Super Nasri fires Gunners to top
Two magical goals from Samir Nasri rescued Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium as they moved top of the Barclays Premier League with a 2-1 win over Fulham.
The France star's jaw-dropping composure was in stark contrast to that of his team-mates, who almost threw away another three points in front of their own fans.
Nasri put them ahead early on but a sickening clash of heads between Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci allowed Diomansy Kamara to equalise before Nasri netted a glorious winner.
Nasri's spectacular opener put the home side ahead in the 14th minute. Andrey Arshavin pounced on Aaron Hughes' error before feeding Nasri, who sold two sublime dummies before lashing the ball into the top corner.
Marouane Chamakh and Alex Song were then guilty of profligacy in front of goal that would come back to haunt the Gunners.
On the half-hour mark, Squillaci and Koscielny collided going for the same ball and Clint Dempsey took full advantage of the carnage to slide in Kamara, who sidefooted home.
Koscielny was in a bad way and was carried off on a stretcher to be replaced by Johan Djourou.
Arsenal tried to build some momentum after the restart but the home fans' frustration grew when Song wasted his good work outmuscling John Pantsil by blazing over.
Fulham were denied a shock lead in the 70th minute when a corner was deflected to Zoltan Gera, whose header was cleared off the line.
With 15 minutes remaining however, a brilliant flowing move saw Robin van Persie square for Nasri and though the Frenchman still had men to beat, he did so with some unbelievable footwork, rounding Mark Schwarzer and pirouetting to net from a tight angle.