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  • Date:04 Dec 2010
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Nasri (13) Nasri (74)
  • Kamara (29)
Goal!

Live Commentary

91mins

Andrew Johnson takes a shot from 25 yards. Johan Djourou gets a block in.

90mins

Brede Hangeland gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marouane Chamakh. Johan Djourou takes the direct free kick.

89mins

Unfair challenge on Johan Djourou by Brede Hangeland results in a free kick. Lukasz Fabianski restarts play with the free kick.

88mins

Eddie Johnson comes on in place of Danny Murphy. Shot from 25 yards by Zoltan Gera. Save by Lukasz Fabianski. Corner taken right-footed by Simon Davies, Alex Song manages to make a clearance.

87mins

The official flags Theo Walcott offside. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Baird.

84mins

Zoltan Gera produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

79mins

Effort on goal by Marouane Chamakh from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

78mins

Dickson Etuhu produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

77mins

Corner taken by Simon Davies played to the near post, clearance by Alex Song.

75mins

Samir Nasri scores a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 2-1 Fulham.The assist for the goal came from Robin van Persie.

73mins

Andrew Johnson replaces Diomansy Kamara. Theo Walcott joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jack Wilshere.

73mins

Zoltan Gera produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

72mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Robin van Persie on Chris Baird. Chris Baird takes the free kick.

70mins

Outswinging corner taken by Simon Davies from the right by-line, clearance by Alex Song. Chris Baird takes a shot. Bacary Sagna gets a block in.

70mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Simon Davies from the right by-line, Alex Song makes a clearance. Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Blocked by Bacary Sagna.

68mins

Zoltan Gera is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Alex Song.

67mins

Shot from deep inside the area by Alex Song clears the bar.

63mins

Robin van Persie is brought on as a substitute for Tomas Rosicky.

62mins

Unfair challenge on Simon Davies by Alex Song results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.

60mins

Simon Davies takes the outswinging corner, Header by Dickson Etuhu from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

57mins

Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.

57mins

Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Blocked by Aaron Hughes.

55mins

Andrey Arshavin fouled by Diomansy Kamara, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alex Song.

52mins

Tomas Rosicky produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.

51mins

The offside flag is raised against Simon Davies. Free kick taken by Gael Clichy.

50mins

Shot from 25 yards from Clinton Dempsey. Alex Song gets a block in. Corner taken by Simon Davies played to the near post, clearance by Gael Clichy.

49mins

Gael Clichy sends in a cross, save by Mark Schwarzer.

48mins

Diomansy Kamara is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.

48mins

Marouane Chamakh challenges John Pantsil unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aaron Hughes takes the free kick.

47mins

Jack Wilshere concedes a free kick for a foul on John Pantsil. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.

46mins

Clinton Dempsey is caught offside. Lukasz Fabianski takes the indirect free kick.

46mins

Diomansy Kamara takes a shot. Lukasz Fabianski makes a save.

45mins

Bacary Sagna delivers the ball, Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.

43mins

Handball decision goes against Aaron Hughes. The ball is swung over by Andrey Arshavin, Marouane Chamakh produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

41mins

The official flags Diomansy Kamara offside. Lukasz Fabianski takes the free kick.

39mins

Corner taken by Simon Davies from the left by-line, save by Lukasz Fabianski.

36mins

The referee blows for offside against Simon Davies. Johan Djourou takes the indirect free kick.

33mins

Johan Djourou replaces Laurent Koscielny.

30mins

Diomansy Kamara finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-1 Fulham.Assist by Clinton Dempsey.

28mins

Chris Baird joins the action as a substitute, replacing Matthew Briggs. Corner taken left-footed by Jack Wilshere from the right by-line, Laurent Koscielny takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.

27mins

Tomas Rosicky delivers the ball, Alex Song produces a volleyed right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

27mins

Centre by Tomas Rosicky, Effort from inside the area by Alex Song misses to the left of the target.

27mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Diomansy Kamara. Free kick taken by Sebastien Squillaci.

25mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Diomansy Kamara. Indirect free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.

24mins

Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.

22mins

Samir Nasri challenges Clinton Dempsey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.

20mins

Corner taken by Simon Davies, Lukasz Fabianski makes a save.

18mins

Samir Nasri concedes a free kick for a foul on Clinton Dempsey. Danny Murphy crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Alex Song.

