FT: Fulham 0 Arsenal 1

90
All over here, unconvincing from Arsenal - but they will take the three points all day long!

90
Great chance for Ramsey to win it late on as he breaks clear, but he pulls shot wide.

90
Thomas Vermaelen off for Cazorla.

90
Monreal hacks clear with Berbatov waiting to pounce - Arsenal holding on here.

90
Fulham pushing on now and win a corner, Ruiz takes - but it is poor and the home side clear. Arsenal break and Podolski is almost clear but Richardson makes a great challenge.

90
Three-minutes of added time.

90
Giroud sees red for challenge on Manolev.

87
Good chance for Petric as Manolev whips a ball into the six-yard box but the Croat can't make a clean connection.

87
Emanuelson replaced by Frei.

85
Kacaniklic replaced by Mladen Petric as Fulham go looking for the equaliser.

83
Great block from Hangeland, as Ramsey feeds Wilshere, he slips the ball into Cazorla but the Spaniard's goal-bound effort is turned away by the Fulham defender.

78
Mertesacker gives away another free-kick this time 20-yards from goal - Berbatov fancies it, but he fires into the wall.

77
Szczesny pushes Richardson free-kick wide but only into path of Manolev - the Bulgarian finishes, but offside is given - and a good decision it is.

76
Ramsey is booked for bringing down Ruiz - but Arsenal angry as assistant flagged for earlier offside on Berbatov. Visitors not happy. Fulham chance here.

75
Wilshere wins the ball off Emanuelson and breaks, he plays a one-two with Polodolski and then looks to cross for Giroud - but it is poor and out for a goal-kick.

73
First taste of action for Wilshere as he wins foul off Manolev.

Double change for Arsenal with Wilshre and Podolski replacing Rosicky and Walcott.

71
Emanuelson corner is poor, but it comes back for him and second delivery is better towards Berbatov but Koscielny does well to head behind - he then clears the next set-piece.

70
Good break from Fulham, Manolev plays a one-two with Emanuelson - he then looks for Berbatov at back post and Szczesny has to turn it over the bar.

68
Good ball from Arteta looks for run of Walcott but Schwarzer is off his line smartly to claim it.

64
Sagna does well to get cross in down the line, but only Walcott is in the box and he is beaten easily by Senderos.

61
Kacaniklic goes down under Arteta challenge - no foul, Spaniard very lucky to avoid red.

61
Arsenal happy to dominate possession a the moment.

58
Great tackle from Mertesacker as Manolev barged into the box passed Monreal. The ball almost popped up for the Bulgarian before the goalscorer cleared.

56
First Arsenal corner of the day is taken by Cazorla but Manolev heads away - ball comes back from Rosicky and Hangeland has to head clear ahead of Schwarzer, good defending.

55
Great tackle from Enoh to dispossess Ramsey, he feeds Emanuelson - but Dutchman can't beat Monreal who does well to make the challenge and clear.

52
Arteta goes into the book as Emanuelson goes down - looks soft. Great chance for Fulham though, Ruiz takes - but it is over and never looked like going in.

51
Good play from Emanuelson coming off the right-flank - he finds Berbatov, he finds Richardson and Fulham are happy to work ball back to their defence.

47
Hangeland gets a talking to as he goes in on the back of Giroud - fortunate to avoid a yellow. Walcott takes free-kick but Schwarzer takes with ease.

KICK-OFF
Fulham get us underway, we had to wait for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to make his way back across the pitch. Neither side has made a change at the break.

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Arsenal lead at the break against ten-man Fulham who lost Steve Sidwell to an early red-card.

45
Good ball from Walcott into the box looking for Giroud but the striker just can't make the connection.

45
Nice play from Arsenal's three Spaniards as Arteta finds Monreal - he plays it back in field for Cazorla - he goes for goal but Schwarzer claims it.

43
GOAL - PER MERTESACKER - Free-kick from Walcott is headed down by Koscielny and the German heads home from a yard out.

43
Enoh gets a lecture after challenge on Ramsey - Arsenal through Walcott will put this into the area...

40
Good save from Szczesny as he pushes Emanuelson shot around the post after Monreal gave away possession to the Dutchman on the edge of the box. Giroud does well to clear the corner.

38
Fulham enjoying some good possession at the moment.

35
So close from Giroud, he takes ball from Cazorla and fires at goal only to see his shot deflect off the post with Schwarzer beaten.

