Saturday 20 April 2013, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
Arsenal
Arsenal
1
Mertesacker 43'
Per Mertesacker’s goal late in the first half earned Arsenal a narrow 1-0 victory over 10-man Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon.

12' Red Card

Steve Sidwell Card was given for a foul

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mladen Petric
Off:Alexander Kacaniklic

88' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kerim Frei
Off:Urby Emanuelson

43' Goal

Per Mertesacker
Assist by Laurent Koscielny

52' Yellow Card

Mikel Arteta Card was given for a foul

76' Yellow Card

Aaron Ramsey Card was given for a foul

90' Red Card

Olivier Giroud Card was given for a foul

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jack Wilshere
Off:Theo Walcott

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lukas Podolski
Off:Tomas Rosicky

90'+3 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Thomas Vermaelen
Off:Santiago Cazorla

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Per Mertesacker’s goal late in the first half earned Arsenal a narrow 1-0 victory over 10-man Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon.

The game’s main talking point came on 12 minutes, though, when Steve Sidwell was shown a straight red card for the second consecutive match. The midfielder went in for a 50/50 challenge with Mikel Arteta, but caught the Arsenal man just above the ankle.

Thero Walcott had already seen a goal disallowed prior to the dismissal, but the Whites actually had some good chances of their own before Mertesacker’s opener.

Fulham pressed for an equaliser in the second period but it proved too great an ask, with Stanislav Manolev coming closest when he found the net, only to see it ruled out by the offside flag, before Olivier Giroud was sent off for the Gunners.

There were four changes from the Fulham line-up that started the midweek defeat by Chelsea. Sascha Riether didn’t recover in time so Manolev came in at right-back, while on the other side Kieran Richardson was preferred to John Arne Riise. Sidwell returned from suspension to take Giorgos Karagounis’ place in the centre of midfield, and Alexander Kačaniklić was immediately restored to the starting XI after being recalled from his loan at Burnley, at the expense of Mladen Petrić who took his place amongst the substitutes.

After nabbing the ball off Arsenal early on, the first opportunity of the match fell the home side’s way following great play by Manolev in the second minute. The full-back beat two men down the flank before playing in Urby Emanuelson but, unfortunately, the Dutchman’s cut back was too close to the covering defenders.

The Gunners did have the ball in the net a minute later with a clinical near post finish from Walcott but the England man was a good yard offside when the ball was played to him and the goal was correctly ruled out.

A horrible sense of déjà vu engulfed the Cottage on 12 minutes when Sidwell was given a straight red card for a late challenge on Mikel Arteta. The ball was there to be won and although he only had one foot off the ground, Sidwell did catch the Spaniard on his ankle.

Despite the man disadvantage, it was Fulham who brought the first real save of the game out of either goalkeeper on 21 minutes. The Arsenal defence backed off the marauding Emanuelson who picked his moment to play in Dimitar Berbatov, but the Bulgarian’s powerful effort was beaten away by Wojciech Szczesny for a Fulham corner.

Kačaniklić then won another corner as his long range effort was deflected behind, before Richardson saw his speculative shot fly harmlessly wide of Szczesny’s goal.

Arsenal were hardly playing gung-ho football but they came within a whisker of opening the scoring on 35 minutes when Giroud – scorer of a brace in the reverse fixture – clipped the outside of the far post with a low, placed effort from 20 yards.

Persistent play from Emanuelson on the corner of the Arsenal penalty area saw him win the ball back after initially being dispossessed by Nacho Monreal, before drawing a decent save from the scrambling Szczesny who pushed the ball round the post.

But it was the visitors who took the lead two minutes before half-time. A free-kick was hoisted into the penalty box and Laurent Koscielny nodded the ball across the six yard box for Mertesacker to head into an empty net beyond the exposed Mark Schwarzer.

A mazy run by Emanuelson at the start of the second period saw Fulham presented with a decent opportunity 20 yards from goal after he was felled by Arteta. Bryan Ruiz stepped up to try and bend one but he couldn’t get enough dip on his free-kick and it sailed over the bar.

