Saturday December 4, 2010 Day 16 Finished Emirates Stadium

Arsenal 2 - 1 Fulham

  • Nasri 14’, 75’
  • Kamará 30’

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  1. Nasri magic puts Arsenal top

    Nasri magic puts Arsenal top

    Two brilliant goals from Samir Nasri gave Arsenal an edgy 2-1 win over a spirited Fulham side to put the Gunners top of the Premier League. More

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    Time:90'
    • Arsenal
    • Fulham
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+4 Nasri with another dribble and cross, it's blocked and the whistle goes as a muted Emirates celebrates a win that seems to have put them top!
    • 90+3 Fulham have run out of ideas now as Arsenal start to play a bit again.
    • 90+2 Sparky is getting agitated on the sidelines. Fulham still pushing but it seems like again they'll get nothing from an away game.
    • 90+1 Johnson (A) tries an ambitious volley from a Johnson (E) but blocked. Nervous times for Arsenal.
    • 90' FOUR minutes added time being played. Everton have equalised at Chelsea so, if both stay as is, Arsenal would go top.
    • 89' Song is fouled in the Arsenal box and some respite for the hosts.
    • 88' FULHAM SUB: Eddie Johnson on for Murphy.
    • 87' GREAT SAVE FABIANSKI! Gera with a vicious drive from range, on the half volley, but the Pole tips it behind.
    • 86' Fulham are really having a go as Fabianski flies out to punch Pantsil's cross away! Walcott leads the counter but runs it out down the right. Schwarzer takes it quickly.
    • 85' Great defending by Djourou to get the ball away from Etuhu after Dempsey's flick on put him through! A better touch from the lumbering Nigerian and he'd have surely scored!
    • 84' Arshavin of all people is back scrapping for the ball as he hooks it away the ball from Davies.
    • 83' Fulham win a throw on the right as their small band of fans rallies the troops.
    • 81' Van Persie runs into Etuhu after a fair challenge and is down holding his mush.
    • 80' Arsenal looking more confident now they are in front.
    • 79' Chamakh gets it on the edge of the box, all alone, but he turns Hangeland and Hughes inside out and smacks a rising drive just wide.
    • 77' JUST WIDE FROM ETUHU! An aerial bombardment from Fulham sees Arsenal flap and Dempsey holds it up for the Nigerian, who puts the low finish the wrong side of the post!
    • 75' BRILLIANT GOAL FROM NASRI! Oh my word! Even beter than the first! Van Persie plays him in, great skill to go one-on-one but Schwarzer is enormous and forced him well wide where he spins and from the tightest of angles clips a superb finish beyond the lunge of Hughes. What a goal.
    • 74' ARSENAL SUB: Wilshere comes off for Walcott. Their last change.
    • 73' Fulham free-kick out wide that is met by Hangeland who heads across the face of the area AND GERA WITH A BICYCLE KICK BUT WIDE!
    • 72' Good run by Davies down the right and a super cross that Kamara stretches but can't meet, Squillaci heading away!
    • 71' Hangeland, obviously, is up for this one which Davies will outswing... Fabianski is rooted to the line as it spins off Baird AND GERA FAR POST but out flies Fabianski with a punch that misses and Van Persie clears off the line!!
    • 70' Pantsil's throw is headed back out for another. Now Davies has it, winning a corner off Clichy.
    • 69' Fulham have a throw wide right and will take their time with it.
    • 68' The home fans' frustration is growing as Arsenal toil to break Fulham down. They need a spark and, with Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bentdner on the bench, they have two men who can provide it.
