DARREN Bent's debut goal proved nothing more than a consolation as Arsenal cruised to a comfortable victory at Craven Cottage.
The Fulham striker came off the bench to score late on, but by that stage the visitors had already raced into a 3-0 lead thanks to Olivier Giroud's early opener and Lukas Podolski's double.
Martin Jol made three changes from the side that beat Sunderland last weekend.
David Stockdale and John Arne Riise replaced injured duo Maarten Stekelenburg and Kieran Richardson, while Scott Parker was handed his debut in place of Derek Boateng.
Stockdale was called into action inside 10 minutes when Tomas Rosicky played in Theo Walcott, only for the Fulham keeper to deny him at point-blank range.
However, the visitors took the lead shortly after when Aaron Ramsey's shot fell fortunately into the path of Giroud to slot past Stockdale from close range.
Fulham almost hit back immediately, only for Wojciech Szczesny to produce a double save to deny Adel Taarabt and Damien Duff.
Stockdale saved comfortably from Santi Cazorla, while Walcott had a shot deflected wide off Riise.
The Norwegian defender had a chance for Fulham at the other end as Taarabt continued to cause problems.
However, Riise fluffed his effort and was fortunate to see Kieran Gibbs fire wide as Arsenal broke.
But the Whites fell two behind five minutes before the break. Stockdale could only parry Walcott's stinging effort and Podolski slammed in the rebound from 16 yards.
Fulham came flying out of the traps after the half-time interval, with Taarabt's long-range drive pushed around the post by Szczesny.
Jol brought on Bent and Alex Kacaniklic around the hour mark as the Whites tried to find a way back into the game.
However, Arsenal wrapped up the points midway through the half.
Cazorla put the ball on a plate for Podolski and he drilled through a number of Fulham bodies across Stockdale and into the bottom corner.
The Whites pulled one back 13 minutes from time when Dimitar Berbatov squared for Bent to slot the ball home from inside the six-yard box, but it was too little, too late.
FULHAM: Stockdale, Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise, Duff (Bent 59), Sidwell (Karagounius 75), Parker, Kasami, Taarabt (Kacaniklic 61), Berbatov.
Subs (not used): Etheridge, Briggs, Boateng, Ruiz.
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