17mins

Marouane Chamakh is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.

16mins

Simon Davies takes a shot. Sebastien Squillaci gets a block in.

14mins

Samir Nasri grabs a goal from close in to the top right corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-0 Fulham.Assist on the goal came from Andrey Arshavin.

13mins

Effort from deep inside the area by Samir Nasri misses to the right of the target.

11mins

Shot from just outside the box by Zoltan Gera misses to the left of the goal.

11mins

Samir Nasri takes a shot. Blocked by Dickson Etuhu.

10mins

Jack Wilshere takes the inswinging corner, Diomansy Kamara makes a clearance.

7mins

Corner taken left-footed by Jack Wilshere from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Diomansy Kamara.

6mins

Matthew Briggs challenges Samir Nasri unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jack Wilshere crosses the ball in from the free kick. Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.

5mins

Danny Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tomas Rosicky. Free kick taken by Tomas Rosicky.

2mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrey Arshavin on John Pantsil. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.

The game begins.

The half-time whistle blows.

The match restarts for the second half.

The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

Match Preview

Fabregas misses Cottagers clash Cesc Fabregas will be out for another fortnight with the hamstring injury he picked up against Braga in the Champions League. Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia suffered a setback to his elbow injury in training and also misses the match against Fulham. Samir Nasri and Sebastien Squillaci have recovered from knee injuries but Abou Diaby (ankle) and Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles) are still not available. Striker Marouane Chamakh should start and has targeted the 20-goal mark in his first season at Arsenal. The Moroccan has impressed since a free transfer summer move from Bordeaux, with his strike at Aston Villa last weekend taking the tally into double figures. "For me, if I can weigh in with 15 to 20 goals, it would be a very, very good season," he said. "Whatever happens I hope to continue my progress. "It has gone really well with the set-up here, I hardly knew anyone when I arrived, but they have all made me feel very welcome. "It has been easy to settle in and this has allowed me to express myself and that's very important. "Personally, I am happy, but I can do better." Andrew Johnson is set to return to the Fulham. Striker Johnson sat out last weekend's 1-1 draw against Birmingham with a hamstring strain, having made his first start since his 10-month injury lay-off in the previous game against Manchester City. Carlos Salcido is out after suffering a recurrence of an ankle problem at St Andrews, while Mousa Dembele (ankle), Bobby Zamora, Rafik Halliche (thigh), Frederik Stoor (groin) and Phillipe Senderos (Achilles) are also unavailable. Fulham have been boosted by the news goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has signed a new contact. The Australian looked certain to leave after expressing a desire to join the Gunners, and his u-turn speaks volumes for new manager Mark Hughes' powers of persuasion. Hughes said: "I just sat him down and said, for myself and for Fulham to be successful, I need Mark Schwarzer here. "That's basically it, in black and white terms. "He's an outstanding keeper and has been for many, many years. "He understands the Premier League, he understands what it's all about and we're a better team when Mark Schwarzer's playing. "It was very easy from my point of view to construct an argument because it's there for everybody to see."

Formation:433Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

Formation: 442Manager: Mark Hughes

Fulham

  • Lukasz Fabianski
  • Bacary Sagna
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Sebastien Squillaci
  • Gael Clichy
  • Alex Song
  • Jack Wilshere
  • Samir Nasri
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Andrey Arshavin
  • Marouane Chamakh
  • SUBS
  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Robin van Persie
  • Theo Walcott
  • Neves Denilson
  • Johan Djourou
  • Kieran Gibbs
  • Nicklas Bendtner

