FT: Arsenal 2 Fulham 0

Full time at the Emirates. Arsenal made hard work of it in the first half, but their quality showed in the second half and they remain top of the table with the win. Thank you for joining me, enjoy your evening.

90+5
Oxlade-Chamberlain gives away a late free kick for a foul on Berbatov on the edge of the area. Kasami curls it in from the tight angle, but it's straight at Szczesny.

90+4
Dempsey wins a late corner with a shot from outside the area.

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Oxlade-Chamberlain with a header over the bar from a lovely Cazorla cross.

90+2
Just a break in play as Bent is checked over by the physios.

90+1
Bent goes clear on goal and gets the ball past Szczesny, but skews his shot just wide of the upright with an open goal beckoning. Receiving treatment on his ankle after a late challenge after that shot now.

90
Podolski with attempted run at goal, but his touch lets him down and Fulham clear.

89
Arsenal with the possession now, still on the attack this late on.

88
Flamini gives away a free kick after stepping on Sidwell's toes.

87
The ball falls to Parker in a bit of space in midfield, but his long-distance effort is a long way over the bar.

86
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain coming on for Mesut Ozil for Arsenal, while Pajtim Kasami comes on for Alex Kacaniklic.

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Ozil cuts the ball back in the box to Giroud, who blazes his effort over the bar.

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Podolski is brought down after a run across the edge of the area, but the referee is having none of it. Play goes on.

83
Arsenal have the ball again in midfield.

82
Sidwell just about gets the ball across the box from Podolski clear just as Giroud was about to fire the shot away.

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Arsenal with a brief attack forward, but the ball to Wilshere is cut out and Fulham are on the attack again.

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All the Arsenal players are now in their own half as Fulham retain possession for the time being.

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Fulham camped out around the Arsenal box, but they're struggling to break the Gunners down.

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Fulham now with a bit of possession.

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Arsenal with the ball around the halfway line.

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Richardson pumps the ball back into the box after a Fulham corner is cleared, but Szczesny jumps to gather easily.

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Fulham now applying a bit of pressure at the other end.

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Podolski with an absolutely screaming effort deflected onto the post by Stekelenburg. Terrific effort, terrific save.

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Arsenal are just keeping the possession now, look very much home and dry.

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Wilshere battles his way into the box, but the ball falls to Podolski, whose hammered effort is blocked by Riether.

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Lukas Podolski comes on to replace Serge Gnabry.

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Arsenal with a good move forward again, but Wilshere's attempted ball over the top to Giroud is cut out by Hangeland.

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Giroud is back on the pitch, looks like he'll be alright.

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Darren Bent comes on for Ashkan Dejagah.

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Giroud is down in the centre-circle with what looks like an ankle problem.

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Arsenal with possession again, just passing it around midfield.

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Riether tries to combine with Dejagah down this right-hand side, but Koscielny get the ball clear.

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Arsenal have possession back almost immediately as Richardson is dispossessed as he charges forward.

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And here we go again, can Fulham get back into the game? Or is it all over for the Cottagers?

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GOAL! Cazorla with his second. The clearance from Monreal's cross falls to him, before he takes a touch and rolls it into the bottom right-hand corner.

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Arsenal building up a head of steam now.

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Another ball into the box by Sagna is cut out by the Fulham defence. Another good move from the Gunners.

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Arsenal win the ball back and are now just passing it around at the back.

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And we're back underway here at the Emirates...

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GOAL! Cazorla gets the breakthrough for Arsenal with a deft finish from the centre of the area after some good interplay between Giroud and Wilshere.

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Arsenal with a free kick in a dangerous area. Stekelenburg makes the initial save, before Gnabry's effort is cleared off the line. The third effort is finally cleared by Fulham.

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Arsenal again attacking in numbers, but Cazorla's effort from a tight angle is blocked by Riether.

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Gnabry forces a great diving save from Stekelenburg with a scorching shot after the Fulham defenders backed off him a bit too much.

