• FT

    Arsenal

    3

    Fulham

    3

  • FT

    Everton

    2

    Sunderland

    1

  • FT

    Reading

    0

    Norwich

    0

  • FT

    Southampton

    1

    Swansea

    1

  • FT

    Stoke

    1

    QPR

    0

  • FT

    Wigan

    1

    West Brom

    2

  • FT

    Aston Villa

    2

    Man Utd

    3

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

Emirates Stadium, England

Attendance: 60093

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Arsenal

  • Olivier Giroud 11'
  • Lukas Podolski 23'
  • Olivier Giroud 69'

3 - 3

FT

Fulham

  • Dimitar Berbatov 29'
  • Alexander Kacaniklic 40'
  • Dimitar Berbatov 67' PEN
Watch Live on: ESPN2, ESPNDeportes, ESPN3.com
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    James Tyler: Bye! Sorry I must leave! Could keep this open all day. Harass me on Twitter if you're bored. Until tomorrow morning, adieu all. Also: LOLsenal.

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    That was Mikel Arteta's first penalty attempt for Arsenal; he converted 12 of 15 for Everton.

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    James Tyler: Thank you for your mirth, merriment, wit and company. See you back here tomorrow.

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    James Tyler: Find me on Twitter: @JamesTylerESPN.

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    James Tyler: Lots to talk about here, but as my colleague James Dall said above, the PK miss is irrelevant. Arsenal gave up a 2-0 lead. Again.

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    James Tyler: And join me tomorrow for Chelsea v. Liverpool: Sunday Boot Room. 10.30am ET

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    James Tyler: Right then, I must dash to fix up the ESPNFC.com homepage. Check back there for all the fun this weekend, articles, blogs etc.

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    [Comment from The NY Kid]
    I hate football again

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    [Comment from Other Matt]
    Why is Arteta taking that penalty!!!!!??????? They have Podolski, Giroud, Cazorla... all good penalty takers....

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage]
    That may have been the most exciting boring match I've ever seen

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    James Tyler: FT: Wigan 1, West Brom 2

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    James Tyler: FT: Stoke 1, QPR 0

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    James Tyler: FT: Southampton 1, Swansea 1

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    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    The penalty save is a side issue. That Arsenal gave away a two-goal lead for a second game running, and this being at home is the real worry

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    James Tyler: FT: Reading 0, Norwich 0

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    James Tyler: FT: Everton 2, Sunderland 1

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    James Tyler: Disagree, Phillip. Awful call.

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    [Comment from Phillip]
    I think it was a good call TBH. He had his arm out to start with and then tries to bring it in. If it had never been out in the first place, dowd wouldn't have given it.

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    James Tyler: Indeed. On a hat-trick.... in form.... one will wonder...

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage]
    Why not have Giroud take that for the hat trick in front of the home crowd?!? Unreal!

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    James Tyler: Worst. Ever. Premier. League. Start. For. Arsenal.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Great save from Schwarzer: Wenger with a face like thunder. Fulham escaped but Everton made it tougher for them last week. Fear for Arsenal.

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    James Tyler: FT: Arsenal 3, Fulham 3.

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    James Tyler: ARTETA OUT

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    [Comment from Travis]
    Arteta, so bad tonight, goodness me

  •  

    [Comment from Bundi]
    Man of the match: Phil Dowd

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    James Tyler: Rubbish, soft shot. Schwarzer guessed right. Hero. Justice. Etc.

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    With 16 points from its first 11 games, Arsenal has its worst start in the Premier League era.

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    James Tyler: I can't even.

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    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    Arsenal: without winning mentality.

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    James Tyler: Last kick of the game! It's all over! Arteta's low drive parried by the veteran keeper!

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    James Tyler: SAVED BY SCHWARZERRRRR

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    That's tough. Ball to hand.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    what an awful call!

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage]
    Poor call by Dowd - surprise, surprise

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD, FULHAM: Baird booked for the handball. I'm genuinely sad for that.

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    James Tyler: Classic Phil Dowd?

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    James Tyler: I was right! Late drama! Ruiz gives it away, Arshavin barrels into the box and his cross is met by a Fulham hand! Harsh, that. Defender trying to tuck his arm behind his back.

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    James Tyler: PENALTY TO ARSENAL

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    James Tyler: Schwarzer flaps at it but no Arsenal player can capitalize. Sagna's follow-up cross is flicked on to Schwarzer. Exhale.

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    James Tyler: Last play....?

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    James Tyler: Arshavin's cross is chested out for a corner by Chris Baird.

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    James Tyler: Riether tries to play a long ball down the line. It's speculative. Back with Arsenal in possession, crowd urging them on. One more attack?

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Will Mark Hughes and Tony Pulis shake hands? Actually, who cares?

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    James Tyler: Chance for Arsenal! Arteta shoots after the corner drops to his feet. It's blocked. Hoofed clear. Four added minutes, two of them still to play...

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    James Tyler: Nicely done, Maverick. But no.

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    [Comment from maverick]
    Did Giroud spurn Liverpool James, I sense some hurt feelings from you

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    James Tyler: String of Arsenal corners....

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    [Comment from Justin COYG]
    Arsenal finding it difficult to mark from corners with one giant German and 9 Wishin' Trolls.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Arsenal! Sagna's cross finds Giroud unmarked in the middle but his header's wide of target. RUBBISH.

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    James Tyler: Everton still leading 2-1, WBA up 2-1 at Wigan, Swans and Saints locked at 1-1, Reading-Norwich a 0-0 snooze, Stoke up 1 on QPR.

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    James Tyler: Scores...

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    James Tyler: Whistles ring out as Schwarzer takes his time with a goal kick. Berbatov offside as Bryan Ruiz attempted to play him in over the top.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Fulham! Corner's headed narrowly wide by Brede Hangeland.

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    James Tyler: Yes, covered it a while ago. Nathan Dyer on 73 minutes.

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    [Comment from willie]
    did swansea equalize?

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    James Tyler: I'm also surprised Sidwell was allowed to flirt with red card disaster.

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    [Comment from Pog]
    I'm surprised we haven't seen Karagounis on for Sidwell.

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    James Tyler: I say yes.

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    James Tyler: Is there any time for late drama?

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    James Tyler: Free kick to take the pressure off. Three minutes left plus stoppages.

