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Arsenal v Fulham Live Commentary, 27/08/2022

2 - 1
M. Ødegaard (64)
Gabriel Magalhães (86)
A. Mitrović (56)
Emirates Stadium


That's all for today, goodbye!
Arsenal are the only team to win their opening four games in the Premier League this season and move back to the summit after Manchester City briefly led following their earlier win. Fulham drop into the bottom half and will play Brighton on Tuesday, while Arsenal host Aston Villa on Wednesday.
After a quiet first half, the game exploded into life in the second half. Mitrovic made Gabriel pay for making the same mistake twice and gave Fulham a surprise lead. Odegaard was the best Arsenal player on the pitch today and he started the Arsenal comeback as his deflected shot went past Leno. Leno made six saves but he wasn't strong enough in the air to stop Arsenal's winner as Gabriel made up for his earlier error by scoring from close range.
90' + 7' Despite Martinelli going down with a cramp, Fulham continue playing. They send the ball into the box but Ramsdale claims it.
90' + 6' After a long throw into the box, Saliba wins a foul against Chalobah to relieve the pressure on Arsenal in the dying minutes.
R. Holding
M. Ødegaard
90' + 5' Holding comes on for Odegaard as Arteta looks to secure the win with more defensive reinforcements.
90' + 2' Gabriel has received treatment for a head injury after a clash in the air. He will continue once the referee allows him back on.
90' + 2' Stansfield has the ball on the left wing and tries to find Mitrovic but Xhaka intercepts and clears the ball.
90' There will be five additional minutes.
89' HUGE SAVE! It's Ramsdale turn to make a big save as he lunges to his left to stop Chalobah from equalising.
T. Tomiyasu
Gabriel Jesus
89' Arteta is looking to see this one out as Tomiyasu comes on for Jesus.
J. Stansfield
T. Ream
88' It's forward on for defender as Stansfield comes on for Ream as Fulham look to throw everything at this game now.
N. Chalobah
João Palhinha
88' Chalobah is on for Palhinha to add extra energy and attacking presence in the midfield.
W. Saliba
86' Not sure Saliba knew much about this assist. He put his head in a good position to win the header from the corner and it fell kindly to Gabriel.
Gabriel Magalhães
86' GOALLLLL!!!!! GABRIEL 2-1!!!!!! The defender makes up for his earlier error after he capitalises on a mistake from Leno from a corner. Arsenal take the lead.
85' LENO SAVES AGAIN! The former Arsenal goalkeeper saves another shot as Martinelli tries to sneak one in at the near post.
83' ANOTHER CHANCE! Nketiah wastes another opportunity after he took too long bringing the ball down from a lofted pass and lost the chance to take a shot at goal.
82' HUGE CHANCE! Nketiah has the opportunity to put Arsenal in the lead after Martinelli cuts the ball back to him, but his shot is straight at the goalkeeper.
81' Odegaard and Martinelli combine to create an effort at goal, but it is blocked easily by the Fulham defence. Mitrovic's attempt at a counter ends quickly after a misplaced pass.
I. Diop
Andreas Pereira
79' Diop comes on for Pereira to provide more defensive cover in the final ten minutes.
K. Mbabu
K. Tete
79' Mbabu comes for Tete for a straight swap at right-back.
78' Martinelli takes a corner short with Xhaka but his eventual cross is overhit and goes out for a goal kick.
76' Nketiah makes a good run in behind, gets around Ream in the box but his shot is wild and goes wide of the post.
75' Arsenal are missing the presence of a left-back when progressing forward. Xhaka is forced into a misplaced pass due to a lack of options on his left.
73' SAVE! Martinelli tenaciously wins the ball back and fires a low shot at goal with his left foot. Leno gets down quickly and makes the save.
72' Mitrovic has won four of his six aerial duels so far and won two fouls for his team. He has also been involved in the most duels compared to his team-mates.
B. De Cordova-Reid
Yellow Card
70' Reid gets a yellow card from the referee for talking too much after a poor challenge on Saka.
T. Cairney
N. Kebano
69' Cairney comes on for Kebano as Silva looks to add extra energy to the Fulham attack.
68' Everything good that Fulham produce has involved Mitrovic. He wins another header but can't hit the target this time.
66' HUGE CHANCE! Ramsdale makes a great save to stop a Mitrovic header, then White makes an equally important sliding block to stop Reid from scoring.
