Arsenal 2-2 Fulham: Match report, player ratings, fan reaction & more

Match report

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.

Player Ratings


  • 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

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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