Nov 10, 2012 at 3pm UK at ​Emirates Stadium
Arsenal
3-3
Fulham
Podolski (23'), Giroud (11', 69')
Ramsey (60')
FT(HT: 2-2)
Berbatov (29', 67'), Kacaniklic (40')
Sidwell (41'), Baird (90')

Live Commentary: Arsenal 3-3 Fulham - as it happened

Live Commentary: Arsenal 3-3 Fulham - as it happened
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Sports Mole brings you live coverage of Arsenal's clash with Fulham in the Premier League.

Good afternoon and welcome to Sports Mole's live coverage of The Premier League, as Arsenal welcome Fulham to the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners lie seventh in the league having made their worst start to a domestic campaign under Arsene Wenger.

They have lost three of their last five fixtures, including last weekend's 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford.

A late Steve Sidwell strike earned a draw for Martin Jol's men in their last game at home to Everton.

The Cottagers have not won away at Arsenal in 26 attempts, losing on 22 occasions.

You can follow the action as it unfolds with us below. Please note that kickoff is 3pm.


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2.18pmGood afternoon readers of Sports Mole! Welcome to our coverage of Arsenal's clash with Fulham at the Emirates Stadium. A win could see either team into fourth place by the end of today, if results were to go their way. The Gunners sorely need to get their season back on track, while Fulham will probably take a point if you ask them now. The Cottagers have not won here in 26 attempts, but that run has a decent chance of ending today.

2.23pmWe have some team news for you folks...

ARSENAL:Mannone; Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen; Coquelin, Arteta, Cazorla, Walcott; Podolski; Giroud

FULHAM:Schwarzer; Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise; Dejagah, Baird, Sidwell, Richardson; Ruiz, Berbatov

2.32pmSo Francis Coquelin gets a start in midfield alongside Mikel Arteta. Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott will most likely operate behind Olivier Giroud, as will Lukas Podolski.

2.35pmBryan Ruiz and Dimitar Berbatov partner each other in Fulham's attack. Ashkan Dejagah starts in midfield for Martin Jol, in an otherwise unsurprising lineup.

2.37pmClick here for a more detailed summary of today's lineups.

2.48pmArsenal have hit a rocky patch of late, which has seen them win just two matches since demolishing Southampton 6-1 at the Emirates midway through September.

2.51pmThey have had success in the League Cup and Europe in the space, defeating Olympiakos and Reading; the latter being a thrilling7-5 victory having battled back from 4-0 down. However, Arsenal also suffered their first defeat at the Emirates in the Champions League, falling 2-0 to Schalke. Arsene Wenger's men earned a point in the return fixture against the German team on Tuesday.

2.56pmAs already stated, Fulham have not won on their travels to this part of north London. They go into the game on level points with Arsenal and a real chance of scoring a win.

2.57pmThe players are out on the pitch now and we're just moments away from kickoff.

2.59pmThis is the only 3pm kickoff that Sports Mole is covering today, but we will have all the action from the late game, which sees Aston Villa host Manchester United.

3pmWe also have all the action from the ATP World Tour Finals. Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro are currently slugging it out for the first set in London's the O2 Arena.

KICKOFFWe have just had an impeccably observed minute silence in honour of Remembrance Sunday, but now it's down to action. Fulham get this game underway.

2 minsFulham have knocked it around at the back for the first couple of minutes, giving plenty of players an early touch.

3 minsSHOT! Ruiz has a go at goal and it deflects wide for a corner. Fulham have had all of the ball so far. I can't remember an Arsenal player having a touch yet!

5 minsArsenal have wrestled the ball from the visitors and are trying to string together a few passes of their own.

9 minsFulham are trying to keep the ball on the deck at all costs, resisting the chance to bomb it forward. But when you have technically skilled forwards such as Berbatov and Ruiz it's wasteful to just punt it long.

10 minsGOAL! GIROUD HEADS THE OPENER!

10 minsThe Frenchman meets Walcott's corner at the front post to give the Gunners the lead!

12 minsArsenal go forward with Cazorla and Podolski, but the German blazes his effort over the bar.

17 minsFulham are still finding each other well, but can't seem to find any space. Arsenal are keeping their shape without the ball and are closing down effectively.

20 minsSo it's another goal for Giroud, and it was a fine header. He had to arch his head backwards to get the angle on it, but he used the pace on it to power past Schwarzer. He'll be pleased with that one to go with his strike in midweek.

20 minsKieron Richardson has pulled up and it looks like he's done his hamstring. He's limped off to polite applause.

22 minsGOAL! PODOLSKI MAKES IT 2-0!

22 minsRiether couldn't prevent Arteta from finding his way to the byline and cutting the ball back for Podolski to smash home first time with his left foot.

FULHAM SUBSTITUTION:Alexander Kacaniklic is going to replace the injured Richardson

28 minsFulham have a corner.

28 minsGOAL! BERBATOV FINDS HIMSELF UNMARKED AND GETS FULHAM BACK IN THIS GAME!

28 minsThat was dire marking by Arsenal. Berbatov was in the middle of the goal and just yards out. It was a simple task to nod home.

31 minsArsenal have a free kick on the left, which Walcott will take.

31 minsIt's a poor one. He tried to drill it along the floor, but deceived no one.

34 minsRuiz stands over a free kick on right right. He whips it in with his left foot but it's headed away.

39 minsGOAL! KACANIKLIC DRAWS FULHAM LEVEL!

