Sunday's Premier League as it happened (8 December)

Everton hold leaders Arsenal to a 1-1 draw in the Premier League while Fulham beat Aston Villa.

8 December 2013 Last updated at 12:10

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  1. 1841: 

    High praise indeed from Mikel Arteta. You can see what the Match of the Day 2 pundits think about Everton's performance when they grace your television screens at 2230 GMT tonight. It's time for me to sign off now, thanks for all your contributions this weekend. Good night.

  2. 1841: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Arsenal 1-1 Everton
    Mikel Arteta

    Arsenal's ex-Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta: "It was a really tough game, a really high tempo game. They dominated the first 35 minutes or so but after that we had three clear chances.

    "In the second half we were the better side. Everton are the best side we have faced this season in the Premier League.

    "They been getting results because they are doing things right. They have a good mix of players and are hard to deal with."

  3. 1836: 
    COMING UP- Arsenal 1-1 Everton

    After beating Manchester United and holding Arsenal, both away from home, Everton will hope they don't slip up next weekend when Fulham visit Goodison Park. They also play Swansea and Sunderland before Christmas.

  4. 1834: 
    COMING UP- Arsenal 1-1 Everton

    It doesn't get any easier for Arsenal following today's tough examination. They visit Napoli in midweek before travelling to Manchester City next weekend. Throw in a clash with Chelsea on 23 December and there's still a long way to go before Arsenal get that much-coveted Christmas number one spot.

  5. 1830: 
    HOW'S STAT?- Arsenal 1-1 Everton

    Arsenal have equalled their points total (35) after 15 matches from the last time they won the Premier League in 2003-04. Only in 2007-08 (37 points) have they had more at this stage of a PL season.

    Everton have lost only one of their opening 15 top-flight matches, their best record since they went the opening 19 matches of the 1978/79 season unbeaten.

    Gerard Deulofeu's goal was the 50th by a Spanish player in the Premier League in 2013. Only players from England (254), France (69) and Belgium (63) have scored more in this calendar year.

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    Adrian, in London, via text: Martinez is proving that not all managers need an "adjustment period" when filling the shoes of a long serving and successful manager. Absolute class.

    Hannah via text: Loan signings have been influential for Everton but our squad as a whole and our new manager are talented. Our best players today were permanent: Jagielka, Barkley, McCarthy and Coleman. We want top four, and based on this week, we can get it!

    Raja, in Buckingham, via text: What a game by the best two footballing sides in the league. Arsenal for the title and Everton top 4 finish. England need to play a midfield trio of Wilshere, Gerrard and Barkley - that would be deadly against any opposition in the World Cup.

  7. 1825: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Arsenal 1-1 Everton
    Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "Overall, we have to congratulate Everton as they played very well and started better but, saying that, Tim Howard made three excellent saves.

    "We regret we were 1-0 up and couldn't keep a clean sheet. We were caught a bit on the flanks. This team has a fantastic attitude and response always. They give everything. We know we have quality and at least we took a point.

    "There is always room for improvement. The three points would have been better but attitude and quality of players is there and is a good basis for improvement.

    "It was quality game with two teams who tried to play in an attacking way. It was an enjoyable game played in an enjoyable spirit."

  8. 1822: 
    MATCH STATS- Arsenal 1-1 Everton

    Here's the action areas from today's game at the Emirates. So while Everton dominated possession, Arsenal did enjoy more time in their opponent's penalty area.

    Arsenal 1-1 Everton
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    Jack via text: The Barkley/Wilshere debate is easily solved. Take both to Brazil and leave Cleverley behind.

    Shahid via text: To be a team of winners you need to put your body on the line in any instance. Something that Gibbs just doesn't do. Fair result though.

    Jamie, in London, via text: Disappointed not to see the game out with a win, we'll need to do better in the future if we want to be champions. But Everton are a real force in the league this season. A fair result.

  10. 1818: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Arsenal 1-1 Everton
    Roberto Martinez

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "The first half performance was as good as it can be from an away side at the Emirates, to take the sting out of the game and stop Arsenal playing and creating a threat.

    "Their goal came from nothing but to display the character and come back to score with a goal of that quality was fitting for a game of that standard.

    "It is a good example of how we have been working to get in positions where we can win at Manchester United and come to the Emirates and get a draw. We are still learning and developing."

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    Ramesh Bala: Everton definitely a top four team. When Wenger decides to put his feet up, Arsenal must try and get Martinez.

    Prateek Ghei: Cheer up Gunners! This Everton side are the real deal. They will take points off everyone in the top four.

    Jacob Whitehead: Really pleased we're doing better than this time last year, and also that Martinez is making our style much prettier.

  12. 1812: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Arsenal 1-1 Everton
    Ross Barkley

    Everton midfielder Ross Barkley: "I thought the draw was a fair result, it was end-to-end and we had as many chances as them. I couldn't be enjoying it (football) any more. This season's going well for me."

  13. 1809: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Arsenal 1-1 Everton

    Everton defender Phil Jagielka: "I thought we played well and were more than value for draw in the end. I think you are looking at two good footballing teams and when one has it it is quite difficult to get it back. Hope and realism are two different things. We'd love to win the league but at the moment we are just looking to keep in touch with the top four."

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    Michael Dunthorne: If the choice is between Wilshere and Barkley for the World Cup, Roy has only one choice...Barkley all day.

    Belete Eshetea: Coming from an Arsenal fan, Barkley, what a player.

    Edmund Emiowei: Arsenal fan, but so, so impressed by Everton - neither side deserved to lose. Best two teams in the league for me.

  15. 1806: 
    WILSHERE v BARKLEY- Arsenal 1-1 Everton

    Wondering who came out on top in the battle between the two young England midfielders? Well, Ross Barkley's passing accuracy was slightly better than Jack Wilshere's (79.3/78.8) and he won five free-kicks compared to Wilshere's two. Going forward the Everton man created three opportunities for his side while Wilshere made just one chance.

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    Craig via text: re Said [1750] the Everton team are strongly influenced by loans. They are playing fantastic football but where will they be next year? Are they going to sign Messi on loan in January? Martinez stock is up. Good game. Fair result.

    Andrew, Kent, via text: Everton have done wonders getting Lukaku, Deulofeu and Barry on loan. If Everton get top four then I could see them buying some top players on a permanent basis next summer and becoming regulars in that top four.

    Dan, in Oxford, via text: If Everton continue to get results, will Chelsea recall Lukaku and City likewise with Barry?

  17. 1800: 
    MATCH STATS- Arsenal 1-1 Everton

    Not many teams go to the Emirates and enjoy more possession against Arsenal. Everton did that today though...

    Arsenal 1-1 Everton
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    Chris Brown: Superb game. I'm happy with a point. We were outplayed in first half. Still top of the league and a difficult hurdle overcome.

    Chris Fleming: A fair result all things considered. We're still a deserved five points clear but fair play to Martinez; great style.

    Matthew Penistone: The draw is very much the right result. Quality from both sides. Everton will get more credit but both are very good teams.

    Kevin Kilbane at Emirates StadiumArsenal 1-1 Everton
    Arsenal v Everton

    "It's a fair result. If anyone was the better team it was probably just about Everton. Arsenal created the better chances but Everton can leave with their heads high. It was a wonderful equaliser.

    "As soon as Arsenal got the goal the Everton mentality changed. When they got the equaliser Everton looked like the only team that was going to score.

    "Arsenal showed resilience today. They didn't have the possession but they still created chances."

  20. 1755: 
    HOW IT STANDS- Arsenal 1-1 Everton

    So Arsenal extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to five points. Everybody likes to have a cushion for Christmas - Arsene's likely to get one.

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  21. 1751: 
    FULL-TIME- Arsenal 1-1 Everton

    Wow, what a game that was - it certainly lived up to its pre-match billing. On the balance of play, both sides deserved a point for their enterprising approach to the game. I just wish we could have another 45 minutes of it.

