
- OffIvan CavaleiroFulham
- OnJoe BryanFulham
FULHAM CHANGE: Bryan on.
As it stands, Arsenal will stay ninth and five points adrift of the top seven. Fulham remain 18th but would close to within four points of Burnley having played two games more.
Time is running out for Arsenal. Can Fulham hang on here for three massive points?
- OffJosh MajaFulham
- OnRuben Loftus-CheekFulham
FULHAM CHANGE: Loftus-Cheek on for Maja.
VIDEO: Maja's magic moment!
It's all hands to the pump for the Fulham players. They pack their own area and get people in the way. This time Smith-Rowe sees a volley from the right side of the area well blocked.
SAVE! Martinelli beats Areola to the ball and digs out a cross form the right byline. Pepe rises at the far post but sees his header brilliantly kept out by the keeper, who recovered well to get back on his line and deny the hosts.
- OffAlexandre LacazetteArsenal
- OnEddie NketiahArsenal
ARSENAL CHANGE: Lacazette off, Nketiah on.
Amidst the flurry of changes, Lacazette went down and signalled to the bench. He's coming off! Big blow for the Gunners and the in-form forward.
- OffAdemola LookmanFulham
- OnHarrison ReedFulham
FULHAM CHANGE: Lookman off, Harrison Reed on.
- OffHéctor BellerínArsenal
- OnNicolas PépéArsenal
ARSENAL CHANGE: Pepe on for Bellerin.
- OffMohamed ElnenyArsenal
- OnThomas ParteyArsenal
ARSENAL CHANGE: Partey on for Elneny.
CLOSE! Bellerin nods a free header inches past the far post from a left-wing delivery.
Lacazette sees his attempt from the free kick crack into the jumping wall.
Free kick to Arsenal in a central position 22 yards out.
Reid booked for a foul on Ceballos.
That's Maja's third for Fulham and it could yet be a HUGE one.
- Goal by penaltyJosh MajaFulham
GOAL! The visitors snatch the lead. Maja rifles the spot kick into the roof of the net as Ryan dives the opposite way.
VAR checks for offside... it's given as onside. The penalty stands.
PENALTY TO FULHAM! Gabriel penalised for bringing down Lemia. VAR is checking...
Xhaka appears to be okay to continue. Play is back underway.
Xhaka is back on his feet but hobbling quite a bit. The Gunners won't want to lose what is already a make-shift left back.
Xhaka looks to be in a lot of discomfort after a clash with Bobby Reid. The game is stopped for them to receive treatment.
- Yellow cardJoachim AndersenFulham
Andersen is cautioned for a lunging tackle.
STAT: Arsenal have lost eight home games in all competitions this season, their most in a single campaign since nine defeats in 1929-30.
Lacazette drills a 25-yard effort just wide of Areola's right-hand post. The chance came after Arsenal broke up a Fulham attack and surged forward on the counter.
- 2nd Half
KICK OFF! Fulham get us back up and running.
- End of 1st Half
HT: Arsenal 0-0 Fulham.
The ball ends up in the Fulham net again via Andersen - but it's no OG as Smith-Rowe was a yard offside in the build up.
One minute added.
Arsenal fans are currently cursing VAR and the fact Saka's big toe is a couple of centimetres too long!
Still 0-0. VAR intervenes on a narrow margin once more... Sigh.
VAR is checking for an offside in the build up when an initial cross from the left saw Saka in an offside position in the middle. That was close!
GOAL! Ceballos rises at the far post to guide Bellerin's cute cross into the corner. Finally - we have the breakthrough or do we....?
Free kick to Arsenal in a central position 45 yards out - but Xhaka's delivery was poor. It looked like a set-piece routine from the training ground but they clearly got their lines wrong!
Arsenal are spreading the play and trying to get in-behind Fulham, but they aren't having much joy now. Each move seems to have a similar pattern before fizzling out.
Social chatter is turning to other matters off the field now, which sums up the action really. One such comment is about Parker's attire: "Fullham’s coach looks like he’s going to tell everyone to get off his daddy’s yacht." Perhaps trying to hard in the bid to be noticed as the most stylish PL coach.
It's fair to say the game would benefit from a goal now. It's lost a bit of that early spark.
Fulham have definitely settled now. Arsenal are still the team with more of the ball but the visitors aren't leaking chances like in the first 5-10 minutes.
