Cazorla puts the Gunners ahead  (©GettyImages)
Cazorla puts the Gunners ahead (©GettyImages).

Cazorla double keeps Arsenal top

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A brace from Spanish midfielder, Santi Cazorla helped Arsenal remain at the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win over London rivals, Fulham.

The first goal came in the 57th minute after Cazorla linked up well with Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere to side foot in the opener before the hour mark.

The second goal came five minutes later in the 62nd minute when the Spaniard capitalised on a failed clearance from 20 yards out a fired a low shot into the corner of the net to seal the victory for the Gunners.

Arsenal almost scored a third goal when substitute Lukas Podolski's fantastic left-footed shot was tipped onto the crossbar by Fulham goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

However the game was not a walk in the park for Arsenal like many had expected. Fulham started the game frustrating the Arsenal front line with the Fulham defence doing very well to defend efforts from Mesut Özil and Giroud.

Fulham almost took the lead when Steve Sidewell's fantastic volley in the first half was tipped onto the woodwork by Wojciech Szczesny.

The Polish keeper was called into action moments later after Fulham midfielder Alexander Kacaniklic went through on goal - but the young goalkeeper did well to cover the ball.

With Manchester City winning 4-1 at home to Cardiff City, the win against Fulham was vital for Arsenal's title challenge who remain top the Premier League table on 51 points, whilst title rivals Manchester City have 50 points

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