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Everton halts Arsenal's run

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

LONDON - Premier League leaders Arsenal have been left five points clear at the top of the Premier League after visitors Everton fought back to claim a 1-1 draw.

It seemed the Gunners were about to go seven points clear of second-placed Liverpool when club record signing Mesut Ozil fired them into the lead with just 10 minutes left at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

But four minutes later Everton, fresh from a win away to champions Manchester United in midweek, equalised when Gerard Delofeu smashed the ball home from 10 yards.

The point kept Everton in fifth place.

Earlier, relegation-threatened Fulham gave Rene Meulensteen his first win as their manager with a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa at Craven Cottage in the Premier League on Sunday.

Steve Sidwell put the home side in front in the 21st minute when he scored against his old side after lofting the ball over the advancing Brad Guzan.

Fulham, who previously hadn't scored two goals at home all season, then doubled their lead through a controversial penalty nine minutes later.

Alex Kacaniklic broke clear and charged into the box where he appeared to make the initial contact with Villa's Leandro Bacuna.

But the referee Mike Dean awarded a penalty and Dimitar Berbatov, after selling Guzan a dummy, rolled the ball into the bottom corner.

The victory takes Fulham up one place into the 18th spot, still in the relegation zone.

Sidwell said Fulham were responding well to the influence of Meulensteen, who oversaw the midweek 2-1 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur.

Villa's defeat means both Swansea and Hull will have the chance to leapfrog them into the top half of the table when they meet at the Liberty Stadium on Monday.