Saturday 10 November 2012, 3:00pm at Emirates Stadium, London
Barclays Premier League
Arsenal
Arsenal
3
Giroud 11', 69'; Podolski 23'
Fulham FC
Fulham
3
Berbatov 29', (pen) 67'; Kacaniklic 40'
An injury-time penalty save by Mark Schwarzer earned Fulham a point in a breathtaking six-goal thriller at the Emirates.

11' Goal

Olivier Giroud
Assist by Theo Walcott

23' Goal

Lukas Podolski
Assist by Mikel Arteta

69' Goal

Olivier Giroud
Assist by Theo Walcott

60' Yellow Card

Aaron Ramsey

90'+5 Missed Penalty

Mikel Arteta

56' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aaron Ramsey
Off:Francis Coquelin

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Off:Lukas Podolski

85' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Andrey Arshavin
Off:Theo Walcott

29' Goal

Dimitar Berbatov
Assist by Bryan Ruiz

40' Goal

Alexander Kacaniklic

67' Penalty

Dimitar Berbatov

41' Yellow Card

Steve Sidwell Card was given for a foul

90'+5 Yellow Card

Chris Baird

24' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Alexander Kacaniklic
Off:Kieran Richardson

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Damien Duff
Off:Ashkan Dejagah

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An injury-time penalty save by Mark Schwarzer earned Fulham a point in a breathtaking six-goal thriller at The Emirates.

After Sascha Riether had been harshly adjudged to have handballed an Andrey Arshavin cross in the dying seconds of stoppage time, Schwarzer guessed correctly to dive left and push Mikel Arteta’s spot-kick past the post.

The Whites had trailed 2-0 through early goals from Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski. But Fulham came roaring back, going in level at the break thanks to headers from Dimitar Berbatov and substitute Alexander Kačaniklić.

Having never won at the home of the Gunners, Fulham then dared to dream when Berbatov stroked home from the penalty spot midway through the second half. But just two minutes later, Arsenal levelled when Giroud scored his second of the game.

With the final whistle about to blow, Phil Dowd then pointed to the spot for a second time – but Schwarzer proved to be the hero as he palmed Arteta’s effort around the woodwork in what was the final action of an incredible encounter.

Martin Jol made three changes from the side that drew 2-2 with Everton last time out. In came Ashkan Dejagah, ex-Gunner Steve Sidwell and Kieran Richardson to replace Damien Duff, the injured Mahamadou Diarra and Kačaniklić respectively.

Fulham started brightly; Bryan Ruiz saw a shot deflected inches wide in the fourth minute. But it was the Gunners who went in front with their first real attack of the game in the 11th minute. Theo Walcott’s outswinging corner was met at the near post by Giroud who beat Aaron Hughes to the ball to power a header towards goal. Schwarzer got a hand to the effort but could only help it on its way.

The Whites were dealt a double blow on the 20-minute mark when Richardson limped out of the action. Whilst Fulham were waiting to replace him, Arsenal made it 2-0. Arteta got free in the right-hand side of the penalty area and his cross was met by Podolski who snuck in between Hughes and Riether to prod home. Kačaniklić then entered the fray for Richardson.

But Fulham reduced the arrears just before the half hour. The Whites won a corner which Ruiz took and his delivery was met by the unmarked Berbatov to head home.

And it got even better for Fulham on 39 minutes. Riether played Berbatov in down the right and his centre was met by Kačaniklić, whose downward header bounced once and beat the despairing dive of Vito Mannone.

Moments later, Sidwell harshly went into the book for a trip on Santi Cazorla and from the resulting free-kick, Giroud headed Arteta’s set-piece over the bar.

But it was Fulham were ended the first half on top; Dejagah flicking John Arne Riise’s cross towards goal. The ball was rolling into the path of Berbatov, but the sliding Thomas Vermaelen got back to just beat the Bulgarian to the danger and clear for a corner.

The first action of the second half came in the 51st minute when Walcott’s cross was just too high for Giroud, before Ruiz fired just wide at the other end from 20 yards after Dejagah had cut in from the right and teed up his teammate. On 55 minutes, a mazy run from Walcott ended with the England man firing just wide of the far post.

