LONDON (AP) — Santi Cazorla scored twice in the second half Saturday to give Arsenal a 2-0 victory over Fulham that kept the Gunners top of the Premier League.
Arsenal had struggled to create chances in the first half but turned up the pressure after the break and Cazorla finally provided the cutting edge in the 57th minute. The Spanish midfielder started a move by cutting in from the left and passed to Olivier Giroud in the area, who laid the ball off to Jack Wilshere. The England midfielder squared it back to Cazorla who slotted the ball inside the far post.
Cazorla added the second five minutes later, taking one touch outside the area before slotting a low shot inside the same post.
Darren Bent nearly pulled on back in the 90th minute but missed an empty net while under pressure from Laurent Koscielny.
Arsenal stayed one point ahead of Manchester City, which provided another high-scoring display in a 4-1 win over Cardiff. The Gunners' win was again more workman-like, as the team dominated possession but offered little in terms of scoring chances in the opening 45 minutes.
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