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    James Tyler: Fulham's bout of nerves ended as Reither's clipped by Giroud.

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    James Tyler: THE WORST. Mark Hughes to be axed by Thanksgiving. Just my thought.

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    [Comment from GFA]
    Honestly though, how bad is QPR?

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    James Tyler: Half-chance for Arsenal: Aaron Hughes caught in possession inside his box by Cazorla, but the Spaniard's twisty-turny run and shot doesn't beat Schwarzer.

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR FULHAM: Ashkah Dejagah off, Damien Duff on.

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    [Comment from Phillip]
    Mancini is the most overrated IMO

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    [Comment from The NY Kid]
    So...Arsenal need to play from behind, exemplified by Kos playing best when he is forced to track someone down from behind after getting smoked

  •  

    James Tyler: What have we learned today?

  •  

    James Tyler: SUBSTITUTION FOR ARSENAL: Theo Walcott off, Andrei Arshavin on. There's his chance, Zilch.

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    [Comment from ziich]
    Arsenal will win this if they put in arshavin

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Moves Like Dejagah: Head down, often away from where he is supposed to be going but moving constantly nonetheless.

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    James Tyler: Walcott's enjoying plenty of room down the right. Both flanks for the Gunners, really, are wide-open.

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    James Tyler: No, Andre Villas-Boas is. (ducks to avoid flying objects)

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    [Comment from Andy]
    Is Martin O'Neill the most overrated manager in the EPL?

  •  

    James Tyler: Dejagah with a chance to shoot on the right side of the box but Koscielny recovers, lurching in to dispossess. He's had a grand afternoon as a scrambling defender.

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    James Tyler: Follow-up cross duffed away by Hangeland. Fulham on the break...

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    James Tyler: Walcott's deep delivery is intended for Giroud but cleared.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Arsenal! Giroud is clearly "up for it." Rifles a left-footed drive from 25 yards, one that swerves nastily in flight and forces a sprawling stop by Schwarzer. Arsenal corner is wasted. But the Gunners have another set piece shortly after.

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    James Tyler: Oxlade-Chamberlain tackled superbly by Sasha Riether on the left flank. Arsenal looking more positive with 12 minutes to play....

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    James Tyler: Comeback = complete.

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Everton 2, Sunderland 1 -- Jelavic, 79"

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    James Tyler: Sounds so familiar for Martin O'Neill.

  •  

    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage]
    Fellaini unmarked and unchallenged at the top of the box. POOR defending

  •  

    James Tyler: The Everton goal...

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    James Tyler: BIL-bot's happy. Everton on level terms with Blunderland.

  •  

    [Comment from BIL]
    FELAINI JUST WON THE LEAGUE@@@@@@@@

  •  

    [Comment from Moonshiner]
    Please tell Travis Arteta has a long list of poor performances to choose from so far.

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    James Tyler: No. Because I said so.

  •  

    [Comment from Joe]
    JT, shouldn't it be Roominati?

  •  

    [Comment from Justin COYG]
    Speaking of Kroenke, even odds Arsenal score more today than the Rams did in London...

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Everton 1, Sunderland 1 -- Fellaini, 77"

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    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    Each team converting 75% of their shots on goal. Otherwise known as the exact opposite of Liverpool.

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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    Fellaini. Total Hero. Now let's win this

  •  

    James Tyler: SUB FOR ARSENAL: Podolski off, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain-Ponsonby-Smythe on.

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    James Tyler: Bryan Ruiz whacks one wide. Crowd jeers.

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    James Tyler: Giroud doing manful header work on defense.

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    James Tyler: Fulham corner... nodded clear.

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    James Tyler: SUPERB tackle by Koscielny to rob Berbatov of a shooting/scoring chance.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Is there actually a good defensive team in the Premier League? As in a good team that can actually defend? Struggling here to be honest.

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Southampton 1, Swansea 1 -- Dyer, 73"

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    [Comment from Travis]
    This has to be Arteta's worst performance of the year, a lot of giveaways and not influential at all

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    James Tyler: Join me for that, tomorrow, 10.30am ET by the way.

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    James Tyler: Boot Roo-lluminati, Jim. Hopefully CFC-LFC tomorrow is the same. Though better for Liverpool, obviously.

  •  

    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Once again, The Boot Room has chosen the correct game to cover. Although none of the other games were terribly enticing, and they're playing out as such.

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    James Tyler: Err, Cesc Fabregas sadly has that spot locked up. The rest are playing for the privilege of "first sub."

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage]
    The Cazorla-Mata-Silva battle for the remaining slot in the Spanish midfield is heating up!

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    James Tyler: Arteta tries to slip Podolski into the box but Sidwell reads it and intercepts.

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    James Tyler: Hangeland with another zesty block to deny Cazorla's long-range drive. Emirates is actually wide awake now. Funny, that. 16 minutes left.

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    [Comment from Pog]
    Another intriguing subplot for Fulham: the shocking number of goals they concede on high balls into the box (set pieces, high crosses).

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    James Tyler: Headed clear. Still Fulham in possession. They know they can get a win here if they keep pressing. Could easily blow it, too.

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    Last time an Arsenal-Fulham game had six goals was Arsenal's 5-3 home win in 1967.

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    James Tyler: It's all happening now. Fulham corner....

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    James Tyler: I'd argue that Walcott's artful chipped cross was even better.

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    [Comment from Travis]
    Beautiful initial ball by Cazorla

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Southampton 1, Swansea 0 -- Schneiderlin, 64"

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    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    Brilliant header from Giroud.

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    James Tyler: Olivier "Rubbish" Giroud, folks.

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    [Comment from Eric M]
    Giroud that's how fans can love arsenal!!!!

  •  

    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    Olivier Giroud has his first brace with Arsenal.

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    [Comment from Orr]
    YOU LOVE FOOTBALL NYK

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    [Comment from Other Matt]
    WOAH!

  •  

    James Tyler: A madcap sequence. Giroud pings one off the post from 12 yards, ball stays in play. Walcott gathers the loose ball and chips it in for Giroud to nod home unmarked.

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    James Tyler: 3-3!

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR ARSENAL

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    James Tyler: GIROUD HITS THE POST!!!

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    James Tyler: It was just the complete halt.

  •  

    [Comment from Travis]
    Wasn't the stutter step outlawed by FIFA or was it just the complete stop?

