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  • Date:26 Nov 2011
  • Kick-off:17:30
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance:60,043
  • Vermaelen (81)
  • Thomas Vermaelen - og (64)
Goal!

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91:42 +1.42

Corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line to the near post, Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.

90:36 +0.36

Pajtim Kasami takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Robin van Persie makes a clearance.

89:55

Clarindo Andre Santos challenges Andrew Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Murphy crosses the ball in from the free kick, Johan Djourou makes a clearance.

89:17

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Mikel Arteta, save made by Mark Schwarzer.

86:00

Clarindo Andre Santos takes a shot. Blocked by Brede Hangeland.

85:14

Pajtim Kasami gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yao Gervinho. Clarindo Andre Santos takes the direct free kick.

84:32

Robin van Persie produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

83:42

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.

83:02

Yao Gervinho takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.

81:11

Thomas Vermaelen finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Arsenal 1-1 Fulham.Theo Walcott provided the assist for the goal.

80:29

Shot from inside the area by Robin van Persie clears the bar.

77:27

Unfair challenge on Pajtim Kasami by Thomas Vermaelen results in a free kick. Andrew Johnson comes on in place of Bobby Zamora. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.

75:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Philippe Senderos on Robin van Persie. The referee cautions Philippe Senderos for unsporting behaviour. Robin van Persie produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

74:34

Pajtim Kasami joins the action as a substitute, replacing Bryan Ruiz. (Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Marouane Chamakh coming on for Andrey Arshavin.

73:01

Robin van Persie takes the inswinging corner, Johan Djourou takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.

71:37

The offside flag is raised against Philippe Senderos. Indirect free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

70:09

Robin van Persie takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Clint Dempsey.

69:56

Vassiriki Diaby takes a shot. Brede Hangeland gets a block in.

67:33

The referee blows for offside. Yao Gervinho on for Aaron Ramsey. Vassiriki Diaby replaces Per Mertesacker. Per Mertesacker takes the free kick.

66:36

Foul by Alex Song on Brede Hangeland, free kick awarded. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.

64:27

Thomas Vermaelen puts the ball into his own net from 35+ yards. Arsenal 0-1 Fulham.

64:21

The assist for the goal came from John Arne Riise.

62:16

Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.

61:29

Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Per Mertesacker gets a block in.

59:07

Corner taken by Mikel Arteta, Clint Dempsey manages to make a clearance.

58:57

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Baird.

58:03

Aaron Ramsey concedes a free kick for a foul on Moussa Dembele. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.

53:58

Inswinging corner taken by Danny Murphy from the left by-line played to the near post, Johan Djourou makes a clearance.

52:22

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Chris Baird.

52:13

Clarindo Andre Santos takes a shot. Chris Baird gets a block in.

48:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele by Mikel Arteta. Direct free kick taken by Moussa Dembele.

45:34 +0.34

Mikel Arteta fouled by Dickson Etuhu, the ref awards a free kick. The referee cautions Dickson Etuhu for unsporting behaviour. Mikel Arteta sends in a cross, Per Mertesacker has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

44:12

Moussa Dembele is adjudged to have handled the ball. Clarindo Andre Santos restarts play with the free kick.

42:19

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bryan Ruiz by Mikel Arteta. Chris Baird takes the direct free kick.

41:45

Brede Hangeland has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

41:22

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Murphy from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Robin van Persie.

41:01

Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

39:25

Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Mikel Arteta gets a block in.

38:03

Alex Song concedes a free kick for a foul on Moussa Dembele. John Arne Riise restarts play with the free kick.

36:52

The assistant referee signals for offside against Bobby Zamora. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.

33:53

Andrey Arshavin produces a volleyed left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

32:41

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Murphy, Header by Brede Hangeland from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

32:29

Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Blocked by Thomas Vermaelen.

30:57

Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie from the right by-line, Bobby Zamora manages to make a clearance.

30:19

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.

28:35

Foul by Alex Song on Bryan Ruiz, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by John Arne Riise.

28:01

John Arne Riise takes a shot. Thomas Vermaelen gets a block in.

26:54

The referee penalises Clarindo Andre Santos for handball. Clarindo Andre Santos receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Booking for Bobby Zamora for dissent. Chris Baird takes the free kick.

26:22

Mikel Arteta decides to take a short corner.

25:56

Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie, clearance by Chris Baird.

25:23

Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie, clearance made by Philippe Senderos.

25:12

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.

23:36

Effort on goal by Aaron Ramsey from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

21:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Murphy on Robin van Persie. Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick.

20:12

Shot from deep inside the area by Bobby Zamora clears the crossbar.

19:44

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Blocked by Brede Hangeland.