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Arsenal piling the pressure on now, but Fulham keep getting crucial touches to prevent any clear-cut chances.

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Giroud forces a rather routine save from Stekelenburg from just inside the box.

51
Arsenal with the ball again.

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Fulham finally get the ball clear, before there is a near mix-up at the back as Stekelenburg dummies Giroud, a bit more successfully than Artur Boruc a few months ago.

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Fulham holding firm in defence now as Gnabry chance is initially cleared, Arsenal still have the ball.

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Dejagah takes it, gets the ball to Bebatov on the far side of the box, who's header is blocked, Dan Burn has another shot, but that is also blocked and Arsenal finally clear their lines.

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Fulham have a corner from Riether's cross after a quick counter-attack.

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After a failed Fulham attack, Arsenal have the ball and are working their way towards goal.

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Here we go for the second half. Enjoy everybody.

Celaw: A typical Arsenal's 1st half display during this season. Hopefully will be another typical 2nd half display again. Still stand with my prediction. Arsenal to win 2-0.

Anthony from Nigeria: Arsenal are not playing particularly well. They may have underestimated the Cottagers. I hope they grind out a result and show their desire for the title this season.

Yasser Hussainey: Hello, I think Arsenal will grab a two-nill victory with both Gnabry and Giroud scoring the goals!

That's it for the first half. Arsenal started the game really brightly, but the Cottagers have played really well to keep the scores level going in to the break.

45+2
Fulham do well to win the ball off Giroud as the Frenchman attempted to hold play up on the edge of the box.

45+1
We're back underway. Mertesacker is back on the pitch, looks like he'll be fine. Two minutes added on.

45
Fulham try to hit Arsenal on the break as they dispossess Mertesacker, but the big German falls into Flamini and looks to have a head injury. Play stopped for the moment.

44
Gnabry with yet another shot high and wide of the mark from the edge of the area.

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Fulham with another good ball forward. Berbatov does excellently to take it down, but Dejagah's ball into the box is cut out.

42
Berbatov puts Kacaniklic through on goal, but the latter's second touch is a bit heavy and Szczesny gathers easily.

41
Hangeland has been great so far as he cuts out another Monreal cross into the box, before Richardson dispossesses Sagna on the right.

40
Silly foul from Ozil as he clatters into Dempsey in midfield.

38
Cazorla hits the wall with his effort. The deflection falls to Sagna in the box, but Stekelenburg makes a good save, before denying Giroud from the follow-up.

37
Arsenal with a quick free kick after Sidwell fouls Wilshere, before Fulham give away another set play a few yards up the pitch.

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Arsenal with the ball at the back. Struggling to work their way forward at the moment.

35
Kacaniklic makes a good run forward, but his cross is blocked by Sagna and bounces into the grasp of Szczesny.

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Fulham camped out in the final third now, keeping the ball really well. They're lacking that cutting edge up front, though. Berbatov has been isolated.

33
Some really composed defending by Fulham as the stop Flamini's run into the box.

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Good football played by Fulham, as Dejagah gets clear of the Arsenal defence, but Szczesny does really well to come out and gather the ball from the feet of the attacker.

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Wilshere tries to find Cazorla with the ball over the top into the box, but it bounces out for a goal kick. Lovely football again, though.

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Richardson tries to put Berbatov through on goal, but the striker is just about caught offside.

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Arsenal have the ball back after bizarrely kicking it out of play for a supposed Kacaniklic injury, even though the Fulham man got up pretty quickly.

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Fulham have been playing really well in the last couple of minutes.

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Sidwell with an absolute screaming effort on goal on the volley, headed right for the top corner. Szczesny does well to tip it over.

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Kacaniklic fires a shot on goal, but it deflects of Koscielny, and Szczesny gathers easily.

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Fulham keeping the ball well, but not with much intent. The ball does go forward now, but Szczesny easily gathers before it can get to Berbatov.

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Fulham with a spell of possession.

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Giroud fires a shot well over the bar after some good work from Gnabry.

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Ozil takes it, but is unable to get his effort past the wall.

