Arsenal 2-1 Fulham: Premier League report, goals and highlights as Gunners triumph from behind

Gabriel Magalhaes became a hero from scratch as he atoned for giving Fulham the lead by scoring the winning goal and extending Arsenal’s perfect start to the Premier League season.

The Brazilian defender was caught badly by Aleksandar Mitrovic as the Gunners won 2-1 from a deficit to maintain their place at the top of the table.

Mitrovic’s goal, his 100th for Fulham and his fourth of the season – already more than two years ago in the entire relegation battle – gave the visitors hope to continue their own unbeaten start to the season.

Instead, Martin Odegaard equalized with a deflected shot before Gabriel equalized the winner five minutes from time.

Mikel Arteta had to change his line-up for the first time this season with injured Thomas Partey and Oleksandar Zinchenko absent.

Granit Xhaka and Gabriel Martinelli had early chances without testing former Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno. The hosts were building steam in much the same way as they did in Bournemouth last week.

Unlike their win on the South Coast, however, the Gunners failed to set the tone with a quick opener as Fulham kept them in check.

Leno was only forced into meaningful action on the half-hour mark when he saved Bukayo Saka’s strike as the striker overcame Fulham’s offside trap to go through one-on-one with his old team-mate.

Bukayo Saka was denied by Bernd Leno in the first half

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It was both sides’ only shot on target in a memorable first half which saw Arsenal largely frustrated by Marco Silva’s men.

Gabriel Jesus should have done better with a chance as the hosts looked to continue after the break and met a tame try on Leno after being found in the box by Xhaka.

But it was Fulham who broke the deadlock, Gabriel was caught dawdling in possession by Mitrovic, who overpowered his marker and calmly shoved home.

Arteta responded by introducing Eddie Nketiah and returning to a back three, which paid off immediately.

Odegaard, fresh off his brace against the cherries, equalized with a touch of luck when his shot was deflected off Tosin Adarabioyo and off-footed Leno.

Martin Odegaard scored the equalizer for Arsenal

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Fulham were still in the game and almost regained the lead, Aaron Ramsdale shoving a towering header away from Mitrovic before Ben White bravely blocked Bobby Decordova-Reid’s follow-up.

As Arsenal shifted up a gear, Nketiah shot wide before shooting straight at Leno after a Martinelli cutback and then loosening up his lines with another decent chance.

Leno had enjoyed his return to the Emirates Stadium as he turned a Martinelli shot from a tight angle behind him as the home side continued to press the issue.

But from the resulting corner, it was Gabriel who atoned for his earlier mistake by poking the free ball home after Leno failed to process a corner that landed at the Brazilian’s feet.

The goal survived two VAR checks, the first for a foul on Leno and the second for a handball on Gabriel, both tight decisions that went Arsenal’s way.

Ramsdale still had time to make a good save and prevent Fulham substitute Nathaniel Chalobah from securing a tie while Arteta’s side held onto another three points.

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