Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal saw their flawless start to the campaign brought to a surprise end on Saturday afternoon, at the hands of Fulham.
The Gunners marked their return to action a short time ago, welcoming Marco Silva’s side to The Emirates with sights on a 3rd successive Premier League victory.
When all was said and done, however, a hit-and-miss display saw Arteta and co. forced to settle for a share of the spoils.
It was Fulham who opened the scoring in the clash, when Bukayo Saka’s carelessness in possession allowed Andreas Pereira to direct a long-distance effort beyond Aaron Ramsdale, who too failed to cover himself in glory:
From here, Arsenal toiled in their efforts to level things up, until a double substitution swung momentum firmly in favour of the hosts.
After Oleksandr Zinchenko and Fabio Vieira were introduced to the fray, the latter first won a spot-kick, converted with aplomb by Bukayo Saka.
And Vieira was front and centre once more just minutes later, on this occasion his pinpoint left-footed delivery across the face of goal directed home by Eddie Nketiah:
Just when it looked as though Arsenal had grasped control of the clash, and with Fulham down to ten men owing to the dismissal of Calvin Bassey, though, a final twist in the tale was forthcoming.
This came three minutes from time, when Bobby Decordova-Reid’s whipped corner from the right was swept home by the imperious Joao Palhinha.
And this is how things remained through the final whistle, on a day which saw Arsenal’s Premier League title hopes dealt an early blow.
- Aaron Ramsdale - 5
- Thomas Partey - 6
- Ben White - 5.5
- William Saliba - 6
- Jakub Kiwior - 5
- Martin Odegaard - 6.5
- Declan Rice - 7
- Kai Havertz - 4.5
- Bukayo Saka - 7
- Leandro Trossard - 4.5
- Gabriel Martinelli - 6
Substitutes: Eddie Nketiah - 8, Fabio Vieira - 8.5, Oleksandr Zinchenko - 6
- Bernd Leno - 6
- Kenny Tete - 5.5
- Issa Diop - 7
- Calvin Bassey - 4.5
- Antonee Robinson - 6
- Joao Palhinha - 8
- Sasa Lukic - 5.5
- Andreas Pereira - 6.5
- Harry Wilson - 5
- Bobby Decordova-Reid - 5.5
- Raul Jimenez - 6.5
Substitutes: Tom Cairney - 5.5, Harrison Reed - 6, Adama Traore - 5, Tosin Adarabioyo - N/A