Arsenal 2-1 Fulham: Gabriel’s last-gasp goal help Gunners stayed on top of table
Arsenal came from behind to defeat Fulham 2-1 and keep their unblemished record this season as Gabriel scored a late goal.
Aleksandar Mitrovic of Fulham took advantage of Gabriel’s blunder in the 56th minute to score against the flow of play after the Gunners had controlled the game but were unable to get past former goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
However, Arsenal quickly answered when captain Martin Odegaard pounced on a Bukayo Saka pass on the edge of the box and slammed it into the bottom corner.
With only four minutes left, Gabriel atoned for his mistake by converting Gabriel Martinelli’s corner from close range to secure the victory. William’s inswinging delivery had been deflected into Gabriel’s path.
Odegaard, the captain and goal scorer for Arsenal, praised the perseverance the club showed to recover from a deficit.
It was wonderful, he said. We anticipated that the game would be difficult. We battled, shown excellent teamwork, and it’s an incredible feeling.
“We performed admirably in the first half; however, we were unable to score. Gabriel shown outstanding resiliency to score the game-winning goal. It reveals the team’s character. We help people get back up once mistakes are made.
“We need to remain composed, take things one game at a time, work hard, and win the following game. That is the attitude.
The relationship with the fans is fantastic. Despite our first goal being off target, they continued to back us. We appreciate all of the help we receive.
Mitrovic, the goal scorer for Fulham, says he finds it hard to accept the outcome given the effort he and his teammates put out.
It aches a lot, he remarked. In football, you can occasionally win; we did last week at the very last second.
“We gave it everything we had, and we battled to the bitter end, but we let up two unfortunate goals. The first occurred after a rebound, and the second followed a ricochet. Very disappointing that we didn’t get any points, but we go on
No matter who we face, we are here and ready to challenge everything. We will work tirelessly to push ourselves and every team.
“We must draw lessons from our errors. We occasionally needed to be a little more clinical. They have had an excellent season thus far; it is a difficult place to come from. There are still more points to be won.”
For the third time in league history, Arsenal has won all four of its opening matches. The other two times were in 2003-04 and 2004-05, when they finished second and first, respectively.
With 25 wins and 6 draws in their 31 home games against Fulham, Arsenal has the joint-longest home winning streak in English football (together with Blackburn against Grimsby) (also 31).
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Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, presided over his 100th Premier League game, scoring 100 points in his subsequent 50 games (W32 D4 L14), after scoring 75 in his initial 50. (W21 D12 L17).
Only three players in the top four tiers of English football have more goals in all competitions during that time than Mitrovic (100), who scored his 100th goal for Fulham. Those players are Ivan Toney (121), Harry Kane (121), and Mohamed Salah (133). (106).
Only three players have ever managed more assists in the history of the tournament than Saka’s 16 in the Premier League before turning 21. (Cesc Fabregas 38, Wayne Rooney 22, Michael Owen 18).
Gabriel of Arsenal has scored eight Premier League goals since the season began, more than any other central defense during that time.
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