• Aston Villa 1 Norwich 1 FT
• Arsenal 1 QPR 0 FT
• Reading 3 Fulham 3 FT
• Stoke 0 Sunderland 0 FT
• Wigan 2 West Ham 1 FT
16.55 What an ending to this afternoon's Clockwatch. Five goals in 10 minutes or so towards the end of the 90. A key win for Wigan, a pivotal point for Reading at the death, Arsenal get back to winning ways - albeit against the Premier League basement boys - after back-to-back defeats. As for Stoke-Sunderland, see below post.
16.54 Stoke 0 Sunderland 0. The Britannia DJ spins The Farm's Altogether Now.... don't watch this one on Match of the Day.
16.50 All over at the Emirates. Arsenal somehow cling on with a 1-0, but far from yesteryear. QPR resolute, they should stay up on this showing.
16.43 GOAL! Wigan 2 West Ham 1. James Tomkins pulls one back. No idea how to be honest on this frenetic ending. Sorry to those I told to go Christmas shopping at half-time.
16.49 John Mackie, sprinting down the right, goes past six Arsenal players. This is Gazza like. He shoots from the edge of the box, straight at Mannone. What an incredible run. And, really, he should have scored. Great QPR spirit with 10 men.
16.46 GOAL! Reading 3 Fulham 3. Penalty box mayhem. Robson-Kanu bang on 90 levels things.
16.43 GOAL! Reading 2 Fulham 3. Dimitar Berbatov on all the eights 88, would you believe it! The trip back down to M4 will be a lively one tonight.
16.41 GOAL! Reading 2 Fulham 2. The Premier League is alive. ALIVE, I say. Garath McCleary (85) draws the Royals level.
16.40 GOAL! Arsenal 1 Reading 0. Total Pinball at the Emirates. Cesar is springy once more as Arsenal twice hit the crossbar before Arteta lashes in from two yards.
16.38 A remarkable, reflex stop from Cesar as Giroud strikes one from four yards out. The Brazilian turns it round the post with a Gordon Banks leap to his left. Outstanding.
16.36 M'Bia goes down. He's got the free kick. No problems. But then... M'Bia, still grounded, kicks out on Vermaelen and that is a straight red. Needless and Clockwatch would love to be a fly on Mark Hughes' shoulder come the final whistle.
16.35 Santi Cazorla with an open goal. Miss of the afternoon, firing Jonny Wilkinson-like, high into the attic of the Emirates library.
16.17 GOAL ! Reading 1 Fulham 2. Chris Baird with the goal and what a turn around, instigated by Ruiz's introduction.
16.31 An Opta stat to make Roy Hodgson's Montepulciano all the more sweeter tonight.
16.30 Still nothing of note at a wet Britannia. Another sure bet for a draw.
16.28 Gervinho on for Podolski. Can he do the same as sub Ruiz up the road at Reading. His entrance has enlivened Fulham's tilt for three points.
16.22 Despite all this Wilshere drooling, QPR have been failry resolute today. They are digging in and Hoilett is causing problems (Vermaelen and Sagna have both made danger clearances in last few minutes). Meanwhile, Wilshere has departed. A more than handy 66 minutes back for our 2014 World Cup hope.
16.20 Out come the Wilshere lovers. Drew, an Englishman in Thailand, missives: "What better 'Welcome Back' gift to us all would three cheeky points be… Come on Jack, have another shot!"
16.17 GOAL ! Reading 1 Fulham 1. Fulham sub Bryan Ruiz - on for Rodallega - lashes home after a one-two with Duff. That is one magnificent strike by the way from the edge of the D.
16.15 Granero, already on a yellow and having already felled Wilshere, goes sliding in on Arteta, who manages one of those Platoon-like fells. He is one lucky player to still be on the pitch. Mark Hughes can't believe it. Free kick comes to nothing. Traore is then grounded by a committed Arteta and we have another stoppage. Ref Anthony Taylor not having the best hour of his career.
16.12 Arsenal's back four is well and truly breached with three Reading strikers through. Hoilett dinks his header in but all three are offside. Warning signs.
16.10 Wilson stretchered off as Andy Wilkinson comes on for Stoke.
GOAL! Wigan 2 West Ham 0. James McArthur (47) fires home and the Latics are bossing this. To think West Ham could have gone in to a Champs League spot with a win.
16.05 Straight to the Emirates where Wilshere is down... for around a minute. Collective intake of breath after a two-studded tackle from Granero - the ref was five feet away but offered no card - but he's fine.
16.00 So, what's in store in the second-halves? Joshua Maina, in Kenya: "Am wishing Jack and the Arsenal fraternity, victories in the upcoming premier league matches, may we strike GOLD."
15.46 Another chance to level: Damien Duff drags one wide from Richardson's low cross and Reading will head into the break with, yes, a goal. Only two to bring you as half-times blow. If you've got Christmas shopping to do, now's the time.
15.45 Paul Kerton in South Africa: "Wow, quiet afternoon. Last weekend also started off slowly... hope Reading hang onto their lead. They deserve a win. If Arsenal don't win today they'll get left behind."
15.43 As our man Oliver Brown rightly notes at the Emirates: "It's cold enough for Wenger to be wearing his duvet of a coat, the daftest garment in sport."