  22. 1751: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Arsenal 1-1 Everton

    An unbelievable end-to-end finish here - Olivier Giroud spins 30 yards out and cracks a shot against the crossbar with Tim Howard well beaten. That arrowed towards goal faster than a Mitchell Johnson bouncer.

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    Said: This Everton side knows what they want. A balanced team where every player knows his role.

    Varuth Kuonsongtham: Indeed a new Gerard has arrived on Merseyside.

    Robin Thomas: Martinez is such a talented manager. With PSG waiting in the wings, could he be in home dugout at the Emirates next year?

  24. 1750: 
    Arsenal 1-1 Everton

    Neither side wants to settle for a point here - Romelu Lukaku muscling through from the halfway line and taking aim from 25 yards. It ends up in Row Z, but the striker is applauded by his manager for his endeavour.

  25. 1748: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 1-1 Everton

    Arsenal go close again, this time Mathieu Flamini failing to connect with a high but loose ball in the box. Instead he takes out Everton defender Phil Jagielka.

    Arsenal 1-1 Everton

    Manchester City defender Micah Richards on Twitter: I think Coleman is as fit as Milner! What a game this is! Class player. Barry most underrated player I've seen."

  27. 1746: 
    YELLOW CARD- Arsenal 1-1 Everton

    Gerard Deulofeu is running rings around Arsenal now as he plays a sublime ball through for Romelu Lukaku but the Belgian just fails to apply a finishing touch before Wojciech Szczesny rushes from his goal. Moments later, Deulofeu goes into the book for pulling back Tomas Rosicky as Arsenal try to counter-attack.

    Kevin Kilbane at the EmiratesArsenal 1-1 Everton

    "What a goal and what an end to a game this is. It was a wonderful goal for Deulofeu, what a strike. Substitutes had a hand in both goals."

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  29. 1740: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 1-1 Everton - Gerard Deulofeu (84 mins)

    The boy from Barca has magic in his feet. Gerard Deulofeu will take all the credit but Ross Barkley also played his part in the build-up to Everton's equaliser by skipping past a couple of challenges before spreading the ball out wide. From the resulting centre, Romelu Lukaku fails to connect with an overhead kick but Deulofeu is in the right place to dance around the ball and smash home from 10 yards out. Class.

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    Saikat: Flamini has been tremendous in leadership since the first game of his second coming.

    Hanreal: Can any Arsenal fan disagree with the fact that Barkley is better than Wilshere?

    Mark Adamson: Lukaku's a quality player but he's very demonstrative when things don't go his way. Will it hold him back in the future?

    Kevin Kilbane at the EmiratesArsenal 1-0 Everton

    "It was a great finish and there could have been a penalty as well to decide on. It's a huge goal for Arsenal."

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  32. 1736: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 1-0 Everton - Mesut Ozil (80 mins)

    The type of goal which marks out a team as potential champions. After seeing their opponents spurn two good chances at the other end, Arsenal go into the lead.

    Tomas Rosicky picks out fellow substitute Theo Walcott with a raking ball to the far post, and after Olivier Giroud fails to convert the drag-back Mesut Ozil fires into the roof of the net.

  33. 1733: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Gerard Deulofeu, the 19-year-old who is on loan from Barcelona and ripped apart Stoke City last weekend, comes on for Kevin Mirallas.

  34. 1736: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Perhaps they won't! Romelu Lukaku plays in Kevin Mirallas who goes through the gears and beats the Arsenal defenders for pace before having a shot deflected wide. Moments later, Mirallas lifts the ball into the box and Sylvain Distin heads wide from six yards. Two great opportunities.

  35. 1734: 
    YELLOW CARD- Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Perhaps Everton will settle for a draw now, considering Tim Howard has just been booked for time-wasting...

  36. 1732: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Mathieu Flamini is fired up. When the ball goes out of play, the French midfielder fist-pumps the air as he asks the home support to raise it a notch. Good passion.

    Kevin Kilbane at Emirates StadiumArsenal 0-0 Everton

    "All three Arsenal players that came off had disappointed. Apart from the Ramsey chance that was created for him by Ozil he did have a poor game. Osman can play in a few different positions and it will be like for like with Pienaar.

    "With the attacking players on show here you still couldn't rule anything out. Flamini's was a big chance and it was a good effort."

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  38. 1729: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Arsenal are coming on strong now, with Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud linking up for Mathieu Flamini to whistle an angled daisy-cutter past the post.

  39. 1727: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    With just 20 minutes to go, Leon Osman comes on for Steven Pienaar - the ex-Spurs midfielder being booed from the Emirates turf by the home supporters. Guess what? He has also scored in the past in this fixture. I can see where the two managers are going with this one...

  40. 1725: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Arsene Wenger has seen enough, making a triple substitution and sending on Mathieu Flamini, Tomas Rosicky and Theo Walcott for Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere. What have those three subs got in common? They have all previously scored against Everton...

  41. 1724: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Wojciech Szczesny has his palms warmed as Ross Barkley lets fly from outside the box. Surely this game can't end 0-0?

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    Fred Simon: Anyone who has inherited a terrible club from their parents should be allowed to glory support their second team.

    John Fuller: Second team is Arsenal, classy club classy style of play. More importantly they rarely come into conflict with Bristol Rovers!

    Emily Martin: I'm a Liverpool fan with nothing against Everton. I think most LFC fans hate Manchester United more than our Merseyside rivals.

    Kevin Kilbane Emirates StadiumArsenal 0-0 Everton

    "Howard Webb does an excellent job. It's hard for a referee to go through a game unnoticed but he does it time and again. He's so consistent. Lukaku has been lacklustre in possession. He hasn't shown his dominance and he's probably been the weak link when they've attacked."

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    Howard Webb
  44. 1718: 
    YELLOW CARD- Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    That's James McCarthy in the book for a high challenge which leaves Aaron Ramsey in a crumpled heap on the pitch. The Toffees midfielder will miss his side's next match.

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    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    I don't know if it's the positions he takes up or whether he just has an extra yard upstairs, but Ross Barkley always amazes me with the space he seems to have when in possession.

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    Matt via text: I agree with Craig [1701]. Being a Liverpool fan, my second team are Everton - though for different reasons. I just really love Leighton Baines to almost obsessive levels, so at the moment I'm not too pleased at Oviedo's success.

    Ross, in Lanarkshire, via text: First team is Hamilton Accies and second team has got to be Everton with McCarthy and the fact Martinez was at Motherwell, which is still local to me.

    Andrew, Chelsea season ticket hold in London, via text: What is a second team?!

  47. 1713: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    These two are slugging it out at both ends now - Tim Howard denying Aaron Ramsey from 12 yards after the Welsh midfielder had been picked out by Kieran Gibbs.

  48. 1712: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    We might have been talking about goal of the season right now if it wasn't for Wojciech Szczesny. The Pole dives full length to beat away Steven Pienaar's 25-yard shot after the South African had been teed up by Ross Barkley's wonderful little flick. Class.

  49. 1709: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Dreamy stuff from Arsenal as Mesut Ozil plays a glorious pass to the back stick and Jack Wilshere helps it into the six-yard box but Santi Cazorla heads straight at a grateful Tim Howard.

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    Abdullah: There's only one reason why Everton are most peoples's second team, Martinez. You just can't hate him!

    Thomas Cottrell: As a Chelsea fan my second team has to be Vitesse Arnhem, currently sitting on top in the Dutch league.

    Adil: Has to be Liverpool. Dad supported them and tried to get me on their side but the force of Arsenal was too strong.

  51. 1705: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Arsenal do look as though they are getting to grips with this match now, Santi Cazorla winning a corner which ends with Kieran Gibbs having a speculative pop from outside the box. But not before Mesut Ozil had left Sylvain Distin on his bum.

