Two games, four goals, and one Olivier Giroud lightning bolt denied at the death. That was the Premier League Sunday in 14 words, a description that comes nowhere near capturing the depth of today’s action in London. While Fulham’s visit from Aston Villa may have been decided in the first half, Everton’s trip to Arsenal was in doubt until the final whistle.
On Fulham’s win in the day’s opener, from Kyle Bonn:
Fulham picked up three enormous points, their first win under new first team coach Rene Meulensteen, as they dominate a well-traveled Aston Villa 2-0 from Craven Cottage.
Steve Sidwell and Dimitar Berbatov both grabbed first-half goals, with the latter having a hand in both scores and handing in an impressive performance on the heels of a few lazy showings …
The win for Fulham is massive, as they move above Crystal Palace into 17th and look bright for the second straight match. Villa also halts a streak, one of five straight unbeaten marked by just their second away loss of the season.
And Kyle Bonn again, this time on Arsenal versus Everton:
Arsenal thought they’d gone seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table as Mesut Ozil finally broke down the Everton defense with 10 minutes to go.
Unfortunately, Gerard Deulofeu had other ideas, and his immediate answer helped Everton secure a great road point with a 1-1 draw at the Emirates …
Both sides pushed for all three points, but it was not to be. Olivier Giroud nearly won it in added time with a filthy volley – a thunderous shot – it hit the crossbar and like Arsenal’s winning hopes, it pinged away harmlessly.