16:26

Philippe Senderos gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robin van Persie. Free kick taken by Clarindo Andre Santos.

14:23

Long range effort by Aaron Ramsey goes wide right of the target.

13:35

Corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line, save by Mark Schwarzer.

12:22

Danny Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta. Per Mertesacker takes the free kick.

9:12

Andrey Arshavin challenges Dickson Etuhu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Arne Riise.

7:01

Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line, save by Mark Schwarzer.

6:39

Aaron Ramsey takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.

5:30

Foul by John Arne Riise on Theo Walcott, free kick awarded. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.

5:12

Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Johan Djourou gets a block in.

3:33

The assistant referee signals for offside against Andrey Arshavin. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.

1:22

The offside flag is raised against Andrey Arshavin. Mark Schwarzer takes the indirect free kick.

0:53

Robin van Persie takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Bobby Zamora.

Match Preview

Gunners reliant on Robin's goals Arsene Wenger accepts Arsenal are currently "reliant" on the goals of in-form captain Robin van Persie - but maintains the Gunners are far from a one-man team. The Holland forward netted a brace in the midweek Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund to take his tally to 17 as Arsenal secured safe passage through to the last 16 as group winners. Van Persie, 28, has enjoyed a superb 2011, breaking the 30-goal barrier for the calendar year with another double in last week's win at Norwich. Despite the Dutchman's red hot form, Wenger maintains there are others who can wade in with the goals as he prepares for Saturday's visit of Fulham, when Arsenal will look to record a sixth-straight Premier League win. "Robin is top, top, top in the world at the moment. Hopefully we can keep him going," Wenger said. "He is in a period where he shows it is natural for him to score goals. When you are not desperate for goals, you score. "We are reliant on Robin, of course, because he scores many goals, and that is always a problem when you have when someone is playing extremely well. "However, I believe that players like Gervinho, [Theo] Walcott, [Andrey] Arshavin and [Aaron] Ramsey will score goals as well, but at the moment they are more in the providing zone. "I am confident that in the near future, some others will score goals as well." Wenger added: "We have [Marouane] Chamakh and Park Ju-Young, who I think are quality, but at the moment they are not getting the opportunities because Robin is in such fantastic form. "It will be up to them to show they can take the relay when needed because the season is long and we play in many competitions, hopefully for a long time. Everybody will get a chance." Wenger, though, maintains it is up to the likes of Arshavin, who was an unused substitute in midweek, to force their way back into contention. "I feel sorry for every player who does not play, but competition is part of our job," he said. "You must accept that in some periods of your career somebody can get in front of you." Despite requesting Holland not to play van Persie in the second of their recent internationals, Wenger understands he cannot simply wrap Arsenal's talisman striker in cotton wool. "You have to accept the gamble and the risk," the Gunners boss said. "We had periods with Thierry Henry going through stages like this, it is the same. "Risk is part of the game and enjoyment demands risk. You have to just play full through it and that's life. That is part of sport. Arsenal have dedicated the match to their global charity partner Save the Children. Players will be donating a day's wages along with many Arsenal staff to help raise funds, while 50p from each programme sale will also go to the charity and there will be collection buckets - some manned by "mystery guests" - for supporters to give what they can. Midfielder Thomas Rosicky (thigh) could be in contention after missing out against his old club Borussia Dortmund in midweek while Laurent Koscielny is set to continue at right-back in the absence of Carl Jenkinson (back) and Bacary Sagna (ankle). Martin Jol insists Fulham can get something the match, but knows they must find a way to shackle Van Persie to stand any chance. Jol was quick to praise his compatriot, but believes Fulham can cause an upset in north London. "The priority is to defend well but still play with confidence and belief," Jol said. "I think we have done that in our last three or four away games. "We have kept a clean sheet three times so we have some confidence of doing that [again]. I think we are always capable of creating a few chances. "Of course they have their strengths, but they also have their weaknesses like any other team. "The other night Borussia Dortmund did well against them but Arsenal have the quality now with Van Persie, he is the one scoring the goals and has a hell of a record. "They play in a specific style with two wing players, Van Persie up front and three midfielders - two attacking, one sitting. That has changed a bit from a couple of years ago when van Persie was a lower number 10 or second striker. "They are playing with a lot of possession and of course they have a lot of talent in the team, but they still have to rotate at the back. Hopefully we can exploit the space we get. "In any game we will get chances, so if we can do the same we did against Wigan, where we scored two goals out of three or four attempts, then we can always get a result." Jol will be without several first-team players. Republic of Ireland winger Damien Duff is out with a calf problem, while international team-mate Stephen Kelly is also sidelined with a thigh injury. Although John Arne Riise returns after missing last week's clash at Sunderland due to the birth of his son, Steve Sidwell, Zdenek Grygera, Orlando Sa and Simon Davies are all missing.