Back up the other end and Smith-Rowe rifles just over the top from 25 yards out.
CLOSE! A speculative shot deflects into the path of Maja but his snap effort clips a defender and bobbles inches past the post with Ryan seemingly beaten.
Fulham are showing signs they are growing into this now. Robinson raids down the left but his cut back can't find a white shirt.
DID YOU KNOW? Arsenal have failed to net in 11 league games this term. The Gunners have never done worse in a 38-match Premier League campaign.
Solid keeping from Ryan. He's been a spectator since the kick off here, but he's alert to race off his line and confidently pluck a decent cross out of the air after Fulham had put together a fine move down the right.
Lookman seizes upon an Arsenal mix-up just inside the home side's half, but then overcooks his ball in-behind for Cavaleiro. Fulham need to make the most of situations like that if they are to get anything here.
No doubt who is bossing this so far. Arsenal are well on top and will feel they should have made at least one of their two chances count.
Areola springs to his left to keep out Martinelli's tame shot on the turn after a super run and cut back on the right by Smith-Rowe.
Arsenal have pretty much had a monopoly of possession in these fledgling moments.
CLOSE! Fulham fail to deal with diagonal ball to the left flank. It drops for Lacazette who shows how full of confidence he is with a deft through ball for Martinelli, who can only flick wide of the far post.
- 1st Half
KICK OFF! Arsenal get us underway after a minute's silence in memory of Prince Philip.
Arteta has also explained why Mat Ryan gets the nod between the sticks for Arsenal today. Can his much-changed team claim back-to-back league wins for the first time since January? We're about to find out. Kick off is coming up!
DID YOU KNOW? Arsenal have only been beaten in one of their last 42 home league matches v teams in the relegation zone (W39, D2). However, that loss came in their last such game against Burnley in December.
DERBY DESPAIR: Will today be the day Fulham end a torrid run in PL London derbies? The Cottagers have not won one since a 2-1 home victory against West Ham on New Year's Day 2014.
Emile Smith-Rowe: "I think it’ll be really difficult for us today. We know how good they are and I feel like their position in the league doesn’t show how good they really are. It’s going to be a difficult test for us, but we are looking forward to it.”
TON UP: It's a landmark game in all competitions for Parker today. His record overall in the Fulham hot-seat: W37, D23, L39.
"I think the moment has gone for Fulham." That's the view of Eurosport's resident expert, Paul Parker. Will the Cottagers find a performance that could change his mind this afternoon? Check out what he had to say in full as well as his predictions for the rest of the weekend's key encounters below.
Josh Maja: “We know that we can go to big away teams and get a result, and that’s what we’re hoping to do (at Arsenal). We’ve gone away to Liverpool, we’ve gone away to Everton, and we’ve performed well. Not only the result, but with our playing style, our pressing intensity, so we can go to Arsenal with full confidence. Obviously we need a result, so that’s what we’re hoping to do.”
Scott Parker: “Let’s got to the Emirates, put on a very good performance, a good display all round, but ultimately what we need to do is try and get a result.”
Mikel Arteta: “We now have two big games to play at home and we have to do our best to win them because if we do, the season will start to look a little bit different. I think the better we are in the league, and if we keep winning, the confidence will be higher, the spirit will be better, the players' individual performances will maintain and that will have a knock-on effect on the Europa League, for sure."
A closer look at the teamsheet shows there are five changes apiece. Mat Ryan, Hector Bellerin, Gabriel, Mohamed Elneny and Gabriel Martinelli all come into the team following the thumping Europa League win over Slavia Prague. Meanwhile, Fulham bring in Tosin Adarabioyo, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Josh Maja and Ivan Cavaleiro following the loss to Wolves, while the visitors are also boosted by the return of Ademola Lookman from injury.
CONFIRMED TEAMS - ARSENAL: Ryan, Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Saka, Xhaka, Ceballos, Elneny, Smith Rowe, Lacazette, Martinelli... Subs: Leno, Willian, Cedric, Partey, Pepe, Chambers, Mari, Nelson, Nketiah. /// FULHAM: Areola, Aina, Andersen, Tosin, Robinson, Lemina, Anguissa, Decordova-Reid, Cavaleiro, Lookman, Maja... Subs: Fabri, Hector, Odoi, Mitrovic, Ream, Loftus-Cheek, Reed, Bryan, Onomah.
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