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Wenger: Ups and downs

Wenger: Ups and downs

Arsenal missed an injury-time penalty as they could only manage a 3-3 draw against Fulham in a thrilling Premier League encounter on Saturday.

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The Gunners had let a two-goal lead slip to trail 3-2, although Olivier Giroud headed home the equaliser after 69 minutes, but Mikel Arteta's 95th minute spot-kick was saved by Mark Schwarzer.

Arsenal got off to a flying start at the Emirates Stadium and were ahead after just 11 minutes as Olivier Giroud stole a yard on his marker to head home Theo Walcott's corner.

Midway through the first-half Arsene Wenger's men went 2-0 up as Mikel Arteta danced his way into the area before squaring the ball for Lukas Podolski, who flicked home with the outside of his foot.

The Cottagers pulled one back six minutes later as Dimitar Berbatov got on the end of Brian Ruiz's delivery to tap home from close-range

Five minutes before the break Fulham drew level as Alex Kacaniklic, who had only come on as a 21st minute substitute for the injured Kieran Richardson, headed home the equaliser from Berbatov's cut-back cross following a brilliant run from the Bulgarian.

With 23 minutes remaining on the clock Martin Jol's men took the lead for the first time as Arteta brought down Ruiz inside the area, and Berbatov stepped up to put the ball past Vito Mannone, who remained rooted to the spot.

However, Fulham were denied their first-ever away win over Arsenal, with Giroud hitting the base of the post before getting on the end of Theo Walcott's rebound cross to head home.

With mere seconds remaining in the tie the hosts were gifted the chance to snatch all three points as Sascha Riether was adjudged to have handled inside the area, but Arteta's penalty kick was too close to Schwarzer, who was able to make the save.

The result leaves the Gunners seventh in the standings with 16 points from their opening 11 league matches, while Fulham are a place lower down on goal-difference.

Posted: 10/11/12 16:58

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