Sidwell was then fortunate to escape a second booking on the hour mark after a foul on Arsenal substitute Aaron Ramsey, before Brede Hangeland made a great block to deny the impressive Walcott.

But it was Fulham who went in front on 67 minutes. Ruiz robbed the dithering Arteta in possession and strode into the area. He was clipped by Arteta, with referee Dowd pointing to the spot. Berbatov shuffled up and nonchalantly stroked his penalty past Mannone to send the travelling Fulham fans wild. Their joy was to be short-lived.

Kačaniklić forced Mannone into a low save in the 69th minute, but it was 3-3 seconds later. After Giroud had hit the post, Walcott picked up the loose ball. He crossed for Giroud who made no mistake with his header from eight yards.

In the 71st minute, Ruiz tested Mannone with a dipping long-range effort which the Arsenal man unconvincingly pushed away for a corner, before a threaded throughball by Kačaniklić almost put Berbatov in on goal but Laurent Koscielny got back to make a sliding tackle.

Giroud was denied a hat-trick with 10 minutes to go, Schwarzer brilliantly tipping his long-range drive around the post. Giroud then missed a golden chance to win it for Arsenal in the first minute of injury time, arriving unmarked to nod Bacary Sagna’s cross wide.

It looked as though Arsenal would win it in injury time when Dowd pointed to the spot after Arshavin’s cross had hit Riether on the arm. Despite Fulham protests, Dowd indicated that Riether had pushed his arm towards the ball.

Arteta stepped up – but Schwarzer threw himself to his left to push the effort around the post as proceedings finally came to an end.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 10 November 2012
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Emirates Stadium, London
Attendance: 60,093

Referee: Phil Dowd

Arsenal

Line-up: Mannone; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen; Coquelin (Ramsey 56'), Arteta; Walcott (Arshavin 85'), Cazorla, Podolski (Oxlade-Chamberlain 76'); Giroud

Unused substitutes: Szczesny, André Santos, Jenkinson, Chamakh

Manager: Arsène Wenger

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Dejagah (Duff 85'), Baird, Sidwell, Richardson (Kacaniklic 24'); Ruiz; Berbatov

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Senderos, Karagounis, Petric, Rodallega