33
Ruiz feeds Emanuelson and the Dutchman does really well to turn and keep the ball before Ramsey fouls him.

32
Cazorla looks for run of Walcott but Richardson does well tracking back the England man.

30
Fulham so far coping admirably with ten-men but will surely tire with the sun bouncing down off the Craven Cottage turf.

29
Nice play by Arsenal on the edge of the box, but it breaks down with Giroud and Fulham counter through Kacaniklic, he finds Berbatov but the Bulgarian can't make the return pass and the chance is gone.

28
Ramsey slips as he shoots and it turns into a great ball for Walcott but he just can't make contact about ten-yards out and Schwarzer claims it.

27
Nice ball from Berbatov for Kacaniklic, and he has two attempts to cross - but he just cannot find a white shirt in the box and the visitors clear.

26
Nice ball from Cazorla finds Ramsey as he breaks into the box - but his attempted cross is poor and straight out.

24
Poor play from Ruiz as he is dispossessed easily and Giroud breaks, but he smashes shot against Senderos and it deflects for a throw-in.

23
Another Fulham counter attack as Hangeland slides in on Giroud, Kacaniklic breaks to the edge of the box and goes for goal but it is deflected wide. Ruiz takes, Sagna heads clear and it comes for Richardson - but he slices it well wide.

22
Ruiz short for Emanuelson, he curls it into the box but Szczesny is there to punch it clear.

20
Good tackle from Senderos sends Emanuelson on break, he launches counter attack on his own and feeds in Berbatov, but his shot is palmed away by Szczesny - should have scored.

19
Rosicky finds Giroud - the Frenchman turns on the edge of the box and appeals for handball from Hangeland - but nothing given by Andre Marriner and the Norwegian's arms were not raised.

18
Emanuelson works in Manolev down the right, he looks for his fellow countryman Berbatov but it is straight at Szczesny.

17
Ruiz looks to have dropped in deeper to try and cover in midfield for Sidwell's absence.

15
Emanuelson gives away free-kick, again a chance for Arsenal to put it in - Walcott goes for goal from 30-yards but that is easy for Schwarzer to take.

12
Steve Sidwell is sent-off, Fulham midfielder goes for challenge on Arteta. It looks a bit harsh but no arguing it was reckless.

12
Ball from Ramsey drops to Giroud as Senderos is caught in two minds, but the Frenchman doesn't take it cleanly and Fulham clear.

9
Enoh brings down Ramsey. Walcott curls it in and Koscielny can only help it over from five-yards - better contact and that would have been a real chance for the Frenchman.

6
Monreal finds Giroud in the box, he tries to get the ball back for Ramsey but Fulham manage to clear their lines - Arsenal pushing strong early on.

5
Cazorla takes the free-kick into the middle of the box but Hangeland rises well to head clear.

4
Arsenal dominating possession with Ramsey, Cazorla and Rosicky looking to find some gaps in Fulham's back-line. Walcott wins a free-kick, and the way side have a good chance to put this into the box.

3
Giroud looks for run of Walcott in the box, he finds him and the England man hammers home - but the assistant's flag was up nice and early before it hit the back of the net.

2
Good early run from Manolev, he skips by Monreal and finds Emanuelson in the box - instead of going for goal he looks to pull it back but Mertesacker intercepts and clears. Wasted chance for the home side.

KICK-OFF
Arsenal get us underway kicking from right to left.

Teams are out, hands shaken - almost kick-off time.

Plenty of feedback coming in, many thanks always - like Joel Macey on Twitter: "I can see a 3-1 Arsenal win with Cazorla, Giroud and Walcott for Arsenal and Berbatov for Fulham. COYG!!!

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16:00
Leicester v Arsenal
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15:00
Chelsea v Swansea  
C Palace v Burnley  
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2 Swansea 3 5 9
3 Tottenham 2 5 6
4 Man City 3 3 6
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7 Hull City 2 1 4
8 A Villa 2 1 4
9 Stoke 3 0 4
10 West Ham 3 -1 3
11 Liverpool 2 -1 3
12 QPR 3 -4 3
13 Sunderland 3 -1 2
14 Man Utd 3 -1 2
15 Newcastle 3 -2 2
16 Everton 3 -3 2
17 West Brom 3 -3 2
18 Leicester 2 -2 1
19 C Palace 3 -3 1
20 Burnley 3 -3 1

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