Saturday August 24, 2013 Day 2 Finished Craven Cottage

Fulham 1 - 3 Arsenal

  • Bent 77’
  • Giroud 14’
  • Podolski 41’, 68’

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  1. Premier League - Podolski double fires Arsenal to first league win of season

    Premier League - Podolski double fires Arsenal to first league win of season

    Arsenal recovered from last week's 3-1 home defeat to Aston Villa with Lukas Podolski netting twice in a 3-1 win at Fulham. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Fulham
    • Arsenal
    • 90+4' There goes the final whistle! A warm embrace between the two managers Martin Jol and Arsene Wenger. Arsenal good value for their victory.
    • 89' We are into four minutes of time added on here.
    • 88' A few of the home fans begin to head for the exit doors as Stockdale saves from Walcott after being sent in on goal by Cazorla.
    • 87' Sascha Riether attempts a timely pass, but Pajtim Kasami is caught offside. Not going to be Fulham's day.
    • 86' Six of Fulham’s last eight Premier League goals v Arsenal have come in the second-half – just two of the first 11 had done so.
    • 85' Chance to apply some pressure to the Fulham goal. Berbatov can't swivel to turn home the Karagounis free-kick.
    • 84' Wilshere back to win the ball from Kasami. Superb from Wilshere before Hughes cuts out the Walcott pass. And on we go.
    • 83' Hughes alert to head clear the Jenkinson cross, but still Arsenal attack.
    • 82' Yaya Sanogo replaces Lukas Podolski for Arsenal. Brilliant performance from him today.
    • 81' Wilshere collects a booking for a late challenge on Karagounis. More changes on the way here.
    • 80' Some fine stuff from Arsenal chasing a fourth goal to validate their efforts for the day.
    • 79' Arsenal push for a third goal, but Hughes blocks the Wilshere drive. Per Mertesacker then nudges the shot into the gloves of Stockdale.
    • 78' Monreal clipped late on the run by Riether. Arsenal with a free-kick wide of the home box.
    • 77' Kasami late on Mertesacker, and a straight yellow card there. No complaints either.
    • 76' GOAL! Arsenal go to sleep. Berbatov turns to knock the ball at goal. Szczesny with the save, but Bent converts from close range. 3-1 win. Is there time for Fulham?
    • 75' Giorgos Karagounis replaces Steve Sidwell for the home side.
    • 74' Classic Arsenal really. Slump to Villa one week before looking like prospective champions the next. Need to cut out the inconsistent patches because they are superb to watch in this mood.
    • 73' Looks all over in this one bar the shouting. Fulham just been outclassed in these 90 minutes.
    • 72' Parker with a late challenge on Cazorla, and he is going to be booked for that one.
    • 71' Giroud departs to be replaced by Nacho Monreal. Job has been done for Arsenal for the day.
    • 70' Lukas Podolski scores two goals in a Premier League match for the second time – he also scored two goals in Arsenal’s 4-1 home win v Wigan, May 14th 2013.
    • 69' Change then for Arsenal with Jack Wilshere taking over from Rosicky.
    • 68' GOAL! Podolski drives the ball low and hard into the corner of the net. Fine finish from Cazorla's cutback. Brilliant move and finish. Arsenal lead 3-0.
    • 67' Bent with the cross, but Mertesacker does enough to make the clearance. Arsenal on the break.
    • 66' Berbatov drives the ball well wide of goal. Not what Fulham need at this stage of the match.
    • 65' Darren Bent comes on as substitute for Fulham – he plays a Premier League match for his sixth different club. If he scores today, he equals the Premier League record for scoring for six different clubs, achieved by seven other players.
    • 64' Kasami late on Ramsey, and that will be a free-kick to the visiting side, who have grown in confidence since their first goal of the day.
    • 63' Rain continues to thump into Craven Cottage. All or nothing now for Martin Jol as Riether throws over a fine cross, but no takers on hand to convert.
    • 62' Alexander Kacaniklic replaces Adel Taarabt for the home side.
    • 61' Looks like Fulham are going to go with two men up front with Bent joining Berbatov in attack. Bent averaging one goal in every two Premier League games. Could do with one today.
    • 60' And here comes the change for Fulham with Darren Bent taking over from Duff for the home side.
    • 59' Walcott makes the run, but Ramsey can't pick him out as the ball rests in the arms of Stockdale in the home goal.
    • 58' Appeals for a penalty against Riise, but that would have been harsh. Knew little or nothing about the Ramsey effort.
    • 57' Ramsey sees a shot deflect wide after Walcott just failed to connect with a header. Riise manages to block the Ramsey effort.
    • 56' Arsenal are unbeaten in 51 of their 52 Premier League away matches when they have the lead by at least two goals at half time (47 wins, 4 draws). Their only defeat was at Aston Villa in 1998.
    • 55' Podolski can't turn the ball back across the face of goal from Walcott's deep delivery. Claims for another corner, but Howard Webb decides otherwise.