    • 66' Pantsil makes a mess of dealing with Song's run, knocking it away to prevent the corner but allowing Song to get the ball back and spin a rising drive well wide in the end.
    • 65' Pantsil with a big clearance, rugby style looking for touch down the left wing.
    • 64' ARSENAL SUB: Robin van Persie is back! He comes on for Rosicky.
    • 63' Arsenal clear after that promising Fulham move but Nasri overruns it and Hangeland hoofs to touch.
    • 62' Song slides in strongly on Davies, winning the ball, and is harshly penalised.
    • 61' Great ball from Davies AND ETUHU RISES UNCHALLENGED but he gets the header wrong and sends it well wide!
    • 60' Great stuff from Murphy as he manages to get away from two Arsenal players and the ref, who was in his way, before playing it wide to Pantsil. He wins a throw.
    • 59' Nice skill by Davies to step over the ball before running away down the right. Arsenal win it back but Murphy intercepts from Chamakh.
    • 58' Fulham sense Arsenal are back on top so keep the ball higher up the pitch.
    • 57' Murphy gives it away, to Arshavin who bursts forward but the shot is blocked. He picks it up again, on the right this time, weaves in, and out and fires in a show shot but batted away by Schwarzer!
    • 56' Etuhu brings it clear as an Arsenal attack breaks down.
    • 55' Nasri shows tricky skills on the right, now Sagna cuts it back, Murphy clears but blocked by Chamakh. Baird hacks out.
    • 54' Arshavin wins a free-kick off Kamara in the centre circle. All a bit scrappy now.
    • 53' Kamara is working hard and chasing everything in one of his more industrious displays in a Fulham shirt.
    • 52' ROSICKY JUST WIDE! Arsenal's first sighter of the half, the Czech drilling a low effort across Schwarzer but a yard wide of the far post after good work from a rather advanced Song.
    • 51' Davies with a good ball into the six-yard box but Djourou I think heads clear in a mass of bodies. Fulham get it back on halfway though.
    • 50' Dempsey has a crack after controlling with his chest, it hits Song and flies high and wide for a corner.
    • 49' Clichy with a dangerous low cross that Schwarzer claims.
    • 48' Arsenal knocking it about nicely but quite deep. A tentative start to the half.
    • 47' Pantsil lumps the ball clear and Djourou makes a mess of the defensive header, skewing it out for a Fulham throw on the right wing.
    • 46' The second half is underway.
    • - Andrey Arshavin has now assisted a goal in each of his last four Premier League appearances for Arsenal. Simples. (OptaJoe)
    • - Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh are Arsenal's top scorers with 10 goals in all competitions this season. Combo. (OptaJoe)
    • 45+3 Half-time at the Emirates, it's 1-1 but Fulham could have gone in ahead!
    • 45+2 In three minutes added time by the way. Arsenal come again but Fulham clear and Wilshere fouls Pantsil.
    • 45+1 BIG CHANCE FULHAM! Kamara gets put clean through again but a super save by Fabianski at his feet! Etuhu with the pass.
    • 45' Great run by Sagna down the right, super cross too and CHAMAKH WITH THE FREE HEADER but straight at Schwarzer!
    • 44' Good ball in from Arshavin and the free-kick is met by a flying Chamakh, who heads well over. Should have made Schwarzer work.
    • 43' Hughes blocks a Chamakh cross with his hand and Arsenal have a free-kick 40 yards out.
    • 42' Arsenal appear rattled and disjointed by that goal. Very scrappy now.
    • 41' Nasri almost plays Rosicky in but Schwarzer is wise to it.
    • 40' Good pressure from Fulham comes nothing as Pantsil wastes the cross, out for a goal kick.
    • 39' Good delivery from Davies and Fabianski is brave to fly in on Hangeland, punching out for a throw on the right.
    • 38' Fulham have a corner on the left, Hangeland strides up for it...