  •  

    [Comment from Justin COYG]
    Stan Kroenke is so angry about this comeback, he thought about speaking briefly.

  •  

    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    How can Arsenal fans stand to support this team?

  •  

    [Comment from The NY Kid]
    I hate football

  •  

    James Tyler: Chance for Fulham! Kacaniklic shoots from the left side of the box, forcing Mannone to smother it.

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    Dimitar Berbatov has two goals vs Arsenal today; he had two goals in 15 career appearances vs Arsenal.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Great penalty by Berbatov though Mannone would be better advised to move in either direction, rather than remain rooted.

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    James Tyler: Wowowowowowowowow.

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    James Tyler: An iceberg-cool penalty take. Stutter step, sidefoot, BIFF. Mannone rooted to the spot.

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    James Tyler: GOAL!!!!

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    James Tyler: Berbatov to take....

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    [Comment from Vargo]
    ARTETA YOU MUPPET!!!

  •  

    [Comment from phil dowd]
    told you guys!!!! hahahahaha

  •  

    [Comment from Orr]
    St. Helen Mirren is a team I would support.

  •  

    James Tyler: Lets Bryan Ruiz steal the ball and get into the box... Arteta bundles him down, had little choice.

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    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    Oh, Arsenal.

  •  

    James Tyler: Mikel Arteta with the video nasty!

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    James Tyler: PENALTY TO FULHAM

  •  

    James Tyler: Admira Wacker trailing 2-0 at home to Sturm Graz in the Austrian tipp3 Bundesliga... 27 minutes left...

  •  

    James Tyler: Aberdeen winning 2-0 at St. Mirren. Bayern Munich beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0.

  •  

    [Comment from Justin COYG]
    Everton can win the 4th place trophy. Arsene has the trophy maker on retainer.

  •  

    James Tyler: Ramsey hauls down Sidwell again, not learning from the last collision. Is he flirting with his own second yellow? Maybe. Don't vex Phil Dowd, Aaron.

  •  

    James Tyler: Emirates Cup, Swiss Super League, U-19 European Championships?

  •  

    [Comment from Tony]
    Besides the prem league, what other titles can everton win this year?

  •  

    James Tyler: Chance for Arsenal! Walcott free on the right, chooses to shoot instead of crossing and Hangeland slides in for a fine block. Arsenal corner... Aaron Hughes nods it away.

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    James Tyler: Either way, might expect Martin Jol to pull Sidders shortly.

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    James Tyler: Really though, Toon, not that much of an impact. Hardly a blown PK call.

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    [Comment from Toon]
    did I note say Phil Dowd would have an impact on the game. The man is truly terrible.

  •  

    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    British footballers all around with some truly poor Movember efforts. I understand it's early still, but come on.

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    James Tyler: I'd say he's more like Lee Clattermole.

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    [Comment from Pog]
    Sidwell is sort of like Fulham's Jermaine Jones, for those not following him closely.

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    [Comment from burbank]
    Ramsey may have been booked for asking for that second yellow.

  •  

    James Tyler: Sure seems that way. But Ramsey is in the book, I believe. At least according to the stat sheet.

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    [Comment from willie]
    classic dowd

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    [Comment from The NY Kid]
    I do believe that Phil Dowd changed his mind mid-booking there because he didn't want to send Sidwell off

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    [Comment from Morty]
    Dowd reached for the card and stopped. Huge break for Sidwell.

  •  

    James Tyler: Cazorla wallops the free kick over the bar from 25 yards.

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    James Tyler: Weird. Still not quite sure what happened.

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    James Tyler: The pair collide in midfield, Dowd flashes a card at Aaron Ramsey -- presumably for his lousy Movember effort -- and then he demurs showing another to the Fulham midfielder.

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    James Tyler: A truly perplexing sequence.

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    James Tyler: SECOND YELLOW CARD FOR STEVE SIDWELL. No wait. Yellow card for Aaron Ramsey.

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    James Tyler: Half-chance for Fulham: Lovely run by Kacaniklic down the left, scything past a couple of tackles. His cut-back for Berbatov on the penalty spot is mishit. Cleared.

  •  

    [Comment from BIL]
    Yellow card to heitinga

  •  

    [Comment from willie]
    everton sunderland getting physical

  •  

    James Tyler: Everton updates..

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    James Tyler: Fulham break via Dejagah on the right wing, so Podolski tugs him back. Free kick.

  •  

    James Tyler: Giroud and Podolski fail to connect on a simple six-yard pass exchange that makes me wonder if they've even actually met yet.

  •  

    James Tyler: He's not that bad, is he? Might bring a bit more dynamism from deep midfield.

  •  

    [Comment from Travis]
    Why in the world would you bring Ramsey on? Just don't get it.

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    James Tyler: Rubbish delivery doesn't even make it into the crowd.

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    James Tyler: 11 minutes into the second half and Arsenal certainly trying much harder not to concede again. More of the play in the Fulham end, for sure. As I type, another Arsenal corner won. Koscielny and co rumble forward...

  •  

    [Comment from Orr]
    Walcott's mustache is just leftover from his Prince halloween costume.

  •  

    [Comment from phil dowd]
    theo looks like a french police officer with that stache

  •  

    James Tyler: Or a Cisse straight red for true Rangers vintage.

  •  

    [Comment from Pog]
    That game needs a Diakite red card to truly complete the QPR experience. (He's halfway there!)

  •  

    James Tyler: You won't get good odds on that, Bill.

  •  

    [Comment from Bill]
    JT Mark Hughes making it to xmas

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR ARSENAL: Francis Coquelin off, Aaron Ramsey on.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Arsenal! Walcott burns a trail to the edge of the box, a searing 35-yard run, only his shot swerves wide.

  •  

    James Tyler: Meanwhile, Alexi Lalas has already won the Best Movember Stache competition. No doubt. Man looks like a walrus fisherman.

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    James Tyler: #SupportMovember

  •  

    [Comment from The NY Kid]
    Walcott's pencil-thin mustache is terrifying

  •  

    [Comment from James]
    I just can't wait until 80' when the game's still 2-2 and Mertersacker is playing his classic center forward role

  •  

    James Tyler: Free kick for Arsenal, wide right. Walcott can't find Mertesacker in the mixer, Fulham scrambles it clear.