B. Saka
64' Saka drives at the Fulham defence before finding Odegaard in a good position in the centre of the box. His deflected effort couldn't be stopped by Leno.
M. Ødegaard
64' GOALLLLL!!!! ODEGAARD 1-1!!!! It’s the combination that Arsenal used so often in the first half that works here in the second. Saka passes to Odegaard, whose deflected effort goes past the helpless Leno.
63' Mitrovic almost gets the better of Gabriel again after the defender's clearance hits the Serbian but the ricochet was too much to catch for Mitrovic.
E. Nketiah
K. Tierney
61' Nketiah replaces Tierney as Arteta puts on an extra attacker to try to get back into the game.
60' Fulham have kept Arsenal quiet since taking the lead. The hosts are finding it difficult to create a chance at the moment.
58' Arsenal are keeping the ball but struggling to push it forward since going behind.
A. Mitrović
56' GOALLLL!!!!!! MITROVIC 1-0!!!! Gabriel got away with spending too much time on the ball in the first half, but Mitrovic makes him pay this time! He ushers Gabriel off the ball and finishes calmly past Ramsdale.
55' CHANCE! Leno is called into action again as Jesus has the chance to break the deadlock with a first-time finish. He cannot connect properly with the ball and Leno dives onto it.
54' SAVE! Odegaard receives the ball from Martinelli, cuts inside, and shoots, but Leno makes a brilliant diving save.
52' Kebano and Pereira have the chance to counter from an Arsenal free-kick. Kebano had his team-mate open in the box, but as he attempts the pass, he completely misses the ball and the chance goes begging.
51' CHANCE! Reid gets a chance to put Fulham ahead after he beats Tierney in an aerial battle in the box, but he didn't expect it and puts the header wide.
A. Robinson
Yellow Card
51' Robinson goes into the book after needlessly bringing Jesus to the ground on the right wing.
50' Jesus sends a cross towards Martinelli at the back post. The winger does well to win the header against Tete but can't direct it towards goal and Leno claims it.
49' Mitrovic makes his way back onto the pitch after receiving treatment from the physios.
48' Mitrovic is receiving treatment on the pitch after a challenge by Saliba.
47' Arsenal start the second half on the front foot. Saka and Jesus try to get to the byline to cut the ball back but Fulham stand strong and the ball eventually deflects into the hands of Leno.
46' Jesus gets the second period under way!
Although they have not had many attacks, Mitrovic seems to be a potential game-winner for Fulham. His hold-up play has been strong and his passing in the opposition half has been good. Arsenal will look to carry on the same in most areas of the pitch in the next 45 minutes but will hope that Jesus can provide the necessary final touch in the box.
Arsenal have been the more dominant side in the game but Fulham have been strong in the last line of defence. Adarabioyo has been called into action a lot so far and has succeded most of the time. Both Ream and Tete have made clutch challenges to stop attempts at goal and Leno made the best save of the half when Saka was put through one-on-one against him.
45' + 1' HALF TIME: Arsenal 0-0 Fulham
Gabriel Jesus
Yellow Card
45' Jesus receives a yellow card after starting an altercation with Palhinha, who fouled Saka clumsily.
João Palhinha
Yellow Card
45' Palhinha goes into the book after fouling Saka in the middle of the pitch.
45' There will be one additional minute at the end of the half.
42' Pereira tries to run at the Arsenal defence after Palhinha wins the ball from Odegaard, but as he approached the attacking third, Gabriel slides in to win the ball and stop any danger.
41' Fulham came into this game unbeaten in this season’s Premier League (P3 W1 D2 L0). In their top-flight history, only in 2010-11 have they avoided defeat in their opening four matches of a campaign.
39' Martinelli once again goes one-on-one with Tete and delivers a cross to Jesus. The striker can't find a team-mate in the box and White is too slow to retrieve it before a Fulham player can clear the ball.
37' Mitrovic sends a sweeping ball to Kebano who drives towards the Arsenal box. He plays the ball to Pereira on the edge of the area, but his shot flies over the bar.
B. White
Yellow Card
36' White is the first player to receive a yellow card today after his sliding challenge brings down Robinson as he was progressing up the pitch.
35' Gabriel is placed under pressure at the back after Mitrovic almost wins the ball back twice near the Arsenal box. The defender gets away with it this time.
33' SAVE! Leno makes a fantastic save one-on-one against Saka to keep the score level. The ball was deflected in behind towards Saka and he chopped it past Adarabioyo but Leno was too much to beat.