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Free kick to Arsenal after Parker is adjudged to have fouled Wilshere. Very dangerous position.

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Sagna just ushers the ball out of play for a goal kick.

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Gnabry engineers himself a bit of space, but his shot from outside the box skews well wide of goal.

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Arsenal now have the ball back and are stringing together a few passes of their own.

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Fulham doing well to keep the ball away from Arsenal at the moment.

14
They take the corner short. but Arsenal are right on top of them and the pass forward goes for a goal kick.

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The furthest forward Fulham have been and they win a corner after a nice one-two.

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Dempsey gives away a free kick for a shoulder charge on Wilshere.

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Fulham just passing the ball around now and taking the sting out of the game, but still haven't gone much further than the centre-circle.

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The Gunners with another lovely move, but Cazorla's effort from just outside the area is blocked.

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Arsenal get the ball back with a throw in.

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Fulham now with the ball. The visitors have yet to have a successful foray into the opposition half.

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Gnabry with a shot from distance after finding himself in some space, but it rolls harmlessly wide of goal.

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Another nearly moment for the Gunners as the Fulham defence stop Wilshere in his tracks as he charged his way towards goal.

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Sagna with a teasing cross to Giroud in the box, but the ball in has a bit too much on it for the Frenchman to get to.

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Some terrific football from Arsenal as Wilshere and Ozil play a nice one-two, but the German's ball across goal is cut out before it can reach Giroud.

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Fulham now with the ball after Mertesacker's header from the corner goes well wide of the mark.

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Arsenal on the front foot right from the off. Sagna has a cross cleared for a corner after a spell of pressure.

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Arsenal get the ball rolling for the first half...

Alain from Canada: Hoping for a goal fest today. 4-nil to the Arsenal. But keeping a clean sheet might be more important than the expected trashing... 2-nil would do, it's all about the 3 points mates!

Players coming out onto the pitch for pre-match handshakes. Thanks for all your comments leading up to kick-off, and enjoy the game.

Mike Parry: I predict Fulham to win 1-0 with Babytov getting the only goal of the game, possibly from the penalty spot.

Haha good one, Billy.

Mohammed from London: I think a comfortable win for Arsenal with Giroud having two and Ozil getting one. I think 3-1. COYG

Celaw from Malaysia: I predict a 2-0 win for home side with goals from Gnabry & Ozil.

Shakeel: I am going for Arsenal 6-0 Giroud (2), Podolski comes on then scores 1, Ozil (1) and Cazorla (2). I think Chamberlain should be playing instead of Flamini and he should be on the bench.

Malika Chaudhery: Hi I'm a Chelsea fan, don't write of Fulham just remember what Blackburn did to Arsenal!! You just never no! All depends on how much Fulham wanna win! & how laid back Arsenal are!

Carl Fletcher: Expecting another win for Arsenal. Can see us winning comfortably 3-1 or 4-1 in the end but giving us fans through the milk in the first half. Again any win will do at this stage of the season though!

Chris Green: Arsenal to win 5-1, with Giroud (3), Wilshire and Rosicky registering the goals.

Thomas Armitage: I'm Thomas I'm 9 years old and I reckon a 3-1 arsenal win with a Podolski brace and a Giroud goal.

Fulham subs: Stockdale, Riise, Kasami, Karagounis, Duff, Hughes and Bent.

Fulham XI: Stekelenburg; Riether, Burn, Hangeland, Richardson; Dejagah, Sidwell, Parker, Kacaniklic; Dempsey, Berbatov.

Arsenal subs: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Rosicky, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ju-Young Park.

Arsenal XI: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Wilshere, Cazorla, Gnabry, Ozil, Giroud.

Welcome to The Emirates where Arsenal host Fulham in today's game. Can the Gunners continue their four-match Premier League winning streak, or will the Cottagers bounce back from their 4-1 humbling at the hands of Sunderland last time out? Send your views / predictions for today's game to Chris.Vermeulen@teamtalkmedia.com and I will post up the best throughout the afternoon.

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