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    James Tyler: Insert "you know it's bad when Charlie Adam scores against you" joke.

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Stoke City 1, QPR 0 -- Charlie Adam, 51"

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    James Tyler: Nice run by Coquelin of all people, popping up in the right corner. Glides inside Riise but his cross is blocked by Sidwell and pings back off the Arsenal midfielder for a goal kick.

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Stoke sending QPR to unavoidable relegation. Meanwhile, Danny Mills just spoke of a 'turtle's head challenge' on the radio. Oo er.

  •  

    James Tyler: Phil! Eyes on the game!

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    [Comment from phil dowd]
    im predicting a penalty for fulham, per with the bad challenge in the box

  •  

    James Tyler: Look, whatever you read about me on the internet simply isn't true, Toon.

  •  

    [Comment from Toon]
    James, I thought you were a K league guy from back in the day

  •  

    James Tyler: Indeed. Mackems on the ups!

  •  

    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Something we missed earlier JT! Adam Johnson is the first player besides Steven Fletcher to score for Sunderland!

  •  

    James Tyler: Sunderland point of note...

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    James Tyler: Chance for Fulham! Good jinking run by Askhan Dejagah from the right flank, cutting inside Cazorla. He finds Bryan Ruiz but the striker duffs his shot wide of the mark from 20 yards.

  •  

    [Comment from Pog]
    Intriguing subplot for Fulham fans this year is whether Hangeland is either slipping as a player or just wants to leave. He hasn't been anywhere near as solid this season as in past years.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    It's like being a Cubs fan, Bundi.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Arsenal! Booming Walcott cross is right there for Giroud but his leap doesn't end with him meeting the ball! Maybe a bit too high? Hard to say.

  •  

    James Tyler: I feel bad for no soccer team. At least not a Premier League one. Life is good for them even in defeat.

  •  

    [Comment from Bundi]
    It's just something about Arsenal. I'm not even an Arsenal fan, and I always find myself just feeling bad for them.

  •  

    James Tyler: Still 2-2 for now, mind you. Rejoice, right?

  •  

    [Comment from Moonshiner]
    Fullham goes up 4-2, and then Poloski scores a meaningless goal in stoppage time.

  •  

    James Tyler: Nearly a chance for Giroud in behind the Fulham defense but Brede Hangeland atoned.

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    James Tyler: Oh, I did the Turkish Super Lig during college, Orr. #LiberalArts

  •  

    [Comment from Orr]
    Even some Ligue 1 in college?

  •  

    [Comment from adam]
    Mark my words, Phil Dowd will award a penalty before the end of the game.

  •  

    James Tyler: Man, so much pain in this Boot Room. I need an in-house therapist on duty.

  •  

    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    Mannone is going to have a hand in the 4th Fulham goal during stoppage time.

  •  

    James Tyler: I've been known to dabble, experiment, yes.

  •  

    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    JT, do you ever stray outside the EPL? A little Bundesliga, or BBVA?

  •  

    James Tyler: We're off again. Podolski commits a foul.

  •  

    James Tyler: More than one person thinks Vermaelen will ruin this game. Fascinating.

  •  

    [Comment from Jimmy]
    TV own goal

  •  

    [Comment from Stephen]
    Vermaelen OG

  •  

    James Tyler: OK, this is weird... guesses for game-winning goal.

  •  

    [Comment from Sean]
    THEO WALCOTT!!!!!... misses the sitter to win the game

  •  

    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    @RicardoLiraT @PsyMar We're optimistic? And it's basically spring in Arizona and Florida, right?

  •  

    James Tyler: Berbatov. Has to be. Man breaks hearts for a living.

  •  

    [Comment from Tim]
    Who scores the winner? My bets on Theo

  •  

    James Tyler: Not sure, Matt. It is like trying to build a time machine. Impossible to figure out.

  •  

    [Comment from Matt]
    Why is it that every time i catch an Arsenal match, they just look so uninterested in the match? Its like they don't care about winning. They've fallen a long ways from the days of Bergkamp and Co. They had talent, leadership, and fighters 10 years ago....now not so much.

  •  

    James Tyler: These sleepy games are fodder for the Berba.

  •  

    James Tyler: Evan's winning comment of the day so far.

  •  

    [Comment from Evan]
    Wouldn't we expect Berbatov to shine in a half-paced game?

  •  

    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    Pog, nice to see you this morning/afternoon. If Orr is around, then the gang's all here.

  •  

    [Comment from Matt]
    Arsene is going to make them wear two puffy coats until they play better defense. Make them sweat it out.

  •  

    [Comment from aidan]
    2-0 up at shalke, draw. 2-0 up at home against fulham, now 2-2. trend is happening...

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    The sometimes sublime and divine Dimitar Berbatov.

  •  

    James Tyler: That's what I mean. Four goals but no life in either side. Just listless. Weird. Half-pace.

  •  

    [Comment from Jason]
    No offense but this Arsenal crowd has been REALLY subdued even before Fulham scored their couple goals.

  •  

    James Tyler: Morning, Pog! You made the right call. Sleep is a precious, hard-to-harvest commodity.

  •  

    [Comment from Pog]
    Belated good morning! I can't believe I was sleeping through an opportunity to yap about Fulham in the boot room, but it's the first time in weeks both kids have slept through the night, so I let it ride. BOOT ROOM! Seems like a crazy game.

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    James Tyler: So much positivity among us.

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    [Comment from Jimmy]
    Good job we're still in this game, keep it like this and we might squeak out a draw?

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    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    "4th place" - Arsene Wenger

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Encourage your team. I've always believed in Arsene, but it's clear his Andy Murray-sequence attitude rubs off on his players

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    [Comment from Rawr]
    Au revoir, mes amis?

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    [Comment from Brian]
    "You're killing me, smalls!"

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    [Comment from Jake]
    how to do you say "Defend the goal better" in French?

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    James Tyler: If you're Arsene Wenger, what do you say at halftime?

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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    Things Everton fans thought they'd never say: We miss Denis Stracqualursi

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    James Tyler: YOU HUSH YOUR MOUTH, JAN. (Kidding)

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    No, but Matchday Live will be.

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    James Tyler: Sadly no. Just me behind the wheels of steel today and the content machine will be violently spitting words at me.

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    JT, will you be sticking around for United/Villa?

