Gunners record another stalemate

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Misfiring Arsenal failed to find the net for the fourth straight Barclays Premier League game, as their clash with Fulham ended goalless at Emirates Stadium.

Robin van Persie was twice denied by Mark Schwarzer from close range in the first half, the inspired Fulham goalkeeper also saving well from Abou Diaby and Andrei Arshavin after the restart.

Fulham, though, were anything but negative - and had come close to taking an early lead through Andrew Johnson.

With no dedicated strike partner for Van Persie in the side, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger pushed Samir Nasri into a more attacking role.

It was Fulham, though, playing with two up front, who created the first opening when Johnson dragged a shot narrowly wide. Midfielder Simon Davies then beat the Arsenal offside trap, but fired his effort over the crossbar.

Johnson should have put the visitors ahead when he was released by a knockdown from Bobby Zamora and with a brilliant touch turned marker Kolo Toure, however he slipped the ball wide.

A brilliant reaction save from Schwarzer denied Van Persie, whose bullet header came from Arshavin's chip across the six-yard box.

Arshavin fired an angled shot over after being played in on the right, while at the other end Danny Murphy drilled a shot just over the angle of post and bar.

Van Persie threatened with two headers early in the second half, one finding the roof of the net and the next shaving a post.

Schwarzer kept out Diaby's header with his legs before tipping a fierce drive from Arshavin behind. Arsenal continued to press but the full-time reaction around the Emirates Stadium told its own story.

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Robin Van Persie
Mark Schwarzer
Bobby Zamora
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Kolo Toure
Simon Davies
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Vassiriki Abou Diaby
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