    • 54' Riise back to make a fine sliding challenge on Walcott. Had to get that one spot on. Corner to Arsenal.
    • 53' Fulham have not won a Premier League match when behind at the half-time break since January 2012 – when they won 5-2 home v Newcastle, Jan 21st 2012 (were 1-0 down at half-time)
    • 52' Rain again continues to fall with some relish. Awful day at Craven Cottage as Walcott screws an effort wide of goal. Had a few options, but goes for goal. Goalkick to the home team.
    • 51' The Fulham fans warming to this occasion in the rain as Sidwell comes back to win the ball from Ramsey in the heart of the midfield.
    • 50' Parker with a strong surging run into the heart of the Arsenal box. Better stuff from Fulham with the fans responding to the movement of the former Spurs man.
    • 49' Taarabt tries to pick out Brede Hangeland with a free-kick into the Arsenal box, but just too much pace on the delivery. Goalkick to the visiting side.
    • 48' Taarabt providing some superb skills for Fulham, and earns his side a free-kick after he is taken out of the action by Jenkinson.
    • 47' Taarabt hits a shot from distance that Szczesny nudges past a post. Better play from Fulham.
    • 46' Arsenal get the second half off and running here in the rain at Craven Cottage.
    • 45+1' There goes the whistle for the break! A 2-0 lead for Arsenal at the break.
    • 44' We are into one minute of time added on as Podolski knocks the ball wide of goal.
    • 43' Lukas Podolski scores his second Premier League career goal v Fulham – only the secnd side he has scored more than one Premier League goal against - also scored two v Wigan.
    • 42' Arsenal responding well from that 3-1 loss to Aston Villa at home last week. Parker looking for Kasami, but too much pace again on the ball.
    • 41' Parker and Sidwell really struggling to get to grips with this Arsenal midfield. The visitors with pace to burn in attack.
    • 40' GOAL! Podolski slams the rebound into the net after Stockdale had saved from Walcott. Arsenal cutting Fulham apart in the middle of the park here.
    • 39' Brilliant break from Arsenal after Fulham had a chance with Riise breaking into the area. Gibbs drags the shot wide of goal. Was a golden chance for a second.
    • 38' Olivier Giroud becomes the first Arsenal player to score in both of their opening 2 Premier League matches of a season since William Gallas in 2009-10 (6-1 at Everton & 4-1 home v Portsmouth).
    • 37' Not the best of efforts from the Bulgarian icon, and referee Howard Webb is having a word here with Sagna about something or other.
    • 36' Fulham once again keeping the ball, but Sagna cuts out the pass from Taarabt before Berbatov is late on Sagna.
    • 35' In each of the last two seasons, Fulham have recovered from at least one goal down to take a point vs Arsenal. In 2011/12 they won 2-1 at home and in 2012/13, they drew 3-3 at the Emirates – Olivier Giroud scored the opening goal in that match.
    • 34' Taarabt goes for goal. Decent direction on the shot, but safely into the arms of the Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
    • 33' Not a drizzel over Craven Cottage which might be beneficial in letting this turf dry out a bit. Ball still holding up in the grass.
    • 32' Berbatov with the lay-off to Parker, but he lifts the ball well over in going for the chipped effort. Fine attacking move by Fulham.
    • 31' Taarabt uncorks a shot a few yards wide of the target. A pass was perhaps the better option, but the home man is never shy about having a go at goal.
    • 30' Berbatov than flicks a loose boot at the Duff pass before the ball flies wide of goal. More trouble in keep possesion out there.
    • 29' A bit of a disjointed look about Fulham's latest attack with Sidwell complaining about something or other.
    • 28' Kasami's shot deflects off the Arsenal wall, but Wojciech Szczesny relieved to see that effort fall safely into his paws.
    • 27' Adel Taarabt bundled to the deck by Cazorla on the run, and Fulham suddenly have a free-kick 25 yards from the visiting goal.
    • 26' Arsenal have lost just one of the nine previous Premier League matches in which Giroud has scored - six wins, two draws – the 3-1 home defeat v Aston Villa last Saturday.
    • 25' Fulham keeping the ball well here, but not going anywhere. A few men falling over on this saturated surface.
    • 24' The Walcott shot blocked by Riise. Kasami then back helping out his defence in the home area. Fulham taking their time as they meander up the park.
    • 23' Giroud has now scored three Premier League goals v Fulham – he has not scored more against any other side - three against West Ham.
    • 22' Rain seems to be easng off. Meanwhile, Ramsey has been booked for a late challenge. First yellow card of the day.
    • 21' Adel Taarabt trying to pick out Duff on the run, but Arsenal mop up - literally - befre Stockdale dives to halt a Cazorla effort.
    • 20' All 13 of Olivier Giroud’s Premier League goals have been scored in London. Two in two games for him now this season.
    • 19' Fine, fine play on the move from Riise and Adel Taarabt. Valuable teamwork down the Arsenal right-hand side.
