Sunday May 9, 2010 Day 38 Finished Emirates Stadium

Arsenal 4 - 0 Fulham

  • Arshavin 20’
  • van Persie 26’
  • Baird 37’ (o.g.)
  • Vela 84’

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  1. Arsenal secure third with win

    Arsenal secure third with win

    Arsenal secured third place in the Premier League with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Fulham at the Emirates Stadium. More

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    • Arsenal
    • Fulham
    • 90+2' FULL-TIME. It is all over. Arsenal secure third place in the Premier League and an automatic berth in the Champions League group phase with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Fulham at the Emirates Stadium.
    • 90' Kelly booked for a rash lunge at Van Persie.
    • 89' Tottenham are 4-2 down at Turf Moor.
    • 88' With Tottenham now losing at Burnley, Arsenal will finish five points ahead of their arch-rivals.
    • 87' Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski handles the ball outside the area from a shot from Fulham's David Elm. Match Image
    • 86' In total, they have won only nine of their last 95 Premier League away matches stretching back to the start of the 2005-06 season.
    • 85' This will be the third time in the last five seasons that Fulham have picked up only one away victory in a single season.
    • 83' That finish was very reminiscent of the one Steven Pienaar produced at the other end for Everton against Arsenal on this ground in January.
    • 82' GOAL!! 4-0 Arsenal. A sublime finish from Vela puts some icing on the cake. Nasri springs the offside trap and the Mexican delicately lifts the ball over the advancing Schwarzer.
    • 79' Arsenal win their fifth corner but a shot is charged down.
    • 78' A real rout - Chelsea now leading Wigan 7-0.
    • 77' Van Persie could have had a hatful in the second-half, he majestically cuts inside Kelly only to blaze his shot over the crossbar.
    • 76' A Gunners league debut for 19-year-old Englishman Lansbury.
    • 75' Double change for Arsenal with Walcott and Arshavin replaced by Carlos Vela and Henri Lansbury .
    • 74' Arsenal have lost nine PL matches this season - their second-most ever defeats in a single season under Wenger – level with their nine defeats in 1999-00.
    • 73' Fulham fans show their support in the stands. Match Image
    • 72' A clipped cross from the right is just inches away from finding Okaka in the six-yard box.
    • 71' Nevland meets the corner at the near post but his header is off target.
    • 70' Nicky Shorey's free-kick is headed away by Eboue but Arsenal fail to clear and the left-back has a follow-up shot which is deflected behind for a corner.
    • 69' Elm springs the offside trap and Fabianski comes out of his penalty area to smother the danger only for the ball to deflect on to his arm. Another booking.
    • 68' This time Eboue booked for a dive after Kelly's sliding tackle on the Ivorian inside the penalty area. Eboue loves the theatrics but his trailing leg might just have caught the back of the Fulham sub.
    • 67' Dempsey is replaced by Fredrik Stoor.
    • 66' This time Fulham claims for a penalty as Clint Dempsey tumbles under a challenge from Campbell. The American is booked for a dive and is clearly angry with referee Michael Jones.
    • 65' 5-0 at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea score their 100th League goal of the season.
    • 64' Van Persie races clear down the right channel but is unable to pick out Arshavin in the middle with his cross.
    • 63' Van Persie meets an inviting cross from the left but can only poke his effort over the top.
    • 62' Silvestre hobbles off so Johan Djourou comes on for his first appearance of the season after recovering from serious knee surgery.
    • 61' Arshavin goes down under a challenge from Kelly, the former Tottenham defender did not make any contact with the ball but the penalty appeals are waved away.
    • 60' Arshavin tees up van Persie unmarked 12 yards from goal but another scuffed shot from the usually deadly striker.
    • 59' Pantsil is replaced by Stephen Kelly.
    • 58' 4-0 to Chelsea as they close in on 100 goals and the Premier League title.
    • 57' The Ghana defender is clutching his thigh and that will concern Hodgson ahead of Wednesday.
    • 56' Dangerous stuff from Pantsil who almost gifts Arshavin the ball in the penalty area before hacking clear.
    • 55' It is now 3-0 to Chelsea with Salomon Kalou adding the third for the champions-elect.
    • 54' Fulham's Stefano Okaka and Arsenal's Sol Campbell battle for the ball. Match Image
    • 53' The Gunners look in the mood to finish the season in style - a very open start to the second-half.
    • 52' Fabianski punches Greening's delivery clear.
    • 51' Okaka forces Campbell to concede a corner, Fulham's first.
    • 50' Robin van Persie has scored three goals in his last five Premier league matches against Fulham, including the winner in Arsenal’s 1-0 victory at Craven Cottage earlier this season. He should have had his fifth in sixth there.
    • 49' An incredible save from Schwarzer to deny van Persie. The Australian sprawling to block a volley from little more than eight yards but somehow the Dutch star then hits the post from two yards with his follow-up with the Fulham custodian prone on the floor.
    • 48' Arsenal win a corner but after playing it short, van Perise finds the crowd rather than the top corner with his attempted curler from the right.
    • 47' Fulham may have had the proverbial rocket at half-time as Elm strikes the far post albeit the offside flag was already up.