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    James Tyler: Be right back, folks. Need to update a little thing called ESPNFC.com

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    James Tyler: Schadenfreude, that.

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    [Comment from Matt]
    Booing Arsenal off the pitch at the half.

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    James Tyler: Indeed. Plus Vermaelen's a natural CB, so he's going to tend towards the middle. Arsenal needs better full backs.

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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    Everton gluttonous in possession, yet Sunderland have best chances and the goal. Am in Mexico so deprived of @RobStoneONFOX to cheer me up

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    [Comment from Fritz]
    Is it my imagination, or is Thomas Vermaleen constantly out of postion on the left? The pass from Berbatov came from the left. Just lack of concentration I think.

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    James Tyler: Mr. Leon "Underrated and finally picked for England" Osman? I'm stunned.

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage]
    Osman at fault for the Sunderland goal. spaced off and lost Johnson at the back post after a half-clearance is lofted back into the box

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    James Tyler: HT: Wigan 1, West Brom 2

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    James Tyler: HT: Stoke 0, QPR 0

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    James Tyler: HT: Southampton 0, Swansea 0

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    James Tyler: HT: Reading 0, Norwich 0

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    James Tyler: HT: Everton 0, Sunderland 1

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Everton 0, Sunderland 1 -- Adam Johnson, 45"

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    James Tyler: HALF TIME: Arsenal 2, Fulham 2. What a weird game. Very little action but four goals from nothing.

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    James Tyler: Almost a third goal for Fulham! Low cross skits across goal. Mannone and Koscielny scramble.

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Wigan 1, West Brom 2 -- Kone 44"

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    James Tyler: Gary Caldwell with the OG for West Brom.

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    James Tyler: The Baggies are surely one of the stories of the season thus far. Aren't losing yet. Punching above weight, etc.

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Wigan 0, West Brom 2

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    James Tyler: Nah. italian scores are like baseball scores. 5-4, 7-3, 6-2, 3-0 etc.

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    [Comment from Orr]
    Sure that's not Serie A, JT?

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    James Tyler: 44th minute.

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    James Tyler: The other scores: 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 0-1. Thus ends our look at the Prem scores.

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    James Tyler: The Boot Roo-luminati.

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    James Tyler: We have the power, Jay.

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    [Comment from Jay]
    The Boot Room was just mentioned on the ESPN telly broadcast.

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    James Tyler: Good question, Bil. It's 0-0 at present.

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    [Comment from BIL]
    Why don't we have a poll on how badly Everton will thump sunderland after halftime?

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    James Tyler: Both teams have had two real attacks, both teams have converted their chances. The rest has been a frustrating bore.

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    James Tyler: Arsenal goalkeepers. Can't say enough hilarious things about them. Meme-worthy.

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    James Tyler: Tweet questions, folks! 41st minute... Sir Ian Darke and Dr. Steve McManaman, esq will answer some. Use #FCBootroom to get 'em seen.

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    James Tyler: Would be, but he's not French.

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    [Comment from Jake]
    JT, is your three old on Wenger's January short-list then?

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    James Tyler: Arteta and Giroud combine on the free kick but the Frenchman heads over the bar. What rubbish. Giroud is awful. Seriously. Truly.

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD: Steve Sidwell, Fulham. Has a pop at Cazorla from the side. That's a no-no.

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    James Tyler: I think my three year old could have stopped it.

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    [Comment from The NY Kid]
    that goal is an embarrassment, I'm fairly certain that I could have stopped that

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    [Comment from Morty]
    Mannone is awful.

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    James Tyler: Some simply horrendous goalkeeping to fumble it in off his gloves.

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    James Tyler: It was that easy. Berbatov's delicate right flank cross after a nice run down the right is met by Kacaniklic in the middle. The angled downward header bounces and bobbles inside the far post and Vito Mannone does the rest.

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR FULHAM

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    James Tyler: My obvious BIAS says Anfield. But I had an amazing time at Carrow Road a couple of seasons ago. Try that for size.

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    [Comment from Toon]
    James being an American, I've been thinking if catching a game in England. Which park has the best atmosphere? St. James, Gooderson, Loftus....?

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    James Tyler: Southampton is leading 1-0 on yellow cards, Jay. Sorry to give false hope of an actual goal.

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    [Comment from Jay]
    Is it 1-0 for the Saints, or was it just a booking?

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    [Comment from Sean]
    hey! There warm!

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    James Tyler: There is a clear Pro-Puffy contingent in the Boot Room today.

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    [Comment from willie]
    puffy coats are very comfortable

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    James Tyler: Just under 10 minutes to half time. 2-1 Arsenal. Cottagers clearly reckon they can force a result, only they have little clue how to do it. Like just now, when Riether gets space down the right but can't deliver a decent cross for Berbatov at the back post.

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    James Tyler: Yes. It's "Kroenke chic."

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    [Comment from The NY Kid]
    do you think Arsene insists that they all wear those puffy coats on the bench?

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    James Tyler: NO. Just... NO.

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    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    JT, halftime activity: Predictions for Liverpool's January bid on Theo Walcott.

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD -- Southampton 1, Swansea 0 -- Schneiderlin's booked. Naughty. This is what it's come to. Three goals in 35 minutes of six games makes JT something-something.

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    James Tyler: Good cross by Kacaniklic requiring a powerful clearing header. Moments later, Steve Sidwell tries his best Steven Gerrard impression in spraying a long, Hollywood pass wide to the right for Berbatov, but it's massively overhit. Goal kick, Arsenal.

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage]
    Jelavic just over the bar on a nicely worked free kick from the right. Not sure if it's just the audio feed or what, but Goodison Park sounds dead today.

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    James Tyler: Everton update...

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    James Tyler: That too. But we must chat about something given the rank averageness of this game.

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    [Comment from charley]
    not a great comparison between wilshere and walcott...completely different sort of player

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    James Tyler: Fulham free kick wide on the right flank. Ruiz curls it in with his left food but Giroud nods clear.

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    James Tyler: Thanks, Baggies, for joining the goal party.

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Wigan 0, West Brom 1 -- Morrison, 29"

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    James Tyler: A very average game so far. Three goals from mistakes/laziness, neither side in any kind of stirring form.

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Theo Walcott, clearly participating in Movember.

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    James Tyler: Granted Walcott's best days are quite brilliant, but he has far more stinkers than Jack. Also, Wilshere missed approximately 17 years due to injury.

