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December 4, 2010
• Emirates Stadium, London
Referee: C. Foy
• Attendance: 60049
S. Nasri 14', 76'
D. Kamara 30'
90' + 4'
FULL TIME! Arsenal run out 2-1 winners to go top of the Premier League, and you have to say they deserved the win after dominating much of the match. Fulham can feel a little hard done, but they simply didn't take their chances.
90' + 2'
Clint Dempsey wants a penalty but it's a very soft shout, with the midfielder going down very easily.
Four minutes of added time for Fulham to grab an equaliser...
Fulham really pressing now, and it's a great save from Fabianski. Zoltan Gera again takes a shot, this time on the half-volley, and Fabianski is at full-stretch down to his right, to push it behind for a corner, with the ball bouncing just in front of him as well. Top class.
A nice flick from Gera nearly sets Etuhu through on goal, but Djourou gets back to cover and clear.
Van Persie is down clutching his face after running into a Dickson Etuhu-shaped wall, but he seems alright.
Chamakh nearly makes it three after great work down the wing from Gael Clichy.
Assist Robin van Persie
Goal Samir Nasri
GOAL! Samir Nasri strikes again, from close range, set up by the substitute Robin Van Persie. You would think that Arsenal should see it out from here.
And it's one Englishman in place of another for Arsenal, as Theo Walcott replaces Jack Wilshere, who has impressed with his passing today. For Fulham, Andrew Johnson replaces Diomansay Kamara, who has been excellent in harrying the Arsenal back line.
Zoltan Gera takes another shot, this time from the edge of the box, but he puts it wide.
Simon Davies' corner is cleared by Alex Song, but only as far as Zoltan Gera, who's shot is blocked by Sagna.
Robin van Persie
Song is lucky to escape a booking for a tackle from behind. It didn't do too much damage, but it looked a nailed on yellow card. Tomas Rosicky hands over the captain's armband to Robin Van Persie, who enters the fray.
Arshavin again involved, this time jinking his way around the penalty area before firing in a shot that Schwarzer blocks well.
Arsenal's captain for today Tomas Rosicky comes close with a volley from the edge of the box which misses Schwarzer's right post by half-a-foot.
Nothing really to report thus far in the second half, both teams look to be starting cautiously. Arsenal do have some subs warming up already though: Van Persie, Bendtner and Walcott.
Arsenal get us back underway...
45' + 2'
HALF TIME! Arsenal will be disappointed to be level despite their early dominance, but they could even be behind had Kamara taken his chances.
Fulham should be winning. Diomansay Kamara is sent through, and he is miraculously onside - just - but he can't beat Fabianski. He may live to regret that one.
Fulham, and Danny Murphy in particular, seeing plenty of the ball now, with the veteran midfielder keeping it ticking over nicely for the West Londoners.
Fulham are definitely in the ascendancy here. The goal and substitution look to have upset Arsenal's rhythm. There haven't been any good moments of late for the Gunners.
Arsenal are playing a dangerous game here in defence. Whenever Fulham get the ball they are looking to get in behind the high defensive line, and have done plenty of times, but for the linesman to raise his flag.
Koscielny is substituted, and it looks like he'll be straight off to hospital. He initially kept playing, but after the goal he went down following a big clash of heads with his team mate.
Assist Clint Dempsey
Goal Diomansy Kamara
GOAL! Totally against the run of play, but Kamara makes it 1-1. A clash of heads between Koscielny and Squillaci, but they played on regardless. The ball fell to Clint Dempsey, who's expert pass found Kamara in acres, and onside too. He finishes smartly, and Fabianski can do nothing about it. Koscielny is being stretchered off, and does not look good.
Nasri's at it again, this time his cross from the right finds Alex Song, who can only sidefoot wide. Chamakh then robs Hangelaand, but the big Norwegian recovers well to block the shot.
Arsenal nearly make it two, as Nasri is again involved, beating his marker with style on the wing before getting to the byline and pulling it back. It appeared to hit a defender, and Schwarzer just about holds on.
Arshavin collects a loose pass and runs at Fulham's defence before testing Schwarzer with a low drive from 20 yards which the keeper saves comfortably.
A smart turn from Diomansy Kamara is followed by a shot that deflects behind for a corner. It looked for a minute that Fabianski could have been in trouble, but it ends up well wide. He then claims the ball well from the inswinging corner.
Arsenal are in danger of running away with this already. Arshavin has been all over Fulham so far, and he puts Chamakh in with a ball over the top, only for the Morrocan forward to be found offside.
Assist Andrey Arshavin
Goal Samir Nasri
GOAL! Samir Nasri receives the ball just inside the penalty area following good work from Arshavin. He then beats three men who are falling over themselves to block him, and then smashes the ball in from eight yards.
Zoltan Gera takes a shot from 25 yards, but it's not in danger of bothering Fabianski as it bobbles wide.
A signature passing move from Arsenal almost leads to a goal, but Chamakh can't find anyone with the final pass.
A long ball into Fulham's box from a free-kick and the ball falls to Arshavin, who forces a smart block from Mark Schwarzer.
A slow start to the match at the Emirates. Arsenal confident on the ball though. A few boos ring out as Andrey Arshavin receives the ball, possibly for his part in Russia's successful 2018 World Cup bid.
The teams take the field and the match is about to start...
Fulham Squad: Schwarzer; Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Briggs; Davies, Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey, Gera; Kamara. Subs: Stockdale, Kelly, Baird, Andrew Johnson, Duff, Eddie Johnson, Greening.
Arsenal Squad: Fabianski; Sagna, Koscielny, Squillaci, Clichy; Song, Wilshere, Nasri; Rosicky, Arsehavin, Chamack. Subs: Szczesny, Van Persie, Walcott, Denilson, Djourou, Gibbs, Bendtner.
Hello, and welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of Arsenal v Fulham. The Gunners are in poor home form at the moment, looking to halt a two-match losing streak against a Fulham side that hasn't won away from home since the opening day of last season, and a defeat today could see them slip into the relegation zone.
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