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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Arsenal Lost to Fulham 1-0 as Strikers Missed Chances and Midfield Looked Weak

Arsenal suffered a shocking 1-0 defeat to Fulham at Craven Cottage. So, Arsenal has become the first team from ‘Big Four’ to have suffered a defeat this season. Fulham’s Norwegian defender Brede Hangeland scored in the 21st minute of the match. Arsenal midfield looked week and that made their defense more exposed.

Well, it does not mean that Arsenal did not create any chance in the match. In fact, a number of chances came by their way, but lacked proper execution. Striker Robin van Persie had a good chance in the 20th minute but his shot went wide off the target. Emmanuel Adebayor also got a couple of good chances including one in the 23rd minute when his header went outside. In the 36th minute, English striker Theo Walcott missed a chance as his shot from 20 yards went over the cross bar after receiving a pass from Adebayor.

Arsene Wenger gave the due credit to Fulham saying that they started the game strongly and was sharper in the first half. However, he thinks, Arsenal had more chance in the match than Fulham. He also indicated nervousness among the players in the last 25 minutes of the match. The manager is now eagerly waiting for the full recovery of Cesc Fabregas who would definitely strengthen Arsenal midfield. Now, there is enough reason Wenger might land another midfielder at Arsenal before the summer transfer window closes on 1 September. Wenger already expressed his interest to sign Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry.

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