    • 18' Adel Taarabt sees a shot blocked by Wojciech Szczesny before the Arsenal keeper is alert to Duff's rebound. Smart piece of goalkeeeping. And then some.
    • 17' A bit of surface water down there. Far from ideal conditions out there. Puddles now mounting at the side of the park.
    • 16' GOAL! Ramsey's shot from distance breaks kindly for Giroud. One touch takes him on goal, and the second touch is chipped over Stockdale. Arsenal lead 1-0.
    • 15' Jack Wilshere chewing on some gum as Riise is again well positioned to clear from Gibbs cross. Arsenal continue moving forward.
    • 14' Arsenal can win three successive London derby matches away from home for the first time since 2007-2008.
    • 13' Kasami thinks about the shot, but then overhits the pass trying to pick out Berbatov. Too much pace on the pass. Goalkick to Arsenal.
    • 12' Arsenal lining up several corners as Giroud sees a header cleared by Riise and Sagna nods one over the bar.
    • 11' Stockdale with a fine stop to deny Walcott after he had been played in by Rosicky. 10 yards out. Should maybe have netted.
    • 10' Berbatov with a lovely little flick, but Duff just offside. Nice move by Fulham.
    • 9' Both teams getting a soaking out there, but the benches are not faring much better with Wenger and Jol saturated.
    • 8' Pajtim Kasami starts his first Premier League game at Craven Cottage. All his previous 4 Premier League starts have come away from home.
    • 7' Riise unloads an effort from distance. Plenty of pace on the shot, but ball skids wide of goal. Arsenal have the goalkick.
    • 6' Kasami wins the ball for Fulham before Adel Taarabt is taken out of the action late by Jenkinson.
    • 5' Rain thumping down at Craven Cottage before Podolski sees an effort from distance deflect wide of the home goal. Riise gets a corner away with his head.
    • 4' Following his goal against Aston Villa last weekend, Olivier Giroud has now scored 12 goals in the Premier League for Arsenal. However, just one of these has come away from home.
    • 3' Neither side overly keen to commit bodies forward before Jenkinson is taken out of the action late by Jenkinson.
    • 2' Arsenal in their changed yellow shirts. Keeping the ball well here before Sidwell nips in to win it for the home side.
    • 1' Fulham get the match off and running. Parker with his first touch in a Fulham shirt.
    • 12:40 A really wet morning in London, but some will say those are ideal conditions to knock the ball around on a lush pitch. The new Fulham owner Shahid Khan out on the pitch waving at the fans.
    • 12:35 Arsenal have not lost their opening two matches of a Premier League season since 1992/93. In 2012/13, Arsenal did not win in the league until their third game, after drawing the first two 0-0. Fulham have never won their opening two matches of a Premier League season. The last time that they won their first two league games of a season was in 2000/01 in the second tier.
    • 12:30 Arsenal won the most points from Premier League London derbies in 2012-13 - 19. Only against Manchester United (17) have Fulham lost more Premier League games than versus Arsenal -16.
    • 12:25 Martin Jol: "There is not a fear factor in our team about Arsenal, but of course you know their qualities and you have to respect their qualities and try to play your own style. If you see Santi Cazorla, he is one of the best players who can play with two feet - he can score with his left and right. (Theo) Walcott with his pace, (Olivier) Giroud is getting better and better."
    • 12:20 Arsene Wenger: "I'm confident that we'll make the signings we need because of the desire of the players to join us. There's also the fact that while we maybe don't have as much money as everybody writes, we have some funds available to do transfers. We've worked on it very hard but it hasn't come off as quickly and as well as we wanted. "
    • 12:15 One unfamiliar face on the bench is 16-year-old Gedion Zelalem, a German youth international who was spotted playing in America. He impressed during pre-season and has been compared to Cesc Fabregas at a similar age. Not too much to live up to then.
    • 12:10 Scott Parker makes his debut for Fulham in midfield while goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg misses out due to injury. Darren Bent is on the bench. Carl Jenkinson comes in for the suspended Laurent Koscielny for Arsenal, with Bacary Sagna moving to centre-back, and Lukas Podolski is in for Jack Wilshere, who is rested.
    • 12:05 TEAMS: Fulham: Stockdale, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Duff, Parker, Sidwell, Taarabt, Kasami, Berbatov. /// Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Sagna, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Ramsey, Rosicky, Cazorla, Podolski, Walcott, Giroud. Subs: Fabianski, Monreal, Frimpong, Zelalem, Wilshere, Gnabry, Sanogo.
    • 12:00 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Premier League match between Fulham and Arsenal at Craven Cottage. Depleted by injury, Arsenal are forced to name a 16-year-old unknown on the bench…
  • Summary