15.40 With only four games to concentrate on this afternoon, it really will be hard not to focus on Wilshere. And why not when he is playing with freedom and vision in the opening 45. Ramsey not having a bad half either.
15.37 Guilt-edged chance and Rodallega knows it. The Fulham striker is six yards out with a free header and Schwarzer gathers on the goal line. Should be level. Several wise owls in the office have bets on 2.5 or more goals in this one. They might well be right on this one.
15.30 Double chance in as many minutes for West Ham's Jarvis. To no avail. Thirty minutes gone around the grounds and just the two goals to show for it (plus a bright and breezy start for Wilshere).
GOAL! Reading 1 Fulham 0. And what a goal too! Leigertwood scores from a sidefooted 25-yard belter, which not even the great and the good would have stopped. Somewhat unexpected lead for Reading.
15.23 For all you lovers of the following stat: the fastest goal in England was scored by Ross Barkley (Sheff Wed) at Ipswich after 83 seconds.
15.22 Fulham are dangerous on the counter attack and bossing the opening exchanges at Reading. They stopped a run of winless games (19 months), the last time they travelled to Reading and Berbatov and Rodallega are making the hosts sweat here.
15.20 Oh, Wilshere. Lovely, dreamy run from the midfielder before firing from the edge of the box, as Cesar gathers far from cleanly.
15.15 Not a great deal of action at the Britannia. Johnson has first effort for Sunderland.
15.10 GOAL! Wigan 1 West Ham 0. First of the afternoon as unmarked defender Ivan Ramis nets on eight minutes with a superb left-foot volley.
15.08 Ramsey with the first decent effort for Arsenal. Angles the header and it clips the QPR crossbar.
15.05 Deft chip from Shorey and Reading should be one up.
15.03 Jack Wilshere's first touch naturally gets a rapturous reception at the Emirates. World Cup 2014 glory beckons once more.
15.00 WE ARE OFF AND RUNNING...
14.45 Teams at the JJB:
Wigan: Al Habsi, Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur,
Beausejour, Kone, Di Santo, Maloney
West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Tomkins, Collins, Reid, McCartney, Jarvis, Noble, Nolan, Diame, Benayoun, Carroll.
14.40 The last time Fulham travelled up to Reading, they recorded their first away league win for, wait for it, 19 months. A draw still looks a savvy bet in Clockwatch's eyes. Here's our man Arindam Rej with his match notes:
Reading are still foraging for their first Premier League win of the season and host a Fulham team who will want to show Pavel Pogrebnyak what he has missed out on Pogrebnyak chose to join Reading instead of Fulham in the summer but his new team are struggling while the London club are looking sharp. Fulham will move into the top four, on Saturday evening at least, if they win and West Ham do not.
14.32 Here are your teams at the Emirates. One notable inclusion (see below tweet):
Arsenal: Mannone, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Andre Santos, Arteta,
Wilshere, Cazorla, Ramsey, Podolski, Giroud. Subs: Martinez, Koscielny,
Walcott, Coquelin, Arshavin, Jenkinson, Gervinho.
QPR: Julio Cesar, Bosingwa, Mbia, Nelsen, Traore, Wright-Phillips, Diakite, Granero, Hoilett, Taarabt, Zamora.
Subs: Green, Ferdinand, Cisse, Mackie, Onuoha, Ephraim, Faurlin.
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)
14.00 To the Britannia for the mid-to-bottom of the table encounter between Stoke and Sunderland. Here are those match notes:
On paper the division's draw specialists can scarcely be separated. Level on eight points apiece, Stoke, in 13th, are a place ahead by virtue of one goal and have arguably had the tougher start, yet Sunderland have played one match fewer. No other Premier League sides have matched their return of five draws already this season and the sides have identical home records, while away Stoke have two defeats as opposed to Sunderland’s one.
Stat: Sunderland have gone 11 games since they last won away – and that
was at Stoke in February.
Brendan McLoughlin’s prediction: Stoke City 1 Sunderland 1.
13.45 First, to the Emirates, where QPR are the visitors. The Gunners took a 15-minute flight to Norwich last weekend, but Mark Hughes' troops will probably be taking the bus for their short hop across town. Here are Oliver Brown's match notes:
Shaken by back-to-back defeats, first at Norwich and then at home to Schalke in the Champions League, Arsenal are seeking to purge the memories of a tempestuous week. A season that began so auspiciously is already threatening to unravel, with Arsene Wenger forced to placate fans desperate not to endure an eighth staight trophy-less season QPR could present another roadblock to their hopes, with manager Mark Hughes desperate to record a first Premier League win of the season and to safeguard his own position.
Betting: Home 1-3, Away 8-1, Draw 7-2
Stat: Arsenal have failed to score in three of their first eight league games for the first time in 14 years
Oliver Brown’s prediction: Arsenal 1 QPR 1
13.30 Good afternoon and welcome to a compact Saturday Clockwatch. Only four 3pm games for you today, but some juicy ones all the same. Jack Wilshere is expected to play some part at the Emirates, while West Ham could go into a Champions League spot with a win over Wigan. So could Fulham, who travel to lowly Reading. Meanwhile, Stoke and Sunderland will contest a near-the-basement encounter at the Britannia.