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Arsenal - Fulham
Premier League - 11 November 2012
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Schwarzer is the Fulham hero with a vital penalty save as an entertaining match comes to an end at the Emirates.
Late, late drama as Arteta fails to win the match for Arsenal from the penalty spot, Schwarzer producing a superb left handed save to earn a point.
The third of three late corners for Arsenal is taken by Arteta and Schwarzer flaps hopelessly at it. Fulham somehow clear.
Giroud has a great chance for the winning goal but he can't score with his headed effort from a Bacary Sagna cross. That should have been a hat-trick.
A Ruiz corner is delivered well into the Arsenal box and Hangeland should hit the target, his header aimed wide right.
Duff sprints down the right wing and is looking to supply Berbatov for a winning goal, eventually though Arsenal dispossess the Irishman.
More defensive mistakes from Fulham and Cazorla is in space inside the area on the left, his shot saved well by Schwarzer who has been a busy man today.
Damien Duff replaces the tired Dejagah for Fulham.
Walcott departs and Andrei Arshavin joins the action.
The brilliant Ruiz looks like he's playing against the Arsenal midfield on his own. He's everywhere, dropping deep to relieve the pressure on his teammates.
Walcott looks injured and Arsenal could be about to make another change.
Dejagah jinks into the box, but is not quick enough to get a shot away. This match is the definition of an end to end game!
Two corners and an additional chance give Walcott three quick opportunities to cross, though he is unable to pick out an Arsenal man in clear space.
A good save from Schwarzer low to his left to keep out Giroud's effort.
An early touch for substitute Oxlade-Chamberlain who tries to combine with Ramsey, but the move comes to nothing as Fulham intercept.
Fulham look dangerous on the counter attack as there are gaps all through the Arsenal midfield.
Wenger wants to win this and has sent on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to replace Podolski.
A good Berbatov chance as he finds space in the area from Kacaniklic pass, forcing Laurent Koscielny to lunge in with a last stitch tackle.
Ruiz is at the centre of everything for Fulham having a good game chasing all over the pitch and supplying Sidwell with plenty of the ball.
Podolski makes a nice run and feeds Cazorla whose shot is blocked on the edge of the box.
Frantic stuff here in North London, the attackers on both sides are enjoying themselves, whilst the defenders are having an off day.
The brilliant Ruiz streaks forward and forces Mannone into a punched save, but Fulham can't benefit from the corner.
GOAL!!! It's yet another goal here at the Emirates, as Giroud scores from a Walcott cross to make it 3-3. Walcott cleverly picked out the goal scorer after the ball fell to the Englishman off the post from a Giroud shot.
Arsenal have an quick chance to strike back but Walcott can't beat Schwarzer.
GOAL!!! Berbatov makes no mistake from the spot and Fulham have produced an amazing comeback. That was poor play from Arteta to give away the penalty.
Penalty for Fulham, Arteta is caught asleep by Ruiz and then fouls the Fulham man as panic ensues.
Finally Fulham can get out of their own half as the highly rated Dejagah raids down the right.
Fulham are really under pressure as Arsenal mount attack after attack.
Walcott breaks free on the right and gets a chance to shoot, his low shot looks on target before Fulham defender Hangeland deflects it wide.
The Arsenal fans are booing as Schwarzer takes an age to take his goal kick.
Cazorla fires the resulting free kick just over the bar.
Sidwell is lucky as he's already on a yellow and makes a foul just in front of the Fulham box. The referee books Ramsey for some earlier shirt pulling.
Arsenal keep giving the ball away and this is a very open game. A Berbatov run down the left eventually comes to nothing as he is crowded out.
Arsenal have only managed two shots in this game and have scored from both, they need to step up the pace.
Coquelin makes way for Aaron Ramsey.
Walcott makes a great run, cutting in from the right beating Sidwell and firing a left footed curler just over the bar. Nice stuff.
Walcott wins and takes a free kick on the right wing, his delivery easily cleared by Fulham. This is a busy start to the second period.
Francis Coquelin makes a good run into the Fulham area and runs into Sidwell who hammers the ball off the Arsenal man for a goal kick.
