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Arsene Wenger opted to give another run out to Andrei Arshavin, re-introduced to the starting 11 after 11 Premier League matches without starting, on the left of the in-form Robin van Persie.
Gervinho made way, but it was not a decision which paid dividends for Wenger.
Arshavin had the ball in the net after just three minutes, but he was offside by a yard and never really got himself into the match after that.
On the right hand side, Theo Walcott took a while to get into the game, but when he did, he looked like he would be a real threat.
His pace was clearly too much for Fulham's left-back, John Arne Riise, to handle and on two occasions he skinned the Norwegian to great effect, once providing a good cut-back for Ramsey to sky a shot over and later to drill an effort at Mark Schwarzer's near post, which was saved.
In the second half he again had to work hard to get into the game, but when he did it was to offer a telling contribution, providing a really top drawer cross for Thomas Vermaelen's headed equaliser.
Up front, Van the man was who people expected to provide the goods as usual, but he didn't really get any clear cut chances today until he fashioned one for himself in the second half, twisting the ball onto his left foot but seeing the eventual shot cleared off the line in somewhat fortuitous fashion.
His few other chances were hit over the bar, and perhaps he might have tested Mark Schwarzer a little more.
He led the line well and early on linked up well with his fellow attackers around the penalty box but will maybe be a little disappointed at the service he received himself, meaning he had to drop increasingly deeper to try and drag Arsenal back into the match.
van Persie: 7/10