Fulham vs. Arsenal: Premier League Live Score, Highlights and Recap
Premier League: Fulham vs. Arsenal
Fulham 0-1 Arsenal
Fulham: Schwarzer; Manolev, Senderos, Hangeland, Richardson; Enoh, Sidwell (Red card 12') ; Ruiz, Emanuelson (Frei 87'), Kacaniklic (Petric 85'); Berbatov
Subs: Etheridge, Riise, Hughes, Karagounis, Frei, Rodallega, Petric
Arsenal: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Arteta, Ramsey, Rosicky (Podolski 72'); Cazorla (Vermaelen 90+2') Walcott (Wilshere 71'), Giroud
Subs: Mannone, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho, Podolski
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Phew. That's it for me, and I thank you for joining me on this Saturday morning. I predicted a great game before kickoff, and that's exactly what we got, even if my nails are a bit shorter.
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Until next time, have a great weekend, and I hope to have your company next week.
It's three points for Arsenal, and Arsene Wenger will not care how it happened.
It did come at a cost, though, as Olivier Giroud will miss the next three games. There are only four left in the entire season.
Arsenal put in a disturbingly tepid performance; the "handbrake," as Arsene Wenger would say, was well and truly on. But Gunners fans will take three vital points at the expense of their heart health.
90+4' Arsenal defend the corner, maybe one last opportunity for Fulham.
Nope, Arsenal break and that should be it.
90+3' Oh, outstanding last-ditch defending by Monreal just prevents Berbatov from scoring off a botched clearance.
Vermaelen is on for Cazorla now.
90+2' It's a poor one, and Arsenal can't successfully orchestrate a counterattack with Wilshere and Podolski. It's Fulham's game to either lose or draw now.
90+1' Corner Fulham. Scrambled stuff now.
90+1' Three minutes of added time.
90' Red card for Olivier Giroud!
The game will finish 10 vs. 10, as Giroud goes over the ball in an attempt to win the ball back. Can't really argue with that.
89' Again, Berbatov is just offside. He's really tried to play off the last defender today, and it usually hasn't worked due to good work by the lineswoman Sian Massey.
88' Fulham substitution
Kerim Frei replaces Urby Emanuelson.
85' Fulham substitution
Mladen Petric replaces Alexander Kacaniklic.
If Arsenal win this, it'll be squarely in the "Doesn't matter, three points" category.— Charlie Melman (@charliemelman) April 20, 2013
84' Excellent block by Brede Hangeland, as Santi Cazorla took too long to get his shot off from a great position on the right side of the box. Looked like a golden opportunity to make it 2-0.
81' Another Fulham free-kick is take by Dimitar Berbatov amid much suspense in Craven Cottage, but it's right into the wall.
This is too even a game considering that one team have one less man. Fulham really look threatening.
78' Ooh, Manolev looked to have scored the equalizer after Szczesny got down to parry the free-kick right back into play. But Sian Massey correctly ruled that he was offside.
Danger very narrowly averted for Arsenal.
77' Yellow card for Aaron Ramsey after taking Dimitar Berbatov down about 25 yards out.
75' Arsenal still passing and running, passing and running and going absolutely nowhere that will help them put another goal on the board.
Wilshere and Podolski are just the men to change that, though.
73' Whoops, Jack Wilshere came on for Theo Walcott. My bad.
72' Arsenal double substitution
Lukas Podolski for Tomas Rosicky, and
Jack Wilshere for Tomas Rosicky. Nice options to have on the bench, eh?
71' Ooh, Szczesny has to stretch at the other end to tip a dangerous cross over the bar, and after the ensuing corner Laurent Koscielny does some great defending to get the ball out for another corner.
That's dealt with and Arsenal can breathe again.
69' Wow, outstanding opportunity for Arsenal but Santi Cazorla played a poor ball into Walcott in the box and he never got the chance to slot the ball past Schwarzer. Word is the Englishman will be coming off in a couple minutes anyway.
68' Arsenal are having difficulty finding their way through a Fulham side that are very content to sit back and frustrate their visitors. That Per Mertesacker goal is looking ever more critical.
65' Arsenal doing their typical passing routine, but with a bit more bite than usual. And necessarily so: Fulham are pressing a bit more aggressively now.
63' Tough challenge by Mikel Arteta on Alexander Kacaniklic, but the referee is not going to give him a second yellow.
It might be time for Arsene Wenger to make a substitution, as this game is getting a bit too even.
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