The second period was failing to match the intensity of the first, with Schwarzer beating Walcott to the ball on 68 minutes the first decent sniff either side had of goal.

A minute later, though, a neat one-two between Manolev and Emanuelson ended with the former over-hitting his cross so that it required a tip over the bar from Szczesny.

Arsenal then showed their strength in depth by introducing Jack Wilshere and Lukas Podolski. The international duo took the places of Walcott and Tomas Rosicky, respectively.

Aaron Ramsey then made his way into referee Andre Marriner’s notebook for a foul on Ruiz just outside the area. Richardson’s subsequent set-piece was saved by Szczesny and turned in by Manolev, but the offside flag was up.

Another free-kick was awarded our way on 78 minutes but Berbatov’s attempt went straight into the wall.

Fulham were in the ascendancy but Arsenal should have put the game to bed on 83 minutes. A patient move eventually saw the ball worked out to Santi Cazorla but the Spaniard hesitated, giving Brede Hangeland time to make up the ground and throw himself in front of the shot.

Martin Jol then made his first change of the game with Petrić coming on in place of Kačaniklić, before Kerim Frei then replaced Emanuelson.

As the 90-minute mark approached, the numbers were evened up when Giroud saw red for an ankle high challenge on Manolev.

Fulham refused to admit defeat and began bombarding the Arsenal box, with Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger responding with the introduction of Thomas Vermaelen for Cazorla.

Ramsey saw another chance to double his side’s lead come and go but it mattered little as Arsenal held on to just about take the points.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 20 April 2013
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,700

Referee: Andre Marriner

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Manolev, Senderos, Hangeland, Richardson; Emanuelson (Frei 88'), Enoh, Sidwell, Kacaniklic (Petric 85'); Ruiz; Berbatov

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, John Arne Riise, Hughes, Karagounis, Rodallega

Manager: Martin Jol

Arsenal

Line-up: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Arteta, Ramsey; Walcott (Wilshere 71'), Rosicky (Podolski 72'), Cazorla (Vermaelen 90'); Giroud

Unused substitutes: Mannone, Gibbs, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho

