Eddie Nketiah bagged a 97th-minute equalizer as Arsenal dealt Fulham’s survival hopes a fatal blow on Sunday afternoon.
In a game marred by VAR calls, Eddie Nketiah struck late in stoppage time to rescue a point for Arsenal and deny Fulham a fine away victory in their Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium.
Josh Maja looked set to be the Cottagers’ hero as his clinical 59th minute penalty was almost enough to claim the first-ever win away to the Gunners at the 30th time of asking.
But Nketiah scored in added time to deny Scott Parker’s side all three points as Arsenal salvaged a less-than-convincing draw at home.
The Gunners made a fast start, with Gabriel Martinelli twice going close in the opening seven minutes. Fulham improved but were fortunate to go in level at the break when Dani Ceballos’ superb header was ruled out by VAR. Bukayo Saka was adjourned to be offside by the slightest of margins in a decision that caused controversy on social media.
Fulham continued to defend solidly and were handed a huge opportunity just shy of the hour when Gabriel was adjudged to have fouled Mario Lemina in the area. Maja stood forward and confidently crashed home the spot-kick to claim his third goal for the club.
Just when Fulham looked set to claim their first-ever Premier League win over their London rivals, Eddie Nketiah poked in from close range in the final minute of the game to ensure both sides shared the spoils.
Despite the score-line, the biggest loss for Arsenal was more or less losing their star forward after Alexandre Lacazette suffered a hamstring injury in the game.
Next up, Arsenal host Everton on Friday. Fulham are not in action until May 1st when they visit Chelsea.
Arsenal: Ryan (7), Xhaka (6), Gabriel (6), Holding (6), Bellerin (7), Elneny (6), Ceballos (7), Saka (7), Smith Rowe (7), Martinelli (6), Lacazette (6)
Substitutes: Nketiah (7)
Fulham: Areola (8), Aina (7), Andersen (5), Adarabioyo (5), Robinson (6), Cavaleiro (6), Zambo (5), Lemina (5), Lookman (7), Maja (7), Reid (6)
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