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Match Report

Nasri magic lifts Gunners Two magical goals from Samir Nasri rescued Arsenal as they survived another wasteful performance at the Emirates Stadium to beat Fulham 2-1 and move to the top of the Barclays Premier League. The France star's jaw-dropping composure was in stark contrast to that of his team-mates, who almost threw away another three points in front of their own fans. Nasri put them ahead early on but a sickening clash of heads between Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci allowed Diomansy Kamara to equalise before Nasri netted a glorious winner. With Manchester United's match postponed due to the big freeze and Chelsea held by Everton, the victory sent Arsenal a point clear at the summit. But this was far from a champion performance, more from a side that had lost their last two home league games. The Gunners announced before the match that their players and directors had agreed to donate their day's wages to Centrepoint. They had been less than charitable down the years to Fulham, who had never won at Arsenal in more than a century of trying. That wait looked set to continue when Nasri's spectacular opener put the home side ahead in the 14th minute. Andrey Arshavin pounced on Aaron Hughes' error before feeding the France star, who sold two sublime dummies before lashing the ball into the top corner. Nasri was already guilty of a glaring miss after more superb work by the rampant Arshavin, who was running the show two days after helping his native Russia win the right to host the 2018 World Cup. The first chance of the game had fallen to the striker, his close-range volley blocked by Mark Schwarzer, who had looked certain to join Arsenal in January before signing a new contract with Fulham on Thursday. Arshavin and Nasri continued to pull the strings - the latter tormenting recalled Fulham youngster Matthew Briggs, who was withdrawn for Chris Baird. But Marouane Chamakh and Alex Song were both guilty of more profligate play that would come back to haunt the Gunners, whose offside trap was looking particularly suspect. On the half-hour mark, Squillaci and Koscielny collided going for the same ball and Clint Dempsey took full advantage of the carnage to slide in Kamara, who sidefooted home. Koscielny was in a bad way and was carried off on a stretcher to be replaced by Johan Djourou. Both sides should have scored on the stroke of half-time, Chamakh powering a header straight at Schwarzer from Bacary Sagna's brilliant run and cross, and Kamara hitting the legs of Lukasz Fabianski after being played in behind by Dickson Etuhu. Tomas Rosicky hooked a 52nd-minute volley wide as Arsenal tried to build some momentum after the restart. Arshavin's dancing feet and near-post drive brought another good stop by Schwarzer but Fulham were refusing to be overawed and saw plenty of the ball themselves. Etuhu sent a free header wide from Simon Davies' corner before Arsenal withdrew Rosicky for Robin van Persie. The home fans' frustration grew when Song wasted all his good work outmuscling John Pantsil by blazing over the top. Fulham were denied a shock lead in the 70th-minute when a corner was deflected to Zoltan Gera, whose header was cleared off the line. Gera then sent a spectacular overhead kick wide before Kamara was sacrificed for Andy Johnson and Wilshere was withdrawn for Theo Walcott. Arsenal's change paid off in spectacular fashion with 15 minutes remaining, a brilliant flowing move seeing Van Persie square for Nasri. The Frenchman still had men to beat but did so with some unbelievable footwork, rounding Schwarzer and pirouetting to net from a tight angle. The visitors proved they were far from beaten when Etuhu dragged narrowly wide minutes later but Chamakh shoulkd have killed them off when he sent a shot over on the turn. Nasri looked to be struggling, signalling he wanted to come off, but Arsenal had used all their substitutions and he played on. Fulham poured forward and the home defence was definitely creaking, with Gera's well-struck volley forcing a fine Fabianski save. Eddie Johnson came on for Danny Murphy for the closing moments but Arsenal held on.

Form Guide

    WLWWLW
  • Arsenal
  • VS
  • Fulham
  • WDLDLD

Last Meetings

  • Arsenal
  • 4 - 0
  • Fulham
  • 09/05/2010
  • Fulham
  • 0 - 1
  • Arsenal
  • 26/09/2009
  • Arsenal
  • 0 - 0
  • Fulham
  • 28/02/2009
  • Fulham
  • 1 - 0
  • Arsenal
  • 23/08/2008
  • Fulham
  • 0 - 3
  • Arsenal
  • 19/01/2008
  • Arsenal
  • 2 - 1
  • Fulham
  • 12/08/2007

Top Scorers

Arsenal

  • M Chamakh 7
  • S Nasri 5
  • T Walcott 4
  • A Song 3
  • A Arshavin 2
  • F Fabregas 2
  • B Sagna 1
  • V Diaby 1
  • N Bendtner 1
  • L Koscielny 1
  • CG Vela 1
  • J Wilshere 1

Fulham

  • CD Dempsey 5
  • B Hangeland 2
  • M Dembele 2
  • S Davies 1
  • B Zamora 1
  • D Etuhu 1
  • Z Gera 1
  • D Kamara 1

Goals

Arsenal

    • Total goals 49
    • Goals per game 32
  • 2 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Fulham

    • Total goals 32
    • Goals per game 15
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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