Manager: Arsène Wenger

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 33 81
2 Manchester City 32 68
3 Arsenal 34 63
4 Chelsea 32 61
5 Tottenham Hotspur 32 58
6 Everton 34 56
7 Liverpool 33 50
8 West Bromwich Albion 33 45
9 Swansea City 33 42
10 West Ham United 34 42
11 Fulham 34 40
12 Southampton 34 39
13 Norwich City 34 38
14 Sunderland 34 37
15 Stoke City 34 37
16 Newcastle United 34 37
17 Aston Villa 33 34
18 Wigan Athletic 33 31
19 Queens Park Rangers 34 24
20 Reading 34 24
Goals
0
1
Total Shots
7
11
Shots On Target
3
3
Passing Accuracy
77%
90%
Fouls
12
9
Corners
7
3
Offsides
8
3
Bookings
0
2
Sending Offs
1
1
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 25Stanislav Manolev
  • 4Philippe Senderos
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 28Urby Emanuelson
  • 33Eyong Enoh
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 31Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
Substitutes
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 10Mladen Petric
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Arsenal (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Wojciech Szczesny
  • 3Bacary Sagna
  • 4Per Mertesacker
  • 6Laurent Koscielny
  • 17Nacho Monreal
  • 8Mikel Arteta
  • 16Aaron Ramsey
  • 14Theo Walcott
  • 7Tomas Rosicky
  • 19Santiago Cazorla
  • 12Olivier Giroud
Substitutes
  • 24Vito Mannone
  • 5Thomas Vermaelen
  • 28Kieran Gibbs
  • 10Jack Wilshere
  • 15Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 9Lukas Podolski
  • 27Gervinho
Manager
  • Arsène Wenger
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, Fulham 0, Arsenal 1.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Fulham 0, Arsenal 1.
  • 90'+4' Attempt missed. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Wilshere with a through ball following a fast break.
  • 90'+3' Substitution, Arsenal. Thomas Vermaelen replaces Santiago Cazorla.
  • 90'+3' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Nacho Monreal.
  • 90'+1' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Aaron Ramsey.
  • 90' Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) is shown the red card for a bad foul.
  • 90' Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).
  • 90' Stanislav Manolev (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 88' Offside, Fulham. Mladen Petric tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.
  • 87' Substitution, Fulham. Kerim Frei replaces Urby Emanuelson.
  • 86' Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 86' Foul by Mladen Petric (Fulham).
  • 85' Substitution, Fulham. Mladen Petric replaces Alexander Kacaniklic.
  • 85' Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 85' Foul by Eyong Enoh (Fulham).
  • 83' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.
  • 83' Attempt blocked. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Wilshere.
  • 80' Offside, Fulham. Stanislav Manolev tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.
  • 79' Attempt blocked. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 78' Foul by Per Mertesacker (Arsenal).
  • 78' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 77' Offside, Fulham. Kieran Richardson tries a through ball, but Stanislav Manolev is caught offside.
  • 77' Attempt saved. Kieran Richardson (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 76' Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 76' Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).
  • 76' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 73' Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 73' Foul by Stanislav Manolev (Fulham).
  • 72' Substitution, Arsenal. Lukas Podolski replaces Tomas Rosicky.
  • 71' Substitution, Arsenal. Jack Wilshere replaces Theo Walcott.
  • 70' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.
  • 69' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Wojciech Szczesny.
  • 66' Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 66' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 62' Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 62' Foul by Stanislav Manolev (Fulham).
  • 58' Offside, Fulham. Stanislav Manolev tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.
  • 57' Hand ball by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal).
  • 56' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.
  • 56' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Kieran Richardson.
  • 54' Offside, Arsenal. Mikel Arteta tries a through ball, but Theo Walcott is caught offside.
  • 53' Attempt missed. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.
  • 52' Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 52' Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).
  • 52' Urby Emanuelson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 50' Offside, Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey tries a through ball, but Theo Walcott is caught offside.
  • 48' Offside, Fulham. Dimitar Berbatov tries a through ball, but Urby Emanuelson is caught offside.
  • 47' Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 47' Foul by Brede Hangeland (Fulham).
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Arsenal 1.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Arsenal 1.
  • 43' Goal! Fulham 0, Arsenal 1. Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Laurent Koscielny following a set piece situation.
  • 43' Attempt missed. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Theo Walcott following a set piece situation.
  • 42' Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 42' Foul by Eyong Enoh (Fulham).
  • 40' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Wojciech Szczesny.
  • 40' Attempt saved. Urby Emanuelson (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 36' Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).
  • 36' Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 35' Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.
  • 34' Offside, Fulham. Bryan Ruiz tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.
  • 34' Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).
  • 34' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 33' Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).
  • 33' Urby Emanuelson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 30' Offside, Fulham. Urby Emanuelson tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.
  • 28' Attempt saved. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mikel Arteta.
  • 24' Attempt blocked. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mikel Arteta.
  • 23' Attempt missed. Kieran Richardson (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.
  • 23' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Per Mertesacker.
  • 23' Attempt blocked. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
  • 21' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Wojciech Szczesny.
  • 20' Attempt saved. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Urby Emanuelson with a through ball.
  • 19' Attempt blocked. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tomas Rosicky.
  • 16' Offside, Fulham. Stanislav Manolev tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.
  • 16' Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).
  • 16' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 15' Attempt saved. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 15' Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 15' Foul by Urby Emanuelson (Fulham).
  • 15' Attempt blocked. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 14' Theo Walcott (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 14' Foul by Eyong Enoh (Fulham).
  • 12' Steve Sidwell (Fulham) is shown the red card for a bad foul.
  • 12' Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 12' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 10' Attempt missed. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Theo Walcott following a set piece situation.
  • 9' Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 9' Foul by Eyong Enoh (Fulham).
  • 4' Theo Walcott (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 4' Foul by Kieran Richardson (Fulham).
  • 2' Offside, Arsenal. Olivier Giroud tries a through ball, but Theo Walcott is caught offside.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.
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