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Arsenal 1-1 Fulham: Super sub Eddie Nketiah late strike stun visitors as Gunners survive another VAR check to send Scott Parker’s side closer to the drop

Arsenal salvage a point at home against Fulham, with a late equaliser from Nketiah making it 1-1.

The hosts dominated much of the game and they had a goal ruled out by VAR at the end of the first half.

However, after Gabriel fouled Lemina in the box and VAR confirmed the spot-kick, Maja smashed it high into the back of the net.

Arsenal pressed forward in search of an equaliser and it looked like Fulham would secure the win, but Nketiah popped up in the 97th minute to share the points.

The point leaves Arsenal ninth in the league with six games remaining, six points off the top six and nine points adrift of the Champions League places.

However, they may be without Lacazette, who limped off with an injury today.

But it ended in the latest of a series of lows that have littered this awful season.

The point leaves Arsenal ninth in the league with six games remaining, six points off the top six and nine points adrift of the Champions League places.

It is little surprise that they are believed to be one of six English teams to have signed up for a new breakaway European Super League, because on this evidence they are miles off qualifying for Europe’s elite competition via the conventional domestic route.

Holding Nketiah Arsenal 2021

Fulham had just taken the lead through a Josh Maja penalty when Lacazette pulled up as he sprinted towards the visitors’ box during an Arsenal attack.

He immediately clutched his hamstring, and as he limped off with his shirt pulled up covering his face, he must have been wondering how long he would now be facing on the sidelines.

In the grand scheme of things, this draw matters little to Arsenal. Not that Arteta or his players will see it that way of course.

It has been clear for some time that the Gunners’ priority is the Europa League and rightly so, given what is at stake should they go on and win that competition.

A point sees Fulham remain 18th and they are six points behind Burnley, who play later today and they’ll be hoping that the Clarets are beaten by Manchester United.

Next up for Fulham is a trip to Chelsea. Meanwhile Arsenal remain ninth and they face Everton next time out.

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