Formation:433Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

Formation: 451Manager: Martin Jol

Fulham

  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Johan Djourou
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Thomas Vermaelen
  • Clarindo Andre Santos
  • Alex Song
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Mikel Arteta
  • Theo Walcott
  • Robin van Persie
  • Andrey Arshavin
  • SUBS
  • Lukasz Fabianski
  • Vassiriki Diaby
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Emmanuel Frimpong
  • Yao Gervinho
  • Marouane Chamakh
  • Yossi Benayoun

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Match Report

Vermaelen salvages point for Gunners Thomas Vermaelen scored at both ends as Arsenal had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Fulham in their Barclays Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium. Vermaelen's own goal gifted the visitors, who had not won at Arsenal in 25 attempts, the lead after 65 minutes. The Belgian redeemed himself when nodding in from close range with seven minutes left, but the Gunners could not conjure up a winner. The hosts had dedicated the game to the Save the Children charity, but there was no sense of generosity as Arsene Wenger's men went in search of a sixth straight league win to continue their resurgence. Andrey Arshavin - one of two changes from the midweek Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund - latched onto a pass from Robin van Persie to slot home, only to see the early celebrations cut short by an offside flag. Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer then palmed away a close-range effort from Aaron Ramsey after another sweeping Arsenal attack. Fulham did pose some threat on the counter, but Arsenal were soon back on the offensive as Theo Walcott scampered away down the left before seeing his shot blocked by a wall of white shirts on the edge of the Fulham box. On 20 minutes, Bobby Zamora turned Vermaelen just outside the area and drove an angled shot over the crossbar. Walcott then skipped away again, leaving John Arne Riise trailing in his wake before pulling the ball back to the penalty spot where Ramsey crashed it high into the Clock End. England winger Walcott was Arsenal's main outlet, this time shooting from the angle with Schwarzer saving at his near post. Another determined run from Walcott forced a corner before his chip to the far post was nodded back by van Persie and Arshavin was stretching as he hooked the loose ball wide. Despite all their possession, Arsenal were unable to break down a solid rearguard from the visitors, and Gunners goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny had to beat away a fierce drive from Mousa Dembele. Ramsey was close to connecting with Walcott's cross from the right as again Arsenal threatened with half-time looming. Fulham midfielder Dickson Etuhu was then shown a yellow card for clattering Mikel Arteta and Per Mertesacker's backward header from the free-kick flew just wide. At the start of the second half Walcott continued to stretch the Fulham defence, as his low cross caused momentary confusion between former Gunner Philippe Senderos and Schwarzer before the loose ball was eventually hacked clear. Arsenal captain van Persie had been in brilliant goalscoring form, but after battling to create space in the box and slot past Schwarzer he saw his effort hacked off the line by Chris Baird. Fulham continued to defend resolutely and snatched the lead on 65 minutes through an unfortunate own goal from Vermaelen. Arteta thought he had been fouled, but play continued and Danny Murphy chipped the ball into the box. Riise collected the pass on his chest, but the ball then bounced on the penalty spot before being scuffed back past Szczesny into the far corner by the retreating Vermaelen. Zamora then quickly fired home again, only to be flagged marginally offside. Arsenal had to step things up and were denied an equaliser when Schwarzer - once a target for the Gunners - clawed away a goalbound header from Johan Djourou after a corner. The home side continued to press and were finally level when Vermaelen redeemed himself with a close-range downwards header on 83 minutes after Walcott's cross from the right. Both Gervinho and then Walcott should have produced better finishes when weaving into the box instead of shooting tamely at the keeper. Van Persie hit the sidenetting when through down the right, and despite all of their late pressure, the Gunners had to make do with just a point.

Form Guide

    LWWWWW
  • Arsenal
  • VS
  • Fulham
  • WLLWLD

Last Meetings

  • Fulham
  • 2 - 2
  • Arsenal
  • 22/05/2011
  • Arsenal
  • 2 - 1
  • Fulham
  • 04/12/2010
  • 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

Top Scorers

Arsenal

  • R van Persie 13
  • M Arteta 2
  • T Walcott 2
  • YK Gervinho 2
  • A Arshavin 1
  • C Andre Santos 1
  • M Chamakh 1
  • T Vermaelen 1
  • A Song 1
  • A Ramsey 1

Fulham

  • A Johnson 3
  • B Zamora 3
  • CD Dempsey 3
  • B Ruiz 1
  • M Dembele 1

Goals

Arsenal

    • Total goals 47
    • Goals per game 25
  • 2 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Fulham

    • Total goals 36
    • Goals per game 14
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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