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Saturday, January 18, 2014
 Full Time
Arsenal
2
 
0
Fulham
S. Cazorla  57' 1-0 
S. Cazorla  62' 2-0 
HT: 0-0
Emirates Stadium (Attendance: 60,000)
Referee: Lee Probert
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Arsenal vs. Fulham
Minute Commentary
90' ARSENAL 2 FULHAM 0
Arsenal gave a mixed display in the first half, giving Fulham hope that they could come away from north London with something to be proud of, but the Gunners stepped up a gear in the second period to eventually cruise to a comfortable victory. Olivier Giroud and Bacary Sagna had the only chances for Arsenal in the first 45 minutes, while Fulham grew into the game and came close through Steve Sidwell. The urgency in Arsenal's play after the interval was clear for all to see, and they were rewarded with a goal on 56 minutes when Santi Cazorla rounded off an excellent move. Five minutes later Cazorla bagged his second goal with a thumping strike, leaving Fulham with a mountain to climb, and it wasn't made any easier by Lukas Podolski coming on and having a brilliant cameo appearance. Darren Bent's introduction wasn't as effective and he had a bad miss late on before Arsenal nearly made it 3-0 with an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain header. Arsenal remain top of the table then, with Fulham benefitting from the three teams below them failing to win and remaining a point above the relegation zone.
90' FULL TIME
Pajtim Kasami, who I missed coming on ten minutes ago, has the final chance of the game with a free kick that Wojciech Szczesny just about grabs hold off. That's the last action of the game and Arsenal have won 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium.
90' HEADS OVER
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain heads narrowly over from a Lukas Podolski cross. Two more minutes of injury time are left to be played.
90' GILT-EDGED CHANCE
A cross rebounds off Wojciech Szczesny into the path of Darren Bent, giving the sub a golden chance to score. Laurent Koscielny does put him off but he should still probably score as he instead hits wide. The Fulham striker looks to have picked up a knock in the process.
86' CHANGES APIECE
Santi Cazorla and Scott Parker both hit shots comfortably over either side of a substitution. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Mesut Ozil, who has had an adequate if not outstanding day for the Gunners.
83' PODOLSKI IMPRESSING
Lukas Podolski continues his entertaining cameo, being instrumental in a promising Arsenal attack and then being unfortunate not to win a free kick on the edge of the box. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is about to come on.
80' MEEK EFFORT
Alex Kacaniklic links up with Dimitar Berbatov but doesn't threaten with a tame effort. Darren Bent's arrival to the fray hasn't changed much, so surely Rene Meulensteen will turn to Pajtim Kasami before long?
76' ARSENAL COMFORTABLE
Arsenal are cruising and Fulham can barely get a touch. It's disappointing to see them sitting so deep - it's like they're looking to keep the score down at the moment rather than try and force their way back into this.
73' WHAT A SAVE
Maarten Stekelenburg does tremendously to deny Lukas Podolski who goes for goal again just three minutes following his introduction. The Arsenal man's super strike is pushed by Stekelenburg onto the angle between post and bar with a diving save.
71' STRAIGHT INTO IT
Lukas Podolski makes an instant impact, having a fierce strike blocked after combining superbly with Jack Wilshere.
70' ARSENAL SUBSTITUTION
Arsene Wenger makes a change now, swapping Serge Gnabry for Lukas Podolski.
67' FIRST SUBSTITUTION
Darren Bent does come on, replacing Ashkan Dejagah as Fulham go 4-4-2. Clint Dempsey goes wide right with Bent joining Dimitar Berbatov up top.
64' BENT ENTRY IMMINENT
Serge Gnabry almost creates a chance for either himself or a team-mate with some impressive solo play. Darren Bent is about to come on for Fulham.
62' MORE ON THAT GOAL
Cazorla unleashed a belter of a strike that Maarten Stekelenburg never looked like keeping out diving to his left. Arsenal look like they could go on and get a couple more the way they're playing now.
61' GOOOOOOOAL!
SANTI CAZORLA gets a second goal!
58' WELL-EARNED
Arsenal's lead is deserved having been much improved in the second half, playing with a higher tempo and not letting Fulham enjoy themselves as much as they did in the first 45 minutes. The visitors may look to bring on Darren Bent who has a good record against Arsenal, the former Spurs man netting seven goals in 11 appearances against the Gunners.
