Ghanaian-born England striker Eddie Nketiah showcased his scoring prowess once more as Arsenal played to a 2-2 draw against Fulham FC in the English Premier League on Saturday.
The 21-year-old, whose international allegiance remains a topic of interest, emerged from the bench to register his second goal in three league matches for the Gunners this season.
In a swift turn of events at the Emirates Stadium, Andreas Pereira capitalized on a passing mistake from Bukayo Saka, putting the visitors ahead after a mere 57 seconds of play.
Arsenal mounted their comeback after the interval. Saka equalized from the penalty spot at the 70th-minute mark, capitalizing on a foul committed in the box on Fabio Vieira by Kenny Tete.
Nketiah, introduced at the commencement of the second half, capitalized on a delivery from Vieira, converting it into a goal that temporarily gave the Gunners the lead in the 72nd minute.
A turning point arrived in the 83rd minute as newly-signed Nigerian defender Calvin Bassey received a red card due to two bookable offenses, with the second infraction stemming from a challenge on Nketiah, who was surging on a counter-attack.
Despite this setback, Fulham showcased their resilience. In the 87th minute, Joao Palhinha executed a precise one-time finish from a corner kick delivered by Harrison Reed, clinching a valuable point for the Cottagers.
Black Stars deputy captain and midfielder Thomas Partey retained his spot in the Arsenal starting lineup, operating in the right-back role for the third consecutive game. However, despite his presence, he was substituted after 56 minutes.
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