    • 36' Kamara on the edge of the box, he finds Gera who is forced wide and feeds Etuhu, he knocks it over for Davies but the flag it up. Yes, he was a yard off.
    • 35' Kamara is okay, just a knock to the knee.
    • 34' Arshavin down the left but his cross is straigh to Schwarzer. Kamara is down after being caught by Song, the ref missing it.
    • 33' ARSENAL SUB: Djourou is on for Koscielny, who exits on a stretcher.
    • 32' Koscielny does not seem to have recovered from that and will come off.
    • 31' Koscielny is flat out on the floor after the collision with Squallaci. They speak the same language but there was no shout it seems and they clashed heads. Initially Koscielny played on but the effect of the knock seems to have concussed him.
    • 30' Fulham with a rare chance as Dempsey has it on the edge of the box after Squillaci and Koscielny head each other. Players all around him so he squeezes it in AND KAMARA IS ONSIDE THIS TIME AND HE RACES IN AND CLIPS IT PAST FABIANSKI! 1-1!
    • 29' Hangeland with a last-gasp tackle on Chamakh. Corner. Briggs, who has been having a mare, comes off for Baird.
    • 28' JUST WIDE BY SONG! Should have scored, Nasri with a brilliant run again to release Rosicky on the right, who plops a super cross that Song meets with a volley off target.
    • 27' Kamara again caught offside running through on to a long ball.
    • 26' Saved on the line by Schwarzer after another magical run from Nadri, who tore Briggs apart on the right before slipping it back for Arshavin. Brave keeping.
    • 25' A very late flag on Kamara after he ran clean through. Close but correct.
    • 24' Arshavin wriggles away from Murphy and Hughes and puts in a low drive but well held by Schwarzer. That arose from a loose Murphy pass.
    • 23' Groans as an Arsenal attack dies after Song passes straight to Dempsey. Long for Gera who is onside, but too long and Fabianski gets it.
    • 22' Dempsey and Nasri clash after the latter fouls the former, and they continue chatting off the ball.
    • 21' Good claim by Fabianski under pressure from that corner.
    • 20' Kamara thinks he if offside but there is no flag on Murphy's pass and he could have chased that although he probably wouldn't have reached it. Kamara then gets it on the left and has a shot that hits Koscielny and goes wide. Corner.
    • 19' Murphy curls it in but easy for Song to head away. Murphy gets it back but Hangeland cannot control his high ball in.
    • 18' Dempsey is tugged back by Nasri and Fulham have a free-kick almost 40 yards out.
    • 17' Schwarzer dives in at the feet of Chamakh, just nicking the ball first, but the flag is up for offside.
    • 16' Rosicky gets away with that dive. Fulham have it all to do now. Davies chases a long ball and holds it up for Dempsey who shoots but he rattles it into the back of Squillaci and Arsenal clear.
    • 15' Well that was super skill from Nasri - who could easily have finished first time but that would have been too easy. Bad from Hughes though. Rosicky hurls himself to the turf in the box after failing to control a through ball. Book him!
    • 14' NASRI! BRILLIANT GOAL! Poor touch from Hughes allows Arshavin to pick the ball up, he slips it to Nasri on the edge of the box who, from the right, dribbles inside to beat Hangeland, Briggs and Hughes before smashing it into the top right!
    • 13' Chamakh holds it up for Arshavin, he races away and slides a delicate through ball to Nasri who is in but he finishes weak and wide! Classic Arsenal.
    • 12' Arsenal make a bit of a hash of clearing with just Gera on the edge of the box, he manages to turn Koscielny and Sagna and it opens up so he shoots, well wide in the end.
