Late Nketiah Strike Denies Fulham Victory At Arsenal

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Arsenal substitute Eddie Nketiah struck deep into stoppage time to cancel out Nigerian Josh Maja’s second-half penalty as the gunners salvaged a 1-1 draw against relegation-threatened Fulham in a Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal, who dominated possession and created plenty of chances, had the ball in the net twice in the first half but both were ruled out for offside, with Dani Ceballos’s effort chalked off following a very tight VAR decision.

In the second half, Fulham went ahead when Brazilian defender Gabriel was adjudged to have tripped Mario Lemina and Maja fired his penalty into the roof of the net in the 59th minute.

Nigerian striker Josh Maja scores penalty against Arsenal during Premier League match at the Emirates stadium

Gunners substitute Nicolas Pepe almost got his side level in the 71st minute, but kFulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola instinctively flicked out a foot to keep his header out and the danger was cleared.

Fulham, 18th in the table, had been on the verge of a first ever win away to Arsenal at the 30th attempt.

However, Nketiah struck in the seventh minute of stoppage time, reacting quickest to slam home the rebound from a Ceballos shot as another late goal broke Fulham’s hearts.

Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah scores last minute goal against Fulham at the Emirates stadium

The match finished 1-1 as Arsenal were once again derailed by yet another referee error when Ceballos’ goal was cancelled for an offside on Bukayo Saka.

Arsenal are ninth on 46 points while Fulham are third-bottom of the table on 27 points.

“We started really well, controlling the game and creating chances, scoring a goal that was disallowed, in a very disappointing way,” Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said. “We kept going and didn’t allow any shots on target and suddenly we concede a penalty and the game changes completely.”

“We took risks in the right way, we could have scored three or four, we totally deserved to win the match but put ourselves in a difficult position. We have to just focus on the boys playing away in Europe and arriving here with the desire to go all the way to the 97th, 98th minute.”

 

Chidi Nwoke.

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