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    James Tyler: "Maybe."

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    [Comment from guest]
    walcott is better than wilshere on his best day imo

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    James Tyler: Dunno. Players suffer dips in form. It's inevitable. Look what happened to David Silva last season. Amazing, then anonymous.

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    [Comment from usarsenalfan]
    Cazorla started the season so brightly - any observation on his more recent performances?

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    James Tyler: Walcott drills it low but Berbatov hoofs it clear.

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    [Comment from BIL]
    Naismith has been subbed in for the leaguewinners.

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    [Comment from willie]
    mirallas off for everton

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    James Tyler: Santi Cazorla with a good run inside Sascha Riether, who has no choice but to haul the Spaniard down. Arsenal free-kick, left edge of the box. Too wide for a shot. Walcott to biff it into the mixer...

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    James Tyler: Berbatov, emboldened by his goal, tries one from the edge of the box following Riise's knockdown. On the volley he slashes it comfortably wide.

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    James Tyler: It was a soft goal. Charmin soft.

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    [Comment from Rawr]
    That goal was rather anti-climatic

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    James Tyler: Nah, was hit low, tough to get down to it especially as the ball was maybe 4 feet from him when Berba connected.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Mannone should have been able to punch clear.

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    James Tyler: ZONAL MARKING, THOU HATH FAILED US AGAIN.

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    James Tyler: Arsenal concede a soft corner and then lose Berba in the middle... the Bulgarian drifts off Sagna and directs a low header under Mannone's outstretched arm.

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    James Tyler: Out of nowhere... Dimitar Berbatov!

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR FULHAM

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    James Tyler: They're wonderful. Ex-Blackpool boss Ian Holloway in charge, Wilfried Zaha tearing it up...

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    [Comment from Bob]
    Crystal Palace is a team? I thought that was a monument in India...

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    James Tyler: Cardiff, Crystal Palace and Hull.

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    [Comment from Mark]
    Who do you think is getting promoted from the Championship JT

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    James Tyler: Worse than the endzone judge during Seattle v. Green Bay? I beg to differ, sir!

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    [Comment from Toon]
    Phil Dowd is the worst ref in all of sports

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    James Tyler: They're all 0-0 at the moment except this one, Jake. So it's your call. I think Southampton-Swansea ought to be good as it's last season's fun team vs. this season's lovable losers....

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    [Comment from Jake]
    What Prem match is the one to watch? Was watching Arsenal but looking for something decent now.

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    James Tyler: Indeed. And a nice outside-boot finish. Insouciant, even.

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    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    What a run by Podolski to get in front of the defender.

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    James Tyler: Really too simple. Too easy. Sloppy. Fulham clearly still asleep.

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    James Tyler: The proverbial "something from nothing." Sagna has a cross blocked, the follow-up pass is blocked by a Fulham player into Mikel Arteta's path. The ex-Everton man gets to the byline and cuts one back for Podolski to smash in from close range. Too easy. Martin Jol will be tearing his lack of hair out at that.

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    James Tyler: Lukas Podolski! It's maligned striker saturday, pt 2!

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR ARSENAL

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    James Tyler: Fulham's doing a fine job of killing it for them.

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    [Comment from Scott]
    Is Arsenal trying to kill the game already?

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    James Tyler: Richardson's off but no sub ready yet. Alex Kacaniklic warming up...

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    James Tyler: Pro Vercelli's losing 1-0 at home to Modena. Love me some Serie B.

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    James Tyler: Uh oh. Angled pass down the left flank for Kieran Richardson ends with the ex-Sunderland man pulling up lame. Hamstring pull, perhaps. Not great.

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    James Tyler: Anyone else need coffee? This game lacks an adrenaline buzz.

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    James Tyler: Sorry, the lack of Prem goals is forcing me to cast a wider net. Colchester's leading at Crewe Alexandra also. Big result in the making there.

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    James Tyler: GOAL! Cardiff City 1, Hull City 0 -- Heidar Helguson

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    James Tyler: Danny Welbeck and Raheem Sterling disagree.

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    [Comment from The NY Kid]
    Bacary Sagna - great hair, or greatest hair ever?

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    James Tyler: See: Barca v. Celtic on Wednesday.

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    [Comment from David]
    If Fulham m could move forward, they might do some damage.

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    James Tyler: Thank you for doing my job for me, Jan. Tweet questions. #FCBootroom. Darke & Macca should be ready to answer some.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Can we submit our halftime questions for Darke and Macca on here with #FCBootRoom

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    James Tyler: Goal's that way, Fulham (points to the left). 76% of the ball since Giroud's goal but you wouldn't know it as most passes have been between the Cottagers' back four.

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    James Tyler: Coquelin fouls in midfield. Fulham hardly out of this yet. Gunners weirdly content to let them have the ball inside the Arsenal half with little pressure.

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    James Tyler: Arsenal the only Prem team to score thus far today.

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    James Tyler: Holiday Fruit Cake. Like it.

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    [Comment from adam]
    Andy Carroll is like the EPL Holiday Fruit Cake..every team just keeps passing him on to the next team

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    James Tyler: Love it when BIL turns up. He's like a Toffee robot.

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    [Comment from BIL]
    EVERTON TO WIN EPL AND ARSENAL RELEGATED@@@

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    James Tyler: Despite his languid approach, Berbatov is having the better of Mertesacker early on. Fulham just unable to get a cross in despite good possession.

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    James Tyler: Nah. That bridge is burned at this point, sadly.

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    [Comment from James]
    JT - If you don't see Liverpool getting any money in January, what do you think the chances are that they make a move to bring back Carroll?

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    James Tyler: Good point.... except he's at Arsenal. Needs to try and assimilate.

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    [Comment from Scott]
    My amateur opinion on Giroud is he's trying too hard to play like an Arsenal player. Big guy like that needs to play big.

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    James Tyler: Yes. Too powerful though.

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    [Comment from Morty]
    did Schwarzer get a hand on that?

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    James Tyler: It's all Arsenal now. Podolski's delicate cross from the left is decent but no-one's there to meet it.

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    James Tyler: I'm the jinx-breaker.

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    [Comment from The NY Kid]
    JT, your prognostication skills are incredible.

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    James Tyler: Lovely header. Who cares how slow his feet are when he can head like that?

