Posted: Mon December 9, 2013 12:34AM; Updated: Mon December 9, 2013 12:34AM

Arsenal's momentum halted as it settles for draw with Everton

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Arsenal is seeking its first title since 2004, and sits at the top of the table, five points ahead of second-place Liverpool.
Arsenal is seeking its first title since 2004, and sits at the top of the table, five points ahead of second-place Liverpool.
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First-place Arsenal lost momentum in the Premier League Sunday, allowing a late equalizer in a 1-1 draw with Everton, while Fulham beat Aston Villa to give new manager Rene Meulensteen his first victory.

Arsenal failed to take advantage of its main rivals' stumbles on Saturday, as Everton substitute Gerard Deulofeu scored from a tight angle in the 84th minute.

With upcoming matches against Napoli in the Champions League, Manchester City and Chelsea, Arsenal leads by five points. Chelsea lost 3-2 at Stoke and Manchester City was held 1-1 at Southampton on Saturday.

Arsenal nearly won in stoppage time, but striker Olivier Giroud's shot hit the crossbar. Seeking their first title since 2004, the Gunners got off to a strong start this season.

''As long as we are five points ahead you cannot rule ourselves out even with the best desire,'' manager Arsene Wenger said. ''So let's keep that cushion. It shows you that it will be a tough Premier League and the consistency in the end will be rewarded.''

Fulham had lost six in a row before beating Aston Villa 2-0.

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