31' Jesus does well to win a free-kick in a dangerous position. Xhaka plays the ball to Jesus on the left wing and the forward tries to twist and turn around Adarabioyo and wins a free-kick.
29' CLOSE! Martinelli hits the crossbar from a corner! Leno was comfortable enough to let the ball hit the bar without any interference.
28' Ream makes a brilliant challenge in the box to stop Jesus from having a clear shot at goal. Martinelli played a lofted pass into his team-mate but the defender was quick enough to stop it.
27' Jesus sends a cross to Saka at the back post but no team-mates are there to get the knockdown from the winger. Fulham clear the ball but cannot keep it for long.
26' Odegaard does well in his own half to start an Arsenal attack, but Tete is too quick for Tierney and brings it to a halt.
24' Pereira plays a short free kick to Reed who crosses it into the Arsenal box, but Ramsdale rises high and catches the ball.
22' It is the same combination of Saka and Odegaard, with some help from Jesus, who almost break down the Fulham defence. Adarabioyo does well to get a foot in and stop the attack.
21' Despite not having a lot of the ball, Mitrovic looks very sharp when using his physicality to hold the ball up against the Arsenal defence.
19' Arsenal have had 80% of possession in the opening 19 minutes. Tierney almost makes use of it with a low cross towards Jesus but Leno intercepts the pass.
17' Arsenal are gaining a strong grip on this game. White, Odegaard, and Saka are combining well on the right side. Fulham are retreating towards their own box as the minutes tick by.
15' CHANCE! Odegaard plays a brilliant ball towards Jesus at the back post and the Brazilian heads the ball back in towards Xhaka. The Swiss tries to guide the ball towards the goal but his effort goes wide!
14' Saka drives through the middle of the pitch and plays Jesus down the left side of the box. Jesus tries to return the pass but he can't find the winger.
12' Saka is on the floor after a challenge from the defender following his combination with Odegaard but the referee waves play on and says no foul.
10' Mitrovic holds the ball up well and plays Reid out wide, who wins a corner. The corner is poor and Palhinha's effort is nowhere near the target.
8' Martinelli manages to beat Tete one-on-one and get a cross into Jesus, but the Brazilian's half chance is wide of the target.
6' Without Zincheko in the side for the first time this season, Arsenal are playing with a slightly different shape. Tierney is staying wide in possession and Martinelli is playing slightly deeper than usual to accommodate for the left-back's strengths.
4' Odegaard tackles Adarabioyo cleverly in the opposition third but his pass to Saka is slightly overhit and Leno collects the ball.
2' Arsenal play the corner short but Fulham clear the ball after Jesus couldn't find Martinelli with a return pass.
1' Pereira gets the game under way for Fulham!
1' Xhaka wins Arsenal a corner early on after forcing a deflection back off Tete.
The players are in the tunnel and making their way onto the pitch!
Arsenal had never lost in 30 home meetings against Fulham (W24 D6) coming into this game.
Arteta is forced into two changes as Tierney and Elneny come in for the injured Oleksandr Zinchenko and Thomas Partey. Silva makes one change from Fulham's last league game as Kebano replaces Stansfield.
SUBS: Tom Cairney, Nathaniel Chalobah, Tyrese Francois, Luke Harris, Marek Rodak, Jay Stansfield, Shane Duffy, Kevin Mbabu, Issa Diop
Fulham (4-2-3-1): Bernd Leno; Kenny Tete, Tosin Adarabioyo, Tim Ream, Antonee Robinson; Harrison Reed, Joao Palhinha; Neeskens Kebano, Andreas Pereira, Bobby De Cordova Reid; Aleksander Mitrovic
SUBS: Emile Smith Rowe, Fabio Vieira, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Matt Turner, Eddie Nketiah, Marquinhos, Rob Holding, Cedric Soares, Takehiro Tomiyasu
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Aaron Ramsdale; Ben White, William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes, Kieran Tierney; Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka; Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli; Gabriel Jesus
Fulham are also unbeaten in their league games so far and picked up a win against Brentford thanks to a late header from Mitrovic. Marco Silva’s team were knocked out of the EFL Cup midweek after a shock 2-0 defeat to Crawley.
Arsenal have enjoyed a perfect start to the season after winning all three of their league games so far. Mikel Arteta’s side began the weekend at the top of the Premier League as the only team with a 100% record, scoring nine goals and only conceding two.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Arsenal and Fulham.