57' MORE ON THAT GOAL
It was a lovely move from Arsenal, with some slick one-touch passing being displayed before Cazorla rounded off the attack with a clinical finish on his right foot.
56' GOOOOOOOOOAL!
Just after Fulham scramble the ball off their goal-line and Serge Gnabry misses on the rebound, SANTI CAZORLA opens the scoring for Arsenal!
54' ARSENAL SHOTS
It's fourth time lucky for Serge Gnabry as he hits a shot on target, that Maarten Stekelenburg saves well despite seeing late. Sascha Riether blocks a Santi Cazorla effort moments afterwards.
52' ARSENAL PRESS
A low Olivier Giroud drive is meat and drink for Maarten Stekelenburg and seconds later Dan Burn is on hand to clear a drilled Serge Gnabry ball in.
50' BACK AND FORTH
Fulham hit back with a couple of enterprising surges forward after that strong opening few minutes of the half for Arsenal. Back come Arsenal, though, who threaten with a teasing Nacho Monreal cross. The home side then move the ball around intricately in the Fulham third but an attempted one-two started by Santi Cazorla breaks down and they lose possession.
47' LIVELY START FROM ARSENAL
Arsenal have been quick out of the blocks at the start of the half. Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud orchestrate a passing Gunners move before Mathieu Flamini has a shot blocked.
46' BACK UNDERWAY
Both teams are unchanged as the second period begins.
45' ARSENAL 0 FULHAM 0
Arsenal started the game in dominant fashion, having the lion's share of possession and looking easy on the eye with expansive, passing football. Olivier Giroud had the ball cleared off the line early on. Fulham looked to have their tactics wrong to start with as they sat back and let Arsenal come at them. However, it was a long while before the hosts actually asked questions of Maarten Stekelenburg, and before that Fulham started to find their feet in the game, playing as fluently as Arsenal were before at times and having a good chance through a Steve Sidwell volley. Arsenal have mostly huffed and puffed in the Fulham half without creating many chances after that early Giroud opportunity, their only notable opportunity after that coming when Bacary Sagna tested Stekelenburg on the rebound from a free kick.
45' HALF TIME
It's goalless at the break.
45' TWO MINUTES
Two minutes of injury time will be played as Arsenal look to come forward.
43' GNARBY WIDE
Play goes back and forth from box to box for a couple of minutes prior to Serge Gnabry failing to find the target again with his third attempt of the game. At least he was justified to have a go on that occasion, though.
40' PICKING UP THE TEMPO
Arsenal are starting to find themselves again as we come towards the end of the first half. Santi Cazorla jinks his way into the box before having an attempted pass cut out, then Fulham defend a threatening cross from Bacary Sagna.
37' CALLED INTO ACTION
Santi Cazorla crashes a free kick into the wall, then Bacary Sagna produces a fantastic first save from Maarten Stekelenburg with a follow-up strike. Stekelenburg saves again to deny Olivier Giroud but the Frenchman was flagged offside anyway.
34' BETTER SERVICE NEEDED
Arsenal probe around the Fulham box but again the killer ball is lacking as Jack Wilshere's chip over the top rolls straight to Maarten Stekelenburg. Fulham were continuing to look impressive just before the Gunners came forward there.
31' PASSING MOVE
Neat build-up play from Fulham culminates with Ashkan Dejagah playing in a dangerous ball, having been played onside by Per Mertesacker. Wojciech Szczesny comes off his line to claim.
29' FULHAM LOOKING BRIGHT
It really has been a surprising turn in the flow of the game. Arsenal have been dropping off Fulham who look very comfortable when they do have the ball themselves. Arsenal did just have a quick attack with four men forward but Santi Cazorla's final ball didn't find a red shirt.
26' SIDWELL VOLLEY
Fulham continue to press, with Dimitar Berbatov finding Steve Sidwell in the box who forces Wojciech Szczesny into action with a cracking volley.
23' FULHAM RIGHT IN IT
Arsenal drop off and Dimitar Berbatov is almost in on the end of a ball played behind their back-line, but the flag goes up for a fractional offside. Fulham then make an unforced error, losing the ball when having two-on-one in attack, before regaining possession and seeing Alex Kacaniklic have a shot blocked. Good spell for Fulham.