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    James Tyler: Corner lofted in and the Frenchman forces his way in to meet it at the near post, powering it into the top corner.

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    James Tyler: There he goes, proving me wrong.

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    James Tyler: GOAL! It's Giroud!

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    James Tyler: I've still not forgiven Riise for his own goal vs. Chelsea.

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    James Tyler: Coquelin plays Walcott in down the right side of the box but John Arne Riise blocks the cross out for a corner.

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    James Tyler: Gunners could do better if he does decide to leave. I think it's important from a symbolic standpoint -- if they can't placate a middling winger and convince him to stay, what chance do they have of snagging a bonafide all-world superstar to replace him?

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    [Comment from usarsenalfan]
    Importance of Arsenal keeping Walcott, JT?

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    James Tyler: Clever ball through by Richardson but Berbatov's offside.

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    James Tyler: Ha! He'll get very little, I bet. Sell to buy. January's bad value for transfers so I reckon any money he gets comes next summer.

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage]
    JT - how much money do you think Rogers will get to play with in the next transfer window? Huntelaar type cash? Falcao? Or more likely Steven Fletcher?

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    James Tyler: No goals in any of the Prem games as yet.

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    The #FCBootroom is now open... join @JamesTylerESPN for live chat of #AFCvFUL in #EPL. Tweet Q's for Ian Darke & Macca: soccernet.espn.go.com/feature/_/id/1…

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    James Tyler: Mild panic for Fulham as Walcott scampers to the touchline and belts in a low cross along the six-yard box. It almost reaches Giroud/Podolski before being whacked clear.

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    @PsyMar @RicardoLiraT D/M/Y makes much more sense...smallest to largest units. Sigh...

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    James Tyler: Sadly unable to partake today. Sorry.

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    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    Where's Roger?

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    James Tyler: Chance for Arsenal: Baird caught in possession and Giroud decides to have a crack from 30 yards. It's an airy drive that breezes into the crowd.

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    James Tyler: Sagna's cross is tantalizing enough but Schwarzer lurches off his line to catch it.

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    James Tyler: Early foul against Walcott on the right. Arsenal's turn to apply a bit of pressure.

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    James Tyler: Doesn't track back and Arsenal's 4-3-3 (well, any 4-3-3) requires that the front three work hard on both sides of the ball. Berba's an elegant front man but just don't expect him to tackle.

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    [Comment from Freddy]
    I wonder why Arsenal never tried to sign Berbatov. His class could have sure helped them.

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    James Tyler: I think they're better than generally lumping them in. Must clarify that it wasn't taken short, but hit short to the near post. Either way, still a rubbish outcome.

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    [Comment from andrew liverpool]
    i hate short corners doesnt work for me

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    James Tyler: Berbatov's onside down the right flank but Laurent Koscielny handles him well enough. Cuts out the ball in.

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    James Tyler: PMQs. Easy. Too easy.

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage]
    JT - which is better, a Presidential debate or PMQs?

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    James Tyler: Short corner aimed at Chris Baird but cleared.

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    James Tyler: Brede Hangeland and Mark Schwarzer exchanging some early passes. Game still yet to get goung. Good move down the flank with Hughes and Dejagah combining well with Ruiz... the Costa Rican striker has a first shot and it's deflected just wide. Corner for the Cottagers.

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    James Tyler: The USA. More entertaining by far.

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    [Comment from United fan in Texas]
    James -- Which is better: an election in America or the U.K.?

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    James Tyler: First two minutes and... nothing. Good. Fulham just settling in possession. Long ball intended for Berbatov but he's offside.

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    James Tyler: Fulham hasn't won at Arsenal in nearly 110 years. Surely Dimitar Berbatov cares not for such streaks.

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    James Tyler: We're underway at the Emirates!

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    James Tyler: ARSENAL: Mannone -- Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen -- Coquelin, Arteta, Cazorla -- Walcott, Podolski, Giroud.

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

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    James Tyler: Teams are ready for this one...

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    James Tyler: No. You don't ask your exes if they'd like to get married. Leave it be.

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    [Comment from Rawr]
    Since the Red Bulls got knocked out of the MLS playoffs, should Arsenal try to sign Henry to a short term loan?

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    James Tyler: Ha! Probably. These lads love proving me wrong.

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    [Comment from willie]
    So Giroud for a hat-trick JT?

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    James Tyler: Think it's due to all the new faces running the show. Song, Fabregas, RvP, Nasri out in a short span of time. Offense now runs through Arteta and Cazorla. Change in dynamic and it's taking a while to gel. This is expected, of course. But people get impatient.

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    [Comment from tree]
    Where do you think th"flatness" stems from for Arsenal?

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    [Comment from chicagooner]
    Szczesny, Ramsey, and the Ox all making returns to the bench for Arsenal. That's almost more encouraging than anything (although Mannone has put in some decent shifts)

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    James Tyler: That said, still early in his Gunners career, etc etc etc #Caveats

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    James Tyler: I don't think he's bad, per se Kevin... just not sure he was the right man to replace RvP. Two different players with different strengths. Giroud feels a bit like Andy Carroll did at LFC: bit too slow to fit with the kind of passing/penetration the midfield was trying to execute. He's chewing gum on the sole of the shoe.

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    [Comment from Kevin]
    Giroud isn't as bad as his stats suggest. He's slow but he separates himself in the box frequently. Arsenal are either horrible crossers, or still used to putting it in for RVP

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    Arsenal-Fulham starting now on ESPN2. Fulham's 3-game unbeaten streak in series is its longest ever vs Arsenal.

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    James Tyler: If Spurs can do it at Old Trafford, right? I like that kind of optimism.

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    [Comment from Steve]
    Villa...........Time for a surprise there.....!

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    James Tyler: /adjusts betting slip at last minute

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    [Comment from Sean]
    Al-Habsi injured during warm-up and won't start for Wigan

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    James Tyler: What about today's late game? Villa v. Man United? Think Fergie pads his lead atop the Prem?

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    James Tyler: I fully expect to be wrong about all of them. The predicting biz is tough.

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    James Tyler: Other predictions from me: Everton to decimate Sunderland, Norwich grabs a point at Reading, Swans win at Southampton.

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    James Tyler: Really? Everyone loved him at United, too. Just didn't show his skill enough. Wasn't able to.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Amazing how much opinions will change about a player when he's transferred to a new club.