    • 88' A few of the home fans begin to head for the exit doors as Stockdale saves from Walcott after being sent in on goal by Cazorla.
    • 81' Wilshere collects a booking for a late challenge on Karagounis. More changes on the way here.
    • 79' Arsenal push for a third goal, but Hughes blocks the Wilshere drive. Per Mertesacker then nudges the shot into the gloves of Stockdale.
    • 77' Kasami late on Mertesacker, and a straight yellow card there. No complaints either.
    • 76' GOAL! Arsenal go to sleep. Berbatov turns to knock the ball at goal. Szczesny with the save, but Bent converts from close range. 3-1 win. Is there time for Fulham?
    • 72' Parker with a late challenge on Cazorla, and he is going to be booked for that one.
    • 68' GOAL! Podolski drives the ball low and hard into the corner of the net. Fine finish from Cazorla's cutback. Brilliant move and finish. Arsenal lead 3-0.
    • 57' Ramsey sees a shot deflect wide after Walcott just failed to connect with a header. Riise manages to block the Ramsey effort.
    • 47' Taarabt hits a shot from distance that Szczesny nudges past a post. Better play from Fulham.
    • 40' GOAL! Podolski slams the rebound into the net after Stockdale had saved from Walcott. Arsenal cutting Fulham apart in the middle of the park here.
    • 39' Brilliant break from Arsenal after Fulham had a chance with Riise breaking into the area. Gibbs drags the shot wide of goal. Was a golden chance for a second.
    • 22' Rain seems to be easng off. Meanwhile, Ramsey has been booked for a late challenge. First yellow card of the day.
    • 21' Adel Taarabt trying to pick out Duff on the run, but Arsenal mop up - literally - befre Stockdale dives to halt a Cazorla effort.
    • 18' Adel Taarabt sees a shot blocked by Wojciech Szczesny before the Arsenal keeper is alert to Duff's rebound. Smart piece of goalkeeeping. And then some.
    • 16' GOAL! Ramsey's shot from distance breaks kindly for Giroud. One touch takes him on goal, and the second touch is chipped over Stockdale. Arsenal lead 1-0.
    • 11' Stockdale with a fine stop to deny Walcott after he had been played in by Rosicky. 10 yards out. Should maybe have netted.
    • 10' Berbatov with a lovely little flick, but Duff just offside. Nice move by Fulham.
    • 12:05 TEAMS: Fulham: Stockdale, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Duff, Parker, Sidwell, Taarabt, Kasami, Berbatov. /// Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Sagna, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Ramsey, Rosicky, Cazorla, Podolski, Walcott, Giroud. Subs: Fabianski, Monreal, Frimpong, Zelalem, Wilshere, Gnabry, Sanogo.