    Kevin Kilbane at Emirates StadiumArsenal 0-0 Everton

    "Arsenal had those two good chances at the end of the first half and Everton have played really well without creating the chances."

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    Sean Williamson: My second team is Stranraer. First time I went they won 7-1, cracking town, and pubs everywhere!

    Weston Mberikwazvo: As a Man United fan my second team is one with a lot of former Man United players and this season it's Sunderland for me.

    Craig Stewart: East Stirling are my second team. Every season they prop up Scottish football so seeing them win is rather quite enjoyable.

  54. 1702: 
    KICK-OFF- Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Can Everton continue to play at such an high intensity or will Arsenal's class shine through? Let's find out....

  55. 1701: 

    Wow, you must be in the minority there Craig...[see text below]

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    Chris via text: I'm an Arsenal fan but my second team is AFC Wimbledon simply because of the way they brought Wimbledon FC back from the dead.

    Titus, in London, via text: Tottenham, Tottenham reserves - third team Inverness Caley Thistle. I lived up that way for a while & actually played on the old Caledonian pitch.

    Craig, in Liverpool, via text: Everton are my second favourite team. I'm a Liverpool fan but both teams represent my home city. If Liverpool can't do well I'd rather Everton did than any other team, although I don't think many other fans would agree with me!

    Ian Wright Q and A

    Ian Wright will be answering questions over on the 606 social media channels, during half-time.

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    MANAGER REACTION- Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa
    Paul Lambert

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "We never deserved to win the game but I'm disappointed at some of the decisions. I thought their penalty wasn't one whereas ours when Gabriel Agbonlahor was brought down was a spot-kick.

    "I thought referee Mike Dean's performance was poor. I still don't think we did enough to win the game.

    "We never got going but couldn't fault the lads for effort. I'm honest enough to feel we didn't deserve to win."

    MANAGER REACTION- Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen: "I couldn't have asked for more. I asked the lads to build on the performance of last Wednesday in the 2-1 defeat by Spurs.

    "We got what we deserved against Villa. No matter where you are every point is important. We needed to re-establish confidence back in the team and there is no better way to do that than with a win.

    "I told the lads it is hard work and sheer commitment we are going to need to turn it around and to use this win as a platform for the games coming up."

  60. 1650: 

    What a cracking first-half of football that was. I hope the second is as good. Here's some reaction from the day's early kick-off...

    Kevin Kilbane at the EmiratesArsenal 0-0 Everton

    "Everton have played really well for 40 minutes but in the last five Arsenal have come into it and created the two best chances of the match."

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  62. 1646:  
    Match of the Day's Guy Mowbray at the EmiratesHALF-TIME- Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    "Howard Webb was having to take the heat out of this one as we approached half-time because it was beginning to get a little bit tetchy. That said, I could have had that half go on a good 15 or 20 minutes more. No goals, but so much to keep your eyes on. I'm sure we'll get some.

    "Tim Howard has been fantastic to save at the feet of Giroud and then Ramsey, but take nothing away from Everton, they have more than played their part."

  63. 1646: 
    YELLOW CARD- Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    In the build-up to Giroud's last chance, Gareth Barry smashed into Mesut Ozil and was subsequently booked. I wish the big man was as quick to reduce the Germany playmaker when he was being skinned by Ozil at the last World Cup in the build-up to Thomas Muller's goal. Germany's fourth.

  64. 1643: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    They might be second-best, but this Arsenal team are not top of the league for no reason. Jack Wilshere plays Olivier Giroud through on goal but the French striker is ruled offside. Moments later, Giroud is again sent scampering clear but Tim Howard races from his line to deny the Gunners.

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    Mark Schumann: Has anyone gone to the Emirates and dominated for such a prolonged period this season? Arsenal are being out-gunned.

    Sudhir Chaturvedi: Everton are bossing the game v Arsenal. Kudos to Martinez. I think he could get even Barca to play better football.

    Peter Steele: Even as a Liverpool fan I can't deny I'm enjoying watching this Everton side play right now. Not enjoying the winning though.

  66. 1640: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    There's a break in play while Jack Wilshere receives treatment on his ankles, which Seamus Coleman took a little nibble at. Arsene Wenger is furious with the challenge, but the midfielder seems fine to carry on.

    Kevin Kilbane at the EmiratesArsenal 0-0 Everton

    "Arsenal just can't get going at the moment and Everton are dominating possession like very few teams have done here over the years. They want to create chances for their possession but it sends out a message to Arsenal, that they can take the game to them."

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  68. 1637: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    It's also interesting to note how all of Everton's attacks are built from the back - goalkeeper Tim Howard is given freedom to play the ball on the deck while the two centre-halves are pushing up to the centre circle as they squeeze Arsenal back.

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    We're asking who your second team is...

    Alistair Lowe: Crewe Alexandra, the focus on youngsters and always enjoyed a good pie at Gresty Road.

    Lewis Cole: Cardiff fan but second team has to be Newcastle, so unpredictable it's incredible and everyone secretly loves Pards!

    Paul Cumming: As an Everton fan my second team is Everton Reserves.

  70. 1633: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is sat in the stands alongside Edgar Davids. Imagine if he was leading the line for this current Gunners team?

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    Sarah: My second team is always whoever Ian Holloway is managing. So I'm at a bit of a loose end right now.

    Joe Thompson: I think Guy is mostly right, except I doubt Everton are many Liverpool fans second favourite.

    Ronnie: Everton have always been my second team. Well run club and very consistent too. As a United fan any enemy of Liverpool is a friend of mine!

  72. 1628: 
    BREAKING NEWS- Arsenal draw Tottenham in FA Cup third round

    What do you make of that, Gunners fans? A north London derby to kick off the new year...


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  73. 1628: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Better from Arsenal as Santi Cazorla, who always enjoys this time of year, drives a low cross into the box which narrowly evades the onrushing Kieran Gibbs.

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    Paul Mansell: After Arsenal, my new second team is Cardiff as a result of their incredible respect for Rambo [Aaron Ramsey] who scored twice against them.

    Peter Collins: Aldershot fan. Second team Arsenal. They are fun to watch, even if it is usually self-destructing!

    Dom Daniells: My favourite second team is Swansea because they play some sensational football at times

    Kevin Kilbane at the EmiratesArsenal 0-0 Everton

    "James McCarthy started quietly at Everton but now he really looks like being the enforcer we expected him to be. He's done a really good job at winning it back quickly whenever they give the ball away high up the pitch."

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  76. 1625: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Arsenal can't get the ball off Everton, who are constantly pressing the Gunners back into their own half.

  77. 1623: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Still Everton pour forward, Ross Barkley skipping past Mikel Arteta in the centre circle and finding Kevin Mirallas but the Belgian winger fires high, wide and not very handsomely into Row Z.

  78. 1621: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Romelu Lukaku has been quiet so far despite Everton's bright start. I suspect part of the reason for Chelsea loaning him out to Everton was for games like this. They want him to bloody a few big noses up at the top.

    Match of the Day's Guy Mowbray at the Emirates

    "Everton are quickly becoming everyone's favourite second team - much like Kevin Keegan's Newcastle side once were."

    Do you agree with Guy? Who is your second team and why?

  80. 1616: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Everton win a free-kick 30 yards from goal but, instead of lumping it into the mixer, they move the ball crisply into the penalty area before the move breaks down and Arsenal frantically clear the ball. One straight from the training ground.

  81. 1613: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Incidentally, England manager Roy Hodgson might want to do a scouting report on Bryan Oviedo soon considering the left-back could play against the Three Lions for Costa Rica in the World Cup.

  82. 1612: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Bryan Oviedo, Everton's match-winner against Manchester United, has licence again tonight as another good cross from the left is cut out by the Arsenal defence before Ross Barkley's shot is deflected wide. A cracking start for the Toffees.

  83. 1610: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    With Arsenal also showing signs of slipping into their sharp passing game, we could be set for a classic here. Remember, Arsenal could go seven points clear at the top if they win this evening. Three points for Everton would see the Toffees go second, level on points with Liverpool and Chelsea. Plenty at stake.

