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Inconsistency plagues Arsenal as Euro show followed by Fulham draw

It took them until the 97th minute to snatch a point, with Eddie Nketiah tapping home to break Fulham hearts.

The visitors had taken the lead through Josh Maja’s 59th-minute penalty and they had looked as if they were going to hold on for a huge three points in their bid for survival.

Arsenal, however, had other ideas and their late goal came in dramatic fashion, with goalkeeper Mat Ryan flicking on a corner at the near post. The ball fell to Dani Ceballos, whose saved effort fell at Nketiah’s feet.

He tapped home to claim a point Arsenal deserved, but they will be frustrated they didn’t take all three.

Against Slavia Prague on Thursday they had been excellent, but against Fulham they lacked the same zip. Perhaps this was a bit of a hangover from that fine win. Either way, it sums up the Gunners’ season.

They have struggled for consistency throughout the campaign, something Mikel Arteta has himself pointed out, and this draw only emphasised that. You have to go back to January to find the last time Arsenal won back-to-back Premier League games.

If they are to progress under Arteta, they need greater consistency. Right now, it is a case of two steps forward, one step back.

Nketiah takes his chance – and he may get more

He has not had many chances to make his mark this season and Nketiah was an unlikely hero here. Indeed, he may not have even been on the pitch had Alexandre Lacazette not limped off through injury.

The Frenchman appeared to be clutching his hamstring and, given his fine form of late, his absence would be a hammer blow for Arsenal.

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