Competing at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday (18/4/2021) evening WIB, Arsenal immediately stepped on the gas at the start of the match. An opportunity from close range in the first minute failed to be cleared by Gabriel Martinelli.
Martinelli again wasted opportunities in the sixth minute. His shot ball from a distance was too weak to be anticipated by Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.
The tempo of the game slowed down to enter the tenth minute. Fulham played more waiting in the area of their own defense while looking for an Arsenal gap to make a wrong pass.
Fulham almost scored first in the 20th minute. Josh Maja’s shot ball which hit the Arsenal player’s leg outwitted goalkeeper Mat Ryan and rolled slightly on the right side of the goal.
Arsenal threatened back a minute later. Emile Smith Rowe fired a shot from outside the penalty box, but the ball was wide of the target.
Arsenal had managed to tear Fulham’s goal in the 40th minute with a header Dani ceballos, who took advantage of Hector Bellerin’s cross.
The goal was eventually disallowed after being reviewed via VAR. Bukayo Saka, who sent the pass to Bellerin, was declared offside from his toes.
There were no goals created during the first 45 minutes. The 0-0 score lasted until halftime.
The composition of Players:
Arsenal: Ryan; Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Xhaka; Elneny, Ceballos; Saka, Smith Rowe, Martinelli; Lacazette.
Fulham: Areola; Aina, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Robinson; Lemina, Anguissa; De Cordova-Reid, Knight, Lookman; Maja.