Watch Arsenals vs Fulham Live match and goal highlights
Arsenal are back in Premier League action when they take on Fulham at the Emirates.
The Gunners head into the game having booked their place in the Europa League semi finals in emphatic style with a 4-0 win over Slavia Prague on Thursday night.
A second brace in as many games from Alexandre Lacazette as well as strikes from Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka were enough to secure victory on the night.
Arsenal: Ryan; Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Xhaka; Elneny, Ceballos; Saka, Smith Rowe, Martinelli; Lacazette.
Fulham: Areola; Aina, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Robinson; Lemina, Anguissa; De Cordova-Reid, Cavaleiro, Lookman; Maja.
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1* – Everyone inside Emirates Stadium stands for a minutes silence after the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
6* – The Brazilian is played through by Alexandre Lacazette and squirms his shot inches wide. Bright start from Arsenal.
8* – Arsenal are in control here
12* – Mikel Arteta is animated on the touchline constantly giving instructions to Bukayo Saka. The England man is Arsenal’s furthest forward player at times.
20* – Arsenal have dominated the first 15 minutes in north London. They look fluid in attack but Martinelli’s early chance is the closest they’ve came so far.
24* – Fulham’s first real chance of the match comes after a deflected shot falls in the path of Josh Maja who flicks it off an Arsenal player and out for a corner.
28* – Arsenal earn their second corner of the game. They’ve rarely threatened from set-pieces this season, and it’s not hard to understand why as Saka’s delivery is curled into the hands of Areola.
30* –Tosin has his hands up in a most unnatural position as he blocks Saka’s cross inside the area.
Despite the commentators’ protestations, there is no appeal from Saka and no review from VAR – and that’s because it his the Fulham defender’s back.
34* – Ceballos finds the feet of Smith Rowe with a wonderful crossfield pass.
Elneny then tries something just as ambitious and inventive, but instead boots it straight out of play for a goalkick.
38* – Martinelli has seen plenty of the ball in this second consecutive league start, but looks appalled when the offside flag goes up against him with the hands of four Fulham defenders in the air.
45* – It’s a kick in the teeth for Arsenal, who are trying to find a legitimate way through before the half ends.
Another corner comes and goes for the home side.
45¹* – The board goes up to signal one minute of stoppage time.
47* – There are no changes to report as the action restarts at the Emirates.
As it stands, Fulham are six points from safety with five games to play – and Burnley above them have two games in hand. The Cottagers need a win.
50* – Andersen lunges in on Xhaka on the halfway line and sends the Swiss international flying.
Craig Pawson cautions the Fulham defender, and Stuart Atwell on VAR looks at the incident again to see if it was a possible sending off offence.
56* – Saka shows off skill and a blistering turn of pace to get beyond Robinson, only to completely overcook his cross.
In doing so, however, the Arsenal forward nearly catches Areola out at the near post as his cross clatters the outside of the near post.
JOSH MAJA SLAMS HOME FROM THE SPOT!
60* –How big a moment could that be in Fulham’s season?!
They’ve had their issues from the penalty spot this season, but Josh Maja – recalled to the starting line-up this afternoon – has done the business.
66* – As a side note, Maja is now Fulham’s leading away goalscorer this season with three.
He only joined in February, and those three goals have come in two games
73* –fulham survive! Somehow!
In skipping around Areola, Martinelli looks to have taken the ball too wide but keeps play alive with a lovely dink towards Pepe at the far post.
77* – Fulham’s penalty hero Josh Maja departs for Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
“I’m not sure how Loftus-Cheek doesn’t get to start in this Fulham team,” ponders Alan Smith on co-commentary.
80* – Andersen requires some treatment after seeing a flicked effort from Nketiah bounce out of play.
85* – Into the final five minutes of normal time, and Bryan concedes a free-kick 40 yards from the Fulham goal.
89* –Martinelli! Beats one! Beats two! Shoots! Saved by Areola!
The Fulham goalkeeper comes to the rescue with a stop at the near post after the Brazilian had burst past Aina and De Cordova-Reid.
90²* – A brilliant defensive header again, this time by Aina – but it’s another Arsenal corner.
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