Manager: Martin Jol

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 10 24
2 Chelsea 10 23
3 Manchester City 10 22
4 Everton 11 20
5 West Bromwich Albion 11 20
6 Tottenham Hotspur 10 17
7 Arsenal 11 16
8 Fulham 11 16
9 West Ham United 10 15
10 Newcastle United 10 14
11 Swansea City 11 13
12 Stoke City 11 12
13 Liverpool 10 11
14 Wigan Athletic 11 11
15 Norwich City 11 11
16 Sunderland 10 9
17 Aston Villa 10 9
18 Reading 10 6
19 Southampton 11 5
20 Queens Park Rangers 11 4
Goals
3
3
Total Shots
14
11
Shots On Target
6
5
Passing Accuracy
89%
85%
Fouls
11
12
Corners
8
6
Offsides
1
5
Bookings
1
2
Sending Offs
0
0
Arsenal (4-2-3-1)
  • 24Vito Mannone
  • 3Bacary Sagna
  • 4Per Mertesacker
  • 6Laurent Koscielny
  • 5Thomas Vermaelen
  • 22Francis Coquelin
  • 8Mikel Arteta
  • 14Theo Walcott
  • 19Santiago Cazorla
  • 9Lukas Podolski
  • 12Olivier Giroud
Substitutes
  • 1Wojciech Szczesny
  • 11André Santos
  • 25Carl Jenkinson
  • 15Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 16Aaron Ramsey
  • 23Andrey Arshavin
  • 29Marouane Chamakh
Manager
  • Arsène Wenger
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 24Ashkan Dejagah
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
Substitutes
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 4Philippe Senderos
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 31Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 10Mladen Petric
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Arsenal 3, Fulham 3.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Arsenal 3, Fulham 3.
  • 90'+5' Penalty saved! Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 90'+5' Chris Baird (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 90'+4' Penalty conceded by Sascha Riether (Fulham) with a hand ball in the penalty area.
  • 90'+3' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Chris Baird.
  • 90'+2' Attempt blocked. Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 90'+2' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Steve Sidwell.
  • 90'+1' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.
  • 90' Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Bacary Sagna with a cross.
  • 90' Offside, Fulham. Bryan Ruiz tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.
  • 89' Attempt missed. Brede Hangeland (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz with a cross following a corner.
  • 88' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
  • 88' Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).
  • 88' Sascha Riether (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 85' Substitution, Fulham. Damien Duff replaces Ashkan Dejagah.
  • 85' Substitution, Arsenal. Andrey Arshavin replaces Theo Walcott because of an injury.
  • 84' Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 84' Foul by Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).
  • 80' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by John Arne Riise.
  • 80' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 80' Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Per Mertesacker.
  • 76' Substitution, Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Lukas Podolski.
  • 76' Offside, Fulham. Sascha Riether tries a through ball, but Bryan Ruiz is caught offside.
  • 75' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.
  • 75' Attempt blocked. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.
  • 73' Attempt blocked. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Vermaelen.
  • 71' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Vito Mannone.
  • 71' Attempt saved. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Alexander Kacaniklic.
  • 69' Goal! Arsenal 3, Fulham 3. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Theo Walcott with a cross.
  • 69' Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.
  • 68' Attempt saved. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 68' Attempt saved. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a through ball.
  • 67' Goal! Arsenal 2, Fulham 3. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
  • 66' Penalty conceded by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) after a foul in the penalty area.
  • 66' Penalty Fulham. Bryan Ruiz draws a foul in the penalty area.
  • 64' Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).
  • 64' Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 63' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.
  • 61' Attempt missed. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.
  • 60' Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card.
  • 59' Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 59' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 58' Foul by Lukas Podolski (Arsenal).
  • 58' Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 57' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Chris Baird.
  • 56' Substitution, Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey replaces Francis Coquelin.
  • 55' Attempt missed. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Olivier Giroud.
  • 54' Theo Walcott (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 54' Foul by John Arne Riise (Fulham).
  • 51' Attempt missed. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ashkan Dejagah.
  • 49' Offside, Fulham. Dimitar Berbatov tries a through ball, but Alexander Kacaniklic is caught offside.
  • 47' Foul by Lukas Podolski (Arsenal).
  • 47' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • Second Half begins Arsenal 2, Fulham 2.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Arsenal 2, Fulham 2.
  • 45'+2' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Per Mertesacker.
  • 45'+2' Attempt missed. Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by John Arne Riise with a cross following a fast break.
  • 45' Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).
  • 45' Aaron Hughes (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 43' Offside, Arsenal. Per Mertesacker tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.
  • 42' Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Mikel Arteta following a set piece situation.
  • 41' Steve Sidwell (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 41' Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 41' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 40' Goal! Arsenal 2, Fulham 2. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov with a cross.
  • 39' Foul by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal).
  • 39' Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 37' Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).
  • 37' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 36' Hand ball by Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).
  • 34' Foul by Lukas Podolski (Arsenal).
  • 34' Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 31' Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 31' Foul by Sascha Riether (Fulham).
  • 31' Attempt missed. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
  • 29' Goal! Arsenal 2, Fulham 1. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz with a cross following a corner.
  • 28' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.
  • 26' Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 26' Foul by Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).
  • 23' Substitution, Fulham. Alexander Kacaniklic replaces Kieran Richardson because of an injury.
  • 23' Goal! Arsenal 2, Fulham 0. Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mikel Arteta.
  • 21' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 21' Delay in match Kieran Richardson (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 16' Foul by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).
  • 16' Kieran Richardson (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 15' Foul by Aaron Hughes (Fulham).
  • 15' Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 13' Foul by Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal).
  • 13' Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 11' Goal! Arsenal 1, Fulham 0. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Theo Walcott with a cross following a corner.
  • 11' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by John Arne Riise.
  • 10' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 10' Theo Walcott (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 9' Offside, Fulham. Kieran Richardson tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.
  • 7' Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mikel Arteta.
  • 6' Foul by John Arne Riise (Fulham).
  • 6' Theo Walcott (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 4' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Per Mertesacker.
  • 4' Attempt blocked. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steve Sidwell.
  • 2' Offside, Fulham. John Arne Riise tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.
  • 1' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 1' Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • First Half begins.
  • Line-ups are announced and players are warming up.
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