Craven Cottage match zone: Arsenal fans not thrilled by Jacko statue

By Laura Williamson for MailOnline

Arsenal fans didn't take too kindly to the statue of Michael Jackson that overlooks the River Thames at Craven Cottage.

'It should have been Jedward, your statue is s***,' they chanted during the first half.

They also sang the name of one of their own men in bronze, returning striker Thierry Henry, before kick-off. But they quickly praised Robin van Persie, just in case he took offence.

Tribute: The statue of Michael Jackson outside Craven Cottage

Tribute: The statue of Michael Jackson outside Craven Cottage

No more excuses for Theo

This was Theo Walcott's 199th match for Arsenal yet his decision-making was still woefully poor.

'Give him time' can no longer be an excuse for the 22-year-old England winger, who cost his side at least three good chances in the first half by picking the wrong pass or failing to deliver a threatening cross.

It was no surprise to see him hauled off after 65 minutes.

Stock taking the No 1 spot?

Mark Schwarzer may have been a little worried as he watched the display of David Stockdale.

Australia goalkeeper Schwarzer is out with a back injury but he will struggle to displace Stockdale on this evidence.

The 26-year-old also has the small motivation of a place in England's Euro 2012 squad to think about - and the superb double save he made in the first half will do him no harm at all.

Top stopper: But David Stockdale couldn't keep out Laurent Koscielny's header

Top stopper: But David Stockdale couldn't keep out Laurent Koscielny's header

Fulham enjoy late show of their own

Conceding late goals has been a problem for Fulham this season - nine of the last 21 they have let in have come in the 88th minute or after.

But there looked little chance of that happening here as Martin Jol's side surged forward in search of a winner against Arsenal after two former Gunners, Steve Sidwell and Philippe Senderos, combined for their 85th-minute equaliser.

Bobby Zamora duly delivered the sucker punch after 91 minutes and 54 seconds. Ouch!

Sucker punch: Bobby Zamora (centre) hits the winner for Fulham

Sucker punch: Bobby Zamora (centre) hits the winner for Fulham

Cottagers bounce back

The 5-0 drubbing Manchester United inflicted on Fulham on December 21 may have been the best early Christmas present Martin Jol could have received.

His side followed up that embarrassment with draws at Chelsea and Norwich and then this stunning win against Arsenal.

Five points from nine really is not bad at all - especially for a side who traditionally struggle away from home.

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Veteran: Fulham's Danny Murphy (left)

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