Premier League: Arsenal stumble against lowly Fulham, Tottenham sink Bournemouth

Fulham denied Arsenal the opportunity to end the year top of the Premier League after they fought back from a goal down to claim a 2-1 win on Monday (NZ time).

Bukayo Saka's early goal was cancelled out by Raul Jimenez before Bobby De Cordova-Reid's second-half strike ended the hosts' three-match losing streak.

Fulham rose to 13th in the table with 24 points after 20 matches. Arsenal, who were top of the table on Christmas day, have ended the year fourth after going winless in their last three matches.

The visitors started the match on the front-foot and found the breakthrough just five minutes in as Gabriel Martinelli ran into the box from the left and went for the finish.

Pape Matar Sarr of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates his goal.
Pape Matar Sarr of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates his goal. Photo credit: Getty Images

Fulham keeper Bernd Leno's diving parry denied Martinelli, but the ball went to Saka who finished from close range.

The hosts were unshaken by the early setback and continued to build pressure, which paid off near the half-hour mark as Tom Cairney's cross from the left flank was met by Jimenez for a swift finish, restoring parity.

Marco Silva's side maintained the momentum into the second half and took the lead near the hour-mark, when Andreas Pereira's corner created a scramble in the Arsenal box before De Cordova-Reid fired it into the net.

The result marked the first time Fulham won a game after going a goal down in 24 league matches.

Tottenham Hotspur brought resurgent Bournemouth down to earth with a flattering 3-1 victory thanks to goals by Pape Matar Sarr, Son Heung-min and Richarlison on Sunday.

Bournemouth were unbeaten in seven league games with six wins in that sequence and they will wonder how that run was not extended as they dominated at times in rain-hit north London.

Sarr gave Tottenham an early lead before he went off injured while captain Son and Richarlison scored late on after the home side had ridden their luck against a slick visiting side.

Alex Scott replied for Bournemouth in the 84th minute but it was scant consolation for Andoni Iraola's side.

Unconvincing as it was, Tottenham's win sent them into the New Year in the thick of the battle for a top-four finish.

They have 39 points from 20 games, one behind fourth-placed Arsenal and only three adrift of leaders Liverpool.