    Kevin Kilbane at the EmiratesArsenal 0-0 Everton

    "Seamus Coleman has been the best right-back in the Premier League since the turn of the year and that's why Arsenal and other clubs have been linked with him.

    "Everton are so threatening on the break and they're such quick breaks. They look a real threat."

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    To see a gallery of images from Sunday's Premier League action go to the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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    Ed Stockton: I don't get why people keep doubting Arsenal's ability to keep this up. Their midfield is mighty and Podolski is back soon.

    Mark: Really fed up of this nonsense that Arsenal haven't beaten top teams. Spurs, Liverpool, Napoli and Dortmund not enough?

  87. 1606: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    The Toffees have started at a high tempo, Kevin Mirallas getting free down the right and pulling the ball back for Romelu Lukaku but the cross was just behind the Belgian striker and the Gunners get away unscathed.

  88. 1604: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Everton are not going to sit back and admire Arsenal this afternoon - launching raid after raid down either flank as both Bryan Oviedo and Seamus Coleman bomb on from the full-back positions.

  89. 1602: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    It's Ross Barkley against Jack Wilshere in the midfield engine room. Which England player will win the battle?

  90. 1600: 
    KICK-OFF- Arsenal v Everton (1600 GMT)

    We're under way at the Emirates, where I'm expecting a cracker. Let's see what materialises.

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    Owen Canon via text: Why is so much focus on Arsenal beating the "top teams" when the "top teams" can't do the job in games they should be winning?

    Paul via text: Keep doubting Arsenal folks. Best team in the league right now no matter what so called "experts" think. They can keep their biased opinions, we don't care.

    Alan Green, BBC Radio 5 live at the EmiratesArsenal v Everton (1600 GMT)

    "Arsenal can win the league but I don't think they will. I may revise my opinion after December because they've got Manchester City away, then Chelsea at home and then West Ham and Newcastle away. Even West Ham, they were nitty gritty yesterday and that will be particularly so in a London derby. Arsenal have a tricky run of fixtures coming up."

  93. 1556: 
    Arsenal v Everton (1600 GMT)

    Big news from the Emirates, where Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard is clean-shaven. The beard is gone.

  94. 1555: 
    Arsenal v Everton (1600 GMT)

    The Everton players have been hanging around in the Emirates tunnel for the last two or three minutes waiting for Arsenal to appear. Keen as mustard.

  95. 1555: 
    MANAGER VIEW- Arsenal v Everton (1600 GMT)

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "The success has been the squad and that will be the same today. I think the subs will be important so I'm really pleased with Wednesday's win but we've a strong squad and that will be important today.

    "Arsenal have been the outstanding side this season, the way they control the ball and their awareness, they are really gifted.

    "Like us they will do the same thing and want to keep the football, so I think it will be a really open game."

  96. 1553: 
    MANAGER VIEW- Arsenal v Everton (1600 GMT)

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "Every game is difficult and unpredictable. The only way to make it predictable is for us to have a great day and turn up with the usual quality and commitment we have shown this season.

    "I have a strong squad and we need to rotate because every three days we have massive games."

  97. 1551: 
    Arsenal v Everton (1600 GMT)

    If Arsenal do end up winning the Premier League this season, there will still be somebody somewhere saying they won't and can't win the title. Probably David Moyes.

    Theo Walcott is still waiting to win some silverware at Arsenal, but he has a growing belief that this could be the year the club ends their drought.

    "The vibe we have got in this team at the moment is probably the best it has ever been since I have been here," Walcott told the Evening Standard. "The players have got stronger and it is probably the best squad, too. The manager always says that to us, and that belief has come onto the players. I hope this year could be it."

  98. 1546: 

    Right then. The draw for the third round of the FA Cup will get under way shortly. Why not see who you team gets by following our dedicated live text?

  99. 1544: 
    PLAYER VIEW- Arsenal v Everton (1600 GMT)

    Everton midfielder Gareth Barry: "It has been a very good week in training and the result against Manchester United in midweek has given us a big boost. It kind of takes the pressure off us a little bit for this game."

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    Paul Moore: I just don't see Arsenal winning today, I think Everton will frustrate them. Arsenal's midfield is irresistible though.

    Andrew Kemp: Unable to criticise Arsenal much, but still think they need a striker over the rest of the season. Lukaku to have a good game.

  101. 1543: 
    HOW'S STAT?- Arsenal v Everton (1600 GMT)

    Gareth Barry is unbeaten in the Premier League as an Everton player (W7-D3). However, he has lost 12 of his 26 league matches against Arsenal. He has only lost more against Manchester United (21).

    BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Nevin at the EmiratesArsenal v Everton (1600 GMT)

    "Everton will try to impose themselves on Arsenal which is an incredibly difficult thing to do but that's how Roberto Martinez is. He'll have a dig and he'll want his players to believe in themselves.

    "There's always a chance that Leighton Baines could leave but Roberto has shown how well he can do with the money from Fellaini. It would be a shame because Baines has been a fantastic player and if they can keep the club secure and add depth, it would be good.

    "It's the strongest and most positive bench I've seen for Everton in a long time. They're down at Arsenal and Martinez just doesn't care."

    Kevin Kilbane on Match of the Day 2 ExtraArsenal v Everton (1600 GMT)

    "Everton will be very attacking. It's thrilling the way they play right now.

    "They can go long, they've got the direct approach into Lukaku, but they can play through midfield and they're a test for anyone.

    "Roberto Martinez said after the midweek win at Manchester United that was the benchmark and gave them belief they can go on and achieve. It's a big ask for the top four but the way they're playing who knows?"

    Match of the Day's Guy Mowbray at the EmiratesArsenal v Everton (1600 GMT)

    "Despite their four-point lead at the top of the table, more than a few learned souls maintain that Arsenal won't win the title. The main thrust of the naysayers' argument is that to this point the Gunners haven't faced their fiercest tests.

    "Well, judgement month is now upon us, with Manchester City and Chelsea to come before Christmas - and this game against Everton, which must at the moment be considered as tough an examination as any.

    "Coincidentally, there's a parallel argument taking place over whether Everton can finish in the top four.

    "Having seen them against Stoke last Saturday I was hardly surprised by Wednesday's first win at Old Trafford since 1992. This is a strong, stylish team being managed superbly by Martinez."

  105. 1535: 

    We'll bring you more reaction from Craven Cottage as we get it, but let's now turn our attention to the tea-time treat which is almost upon us: Arsenal versus Everton.

  106. 1534: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    Fulham midfielder Scott Parker: "After the results yesterday, we needed to pick up points. We put in a good performance on Wednesday and it was good to follow up with a win today. Dimitar Berbatov was very good. We know the quality he has."

  107. 1531: 
    MATCH STATS- Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    Fulham bossed that match from start to finish. Here's what the number crunchers made of it...

    Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa
  108. 1529: 
    HOW IT STANDS- Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    I suspect a few gleeful Fulham fans have already beaten me to this, but here's how the bottom of the table looks following that win for Fulham. Aston Villa remain 10th. Nervous Hammers fans?

    Premier League
  109. 1527:  
    BBC RadioFulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    Former Fulham defender Rufus Brevett on BBC Radio London: "Aston Villa offered nothing. All they did was hit the long ball into Benteke. Stekelenburg was basically a spectator and the save from Benteke shows his concentration.

    "It's a massive three points for Fulham. They got the performance against Tottenham not the result. They've got the performance and the result today. They were fantastic from start to finish.

    "There was a soft penalty given to Fulham and a penalty not given to Villa. That's what they'll be talking about. But Fulham peppered the goal, tackled and competed.

    "Berbatov's got to be consistent. We know what he can do with the ball but we need to see that work-rate more often."

