On This Day In 2012: No Bore Draw As Arsenal And Fulham Slug Out Dramatic 3-3 Thriller (Video)

Martin Cloake

10th, November 2015


When Fulham sidled across London to the Emirates on 10th November 2012, they did so sitting in eighth place in the Premier League, just behind Arsenal on goal difference.

A crowd of just over 60,000 bore witness to a cracking draw, with the two teams laying on a thrilling six-goal encounter.

With the money looking incredibly well spent at this point, Arsenal’s new signings Olivier Giroud and Lucas Podolski put the home side 2-0 up after just 23 minutes…


Lukas Podolski, shortly before the buyer’s remorse set in

However, Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov hit back with a close-range header in the 29th minute, before popping up again 10 minutes later to supply a perfect cross for Alex Kacaniklic to nod in for the equaliser.

In the second half, with 20 minutes or so left to go, Berbatov put Fulham in front, sticking away a penalty after Mikel Arteta bundled Bryan Ruiz over in the box – Fulham suddenly eyeing up their first away win over their cross-city rivals in 108 years.

Alas, those dreams were quickly quashed when Arsenal responded almost immediately – Giroud heading home his second of the match to restore parity.

The blistering end-to-end fun didn’t peter out there as, in injury time, Arsenal won a penalty after referee Phil Dowd rather harshly adjudged Sascha Riether to have handled in the box.

Arteta stepped up hoping to salvage a last-gasp win and set things straight after giving away a penalty himself earlier in the game.

But veteran Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer defied his creaking bones to get down and save the Spanish midfielder’s spot kick – Dowd blowing the final whistle immediately after the Australian’s dramatic low save.

Phew. What a game.

Weirdly, over in the Soccer Saturday studio, analyst Matt Le Tissier decided to report the news of Arteta’s penalty miss at a frequency only audible to dogs and bats…

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