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Arsenal beats Fulham 3-2 with a Gabriel Giroud goal

Arsenal vs Fulham will be the lone 3-0 team on Saturday.

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Gabriel Magalhaes made amends for a terrible gaffe, scoring late to lead Arsenal to a 2-1 comeback win over Fulham in an interesting London derby at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Despite Gabriel’s mistake assisting Aleksandar Mitrovic on Fulham’s early second-half goal and putting the Cottagers ahead, Mikel Arteta was left smiling.

Full Match Replay of Arsenal vs. Fulham

But only for a short while, as Martin Odegaard eventually solved Bukayo Saka eight minutes later, and Gabriel scored with five minutes left to play via a bundle goal. Then, with time running out, Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale made a crucial save to preserve the clean sheet.

After this weekend, the Gunners will have 12 points, two more than Man City and Brighton for the league lead. If Tottenham wins Sunday against Nottingham Forest, they will join their North London rivals on 10 points.

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Conclusions drawn from Arsenal’s match against Fulham

As the protector, Gabriel, apologizes: Without a shadow of a doubt, Gabriel Magalhaes is to blame for Arsenal’s deficit. With not one, not two, but three clumsy touches inside the box, he gifted Aleksandar Mitrovic a golden opportunity to score. Former Fulham star goalkeeper Bernd Leno messed up a late corner kick, but Arsenal took advantage to go up 2-1 and keep their unblemished Premier League record intact thanks to Gabriel.

What makes Odegaard unique: The captain of Arsenal is a cool, creative, and classy midfielder who produces two or three truly highlight moments per match. His goal, of course, will get a lot of plaudits but he’s even more important than Bukayo Saka and perhaps Gabriel Jesus as the Gunners seek to become a title-contending force.

You guys, Fulham is pretty solid. There’s not a lot of flash to Marco Silva’s system which asks that the wingers run their shorts off and the playmakers try to find Aleksandar Mitrovic, but the Cottagers are sturdy and solid. There’s a promising midfield there that’s going to have off days against sides that are stronger and faster, and they are much steadier at the back than their last leaky campaign in the Premier League. This could be a perfectly boring safety season if Bernd Leno can be a game-changer in the close games, especially when under pressure. And Leno can be that guy,

Players absent, but not goals scored: Arsenal needs to win home games against newly-promoted teams — yes, we know we’re supposed to mention something about derbies being difficult — if it’s going to take the next step. Given Thomas Partey and Oleksandr Zinchenko’s absences, a point would have been fine, and the moral victory of returning is a nice touch. A “just get into fourth and back to the Champions League” campaign would have been more appropriate than a “Arsenal is back” one. The squeaker of a victory provided two crucial points in a close game.

Starring and blundering, Leno. There was silence in Ramsdale before they made their point. For the first 85 minutes, it appeared that Bernd Leno was out for vengeance. The score went from 0-0 to 0-1 to 2-1 with only one save required from Aaron Ramsdale. Two minutes after the resumption of play, he made a huge save to restore his confidence after allowing the game’s final goal—aided by Leno’s lone back-to-goal mistake against his former team.

Targeted strategy

Fulham found success on the offensive, particularly on the counter, but the Cottagers’ primary focus was on stifling opposition scoring opportunities. For Bernd Leno, an old teammate, this was a big game because they finally let them in, albeit late. Arsenal, however, had the upper hand in the midfield and dominated Andreas Pereira, Harrison Reed, and even Joao Palhinha to a lesser extent. Although Fulham’s back four was solid, Gabriel Jesus was unable to break through and score.

Players central to the action

Odegaard, Martin

Martinelli Gabriel

The Great Aleksandar Mitrovic

Saliba, William

Where and when can I watch Arsenal vs. Fulham live?

Saturday, 12:30pm ET start time TV TV Station: NBC Watch the game live online at NBCSports.com.

Up-to-date information on the Arsenal squad, including any recent injuries and potential lineup adjustments

Reiss Nelson (thigh), Oleksandr Zinchenko (knee), and Thomas Partey (foot) are all out at the moment (thigh)

What’s new with Fulham? Injuries, potential starting lineups, and more

Harry Wilson (knee), Neeskens Kebano (groin), and Manor Solomon (foot) are all out for the season with injuries (knee)

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Assembled Arsenal vs. Fulham: Gabriel’s redemption ensures the Gunners’ continued perfection. first published on NBCSports.com