  110. 1526: 
    Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    You only had to see Scott Parker's face at the final whistle to see how much that result meant to the Fulham players. He was doing his best to suppress a smile but failed miserably. Next up for Fulham at the Cottage? Manchester City...

  111. 1523: 
    FULL-TIME- Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    Three valuable points for Fulham as Aston Villa lose on their travels for just the second time this season. A deserved win for the Cottagers, and a first for new manager Rene Meulensteen.

  112. 1523: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    There's still time for Christian Benteke to rattle a powerful shot from 25 yards out but Maarten Stekelenburg tips the Belgian's effort over the bar.

  113. 1521: 
    INJURY TIME- Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    We're halfway through three minutes of stoppage time, but the game is already up for Aston Villa.

  114. 1519: 
    Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    John Arne Riise must fancy a pre-Christmas goal bonus today because he's taken a shot whenever he's had a sight of goal. Again he tries his luck, but again Brad Guzan is up to the test.

  115. 1518: 
    Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    Fulham supporters goad Aston Villa fans with a chant of 'How bad must you be, we're winning at home'. The odd swear word has been excluded, of course.

  116. 1516: 
    TEAM NEWS- Arsenal v Everton (1600 GMT)

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger rested some of his key names in midweek for the victory over Hull so it's no surprise to see him make four changes for the visit of Everton. In come Kieran Gibbs, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud. Nacho Monreal, Tomas Rosicky, Mathieu Flamini and Nicklas Bedntner drop to the bench.

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez, who was relegated as Wigan boss on this ground on his last visit, sticks with the same side which beat Manchester United in midweek.

  117. 1515: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    It's just not Aston Villa's day. They look to have a decent shout for a penalty when Gabriel Agbonlahor nicks the ball past Aaron Hughes and is tripped by the Northern Ireland defender. A close call which goes Fulham's way. We're now heading into the final five minutes.

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    James via text: Villa looking toothless again. Some results have been amazing in terms of luck. We could be in trouble or probably should be in trouble.

    Paul via text: Lambert has done a great job at Villa but they have no plan B whatsoever. It's either win on counter or lose.

    Struan via text: It feels like I've stepped a few years back in time to a Premier League when Berbatov and Riise were in their heyday. Great stuff from both.

  119. 1511: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    Chris Herd's torrid afternoon comes to an end as he is replaced by Matthew Lowton while Marc Albrighton, who has recently returned from a loan spell at Wigan, replaces Andreas Weimann.

  120. 1509: 
    LINE-UPS- Arsenal v Everton (1600 GMT)

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Ozil, Cazorla, Giroud. Subs: Vermaelen, Walcott, Monreal, Fabianski, Bendtner, Flamini, Rosicky.

    Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Oviedo, McCarthy, Barry, Mirallas, Barkley, Pienaar, Lukaku. Subs: Robles, Heitinga, Jelavic, Naismith, Osman, Stones, Deulofeu.

    Referee: Howard Webb (South Yorkshire)

    BBC RadioFulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    Former Fulham defender Rufus Brevett on BBC Radio London: "Fulham are just pressuring this Aston Villa goal, sustaining the attacks and keeping the ball in there. It's desperate defending from Aston Villa. When Fulham get in wide areas they're delivering good balls into the box.

    "Villa have probably had 10 minutes in the game where they've made Fulham think but the rest of the time Fulham have been totally on top. Meulensteen's going for it, he's not thinking about sticking with what he's got. He's put on like for like with Damien Duff to attack Aston Villa."

  122. 1508: 
    Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    Whenever Ashkan Dejagah gets the ball on the right, the Fulham supporters rise as one from their seats. The Iran winger has added a new dimension to his side's play as he works the ball across the pitch to John Arne Riise, who rifles a powerful shot wide.

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    Christopher Phillips: Just like last season, Villa seriously lack depth and experience. Who can we bring on to change the game?

    Sean: What exactly does Tonev do?

    Alexander Shahbazi: I think Meulensteen is what United are missing right now, working wonders with Fulham with how they're playing at the moment.

  124. 1507: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    A little bit of spark has gone from the match as Fulham make another change, Damien Duff coming on for Alex Kacaniklic.

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    Simon Bidwell: Villa need the Benteke of last year back. No-one else in the team can break down a defence unless it's on the break.

    Toby Toller: Scott Parker is staking a good claim for a place in the World Cup squad. Looking sharp and composed.

    Scotty: Just seen Berbatov slide to try and intercept a pass. Effort.

  126. 1503: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    A standing ovation for Giorgos Karagounis, who is replaced by Pajtim Kasami with just 17 minutes left to play.

  127. 1502: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    A goal-mouth scramble sees Christian Benteke's shot charged down by Aaron Hughes before Andreas Weimann takes a punt and his effort is blocked by John Arne Riise. Villa want a penalty, but the referee is having none of it.

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    Joe via text: Shame on the Fulham players for starting to play after getting Jol sacked with their attitude.

  129. 1457: 
    YELLOW CARD- Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    Chris Herd continues to throw his weight around and, after coming out second best in a challenge with his old mate Dimitar, he recklessly takes out Giorgos Karagounis. A reducer which brings a caution.

  130. 1456: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    John Arne Riise almost makes it 3-0 when his header at the far post rattles the woodwork following Brad Guzan's misjudgement. There's only one team in this at the moment, with 25 minutes left to play.

  131. 1454: 
    Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    Dimitar Berbatov is involved in a running battle with tough Aussie Chris Herd at the moment - the Bulgarian leaning forward in an aerial challenge to leave Herd in a crumpled heap on the floor.

  132. 1452: 
    Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    Oh dear. Aston Villa are awarded a free-kick in a decent position, 30 yards from goal, but Ashley Westwood floats it harmlessly out of play. Paul Lambert looks furious - Westwood doesn't want to be sat near the manager on the bus home.

  133. 1450:  
    BBC RadioFulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    Former Fulham defender Rufus Brevett on BBC Radio London: "After this performance everyone will be scratching their heads asking why and how? Based on this performance, Fulham should not be where they are in the league."

  134. 1449: 
    Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    Did this Aston Villa team seriously tear apart Arsenal at the Emirates? They can't get the ball off Fulham at the moment - Giorgos Karagounis lacing one over the bar.

  135. 1446: 
    Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    Great commitment from Scott Parker sees the England midfielder win the ball in midfield and arrow a pass towards Dimitar Berbatov to the right of the penalty area. The Bulgarian striker goes for a first-time shot but the ball ends up in the stands. That would have been Paolo Di Canio-esque if he had caught it right.

  136. 1443: 
    Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    Former Fulham defender Rufus Brevett on BBC Radio London: "When Berbatov's in this mood he's a joy to watch but can he do this week in week out? He's definitely turned it on today. Fulham are switching the play so well at times. A third goal kills it and Fulham are looking more like getting the next goal than Aston Villa. Villa's substitute has had no effect whatsoever."

  137. 1442: 
    Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    John-Arne Riise tries to get involved now - the left-back being picked out by a crossfield pass but failing to get proper contact on his volley which is deflected wide. Moments later, Brad Guzan saves a Philippe Senderos header. It's all Fulham now.

  138. 1441: 
    Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    Ashkan Dejagah's poor final ball sees another Fulham move break down. But like Dan says below, Fulham look a different proposition now they are utilising the flanks.

  139. 1439: 
    SHOWBOAT- Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    Dimitar Berbatov is having a great time out there - controlling a ball from the air and trying to backheel it over the Aston Villa defence. It's offside, but still, some great showboating.

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    Dan via text: Fulham have looked a lot better today with two attacking wide-men, pinging crosses in to the box and drawing out the Villa defence. All they need now is a classy striker. Oh, hang on...

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    Paul Gibbons: If Berbatov had played like this from the start of the season Jol may have still had a job...thank god he didn't.

    Rob Davison: That Fulham penalty is the definition of a soft decision at home. Who knew moving oneself into a defender was a foul?

