Jol: Arsenal winner would have been harsh on Fulham

Mikel Arteta missed a last-minute penalty to ensure that the Cottagers came away with a share of the points after an enthralling 3-3 draw at the Emirates Stadium
Fulham boss Martin Jol has insisted a winning goal for Arsenal would have been harsh on his side, after Mikel Arteta missed a last-minute penalty to ensure a thrilling game at the Emirates finished 3-3.

The Cottagers went two goals down early on as Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski struck but the game turned on its head through an Alex Kacaniklic goal and a Dimitar Berbatov double.

Despite his side conceding at the hands of Giroud before seeing Arteta miss a chance to win the game, Jol believes a 3-3 draw was a fair result in the end.

"I am proud of the way we played. We started so well and then went 2-0 down, which was harsh. I thought we were equally as good as Arsenal," he told reporters.

"It was very disappointing to be 2-0 down if you saw how my team played, especially in the second half. We broke them, we dominated them.

"They are a good team but, but it would have been very harsh if they scored the penalty."

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Berbatov was undoubtedly the star of the show for the visitors, scoring twice and causing the Gunners' defence numerous problems all day.

Commenting on the Bulgarian's performance, Jol said: "He scored two goals again today. He caused them a problem. Bryan [Ruiz] has probably had his best game since he joined us.

"The only [disappointing] this is is that we could have lost the game in the dying seconds. Before that, we could have won.

"[The penalty technique] was pretty cool. He did it the other day and I said 'How many other players in England would wait for the keeper [to go down]?' and, to be honest, there is not one player who could do that. It was brave. He said afterwards 'You see? I can do that'."