    • 11' Kamara heads Wilshere's corner clear. Arsenal come again but Kamara is there before Arshavin. He finds Briggs who struggles to clear and looks a bit nervous. Eventually his team-mates help him out and Fulham can bring it away.
    • 10' Some nice five-aside play by Arsenal sends Sagna down the right and, while Briggs gets there first, he fails to clear. He ends up giving away a corner after blocking Sagna's cross.
    • 9' Schwarzer gratefully lands on a loose ball after Chamakh's failed one-two with Rosicky.
    • 8' Pantsil with an inch-perfect tackle on Arshavin, who was set to race clear. Fulham then give it away though, poor touch from Etuhu.
    • 7' Arsenal have a corner on the right now as they crank the pressure up. Good ball from Wilshere that ricochets in the box but Gera hacks away.
    • 6' Wilshere puts the cross in from the right, headed up in the air AND IT DROPS FOR ARSHAVIN WHO MUST SCORE but Schwarzer hurls himself in and the finish rebounds off his considerable frame!
    • 5' Nasri coaxes a free-kick off Briggs, Wilshere to swing in from the right.
    • 4' Fulham working hard to close Arsenal down.
    • 3' Having just sung Pantsil's praises I must slate him for an aimless ball down the right that sails out.
    • 2' Nasri has to be content with a throw on the right after a good spell for the Gunners. Wilshere strokes it wide to Arshavin, who is drawn into a foul by Pantsil.
    • 1' Fulham start by putting some pressure on the Arsenal backline but eventually the Gunners clear and Arshavin scuttles down the left.
    • 1' The first half is underway at the Emirates.
    • 14:58 Both teams are on the pitch, shaking hands on a chilly if not quite freezing day in North London.
    • 14:55 Arsenal and Fulham have met 46 times in the league. Arsenal have won 32, Fulham seven and there have been seven draws. They have met 18 times in the Premier League. Arsenal have won 14, Fulham two and there have been two draws.
    • 14:50 Fulham manager Mark Hughes has not won in his last 11 Premier League matches in London as an away manager (eight defeats), since his Blackburn side won 2-1 at Tottenham in October 2007.
    • 14:45 Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 15 Premier League matches in the month of December, winning five of their last six, since a 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough on December 9, 2007.
    • 14:40 Paul Parker reckons his old team-mate Mark Hughes is under pressure this weekend. Parker: Hughes feeling the heat
    • 14:37 But Cesc Fabregas is still two weeks away from returning from injury. Full story
    • 14:35 Arsene Wenger has called on his Arsenal team to buck up their home form. Wenger wants home help
    • 14:30 Arsenal can go top this afternoon if they win and Chelsea do not (or if their margin of victory is four or more goals better than Chelsea's). Manchester United are not in action this weekend after their game at Blackpool was postponed.
    • 14:25 Robin van Persie is on the Arsenal bench having gone off injured during the Carling Cup victory win against Wigan in midweek.
    • 14:20 Fulham defender Matthew Briggs replaces Carlos Salcido, who is injured, making just his second Premier League appearance this afternoon - the first was against Chelsea last month.
    • 14:15 ARSENAL: Fabianski, Sagna, Koscielny, Squillaci, Clichy, Song, Wilshere, Nasri, Rosicky, Arshavin, Chamakh... Subs: Szczesny, van Persie, Walcott, Denilson, Djourou, Gibbs, Bendtner... FULHAM: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Briggs, Davies, Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey, Gera, Kamara... Subs: Stockdale, Kelly, Baird, Andrew Johnson, Duff, Eddie Johnson, Greening... Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)
  • Summary