    Richard Powell: Spare a thought for Martin Jol. It has taken his departure to reinvigorate the group of players that he brought together.

  142. 1436: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa made a change at the break, bringing on Aleksandar Tonev for Karim El Ahmadi.

  143. 1435: 
    KICK-OFF- Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    I trust you've picked your November goal of the month. Don't rule out Dimitar Berbatov staking his claim for the December competition the mood he is in today. The second half is under way.

  144. 1426: 
    Luis Suarez

    During the half-time break, why not decide which goal you rated as the best in November? Ramsey, Suarez and Ireland are all on there and there will be an online vote during Match of the Day 2, which is on BBC One at 2230 GMT tonight. Here's the shortlist:

    Aaron Ramsey for Arsenal v Liverpool, Adam Lallana for Southampton v Hull City, Stephen Ireland for Stoke City v Swansea City, Luis Suarez for Liverpool v Everton, Jonjo Shelvey for Swansea City v Fulham, Jesus Navas for Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur, Alvaro Negredo for Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur, Fraizer Campbell for Cardiff City v Manchester United, Shane Long for West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa, Moussa Sissoko for Newcastle v West Bromwich Albion.

    MOTD's John Murray at Craven CottageFulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    "Dimitar Berbatov has been the man of the first half for Fulham. He has scored a penalty and set up the opening goal. Fulham have got a great chance of bringing a run of seven defeats to an end."

  146. 1424: 
    Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    Former Fulham defender Rufus Brevett on BBC Radio London: "Fulham have been brilliant. They started really well, there was a five-minute period when Villa had a couple of chances through Benteke but all in all Fulham have been magnificent.

    "You're looking at the way they played against Tottenham and they took heart from playing really well. In the first half they've taken that into this game. Berbatov has been majestic. He's worked hard and his passing's been crisp. Fulham are well worth their two-goal lead."

  147. 1420: 
    HALF-TIME- Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    The whistle goes and the players head down the tunnel for a half-time break. Two words to describe the first half: Dimitar Berbatov.

  148. 1416: 
    Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    But Leandro Bacuna steps up and curls it well wide of the Fulham goal. Watching Villa boss Paul Lambert bites his fingernails and digs about in his pocket for a hairdryer...

  149. 1415: 
    Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa are awarded a free-kick on the edge of the Fulham penalty area...

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    Allan Abbas: Don't trust Fulham unless you hear the final whistle.

    Oletu: When Berbatov is in the mood, he is unplayable. That's a big WHEN though.

    Rich Leeman: Is Berbatov playing this well to attract the attention of other clubs and reminding them that he's still quality?

  151. 1411: 
    Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    Five minutes to go before half-time. Aston Villa just need something to give themselves some hope, but so far it's not happening for them.

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    Joe Blight: Steve Sidwell, Chelsea's old number nine, has more Premier League goals this season than their current one who cost £50m.

    Simon Brown: If the ref thought that was a pen how is Bacuna still on the pitch? Surely he was the last man.

    Siri: Diabolical penalty decision. Kacaniklic practically hurled himself at Bacuna so he could go down. Poor refereeing.

  153. 1409: 
    CLOSE!- Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    He's on it now. Dimitar Berbatov plays a neat one-two with Steve Sidwell on the edge of the area before bringing a low save out of Brad Guzan with the outside of his foot. Class.

  154. 1406: 
    Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    It's funny how easy it was to spot Dimitar Berbatov's improved attitude today [see 1333]. One lung-busting run down the right and we knew he fancied it. Maybe Rene Meulensteen should develop a pre-match test along similar lines to weigh up whether to start the Bulgarian.

  155. 1404: 
    CLOSE!- Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa are on the ropes here, but they continue to swing the odd punch as Fabian Delph fires an angled shot wide.

  156. 1403: 
    Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa

    Former Fulham defender Rufus Brevett on BBC Radio London: "You won't see a cooler penalty than that one from Berbatov this season. It was two steps, stopped and rolled it in the opposite corner. It was an outrageous penalty. If it's someone you'd want to take a penalty it would be him.

    "We've talked about his work-rate and attitude but if he plays like he has started here there will be no problems."

  157. 1401: 
    GOAL- Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa - Dimitar Berbatov pen (30 mins)

    How cool is that? Dimitar Berbatov steps up and casually rolls the ball into the bottom corner after sending Brad Guzan the wrong way. Nonchalant.

  158. 1400: 
    PENALTY TO FULHAM- Fulham 1-0 Aston Villa

    Alex Kacaniklic races through on goal, latching on to Dimitar Berbatov's sublime pass from the halfway line, but is brought down by Leandro Bacuna. The Fulham man was the last man but the referee keeps his cards in his pocket this time. Penalty!

  159. 1357: 
    FA CUP LATEST- Cambridge United 0-2 Sheffield United

    Nigel Clough's Sheffield United are safely into the FA Cup third round draw after a 2-0 win over Conference leaders Cambridge United. Jose Baxter put the Blades in front after 11 minutes when he finished from Ryan Flynn's cross and just before the hour Jamie Murphy added a second to kill any chances of an upset.

    From 1545 GMT, we'll bring you the FA Cup draw via our dedicated live text. Emlyn Begley is in the chair for that one.

  160. 1356: 
    Fulham 1-0 Aston Villa

    Fulham's fluidity going forward has been the most impressive aspect of their play this afternoon. Alex Kacaniklic, Giorgos Karagounis and Ashkan Dejagah are scheming away behind a hungry Dimitar Berbatov, with Steve Sidwell's expertly-timed run from midfield adding the gloss.

  161. 1354: 
    Fulham 1-0 Aston Villa

    Former Fulham defender Rufus Brevett on BBC Radio London: "Fulham deserve that lead and it was a fantastic finish from Steve Sidwell. They are asking all the questions, getting the ball in the box and closing down all over the place. It's been a fantastic start but Aston Villa do look dangerous on the break and Fulham do need to stay tight at the back.

    "You know what you're going to get from Steve Sidwell. He's got that work-rate and he can pass and he's shown he can finish as well."

  162. 1352: 
    GOAL- Fulham 1-0 Aston Villa - Steve Sidwell (21 mins)

    Fulham go into the lead, courtesy of Steve Sidwell against his former club. Ashkan Dejagah plays a neat ball through to the midfielder, who defies a tight angle to squeeze the ball over Brad Guzan and into the back of the net.

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    We're asking which player from your team you would most like to move to another club...

    Akeem Alao: I would like Moyes and his untalented trinity- Felliani, Cleverley and Welbeck-out of the club by January, dear Santa.

    Chris Brown: Theo Walcott. Although he'd probably get there before the car if he ran. But then he'd almost definitely miss the plane.

    Jordan Grace: Guy Demel has to go, too slow and unreliable for Premier League football

  164. 1351: 
    CLOSE!- Fulham 0-0 Aston Villa

    This game is bubbling up nicely as Fulham go close in quick succession - Ashkan Dejagah breaking through and bringing a save from Brad Guzan before Alex Kacaniklic's follow-up is cleared off the line by Nathan Baker. Moments later, Kacaniklic has another shot charged down.

  165. 1348: 
    CLOSE!- Fulham 0-0 Aston Villa

    Christian Benteke is desperate for a goal this afternoon and he works some room on the edge of the box and rifles in a shot which Maarten Stekelenburg does well to beat clear.

  166. 1343: 
    Fulham 0-0 Aston Villa

    Rene Meulensteen might have learned a lot from Sir Alex, but he's picked up the odd bad habit - furiously chewing gum on the touchline as his Fulham side slowly begin to assert themselves on this match. However, Villa are a threat on the counter and go close when Gabriel Agbonlahor picks out Christian Benteke but the Belgian striker heads wide.

  167. 1340: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Fulham 0-0 Aston Villa

    Yep, Dimitar is very much up for this one today as he arches his neck to get decent connection on a corner and force a flying save from Brad Guzan. Top drawer from the Villa keeper.

