Arsenal held by Fulham after blowing 2-0 lead


LONDON (AP) -Arsenal chucked away a two-goal lead and Mikel Arteta had a penalty saved in stoppage time as London rival Fulham earned a 3-3 draw in the English Premier League on Saturday.

The point prolonged Arsenal's worst start to a Premier League season since Arsene Wenger took charge in 1996.

Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski put Arsenal ahead, but Fulham drew level before halftime as Dimitar Berbatov and Alex Kacaniklic scored from free headers.

Berbatov put Fulham ahead from the penalty spot after the break but Giroud headed Arsenal level with his second goal. Arteta squandered a chance to win it for Arsenal from the spot.

Everton beat Sunderland 2-1 to stay fourth and ahead of West Bromwich Albion, which won at Wigan by the same scoreline.

Queens Park Rangers is bottom after losing 1-0 at Stoke, but Southampton moved a point further up after drawing 1-1 with Swansea.

Also, Reading drew 0-0 with Norwich, while leader Manchester United was at Aston Villa in the late match.

The most drama of the day came at Emirates Stadium where Arsenal threw away a two-goal lead just like against Schalke in Tuesday's 2-2 draw in the Champions League.

Theo Walcott set up the 11th-minute opener, sending in a cross that Giroud headed home, despite goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer getting a touch.

Arsenal went further ahead when Arteta cut the ball back past Chris Baird to Podolski six yards from goal and the Germany forward swept the ball into the net in the 23rd.

Fulham's fightback began in the 29th when Berbatov rose unmarked to meet Bryan Ruiz's corner and he sent the downward header with ease over the line. From another free header, Kacaniklic equalized after meeting Podolski's cross.

After the break, just as Arsenal seemed to be taking control, Arteta tangled with Ruiz and referee Phil Dowd awarded a penalty kick. Berbatov coolly slotted into the bottom left from the spot in the 67th.

The lead lasted only two minutes, with Giroud heading home after an initial effort hit the post and fell to Walcott, who returned the ball to the France international.

"It was frustrating because we had the opportunities to win," Wenger said. "We were caught in a bit too comfortable of a position because we did the most difficult thing - we scored two goals to go 2-0 up. At that moment we lacked urgency defensively."

At Goodison Park, David Moyes' 400th league match in charge of Everton was marked with a victory that ended a run of four straight draws.

Adam Johnson grabbed his first goal for Sunderland on the stroke of halftime, but Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic scored within three minutes after the break to clinch Everton's win.

West Brom is behind Everton only on goal difference.

James Morrison headed West Brom in front at Wigan after Chris Brunt's deflected cross looped over Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi.

Wigan captain Gary Caldwell sent the ball into his own net after being hit by Billy Jones' cross. Arouna Kone pulled one back for Wigan just before halftime.

QPR's miserable start to the season continued as Charlie Adam scored his first goal since joining Stoke in August, netting at the start of the second half after Jon Walter nodded a free kick onto the Scotland midfielder.

QPR is still searching for its first win.

"We can't keep on thinking that we're doing OK, because we're not winning Premier League games," manager Mark Hughes said.

Southampton looked on course for just its second win since gaining promotion when Morgan Schneiderlin headed the south-coast side ahead in the 64th.

But the Saints conceded their 29th goal in 11 matches when winger Nathan Dyer netted from the edge of the area for Swansea.

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