West London giants Fulham are running out of time in their quest to avoid the drop in the Premier League this season after they conceded a late equaliser in their away game at Arsenal at the weekend. They were on course to secure only their sixth league win of the season before the Gunners struck with a stoppage time equaliser. Arsenal substitute scored with virtually the last kick of the match.


Fulhamstarted the weekend six points adrift of the final safety place occupied by Newcastle United having played a game more than the Magpies. This was before the Magpies beat 10-man West Ham 3-2 at home in dramatic fashion to move nine points ahead of Fulham on the Premier League standings thus leaving the Cottagers to focus on both Burnley and Brighton & Hove Albion who are seven points better than them.

An away win over Arsenal would have moved the Cottagers to within four points of both Burnley and Brighton but the draw means they stay six points off the two sides. Burnley have played a game more than the West London outfit, while Brighton have played two games more than the struggling West London team.

After a goalless first half, Fulham were given the opportunity to score the first goal at the Emirates Stadium after Brazilian centre back Gabriel Magalhaes brought down Cottagers midfielder Mario Lemina in the box. Nigerian striker Josh Maja is on loan at Fulham from French club Bordeaux and he scored the resulting penalty to give the visitors the lead over Arsenal before thelate drama from Eddie Nketiah.

Arsenal striker Nketiah came on for the injured Alexandre Lacazette and he went on to score the equaliser for the Gunners with the last kick of the game. The Gunners are in the battle to qualify for European football and that draw does them little good.

The draw at home to Fulham means Arsenal stay in ninth spot and they are still four points off North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in seventh spot. Seventh place could be enough for an Europa League spot at the end of the season.

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