  168. 1340: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Fulham 0-0 Aston Villa

    Fulham appeal for a penalty when Dimitar Berbatov tumbles in the six-yard box under the weak challenge of Ciaran Clark. The referee rightly waves play on.

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    We're asking which player from your team you would most like to move to another club...

    Jonathan Stevens: I'd dip into my student loan to part ways with Papiss Cisse. Lazy, lazy player. Checking flights back to Freiburg now.

    James Gaitho: I would love Man Utd to sell Young, Welbeck, Cleverley & Fellaini to a team in the lower league where they belong.

    Alex B: Surely Chelsea fans would like to see Lukaku move to another club. Like, say, Chelsea?

  170. 1338: 
    Fulham 0-0 Aston Villa

    Fulham have started strongly, with Scott Parker snapping into the tackle and the midfield getting the ball wide. Not that Aston Villa will mind. They only need 22% possession to carve out a victory [see 1318].

  171. 1335: 
    Fulham 0-0 Aston Villa

    It's a decent atmosphere at the Cottage this lunchtime, though I've not heard my favourite football chant of the season yet - 'Moves like Dejagah.'

  172. 1333: 
    Fulham 0-0 Aston Villa

    On the evidence of the first 60 seconds, Dimitar Berbatov is up for this one today as he gallops down the right, gets the better of Nathan Baker and puts in a cross which is easily cleared. Either he fancies it today or he just wanted to get warm early on. We'll soon find out.

  173. 1331: 
    KICK-OFF- Fulham 0-0 Aston Villa

    Following a warm tribute to Nelson Mandela, the game kicks off at a sun-drenched but chilly Craven Cottage.

  174. 1325: 
    Fulham v Aston Villa (1330 GMT)
    Fulham v Aston Villa (1330 GMT)

    We're almost set at the Cottage then, where visiting Aston Villa fans are decked in claret and blue Santa hats. Fulham fans have gone for the traditional red and white ones. What's the best Christmas-themed outfit you've ever seen at a football match? Let us know.

  175. 1324: 
    Fulham v Aston Villa (1330 GMT)

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert, speaking before the match: "Christian Benteke looked like his old self when he came on against Southampton. No criticism of him as players have dips and, hopefully, it will have done him good."

  176. 1323: 
    LINE-UPS- Fulham v Aston Villa (1330 GMT)

    Fulham: Stekelenburg, Riether, Senderos, Hughes, Riise, Parker, Sidwell, Karagounis, Dejagah, Berbatov, Kacaniklic. Subs: Kasami, Ruiz, Stockdale, Richardson, Duff, Zverotic, Christensen.

    Aston Villa: Guzan, Bacuna, Baker, Clark, Herd, Delph, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor. Subs: Helenius, Albrighton, Steer, Sylla, Bowery, Tonev, Lowton.

    Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

  177. 1322: 
    Fulham v Aston Villa (1330 GMT)

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert also believes Fulham's struggles emphasise that experience is no barrier to relegation.

    "People kept saying to me last year when we were in the bottom three we had no experience," said Lambert. "Well, Fulham is one of the most experienced squads and yet they are in the bottom three, so it's funny how people can turn things around.

    "So it can happen, and it doesn't matter if you are experienced or you are a top player, if you don't perform that's what can happen."

  178. 1318: 
    KEEPING IT SIMPLE- Fulham v Aston Villa (1330 GMT)

    While most teams are working out a method to keep the ball and press hard when not in possession, Aston Villa are bucking the trend. They managed to beat Southampton in midweek with just 22% possession. Which is probably why Paul Lambert takes little notice of the stats.

    "You look at stats and certain things, but there's got to be a realism that the main stat is trying to win a game," said Lambert.

    "I always try to look at the positive things to say. It can burn your brain. The game's simple, why complicate it?"

  179. 1315: 
    STAND UP FOR BERBA- Fulham v Aston Villa (1330 GMT)
    Dimitar Berbatov

    What about Dimitar Berbatov then? Is the Bulgarian's long-term future at the Cottage? Surely he can fire Fulham out of the bottom three if he gets his form right?

    "He is a vital player for us," says defender Aaron Hughes. "You saw in his performance against Tottenham in midweek the role and the contribution he has in our team.

    "We need all of our players performing at the highest levels they can."

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    I bet David Moyes would be happy for Sir Alex to go and see his old mate at the Cottage - gets him from under his feet!

  181. 1310: 
    Fulham v Aston Villa (1330 GMT)

    Rene Meulensteen is hoping to draw on his experience of working alongside Sir Alex Ferguson as he bids to keep Fulham in the top-flight.

    Fulham's new Dutch boss was Ferguson's chief lieutenant at Old Trafford, operating as first team coach from 2007 until David Moyes' arrival in the summer.

    "He taught me a lot but the one thing that stood by me, in life, in football: you're faced constantly by challenges," said Meulensteen. "The most important thing is to accept the challenge, embrace the challenge, and enjoy taking that challenge on.

    "I've spent a long time working with top, top players: hard work and the good work that will go in will eventually manifest itself on the pitch."

    Steve Bower, Match of the Day 2 ExtraFULHAM'S NEW ERA- Fulham v Aston Villa (1330 GMT)

    "It's a huge game for Fulham. Rene Meulensteen is well admired, the Manchester United players speak highly of him but they've lost seven in a row. There were a few signs of recovery on Wednesday and this is the kind of game they have to get three points in or they could be cut adrift going into the Christmas period. They need a win and they need it quickly."

  183. 1304: 
    WHAT'S VILLA'S GRAND PLAN?- Fulham v Aston Villa (1330 GMT)

    Times football reporter Rory Smith on Match of the Day 2 Extra: "Villa are a funny one. They've got some good young players and Paul Lambert should be given credit for giving them a chance but there are times when they look like they need more experience and quality. There are definitely three teams worse than them but the big question is where does Randy Lerner want to take them and what's the grand plan?"

    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    We're asking which player from your team you would most like to move to another club...

    Richard: I would like to drive Fellaini back to Everton and get a refund!

    Steven Broadbent: I would love Everton to ship John Heitinga, Arouna Koné and Magaye Gueye out of the club. Never performed for us.

    David Parker: Hoping Darren Bent's return taxi from Craven Cottage breaks down, permanently.

    MOTD's John Murray at Craven CottageFulham v Aston Villa (1330 GMT)

    "The prospect of playing in-form Everton and Manchester City in their other two pre-Christmas matches makes it crystal clear how important this match is to Fulham.

    "Failure to end a run of six league defeats here would raise the very real possibility of Fulham being bottom of the table when they go to Norwich on Boxing Day.

    "Villa are clearly still a work in progress. There also continues to be a suspicion about them that, for some reason, the Midlands side are more comfortable playing away from home. Not what Fulham wanted to hear..."

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    WIGAN £500,000 DOWN

    Briefly moving away from Premier League chat, Wigan chairman Dave Whelan was on BBC Radio 5 live Sportsweek this morning and he revealed it has cost the Latics around £500,000 to sack Owen Coyle.

    "Sometimes managers are successful, sometimes they are not," Whelan said. "When we lost three games in a row I had been watching the selection of the team and the performance and I wasn't happy with the decisions he was making.

    "It costs me getting rid of any manager, they all get a contract and they get a certain amount of money when they get dismissed and we have to honour the contract."

    Danny Mills, Match of the Day 2 ExtraTITLE FAVOURITES?

    "Manchester City and Chelsea are my favourites. Arsenal need to strengthen because they rely so much on Giroud. You have to believe that Mourinho will get things right somehow. Man City have such strength, power and strength in depth that they will sort out their away form. I'm not sure Liverpool can maintain a challenge.

    "Yesterday was a missed opportunity for City. They struggle away from home, whether the players don't like the routine, whether teams set up differently, they can't seem to get that form going."

