A fantastic pair of goals from Santi Cazorla won this game in just five second-half minutes as the Gunners beat Fulham 2-0 to maintain their Premier League lead.

Until the Spaniard found his goal-scoring touch, today had featured some frustrating similarities to new year’s day when Arsenal struggled to find their way past Cardiff in their last league game at the Emirates stadium.

Fulham had soaked up the early pressure from the hosts and Wenger’s men were looking short of any answers as the first half ended 0-0. But with quality there is always an opportunity and Cazorla found the breakthrough by side-footing the ball home after 57 minutes.

There was relief as much as pleasure around the Emirates stadium knowing it would not have to go down to the wire to find a winner this time. And five minutes later, the Gunners said goodbye to Fulham as Cazorla unleashed a low left-footed effort which squeezed its way past the goalkeeper.

Substitute Lukas Podolski nearly made it 3-0 after firing a bullet-like shot at the woodwork. But make no mistake about it, this was no stroll against an organized Fulham side who even threatened a fight back as Szczesny almost let the clean-sheet slip on a couple of occasions in the closing moments of the match.

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