Arsenal vs Fulham - Premier League best and worst
Fulham have never won away to Arsenal in the Premier League, and they will not be expected to on Saturday. However, they have played their part in some excellent games down the years:
One of the games of last season, this match in November 2012 had it all. Arsenal looked to be heading to a comfortable victory when Olivier Giroud nodded in from a corner and Lukas Podolski made it two with less that half an hour gone, but Fulham hit back to level before half time.
Dimitar Berbatov pulled one back before Alex Kacaniklic levelled with a low shot from the edge of the penalty area. The Cottagers even found themselves in front midway through the second half as Berbatov scored from the penalty spot, but the lead did not last long as Giroud bagged his second of the afternoon to make it 3-3. That was how it finished, but there was still time for Mikel Arteta to see his injury time spot-kick saved by Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.
Arsenal won 4-1 in Fulham’s final visit to Higbury in August 2005, with Thierry Henry scoring twice. The big surprise here was that both of their other goals were scored by defender Pascal Cygan.
The Frenchman firstly headed in Dennis Bergkamp’s free-kick to level after Claus Jensen had given Chris Coleman’s visitors a shock lead, and after Henry had put the game beyond Fulham, Cygan added his second with a powerful finish from close range.
Best Individual Performance
Fulham gave it their all when they came to the Emirates Stadium in December 2010, but they could not cope with Samir Nasri, who scored both goals in a 2-1 win, firstly finishing emphatically after turning two defenders, and scoring the winner from a tight angle after a solo run which took him past Schwarzer. Fulham’s goal was scored by Diomansy Kamara.
Head in Hands Moment
The visitors were literally handed a gift by Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann on the opening weekend of the 2007-08 season as David Healy capitalised on a sliced clearance by the German to role the ball into an empty net after just 52 seconds of the match. It looked as though that would be enough for a superb win, but Arsenal turned it around late on, as Robin van Persie and Alexsandr Hleb both struck in the final 10 minutes.
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