Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud, FC Arsenal
England Premier League - Matchday 2 Results
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Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski scored goals in each half as Arsenal secured a definitive 3-1 victory over Fulham in the pouring rain at Craven Cottage.
The Gunners, buoyed by a 3-0 midweek win over Fenerbahce in Champions League qualifying, were confident - looking fit and sharp early on.
Olivier Giroud's strike opened the scoring for Arsenal. Podolski made it 2-0 with a measured 18-yard shot and then smashed home the visitors' third after the break.
Substitute Darren Bent scored Fulham's only goal through Dimitar Berbatov, in the final 13 minutes.
Arsenal magager Arsene Wenger has been under criticism this summer for his lack of new players during the transfer window that will shortly close. Wenger was delighted with the Gunners' 3-1 win over Fulham.
"We were impressive and always in control. We deserved the win and it's a good win. We had a convincing win against Fenerbahce and that was a good response to the disappointing first result," said Wenger after the match. "We played the way we wanted to play, we were in control and the team enjoyed it. We created chances.
"The positive result counter-balanced the fatigue. We were very dangerous every time we won the ball back. We had a good mixture of a patience game and a speed game - and that was positive."
Saturday 24th August 2013
Fulham 1-3 Arsenal
Everton 0-0 West Brom
Hull 1-0 Norwich
Newcastle 0-0 West Ham
Southampton 1-1 Sunderland
Stoke 2-1 Crystal Palace
Aston Villa 0-1 Liverpool
Sunday 25th August 2013
Cardiff 3-2 Man City
Tottenham 1-0 Swansea
Monday 26th August 2013
Man Utd 0-0 Chelsea