21' GIROUD WIDE
Serge Gnabry feeds Olivier Giroud who snaps at a curling effort that he can't keep down. For all of Arsenal's dominance, they are still yet to test Maarten Stekelenburg.
19' WALL DOES ITS JOB
Mesut Ozil hits the top of the Fulham wall with a free kick from 35 yards, won by Jack Wilshere after he was brought down by Scott Parker.
16' WIDE AGAIN FROM GNARBY
Another long-range strike from Serge Gnabry is again the wrong decision, as Maarten Stekelenburg once again isn't troubled. Arsenal are still having the vast majority of possession, however, with Fulham still looking happy to let them control the play while keeping numbers back.
12' WASTED CORNER
Dimitar Berbatov retains the ball high up the pitch long enough to bring some team-mates into play. Clint Dempsey forces a corner, taken short and charged down after Fulham hesitancy.
9' BLOCKED SHOT
Scott Parker takes one for the team as he blocks a Santi Cazorla shot with his midriff. Fulham start to move the ball around for the first time today, greeted with sarcastic 'oles' from their fans.
7' AMBITIOUS EFFORT
Arsene Wenger isn't happy as Serge Gnabry tries an overly ambitious effort from 35 yards that doesn't worry Maarten Stekelenburg. The Gunners are having the better of it in the opening stages, though, with Fulham playing a dangerous game so far of sitting back and absorbing pressure.
4' OZIL CHANCE
Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere link up beautifully, playing the ball back and forth between themselves before Ozil has an effort on his weaker right foot cleared off the line.
2' ARSENAL CORNER
Bacary Sagna overlaps Serge Gnabry down the right and sends in a cross aimed for Olivier Giroud, who is pipped to it by Dan Burn. Per Mertesacker flicks on at the near post from the corner but the ball goes out into touch.
1' WE'RE OFF
We're underway at the Emirates Stadium.
0' FULHAM TEAM
Scott Parker, Clint Dempsey and Dimitar Berbatov all return to the Fulham team having been rested for the FA Cup replay against Norwich. Full line-up: Stekelenburg, Riether, Burn, Hangeland, Richardson, Dejagah, Sidwell, Parker, Kacaniklic, Dempsey, Berbatov. Subs: Riise, Kasami, Stockdale, Karagounis, Duff, Hughes, Bent.
0' ARSENAL TEAM
The same Arsenal team that won 2-1 at Aston Villa takes to the field today. Full line-up: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Wilshere, Gnabry, Ozil, Cazorla, Giroud. Subs: Rosicky, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabianski, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Park.
0' STAY TUNED
Robert Davies will deliver a full live text commentary when we kick of at 15:00 BST, and team news beforehand.
0' ARSENAL VS FULHAM
Current table-toppers Arsenal host Fulham at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon, a ground at which the latter have failed to ever win at - nor did the Cottagers ever win at Highbury for that matter. The hosts are showing no signs of slowing down with four straight league victories and an FA Cup triumph over Spurs since Christmas, with Arsene Wenger becoming increasingly confident speaking publicly about how his side have what it takes to win the title. Fulham have had a run of games since Christmas that have represented the pefect opportunity to pick up some much-needed points and they've half-succeeded in that task, notching up wins against Norwich and West Ham. However, thrashings at the hands of Hull and Sunderland mean the Whites are still the favourites of many for the drop.
0' EARLY TEAM NEWS
Thomas Rosicky may don a protective mask following surgery on the broken nose he picked up at Aston Villa, and Nacho Monreal is also available despite a foot injury. Maarten Stekelenburg (ankle) and Fernando Amorebieta (knee) are doubtful to feature, but Brede Hangeland is set to start after making his comeback in midweek against Norwich in the FA Cup.
0' REF WATCH
Lee Probert referees his 16th game of the season, having issued 28 bookings and three red cards so far this campaign. Certainly from a yellow-card perspective, that's a relatively low average compared to some of his colleagues in black.
