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Arsenal 1-1 Fulham: Player ratings as late Eddie Nketiah strike rescues Gunners

Arsenal had young striker Eddie Nketiah to thank as he popped up with an equaliser to spare his side’s blushes in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Fulham.

The first half was played almost entirely at Arsenal’s tempo. The Gunners dominated possession but found clear-cut chances hard to come by as Fulham sat deep and tried to absorb pressure. Dani Ceballos thought he had headed Arsenal ahead just before the break, only for VAR to intervene and rule it out for a narrow offside because Bukayo Saka is selfish and has toes.

The second half began with the same theme, but it was Fulham who drew first blood after Josh Maja stepped up to fire home a penalty awarded by VAR for a Gabriel foul on Mario Lemina. Arsenal pushed for an equaliser and saw a Nicolas Pepe header cleared off the line, but they had to wait until the last minute for Nketiah to pop up at the back post to tap home an equaliser.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Mat Ryan
Ryan was given the nod ahead of Bernd Leno | IAN KINGTON/Getty Images
Dani Ceballos
Ceballos thought he had scored his first goal of the season | Julian Finney/Getty Images

3. Forward

Alexandre Lacazette
Lacazette left the game with an injury | Pool/Getty Images

Alexandre Lacazette (ST) – 5/10 – Forced to drop a little too deep to try and find the ball, but left Arsenal without that focal point in attack at times. Left the game early with an injury.

— Arsenal (@Arsenal) April 18, 2021

FULHAM PLAYER RATINGS

Alphonse Areola, Ola Aina
Areola had an excellent game | Pool/Getty Images

6. Midfielders

Mohamed Elneny, Ademola Lookman
Lookman was Fulham’s danger man | Pool/Getty Images
Josh Maja
Maja made no mistake from the spot | Julian Finney/Getty Images

Josh Maja (ST) – 6/10 – Found himself to be a little isolated in attack but made the most of his opportunity from the penalty spot.

8. Substitutes

— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) April 18, 2021

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