Arsene Wenger and Arsenal picked up a much needed 3 points on the road today in a London derby as they easily saw off Fulham 3-1 at Craven Cottage. The Gunners put together a fine display amidst fears of fatigue from their Turkish excursion earlier in the week while Martin Jol will be disappointed with his Fulham side that could only muster 1 goal despite having a bevy of chances.
The match kicked off in a pouring rainstorm and Craven Cottage was soaked to the bone by the time Olivier Giroud put Arsenal in front on 14 minutes, with a neat little finish past David Stockdale after unwittingly picking up an Aaron Ramsey strike while closing in on goal. Fulham responded well to going behind though, as they applied vast amounts of pressure to the goal of Wojciech Szczesny, with the Polish keeper producing a splendid double save to maintain Arsenal’s 1-0 advantage. The Gunner delight was doubled just minutes prior to halftime as well, with Lukas Podolski smashing home a rebound from just outside the penalty area to make it 2-0. Stockdale did well to get to the intial shot from Theo Walcott, but the rebound careened out to Podolski, who used accuracy and pace to direct it in. The second half fired back up amidst another brief rain shower as Arsenal continued to take the game to Fulham, and they netted a 3rd goal come the 68th minute courtesy of Podolski again, who this time fired low and hard into the bottom right corner after being assisted by Santi Cazorla, who was outstanding for Arsenal on the day. Fulham managed a late consolation goal through Darren Bent, his first for the club since joining on loan from Aston Villa not too long ago. But it was still much too late for a comeback as Arsenal saw off the remaining 13 minutes to secure their comfortable win on the banks of the Thames.
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