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    James Tyler: No, I honestly don't. 8-10.

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    [Comment from Fadi Manuel]
    JT, Do you see Giroud scoring 15 goals in the EPL this season?

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    James Tyler: FULHAM: Schwarzer -- Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise -- Dejagah, Baird, Sidwell, Richardson -- Ruiz, Berbatov.

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    James Tyler: Mannone -- Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen -- Coquelin, Arteta, Cazorla -- Walcott, Podolski, Giroud.

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    James Tyler: ARSENAL LINEUP...

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    James Tyler: All this Berba love is bringing a tear to my eye. Good way to start the morning.

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    [Comment from Cris]
    Arsenal could have gone for Berba rather than Giroud. Hold up play and control are unmatched. And he is the typical "fox in the box"

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    [Comment from Littlefoot]
    I find it much more amusing that he learned English from The Godfather

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    James Tyler: Arsenal 2, Fulham 1. Late winner, too.

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    [Comment from Kai]
    ur predictions JT? i see arsenal draw

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    James Tyler: SOUTHAMPTON (v. Swansea): Gazzaniga, Clyne, Yoshida, Schneiderlin, Fonte, Lambert, Ramirez, Cork, Lallana, Shaw, Puncheon.

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    James Tyler: SWANSEA (v. Southampton): Tremmel, Williams, Britton, Michu, Hernandez, Routledge, Monk, De Guzman, Rangel, Ki, Davies.

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    James Tyler: Don't mock the Berba. He is a man of high culture and supreme class.

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    @RicardoLiraT Sorry about that. We do W-L-T in the U.S. Don't really know why. Just the way it is. I admit that W-D-L makes more sense.

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage]
    I find this moderately amusing (From Wikipedia) - "Berbatov learned to speak English by watching the American Godfather series of films; outside of football, he lists his hobbies as drawing and basketball." Drawing?!?

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    James Tyler: WIGAN (v. West Brom): Al-Habsi -- Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa -- Boyce, McCarthy, Watson, Beausejour -- Kone, Di Santo, Maloney.

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    James Tyler: WBA (v. Wigan): Myhill, Olsson, Yacob, Ridgewell, Morrison, Long, Brunt, Lukaku, Mulumbu, McAuley, Jones.

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    James Tyler: Anyone reckon Sunderland can get a result at Everton? They are less successful than Karl Rove in the polling booth. #PoliticalJoke

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    [Comment from willie]
    Norwich over Reading 5-1

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    [Comment from Tim]
    4-2 Arsenal

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    [Comment from Nick]
    2-1 Arsenal. Cazorla and Giroud. Sidwell with a late consolation.

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    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    My pessimism knows no bounds today. Fulham 2, Arsenal 0. Berbatov with a couple daggers.

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    [Comment from Outside Mid]
    I think Wenger is cuddle proof myself.

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    James Tyler: Still too early to be talking about races, Cris. But certainly great importance to players, managers, etc. Fans. The poor fans. Won't someone think about them?

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    [Comment from Cris]
    Arsenal are the underdogs in this match, so it seems. Also, both teams are on 15 points. Important points in the race.

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    James Tyler: EVERTON (v. Sunderland): Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines, Mirallas, Osman, Neville, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic.

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    James Tyler: SUNDERLAND (v. Everton): Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose, Johnson, Larsson, Colback, McClean, Fletcher, Sessegnon.

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    James Tyler: We'll have Chelsea v. Liverpool in the Boot Room, yes. Sorry to Man City supporters that like waking up early on a Sunday.

  •  

    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage]
    Boot room for tomorrow's matches?

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    A draw or loss today for Arsenal gives the Gunners their worst-ever 11-game start to a Premier League season.

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    [Comment from gooner]
    Arsenal 3 - Fulham 1 ... Walcott gets 2.

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    James Tyler: Predictions?

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    James Tyler: Thank you, stand-in Statsie. Good thing to note heading into today's game.

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    [Comment from Nick]
    Fulham is 0-22-4 to Arsenal away in all competitions? Ouch.

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    James Tyler: See, I personally think Wenger's bulletproof. He keeps the boardroom happy, nothing else matters.

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    [Comment from benji]
    arsenal was at this point last year and I don't remember this being a do or die situation.

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    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    "Is Fulham over Arsenal really an upset?" - Me and every other Arsenal supporter

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    James Tyler: STOKE (v. QPR): Begovic, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Cameron, Nzonzi, Walters, Whelan, Charlie Adam, Etherington, Crouch.

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    James Tyler: Oh really? Tell us exactly when.

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    [Comment from oladele ABIODUN]
    I foresee the end of Arsene in Arsenal

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    James Tyler: NORWICH (v. Reading): Ruddy, Whittaker, Turner, Bassong, Garrido, Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Holt.

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    James Tyler: READING (v. Norwich): Federici, Gunter, Morrison, Gorkss, Shorey, McCleary, Leigertwood, Tabb, McAnuff, Roberts, Hunt.

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    James Tyler: Will whip through some other lineups while we settle in for Arsenal v. Fulham...

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    James Tyler: If Berbatov is in the mood, anything can happen. The man oozes class.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    you think fulham can pull off the upset today?

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    James Tyler: Will have lineups for all the 10 a.m. Prem games soon.

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    James Tyler: Not sure I can handle the pressure!

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    James Tyler: Oh boy, Morty. I wish I hadn't known this...

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    [Comment from Morty]
    Howdy JT. Matchday is "out of capacity" you are the only game in town! This is your chance to prove your superiority (which I have no doubt of).

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    James Tyler: Fair enough. Good morning, good afternoon, good evening and good night. And good luck, if you're an Arsenal fan.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Good morning JT. Although I feel like I should say "Good afternoon" since it's 2:30 for me.

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    James Tyler: The Boot Room's open again. What a thrilling morning awaits. Arsenal vs. Fulham. And other games. Catch the excitement.

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    James Tyler: Morning all!

 
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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Arsenal

  • 14(6)

  • 23

  • 11

  • 56%

    44%

  • Fulham

  • 11(5)

  • 14

  • 12

Match Stats

  • Arsenal
  • Fulham
14(6) Shots (on goal) 11(5)
11 Fouls 12
8 Corner kicks 6
1 Offsides 5
56% Time of Possession 44%
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
2 Saves 3