The ball drops to the lively Ruiz just outside the Arsenal box and the Costa Rican fires a half volley well wide on the right.
A nice cross from Walcott just eludes Giroud who just can't rise high enough to head home. Any contact on that and it could have been 3-2.
Ruiz is having a good game for Fulham in the middle, pulling the strings at present as he was towards the end of the second half.
The free kick is wasted and Arsenal defender Vermaelen intervenes to clear the danger.
Fulham enjoy the first attack of the half and Podolski needlessly fouls Ruiz.
We're back underway at the Emirates as the hosts kick-off for the second half. Will there be as many goals as there were in that action packed first half?
Nearly a third goal from Fulham just before the break as Ruiz feeds Riise on the left and he crosses for Berbatov, but the Arsenal defence recovers just in time. Eventually the half time whistle goes and Wenger has some talking to do.
Podolski and Giroud build well in midfield as they mount an attack, only for Thomas Vermaelen to overhit a cross from the left.
Arsenal have fallen asleep here and their lack of a killer instinct has been evident again. They are allowing far too much space in midfield.
Berbatov has made a great impact at Fulham since his summer move and his cross for the goal there really was superb. This is a decent game.
Huge credit to Fulham, they looked dead and buried 15 minutes ago and they are now right back in it. Sidwell is booked for persistent fouling now.
GOAL!!! A brilliant goal from Fulham on the counter attack with Berbatov slipping into the box on the right and delivering an excellent cross for Kacaniklic to head home.
Arsenal have had 56% of possession so far here.
Santi Cazorla delivers a dangerous looking low cross in search of Walcott, but an alert Schwarzer reads it well in the Fulham goal.
Berbatov looks offside as he chases an over hit Steve Sidwell pass from midfield. Goal kick Arsenal.
A good spell for Fulham who have plenty of the ball at the moment.
Ruiz delivers a decent looking near post cross from a free kick after a silly foul by Podolski but Arsenal manage to clear the danger.
Last season Arsenal led the league in comeback points with 24, this season they have gained just four points from trailing situations so far. Today it's their opposition who are already looking for a comeback win.
Walcott wastes a free kick in a good position, hitting his delivery low when he should do better from just outside the box.
Berbatov senses a chance to score a second, before mis-hitting a half volley wide of the target.
Ruiz was key to that goal, working hard in midfield in the build up to the corner and delivering a good cross for Berbatov to head home. Arsenal's defending was casual.
GOAL!!! Fulham strike back with Berbatov header from a Ruiz corner. A simple finish but that's slack from Arsenal.
Arsenal have Fulham against the ropes and look far the better side.
Ashkan Dejagah manages to get forward for Fulham before fouling his marker and it's a free kick to Arsenal at the back.
It's all Arsenal at present they are raiding forward and keeping possession of the ball nicely.
Alexander Kacaniklic has eventually come on to replace Richardson.
Mikel Arteta made that goal with a clever run into the box and a good pass from the right for Podolski to finish.
GOAL!!! This looks like it will be an easy afternoon for Arsenal as they take immediate advantage of Richardson's departure, as Podolski makes it 2-0 with a simple finish.
Sadly the afternoon is already over for Richardson who limps off and the visitors play with ten men for a period.
More trouble for Jol as Kieran Richardson pulls up with a hamstring injury.
38% of the 13 Premier League own goals this season have benefitted either Fulham (3) or Arsenal (2). A goal of any form would suit Fulham now.
Not a great deal happening with Fulham trying not to lose the ball but unable to penetrate at present. For once a Berbatov first touch lets him down and Arsenal get an easy goal kick. The home crowd enjoyed that little mistake!
Arsenal are unsurprisingly sitting deep and looking to keep things tight after getting that early goal.
Before today Fulham have hit the target with a higher percentage of their shots than any other side this term (57%). They need some of that precision this afternoon.
Berbatov and John Arne Riise are keeping the Arsenal defence busy, trying to stretch the play on the wings and get Fulham back into this.
The Gunners have lost three of their last five league games, but they should be able to put that right today following this excellent start.