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      5.3 6
      Defenders
      5.2 7
      4.5 6
      4.7 6
      5 6
      Midfielders
      Substitution Out75′ 4.7 5
      Yellow Card 5.5 7
      Substitution Out59′ 5 5
      Substitution Out62′ 4.9 7
      Strikers
      Yellow Card 4.7 7
      5.4 5
      Subs
      Substitution In75′ 6.9 -
      Substitution In59′ Goal 6.1 -
      Substitution In62′ 5.1 -
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      6.4 7
      Defenders
      6.2 7
      6.3 7
      7 7
      6.1 7
      Midfielders
      Yellow Card 6.3 8
      Substitution Out70′ 6.4 6
      7.3 7
      7 6
      Goals ×2 Substitution Out81′ 7.7 8
      Strikers
      Goal Substitution Out72′ 7.3 8
      Subs
      Substitution In70′ Yellow Card 5.4 6
      Substitution In72′ 6.1 6
      Substitution In81′ 4.3 6

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  1. Wonder if the fickle arsenal fans who were baying for­ wengers head after the villa game are on here !! Wenger­ is a great manager and always will be. No matter how­ bad the results are, under wenger they will always play­ skilful and entertaining football. The game against­ Fulham should have been harder, but arsenal proved a­ different class, which goes to show they already have­ the players to compete for the title.

    From dude, on Sun 25 Aug 8:08
  2. Arsenal = Podolski + Mertesacker !!! Fulham without­ Ashkan Dejagah = 0 !!!

    From PourSina, on Sun 25 Aug 6:44
  3. Good to get a win today.

    From Sule O. Moe, on Sat 24 Aug 15:56
  4. Congragulations to all Arsenal players and the fans for­ their hard work and success keep up Podoloski and­ Giroud for scoring Goals. cheers.

    From lega c, on Sat 24 Aug 15:22
  5. Nice... but why couldn't they try harder to­ maintain the clean sheet. Fulham goal was a pretty­ soft one to concede in my opinion but nonetheless the­ Arsenal team is really good.

    From Paul, on Sat 24 Aug 15:08
  6. Well Done Boys long may it last

    From nicky, on Sat 24 Aug 15:05
  7. gg

    From George, on Sat 24 Aug 15:04
  8. well done boys. We still need squad add-up

    From Guiso, on Sat 24 Aug 14:52
  9. I believe those haters still believe we need to buy­ players. Yes we need those players but until that­ happen Wenger did marvelous job. Great game­ Ramsey....

    From Rennati, on Sat 24 Aug 14:48
  10. sas

    From Surendran, on Sat 24 Aug 14:44
  11. Well done arsenal !!! Keep this way for the next games­ !!!

    From viktor, on Sat 24 Aug 14:42
  12. i take it all back what i said about ramsey played­ absolutely outstanding world class WHO TA WHO TA WHO TA­ BE A GOOOONER

    From Vegman, on Sat 24 Aug 14:42
  13. Poor defence from arsenal. 4 goals conceded in 2­ games against Fulham and Villa.

    From Niall Ranger, on Sat 24 Aug 14:42
  14. 76th minute - Fulham score - "Stockdale with the­ save." - Arsenal signed Stockdale? When? Thought­ they hadn't spent a pound yet?

    From Luke, on Sat 24 Aug 14:41
  15. Crisis? what crisis?...:)

    From hisham n, on Sat 24 Aug 14:41
  16. A few teams will be looking forward to playing Arsenal.­ Nothing there to scare anyone.

    From FatherJack, on Sat 24 Aug 14:34
  17. Can arsenal hold on though? Another goal either way­ seems likely

    From , on Sat 24 Aug 14:34
  18. arsenal 3-1 up and looking for a 3rd goal ????? Great­ writing !!

    From DAVID, on Sat 24 Aug 14:31
  19. Arsenal....sugoi !!!

    From Joedin, on Sat 24 Aug 14:31
  20. Up your ar$e and round the corner.

    From N W, on Sat 24 Aug 14:31
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