Arsenal waste chance, Everton in form
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Arsenal squandered a 2-0 lead for the second time in five days and missed an added-time penalty as Fulham claimed a 3-3 draw at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners, who were held by Schalke in Gelsenkirchen in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday after opening up a two-goal cushion, went ahead through Olivier Giroud's header from a Theo Walcott corner and doubled their advantage when Lukas Podolski swept home Mikel Arteta's centre.

But Fulham pulled one back after 29 minutes as an unmarked Dimitar Berbatov nodded in Bryan Ruiz's corner from inside the six-yard box, and they equalised when Berbatov's cross from the right was headed in by substitute Alex Kacaniklic.

We have to continue to score and of course get defensively better.
Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger


"It is very frustrating, because it's difficult to score goals, but we have to continue to score and of course get defensively better," Wenger told the BBC. "I think Giroud has always been dangerous and he was a positive today. He raised questions, and that's good news for us."

The Cottagers took the lead for the first time when Arteta dragged down Ruiz in the area and Berbatov stroked home a 67th-minute spot-kick. But the visitors' joy was shortlived as Giroud, having placed his first effort against the post, reacted well to head in Walcott's subsequent cross.

Arsenal could have won it in the 94th minute when referee Phil Dowd judged that Sascha Riether had handled Andrey Arshavin's cross but Mark Schwarzer superbly kept out Arteta's low spot-kick.

Everton stay in fourth spot after coming from behind to beat struggling Sunderland 2-1 at Goodison Park. The visitors threatened early through Stephane Sessegnon and Steven Fletcher and finally made the breakthrough when new signing Adam Johnson netted shortly before the break.

But, following plenty of Everton pressure, Marouane Fellaini drove past Simon Mignolet after 76 minutes and, two minutes later, the Belgian cleverly flicked on for Nikica Jelavic to fire home.

Baggies' form continues
West Bromwich Albion won 2-1 at Wigan Athletic thanks to a James Morrison header and a Gary Caldwell own goal. Scotland midfielder Morrison has been an impressive performer in the Baggies' strong start and he was on hand to head home Chris Brunt's wicked left-footed cross after 31 minutes.

And when Caldwell put through his own goal it looked good for Steve Clarke's men. Arouna Kone pulled one back on the stroke of half-time but Wigan could not find a leveller.

Another individual defensive mistake prevented Southampton from beating Swansea City. The hosts went ahead through Morgan Schneiderlin's 64th-minute header but were pegged back nine minutes later as Maya Yoshida was dispossessed by Nathan Dyer and the winger ran through to score.

Stoke City moved up to 12th after a hard-fought 1-0 win at home to winless Queens Park Rangers. Charlie Adam got the only goal - his first for the club - at the start of the second half, firing in left-footed after the visitors had failed to clear Robert Huth's long free-kick into the box. The defeat, their seventh of the season, means Mark Hughes' men stay bottom.

Reading, who had scored eight times in their previous two home games without winning either, could not find a way past Norwich City as their search for a first Premier League victory of the season goes on.