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Team Stats
Arsenal Fulham
2 Goals 0
1 Assists 0
22 Shots 8
8 Shots on Goal 2
2 Saves 6
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
22 Crosses 9
4 Corner Kicks 4
1 Offside 1
5 Fouls Committed 7
0 Cautions/Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
61% Ball Possession 39%
Arsenal
No. Player MinP G YC RC GA Svs
1Wojciech Szczesny 90 - 0 0 0 2
3Bacary Sagna 90 0 0 0 - -
4Per Mertesacker 90 0 0 0 - -
6Laurent Koscielny 90 0 0 0 - -
10Jack Wilshere 90 0 0 0 - -
11Mesut Özil 86 0 0 0 - -
12Olivier Giroud 90 0 0 0 - -
17Nacho Monreal 90 0 0 0 - -
19Santi Cazorla 90 2 0 0 - -
20Mathieu Flamini 90 0 0 0 - -
44Serge Gnabry 71 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
9Lukas Podolski 19 0 0 0 - -
15Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 4 0 0 0 - -

Fulham
No. Player MinP G YC RC GA Svs
1Maarten Stekelenburg 90 - 0 0 2 4
5Brede Hangeland 90 0 0 0 - -
7Steve Sidwell 90 0 0 0 - -
9Dimitar Berbatov 90 0 0 0 - -
11Alex Kacaniklic 86 0 0 0 - -
15Kieran Richardson 90 0 0 0 - -
24Ashkan Dejagah 68 0 0 0 - -
27Sascha Riether 90 0 0 0 - -
28Scott Parker 90 0 0 0 - -
32Clint Dempsey 90 0 0 0 - -
33Dan Burn 90 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
8Pajtim Kasami 4 0 0 0 - -
39Darren Bent 22 0 0 0 - -
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Arsenal vs. Fulham
Minute Event
90' Game Over  Arsenal 2-0 Fulham
90' Half Over  Arsenal 2-0 Fulham
90' Shot on Goal  Pajtim Kasami (Fulham)
90' Free Kick  Pajtim Kasami (Fulham)
90' Foul  Berbatov fouled by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)
90' Corner Kick  Steve Sidwell (Fulham)
90' Shot  Clint Dempsey (Fulham)
90' Goal Kick  Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham)
90' Shot  Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)
90' Cross  Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) - Off Target
90' Goal Kick  Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal)
90' Shot  Darren Bent (Fulham)
88' Throw-In  Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
87' Goal Kick  Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal)
87' Shot  Scott Parker (Fulham)
87' Goal Kick  Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham)
86' Substitution  Pajtim Kasami (on). Kacaniklic (off). (Fulham)
86' Substitution  Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (on). Özil (off). (Arsenal)
85' Shot  Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)
84' Goal Kick  Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham)
82' Cross  Kieran Richardson (Fulham) - Headed Out - In Play
82' Cross  Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) - Intercepted
82' Cross  Sascha Riether (Fulham) - Headed Out - In Play
75' Shot  Steve Sidwell (Fulham)
75' Corner Kick  Alex Kacaniklic (Fulham)
75' Throw-In  Sascha Riether (Fulham)
74' Shot on Goal  Lukas Podolski (Arsenal)
72' Corner Kick  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) - Headed Out - In Play
72' Shot  Lukas Podolski (Arsenal)
71' Goal Kick  Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal)
71' Substitution  Lukas Podolski (on). Gnabry (off). (Arsenal)
70' Foul  Berbatov fouled by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)
70' Cross  Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) - Headed Out - In Play
70' Goal Kick  Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal)
69' Throw-In  Steve Sidwell (Fulham)
68' Substitution  Darren Bent (on). Dejagah (off). (Fulham)
66' Throw-In  Sascha Riether (Fulham)
65' Cross  Serge Gnabry (Arsenal) - Clearance In Play
63' Goal Kick  Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal)
62' Goal  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
62' Shot on Goal  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
62' Cross  Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) - Headed Out - In Play
60' Throw-In  Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)
60' Cross  Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) - Intercepted
57' Goal  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal). Assist by Wilshere
57' Shot on Goal  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
57' Throw-In  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
56' Cross  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) - Headed Out - Out of Play
56' Shot  Serge Gnabry (Arsenal)
56' Shot  Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)
56' Shot on Goal  Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
56' Cross  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) - On Target
56' Free Kick  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
56' Foul  Wilshere fouled by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham)
55' Shot  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
55' Goal Kick  Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham)
54' Cross  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) - Completed Pass
54' Corner Kick  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