    Danny Mills, Match of the Day 2 ExtraCHELSEA'S PROBLEMS

    "Chelsea, who lost 3-2 to Stoke on Sunday, have always been rigid, pragmatic and organised. They've conceded a ridiculous number of goals. At Real Madrid they can forget about defence and teams are forced back because they're scared of your attacking options. But Chelsea don't have the centre-forward so teams are having a go at them as well."

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    Daniel Osunbor: For Man. Utd. I would like to see out players like A. Young, Anderson, Zaha, Nani, Valencia.

    Jack Kerr: I'd pay for Joe Allen's flight, boat or taxi.

    Paul Moore: Javi Garcia. I would happily drive him to Manchester Airport, pay for his air fair and luggage anywhere and see him gone.

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    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Fulham v Aston Villa (1330 GMT)

    Christian Benteke returns to the Aston Villa starting line-up at Craven Cottage as one of three changes. The Midlands side also bring in defender Chris Herd and forward Andreas Weimann. Antonio Luna, Ron Vlaar and Libor Kozak miss out. Fulham make one change from the side which was beaten by Tottenham on Wednesday as midfielder Steve Sidwell replaces Pajtim Kasami.

    Fulham XI: Stekelenburg; Riether, Hughes, Senderos, Riise; Parker, Karagounis, Sidwell; Dejagah, Kacaniklic; Berbatov.

    Aston Villa XI: Guzan, Herd, Baker, Clark, Bacuna, El Ahmadi, Delph, Westwood, Agbonlahor, Weimann, Benteke.

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    Times football reporter Rory Smith on Match of the Day 2 Extra: "David Moyes wanted to look at all of the players - even Anderson - when he came in. That's admirable but quite a lot of those players you can prejudge, they're not up to the standard and there are weak areas.

    "It's an ageing side. In the last three years Ferguson maybe focused more on the present than the future. You wonder whether when retirement came into the back of his mind he started planning for today rather than tomorrow."

    Steve Bower, Match of the Day 2 ExtraCOME BACK CARRICK

    "Midfield has been Manchester United's problem for a while but the last two games showed the absence of Michael Carrick. He gets criticism from some people, but they failed to create get the tempo and get the ball moving and that's what he does for you. Those two games show how important Carrick is.

    "They've never done much business in January but this is the biggest January they've ever had."

    Danny Mills, Match of the Day 2 ExtraPARDEW'S CHANGE OF FORTUNE

    "Newcastle did well at Old Trafford. Alan Pardew set his team up to play a different game. Six weeks ago he was odds-on to be sacked and now they're on a great run. If he gets his best XI out there they've got some good players. There's that contrast in quality, Cabaye, Tiote, they would both walk into Manchester United's team.

    "Going through the United midfield, if you're a Premier League defender up against that there's no-one that worries you and you can deal with that. When United were strong you knew it would be a tough day and they had strength in depth but teams go to Old Trafford now thinking they can win."

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    We're asking which player from your team you would most like to drive to another club...

    DP Byers: Not a player but I'd give Everton their manager back! He's changed the backroom staff and bought a Belgian Heskey!

    Ben Spiro-Hughes: Anderson, but a walk to the airport would do him some good.

    Okeke Obinna: Abou Diaby. No doubt he is a good player but with series of injuries he has had I think it's better he goes somewhere else.

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    Crucially for David Moyes, he retains the backing of the Manchester United supporters who were at Old Trafford yesterday. BBC Sport's Chris Bevan was at the match, and he has written a feature about how the Reds' manager was grateful for the support.

    "Significantly, most of the Stretford End had stayed and were on their feet to applaud the Scot and sing his name as he headed for the tunnel to contemplate another disappointing display and a second home setback in a week," writes Bevan.

    "It was a meaningful message: while the reaction to the loss from United's millions of followers on social media was predictably poisonous, inside the stadium - where it matters the most - Moyes still has the majority of supporters behind him."

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    David Moyes

    Danny Mills might not be as confident, but David Moyes has not given up hope of retaining Manchester United's title at the end of the season. The 50-year-old was in bullish mood on Saturday despite that 1-0 defeat to Newcastle.

    "I stand firm we will be very close," said Moyes. "I hope we are in it at the end of the season."

    When asked why he was so confident, he said: "The players - because I am working with the champions."

    Danny Mills, Match of the Day 2 Extra

    "I thought Manchester United might finish outside the top four and they've got serious problems. The issue was not signing players in the summer and if they don't get in the Champions League who is going to want to go to Manchester United? There's Rooney's contract situation, what is the direction of the club? People might think I'm biased because I used to play for Leeds and Manchester City but they're in transition and they could be 15 points behind Arsenal after today."

  198. 1223: 

    Without any further ado, let's see what the guests on Match of the Day 2 Extra have been talking about. You can tune in on BBC One or watch on this very website. Options.

    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    On the subject of Dimitar Berbatov, it was reported in midweek that the Fulham striker wants to leave the club in January. I suspect there are some Cottagers supporters who would drive him to the airport themselves. What I want to know from you is, which player at your current club would you most like to transport to another club?

    Whether you want to join in with that or chat about today's matches, the floor is yours. Just send a tweet to #bbcfootball or text us on 81111. Please remember to include your name on all messages. Lovely.

  200. 1221: 
    Fulham v Aston Villa (1330 GMT)

    Before all that, we've got a tasty appetiser in the form of Fulham against Aston Villa. It seems a long time ago when Paul Lambert's side ripped apart Arsenal on the opening day of the season. Yet the Villans continue to bloody some noses on the road and they will be more than happy with their spot in the top 10.

    Fulham are still waiting to get out of first gear. In fact, their star striker Dimitar Berbatov has been in neutral for most of the season. He began to rev up in midweek by setting up Ashkan Dejagah's goal against Tottenham. Will he stall again this afternoon, or could he finally ignite the Cottagers' season?

  201. 1218: 
    Arsenal v Everton (1600 GMT)

    Arsenal must have thought Christmas had come early yesterday as Manchester United and Chelsea were beaten again, while Manchester City dropped points at Southampton. Liverpool were the only top-four team to win as they kept up some kind of pressure on the Gunners.

    But guess what? Everton will go joint-second if they can halt the Gunners juggernaut in its tracks. Did David Moyes back the wrong horse this season?

    The Match of the Day 2 Extra lads are discussing all things Manchester United on BBC One right now.

  202. 1215: 

    What have Eddie Gray, Micky Adams and Paul Sturrock got in common?

    Micky Adams

    Or Claus Lundekvam, Garry Flitcroft and Matt Elliott?

    Claus Lundekvam

    Answer? They were all managing or captaining in the Premier League the last time Arsenal won the Premier League. It's beginning to feel a little like the 2003-04 season all over again with every passing weekend.

    The Gunners are sitting pretty at the top of the tree, knowing victory today will send them seven points clear of second-placed Liverpool and 15 ahead of Manchester United in ninth. All they have to do is beat Everton - which is easier said than done these days...

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 08 Dec 2013 UK

Barclays Premier League summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Arsenal 15 19 35
No movement 2 Liverpool 15 16 30
No movement 3 Chelsea 15 13 30
No movement 4 Man City 15 26 29
No movement 5 Everton 15 9 28
No movement 6 Tottenham 15 -1 27
No movement 7 Newcastle 15 -1 26
No movement 8 Southampton 15 5 23
No movement 9 Man Utd 15 3 22
No movement 10 Aston Villa 15 -2 19
No movement 11 Swansea 14 1 18
No movement 12 Stoke 15 -5 17
No movement 13 Hull 14 -6 17
No movement 14 Norwich 15 -14 17
No movement 15 West Brom 15 -4 15
No movement 16 Cardiff 15 -11 14
No movement 17 West Ham 15 -6 13
Moving up 18 Fulham 15 -12 13
Moving down 19 Crystal Palace 15 -12 13
No movement 20 Sunderland 15 -18 8

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