26 Aug Arsenal 2-2 Fulham (Aug 26, 2023) Game Analysis – ESPN
The result leaves the Gunners second with seven points, behind north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on goal difference.
“Unfortunately we didn’t win but I think it’s a good result,” Palhinha told the BBC. “It’s always tough to play against Arsenal. We came to try to win but the most important thing was the effort we showed until the end even with 10 men.”
“It was tough in the last 10 minutes. I go to the back line and we tried to give our all until the end to defend the spaces and it meant we could achieve a good result.”
Fulham struck after 57 seconds when Pereira pounced on a loose back pass from Saka and the midfielder saw goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale well off his line, pulling the trigger from almost 30 metres to score and silence the home crowd.
The mistake fired up Saka, who created several chances in the first half, saw a cheeky free kick to the near post deflected for a corner and missed a close-range header, much to the relief of Fulham’s former Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno.
But the home side won a penalty when Kenny Tete tripped Fabio Vieira in the box and Saka redeemed himself with a confident spot kick in the pouring rain, burying his effort into the bottom corner after 70 minutes.
A fired-up Arsenal completed their comeback two minutes later when they won the ball back in Fulham’s half and Vieira whipped in a cross for fellow substitute Nketiah to fire home.
Fulham were reduced to 10 men when Bassey cynically fouled Nketiah to prevent a counter-attack but Marco Silva’s side equalised in the 87th when Palhinha timed his half-volley to precision from a corner to beat Ramsdale and snatch a point.