54' Shot on Goal  Serge Gnabry (Arsenal)
54' Throw-In  Kieran Richardson (Fulham)
54' Throw-In  Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
53' Cross  Serge Gnabry (Arsenal) - Intercepted
52' Shot on Goal  Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)
51' Cross  Mesut Özil (Arsenal) - Clearance In Play
50' Cross  Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) - Headed Out - In Play
48' Shot  Dan Burn (Fulham)
48' Cross  Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) - Clearance In Play
48' Corner Kick  Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham)
47' Shot  Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal)
46' Goal Kick  Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal)
46' Cross  Sascha Riether (Fulham) - Directly Out
46' Start Half 
45' Half Over  Arsenal 0-0 Fulham
45' Throw-In  Sascha Riether (Fulham)
45' Foul  Dejagah fouled by Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
45' Throw-In  Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
44' Throw-In  Kieran Richardson (Fulham)
44' Goal Kick  Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham)
44' Shot  Serge Gnabry (Arsenal)
43' Cross  Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) - Intercepted
43' Throw-In  Sascha Riether (Fulham)
42' Cross  Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) - Directly Out
42' Cross  Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) - Clearance In Play
41' Cross  Mesut Özil (Arsenal) - Headed Out - In Play
41' Cross  Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) - Clearance In Play
40' Foul  Dempsey fouled by Mesut Özil (Arsenal)
39' Foul  Wilshere fouled by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham)
38' Offside  Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)
38' Shot on Goal  Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
38' Shot  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
38' Free Kick  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
37' Foul  Cazorla fouled by Steve Sidwell (Fulham)
37' Foul  Wilshere fouled by Steve Sidwell (Fulham)
36' Foul  Koscielny fouled by Clint Dempsey (Fulham)
36' Goal Kick  Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham)
35' Cross  Alex Kacaniklic (Fulham) - Defended by Keeper
33' Throw-In  Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
30' Goal Kick  Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham)
29' Throw-In  Sascha Riether (Fulham)
28' Throw-In  Steve Sidwell (Fulham)
27' Cross  Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) - Clearance In Play
26' Offside  Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham)
26' Shot on Goal  Steve Sidwell (Fulham)
26' Cross  Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) - Headed Out - In Play
25' Cross  Alex Kacaniklic (Fulham) - Intercepted
25' Shot  Alex Kacaniklic (Fulham)
24' Throw-In  Sascha Riether (Fulham)
24' Throw-In  Kieran Richardson (Fulham)
22' Goal Kick  Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham)
21' Shot  Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)
21' Cross  Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) - Headed Out - In Play
21' Throw-In  Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
20' Shot  Mesut Özil (Arsenal)
20' Free Kick  Mesut Özil (Arsenal)
19' Foul  Wilshere fouled by Scott Parker (Fulham)
18' Goal Kick  Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal)
17' Goal Kick  Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham)
17' Shot  Serge Gnabry (Arsenal)
16' Throw-In  Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
14' Goal Kick  Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal)
14' Throw-In  Sascha Riether (Fulham)
13' Corner Kick  Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham)
13' Cross  Sascha Riether (Fulham) - Clearance Out of Play
12' Foul  Wilshere fouled by Clint Dempsey (Fulham)
12' Throw-In  Kieran Richardson (Fulham)
12' Throw-In  Kieran Richardson (Fulham)
10' Throw-In  Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
10' Shot  Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
9' Throw-In  Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
9' Throw-In  Kieran Richardson (Fulham)
8' Goal Kick  Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham)
7' Shot  Serge Gnabry (Arsenal)
6' Throw-In  Sascha Riether (Fulham)
5' Cross  Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) - Directly Out
5' Cross  Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) - Headed Out - In Play
5' Cross  Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) - Completed Pass
5' Corner Kick  Mesut Özil (Arsenal)
4' Shot on Goal  Mesut Özil (Arsenal)
4' Foul  Dejagah fouled by Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
3' Goal Kick  Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham)
2' Corner Kick  Mesut Özil (Arsenal)
2' Cross  Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) - Headed Out - Out of Play
1' Throw-In  Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
1' Start Half 
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