    • 87' GREAT SAVE FABIANSKI! Gera with a vicious drive from range, on the half volley, but the Pole tips it behind.
    • 85' Great defending by Djourou to get the ball away from Etuhu after Dempsey's flick on put him through! A better touch from the lumbering Nigerian and he'd have surely scored!
    • 79' Chamakh gets it on the edge of the box, all alone, but he turns Hangeland and Hughes inside out and smacks a rising drive just wide.
    • 77' JUST WIDE FROM ETUHU! An aerial bombardment from Fulham sees Arsenal flap and Dempsey holds it up for the Nigerian, who puts the low finish the wrong side of the post!
    • 75' BRILLIANT GOAL FROM NASRI! Oh my word! Even beter than the first! Van Persie plays him in, great skill to go one-on-one but Schwarzer is enormous and forced him well wide where he spins and from the tightest of angles clips a superb finish beyond the lunge of Hughes. What a goal.
    • 73' Fulham free-kick out wide that is met by Hangeland who heads across the face of the area AND GERA WITH A BICYCLE KICK BUT WIDE!
    • 72' Good run by Davies down the right and a super cross that Kamara stretches but can't meet, Squillaci heading away!
    • 71' Hangeland, obviously, is up for this one which Davies will outswing... Fabianski is rooted to the line as it spins off Baird AND GERA FAR POST but out flies Fabianski with a punch that misses and Van Persie clears off the line!!
    • 61' Great ball from Davies AND ETUHU RISES UNCHALLENGED but he gets the header wrong and sends it well wide!
    • 57' Murphy gives it away, to Arshavin who bursts forward but the shot is blocked. He picks it up again, on the right this time, weaves in, and out and fires in a show shot but batted away by Schwarzer!
    • 52' ROSICKY JUST WIDE! Arsenal's first sighter of the half, the Czech drilling a low effort across Schwarzer but a yard wide of the far post after good work from a rather advanced Song.
    • 45+1 BIG CHANCE FULHAM! Kamara gets put clean through again but a super save by Fabianski at his feet! Etuhu with the pass.
    • 45' Great run by Sagna down the right, super cross too and CHAMAKH WITH THE FREE HEADER but straight at Schwarzer!
    • 30' Fulham with a rare chance as Dempsey has it on the edge of the box after Squillaci and Koscielny head each other. Players all around him so he squeezes it in AND KAMARA IS ONSIDE THIS TIME AND HE RACES IN AND CLIPS IT PAST FABIANSKI! 1-1!
    • 28' JUST WIDE BY SONG! Should have scored, Nasri with a brilliant run again to release Rosicky on the right, who plops a super cross that Song meets with a volley off target.
    • 26' Saved on the line by Schwarzer after another magical run from Nadri, who tore Briggs apart on the right before slipping it back for Arshavin. Brave keeping.
    • 24' Arshavin wriggles away from Murphy and Hughes and puts in a low drive but well held by Schwarzer. That arose from a loose Murphy pass.
    • 14' NASRI! BRILLIANT GOAL! Poor touch from Hughes allows Arshavin to pick the ball up, he slips it to Nasri on the edge of the box who, from the right, dribbles inside to beat Hangeland, Briggs and Hughes before smashing it into the top right!
    • 13' Chamakh holds it up for Arshavin, he races away and slides a delicate through ball to Nasri who is in but he finishes weak and wide! Classic Arsenal.
    • 6' Wilshere puts the cross in from the right, headed up in the air AND IT DROPS FOR ARSHAVIN WHO MUST SCORE but Schwarzer hurls himself in and the finish rebounds off his considerable frame!
    • 14:15 ARSENAL: Fabianski, Sagna, Koscielny, Squillaci, Clichy, Song, Wilshere, Nasri, Rosicky, Arshavin, Chamakh... Subs: Szczesny, van Persie, Walcott, Denilson, Djourou, Gibbs, Bendtner... FULHAM: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Briggs, Davies, Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey, Gera, Kamara... Subs: Stockdale, Kelly, Baird, Andrew Johnson, Duff, Eddie Johnson, Greening... Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • L. Fabianski
      • B. Sagna
      • S. Squillaci
      • L. Koscielny Substitution Out (33′)
      • G. Clichy
      • A. Song
      • J. Wilshere Substitution Out (74′)
      • S. Nasri Goals×2
      • T. Rosický Substitution Out (63′)
      • A. Arshavin
      • M. Chamakh

      Subs

      • R. van Persie Substitution In63′
      • J. Djourou Substitution In33′
      • N. Bendtner
      • T. Walcott Substitution In74′
      • K. Gibbs
      • Denílson
      • W. Szczesny
    • Starting line-up

      • M. Schwarzer
      • J. Pantsil
      • A. Hughes
      • B. Hangeland
      • M. Briggs Substitution Out (29′)
      • D. Etuhu
      • D. Murphy Substitution Out (89′)
      • S. Davies
      • C. Dempsey
      • Z. Gera
      • D. Kamará Goal Substitution Out (74′)

      Subs

      • J. Greening
      • D. Duff
      • S. Kelly
      • C. Baird Substitution In29′
      • E. Johnson Substitution In89′
      • D. Stockdale
      • A. Johnson Substitution In74′
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