Saturday 10 November 2012
Arsenal squandered a 2-0 lead for the second time in five days and missed an injury-time penalty as Fulham claimed a 3-3 draw at the Emirates.
The Gunners, who were held by Schalke in Gelsenkirchen in the Champions League on Tuesday night after opening up a two-goal cushion, went ahead through Olivier Giroud's header from a Theo Walcott corner and doubled their advantage when Lukas Podolski swept home Mikel Arteta's centre.
But Fulham pulled one back after 29 minutes as Dimitar Berbatov nodded in Bryan Ruiz's corner and they equalised when Berbatov's cross from the right was headed in by substitute Alex Kacaniklic.
Fulham took the lead for the first time when Arteta dragged down Ruiz in the area and Berbatov stroked home a 67th-minute spot-kick. But the visitors' joy was shortlived as Giroud, having placed his first effort against a post, reacted well to head in Walcott's subsequent cross.
Arsenal could have won it in the 94th-minute when referee Phil Dowd adjudged Sascha Riether had handled Andrey Arshavin's cross but Mark Schwarzer kept out Arteta's low spot-kick.
Everton stay in fourth spot after coming from behind to beat Sunderland 2-1 at Goodison Park. The visitors made the breakthrough when Adam Johnson netted shortly before the break. But, after Everton pressure, Marouane Fellaini drove past Simon Mignolet after 76 minutes and, two minutes later, the Belgian flicked on for Nikica Jelavic to fire home.
West Bromwich Albion won 2-1 at Wigan Athletic thanks to a James Morrison header and a Gary Caldwell own goal. Morrison headed home Chris Brunt's cross after 31 minutes and when Caldwell put through his own goal it looked good for Steve Clarke's men. Arouna Kone pulled one back on the stroke of half-time but Wigan could not find a leveller.
A defensive mistake prevented Southampton from beating Swansea City. The hosts went ahead through Morgan Schneiderlin's 64th-minute header but were pegged back nine minutes later as Maya Yoshida was dispossessed by Nathan Dyer and the winger ran through to score.
Stoke City moved up to 12th after a hard-fought 1-0 win at home to winless Queens Park Rangers. Charlie Adam got the only goal - his first for the club - at the start of the second half, firing in left-footed after the visitors had failed to clear Robert Huth's long free-kick into the box. The defeat, their seventh of the season, means Mark Hughes' men stay bottom.
Reading, who have scored eight times in their last two home games without winning either, could not find a way past Norwich City as their search for a first Barclays Premier League victory of the season goes on.
You can follow how all the matches progressed on premierleague.com's Matchday Live.
Arsenal 3-3 Fulham | #ARSFUL | Matchday Live >>
Everton 2-1 Sunderland | #EVESUN | Matchday Live >>
Reading 0-0 Norwich City | #RDGNOR | Matchday Live >>
Southampton 1-1 Swansea | #SOUSWA | Matchday Live >>
Stoke City 1-0 QPR | #STKQPR | Matchday Live >>
Wigan Athletic 1-2 West Brom | #WIGWBA | Matchday live >>