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Frustrating Draw For Arsenal

by on November 26, 2011

A frustrating display from Arsenal, Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen scored at both ends in the second-half which saw Arsenal draw 1-1 with Fulham at the Emirates. Vermaelen scored an own-goal on the 65th minute but Vermaelen rescued a point for the North London side after his header went past Schwarzer in the Fulham goal. Vermaelen’s goal came from a brilliant Theo Walcott cross.

Arsène Wenger’s side went in to this match in good form winning their last five consecutive games in the Premiership. Making two changes to the team which defeated Dortmund on Wednesday evening. Johan Djourou came in for Laurent Koscielny at right-back and Gervinho dropped to the bench which saw Russia Captain Andrey Arshavin given a start.

Four minutes in to the match Arsenal thought they had scored after Van Persie’s pass which found Arshavin’s run and the Russian forward put it past Schwarzer. But the goal was ruled out through offside, would it be a sign for things to come for the gunners? Aaron Ramsey latched on to Van Persie’s pass but the Welshman’s effort was denied by Schwarzer. A great run from Theo Walcott who cut his cross back to Ramsey who fired over the bar. On the 26th minute Walcott got played through, the English international shot from a tight angle and Schwarzer saved it at his near post.

A good Fulham move which ended in Szczesny saving Dembele’s effort and going out for a Fulham corner late on in the first-half. With seconds to go in first-half stoppage time Per Mertersacker got on the end of Mikel Arteta’s free kick and the German’s header just went inches wides of the Fulham goal.

Van Persie was very close from breaking the deadlock but Chris Baird was on the line to stop the Dutchman from scoring. The Arsenal captain got away from a Fulham player to make room to strike the ball. Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy crossed the ball trying to find John Arne Riise’s run in the Arsenal box and the Fulham full-back chested the ball. Which forced Vermaelen to make a quick clearance but with Zamora pressurizing the Arsenal center-back it saw Vermaelen put it in to his own net.

Wenger made two changes on the 69th minute which saw Ramsey and Mertersacker going off for Diaby and Gervinho. Which meant Alex Song dropped back to the heart of the defence. Djourou met Van Persie’s corner but his powerful header was straight at Schwarzer and straight away cleared out of the Fulham box. Moments later Van Persie’s free kick was inches wide just going the wrong side of the post.

With nine minutes remaining Theo Walcott put in a brilliant delivery which found Vermaelen’s run and the Belgium’s header went past Schwarzer in the Fulham goal. Two minutes later Gervinho drifted in from the left hand side and his effort was easily saved.

A frustrating performance from Arsenal only saw them manage to get a point, was it the Dortmund match in midweek which took a lot out of them? The North London side next play on Tuesday evening against Manchester City in the quarter finals of the Carling Cup. Expect many changes to the starting line.

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  1. How long is wenger going to wait to see that Ashravin has been under performing. He has said it himself sometime ago. Why Park is not being used in place of Ashravin and Gervinho? We need a natural goal scorer and I believe Park orChamberlain will fit the episode

  2. Davi permalink

    It was a very tough game. We have to acknowledge that Fulham are very good at facing the bigger sides, and have been for a while. Defensively they are very sound, and going forward, can be dangerous. Still, we should have won the game, and our finishing was a little disappointing. Anyway, as far as I’m concerned, we drew against a very solid side, and have nothing to be ashamed of. You can’t win them all.

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