London: Arsenal wasted a two-goal lead for the second time this week, with a 3-3 draw against Fulham prolonging the team's worst Premier League start under Arsene Wenger. The Gunners appeared to be cruising when Olivier Giroud headed them in front and Lukas Podolski fired in another in the 23rd minute.
Arsenal shot into the lead through Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski efforts though were pegged back by Dimitar Berbatov and Alex Kacaniklic headers before half time. Berbatov's penalty gave the Cottagers the lead though Giroud drew the hosts level with his second header of the afternoon, with neither side able to provide a final twist to a wildly oscillating London derby as Mikel Arteta saw his last-minute penalty saved by Mark Schwarzer.
Another unconvincing defensive display from Arsenalis likely to see increased pressure on Arsene Wenger, with the Gunners having won only one of their last six Premier or Champions League games. The hosts had to make do without the services of Jack WIlshere, who was suspended following last week's red card at Old Trafford, while Theo Walcott was included for his first Premier League start since the opening game of the season.
It was the unsettled winger who proved the spark behind the Gunners taking an 11th minute lead; with Walcott winning, then taking the corner that Giroud powerfully headed beyond Schwarzer at the near post. As Kieran Richardson hobbled off clutching his hamstring, Fulham's cumbersome start was further punished asPodolski doubled Arsenal's lead. Mikel
11:08 PM, Nov 10, 2012