39 minsBerbatov sent in a cross from the right and it was a tremendous header by the Swede, although Mannone got a hand to it and might feel that he should have kept it out. But it's 2-2 here at the Emirates and Fulham have well and truly found their feet now!

45 minsWe're going to have two minutes of time added on at the end of the first half.

47 minsCHANCE! Fulham nearly get their noses in front! Riise burst down the left and Arsenal are caught short at the back. The Norwegian sent in a cross for Dejagah, who could only get a toe to it. The ball squirms across the goal mouth but no Fulham player is there to tap in. Mertesacker gets to the ball first and puts it behind for a corner.

HALF TIMEArsenal 2-2 Fulham

3.51pmAn entertaining first half at the Emirates comes to a close. Fulham will be the happier camp having come from two goals behind. They have a genuine shout of winning this game now, and the Arsenal crowd might just be showing signs of restlessness already.

3.54pmElsewhere in the Premier League:

Everton 0-1 Sunderland

Reading 0-0 Norwich City

Southampton 0-0 Swansea City

Stoke City 0-0 QPR

Wigan 1-2 West Brom


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SECOND HALFArsenal get the second half underway.

50 minsThe game has settled into a similar pattern from the first half.

50 minsCHANCE! Walcott gets down the right and sends a cross into the box, but Giroud can't get his head on it. It looked like he got up too early.

51 minsSHOT! Dejagah tees up Ruiz from 20 yards out, but the Costa Rican pulls his left-footed shot wide of Mannone's goal.

55 minsSHOT! Walcott darts between Baird and Sidwell and runs at the heart of Fulham's defence, however his left-footed shot drifts wide.

ARSENAL SUBSTITUTION:Francis Coquelin makes way for Aaron Ramsey

58 minsKacakilic dispossesses Ramsey and makes his way into the Arsenal area, before trying to cut the ball back for Berbatov. Great play by the Swede.

60 minsHmmm, a slight moment of controversy there. Sidwell committed a foul and it looked as if Phil Dowd was going to issue him with a second yellow card. However, the ref seemed to hesitate for a second before showing the card to a puzzled-looking Aaron Ramsey.

62 minsWalcott nearly gets in behind the Fulham defence but his shot is blocked for a corner.

65 minsPENALTY TO FULHAM!

66 minsPhil Dowd points straight to the spot as Arteta hauls down Ruiz. The Spaniard had two good handfulls of Ruiz's shirt. Correct decision!

66 minsGOAL! BERBATOV COOLLY SLOTS PAST A STATIC MANNONE!

67 minsSHOT! Walcott tries to reply instantly but shoots straight down Schwarzer's throat.

68 minsSHOT! Fulham have a bit of space in Arsenal's half now as the Gunners commit more men forward. Kacaniklic had a go but Mannone was equal to his effort.

68 minsGOAL! GIROUD GRABS HIS SECOND OF THE GAME!

68 minsIt's another great header for the Frenchman and Arsenal are back on level terms. The Emirates has found its voice once more!

72 minsVermaelen does well down the left and drifts inside, finding Cazorla. Fulham are all over the Spaniard as he winds up to shoot, though.

73 minsThe game is quite open. There's a winner in this for someone...

75 minsHAT-TRICK WATCH Kacaniklic slips in Berbatov but Koscielny stands up to the Bulgarian. That was a half-decent chance to take the match ball.

ARSENAL SUBSTITUTION:Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain comes on for Lukas Podolski

79 minsSAVE! Giroud wriggles free on the edge of the area and thunders a shot at goal, but Schwarzer beats it away.

81 minsFulham nearly catch Arsenal out at the back. Kacaniklic played in Dejagah but the youngster delayed his shot for too long and the chance went begging.

83 minsGiroud tries to knock the ball down for Ramsey inside the area. It was a difficult task, but he did it well. He looks a real threat in the air, the Frenchman. Ramsey was unable to beat Hangeland to the knockdown, however.

ARSENAL SUBSTITUTION:Theo Walcott is coming off and will be replaced by Andrei Arshavin

FULHAM SUBSTITUTION:Damien Duff comes on for Ashkan Dejagah

87 minsIs there going to be a twist at the end of this game? It's by no means beyond the realms of possibility, the game is still rather open.

88 minsHangeland towers high to meet a corner, but cannot direct his header on goal.

89 minsHAT-TRICK WATCH Giroud is unmarked as Sagna finds him with a cross but he mistimes his header and Schwarzer sees it harmlessly wide.

90 minsWe're going to have four minutes of injury time.

91 minsSidwell heads the ball out of Schwarzer's hands and behind for a corner.

91 minsArteta can't find a way through the sea of bodies in the area.

92 minsCorner to Arsenal.

93 minsSchwarzer claws it away but Arsenal retain possession.

93 minsPENALTY TO ARSENAL! HANDBALL BY RIETHER!

93 minsRither had his arms were by his side and there was nothing he could do. How unfortunate...

94 minsArteta to take it...

94 minsSAVED!

FULL TIMEAND THAT'S THE FINAL KICK OF THE GAME! SCHWARZER IS THE HERO FOR FULHAM!

4.54pmArsenal 3-3 Fulham

4.55pmWhat an end to this contest. The Aussie made a brilliant save down to his left to deny Arteta claiming the points for Arsenal. The Fulham squad are elated, and rightly so. They fully deserve their point.

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