Just what Arsenal needed to get the blood pumping and straight away they are after a second but Lukas Podolski's cross from the left is too long.
GOAL!!! Arsenal take an early lead with Giroud heading past Mark Schwarzer with a bullet header from a corner to make it 1-0.
Giroud feeds Walcott and the England winger earns a corner.
Berbatov drifts into an attacking position but is caught offside.
The home side are keeping the pressure on now and Theo Walcott's needs an alert response from Brede Hangeland who hammers it clear.
Arsenal mount their first two meaningful attacks, the second ending with Olivier Giroud blasting well over from distance.
Arsenal have made their worst start in the Premier League under Arsene Wenger, taking just 15 points from their opening 10 games.
Dimitar Berbatov buzzes into the Arsenal box as the visitors keep the pressure on from the corner, but then the ball runs out for a goal kick.
Per Mertesacker just manages to get a touch on a decent Bryan Ruiz shot and it's an early corner for Fulham.
Now it's Arsenal's turn to get a feel for the ball as goalkeeper Vito Mannone interacts with his defenders and the players ease into the game.
Some early relaxed play by Fulham as the sides weigh each other up.
We're underway and that familiar Saturday afternoon buzz fills the Emirates Stadium after a minute's silence before kick-off for Remembrance Sunday tomorrow.
Fulham midfielder player Mahamadou Diarra was unable to win his race against time to be fit for this fixture as he battles back from his latest knee injury. His midfield colleague Simon Davies is still recovering from hip surgery. Arsenal will aim, therefore, to exploit Fulham's supposed midfield weaknesses.
Arsenal are without midfielder Jack Wilshere as he serves the first game of a suspension. Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is close to a comeback from an ankle injury and makes the bench, while midfield pair Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also only fit enough for the bench after fitness tests on groin and hip injuries respectively. Wenger still awaits the returns of Gervinho (ankle), Kieran Gibbs (thigh), Abou Diaby (thigh) and Tomas Rosicky (hamstring).
Last season’s 2-1 comeback win at Craven Cottage was the first time Fulham boss Jol had enjoyed a win over a Wenger team in the Premier League (W1 D4 L4).
Thomas Vermaelen scored at both ends in last season’s 1-1 draw between these two teams at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal are looking to bounce back today after their defeat last weekend to Manchester United, leaving Arsene Wenger's team seventh in the table and nine points behind the leaders. The Gunners also gave away a two-goal lead against German side Schalke in the Champions League this week to finish 2-2, so they will to tighten up in defence.
Teams: ARSENAL: Mannone, Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Coquelin, Arteta, Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski, Giroud... Subs: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Santos, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arshavin, Chamakh. /// FULHAM: Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise, Dejagah, Baird, Sidwell, Richardson, Ruiz, Berbatov... Subs: Stockdale, Senderos, Petric, Karagounis, Duff, Rodallega, Kacaniklic.
Former Gunner Steve Sidwell has scored in both of his Premier League appearances for Fulham against Arsenal.
Fulham have never won away at Arsenal in any competition, losing 22 and drawing four of 26 visits.
Martin Jol (Fulham): "If you look at the likes of Man City with almost half a billion spent, Man United, it's not easy nowadays. You expect a team like Arsenal to win things with Chelsea, Man City, Man United, all these clubs? I don't think you have to be angry. Frustrated is probably the better word."
Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) on Jack Wilshere being called up for England's friendly with Sweden: "I wouldn’t like to come out on my feelings on that because they are not very positive. I'd rather he wasn’t in the squad but I have no choice. If they call him up, they call him up. I have good relations with Roy Hodgson. We spoke about the situation, he knows my feeling and I know his feeling. So we cut a good compromise.”
Arsenal go into this game today just one league position above their visitors, in seventh place in the table and leading Fulham only on goal difference. Victory for either side today could take them into the top-four, depending on results elsewhere.
Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of this Premier League match between Arsenal and Fulham at the Emirates Stadium.
- F. Coquelin(56': A. Ramsey)
- M. Arteta
- T. Walcott(85': A. Arshavin)
- S. Cazorla
- L. Podolski(76': A. Oxlade-Chamberlain)