    • 46' We are underway for the second-half with David Elm replacing Riise.
    • 45+2' Half-time. Arsenal ruthless.
    • 45+1' Fulham break and have their first effort on goal but Nevland's flicked header lands on the roof of the net.
    • 45' Two minutes of added time to be played.
    • 44' Clichy, who missed the defeat at Blackburn, is hobbling after a collision with Bjorn Helge Riise.
    • 43' Schwarzer claims Nasri's corner comfortably.
    • 42' Van Persie's shot is charged down for a corner.
    • 41' A rare sight on goal for Fulham but Okaka is unable to get a shot away after getting the better of Sol Campbell in an aerial challenge.
    • 40' Arsenal have won each of their last six home matches on the final day of the season - this will surely be seven.
    • 39' Manchester United lead Stoke 2-0 but it is likely to matter not in the final reckoning.
    • 38' Walcott spurns an absolute sitter after a sublime flick from Eboue, the England winger screwing his shot wide from no more than eight yards with only Schwarzer to beat.
    • 37' Baird also scored a bizarre own goal against Birmingham - that time a bullet header.
    • 36' GOAL!! 3-0 Arsenal. A frankly ridiculous own goal from Chris Baird as Eboue flicks Walcott's cross into the path of van Persie. The Northern Ireland nips in before the Dutch striker but only succeeds in poking the ball into the corner of the net.
    • 33' Walcott finds the net but the offside flag is up.
    • 32' Also 2-0 at Turf Moor as Luka Modric scores a cracker for Spurs.
    • 31' Over at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea lead 2-0 and Wigan are down to 10 men.
    • 30' Fulham have failed to muster an effort on goal in the opening half hour. The hosts have had six attempts.
    • 29' Fulham have failed to score in ten of their 18 Premier League matches in 2010, including in six of the last ten.
    • 28' Arsenal looking rampant now as van Persie bursts into the penalty area following a short corner but fails to get his shot away.
    • 27' The Gunners looking good for third while Fulham looking destined to finish in either 12th or 13th if Sunderland win at Wolves.
    • 26' A ninth Premier League goal of van Persie's injury-hit season. This is only his 14th start.
    • 25' GOAL!! 2-0 Arsenal. The Gunners carve Fulham open down the right and Walcott squares to Robin van Persie whose first shot hits the legs of Schwarzer and deflects off the bar but only right back into the path of the Dutchman who finds the net at the second attempt.
    • 24' David Nugent scoring for Burnley in their 3-1 defeat at the Emirates Stadium on March 6.
    • 23' It is 310 minutes (five hours and ten minutes) of Premier League football since Arsenal last conceded at home.
    • 22' A 10th Premier League goal of the season for Arshavin. Arsenal's second top scorer behind Cesc Fabregas (15).
    • 21' GOAL!! Arshavin gives Arsenal the lead after a shocking error by Schwarzer. A routine back pass but a heavy touch from the Aussie and the Russia international nips in and cuts back inside before delivering a shot from an acute angle that hits the knee of John Pantsil on the line.
    • 20' Arsenal have picked up ten points from a possible 21 in London derby matches this season – fewer than Chelsea (19) and Tottenham (16).
    • 19' Arshavin twists and turns but his chip fails to carry any muster.
    • 18' The error prone Pole catches Jonathan Greening's free-kick albeit at the second attempt.
    • 17' Bacary Sagna is penalised for a foul which will allow Fulham to put Fabianski under pressure.
    • 16' If Arsenal fail to win today it will be the first time in the club’s Premier League history they have failed win any of their last five matches of the season.
    • 15' Van Persie looks to have a clear sight at goal but is flagged for offside.
    • 14' Kagisho Dikgacoi Is penalised for a foul on Walcott but van Persie's free-kick is headed away by the diving Erik Nevland before the South African hacks clear.
    • 13' Fulham have not won in all eight Premier League visits to Arsenal and have failed to pick up a single victory in all 22 league visits to them stretching back to their first meeting in March 1914.
    • 12' Nasri is inches away from breaking the deadlock but his 20-yard drive trickles past the far post after beating the despairing dive of Schwarzer.
    • 11' Walcott goes down under a challenge from the stocky Okaka but no free-kick awarded.
    • 10' Theo Walcott's centre is cut out by a Fulham defence featuring Chris Smalling in his last Premier League game for the club before he moves to Manchester United.
    • 9' Fulham’s only win in their last six Premier League matches against Arsenal was 1-0 at Craven Cottage in August 2008.
    • 8' Robin van Persie almost catches Schwarzer napping with an audacious free-kick from out on the right which he bends in with his left peg and the shot is destined for the top corner only for the Aussie to palm it over the crossbar.
    • 7' A former Gunner Nicolas Anelka has given Chelsea the lead against Wigan and the Blues are on course for the Premier League title.
    • 6' An early blunder from Lukasz Fabianski is unlikely to come as too much of a shock. He fumbles a routine free-kick in the penalty area and the Gunners are fortunate to hack clear.
    • 5' Gareth Bale has scored for Tottenham at Burnley. As things stand, Arsenal are only holding off their arch-rivals for third place on goal difference.
    • 4' Arshavin's cross from the left is comfortably held by Schwarzer. An attacking selection from Arsene Wenger with Abou Diaby playing as the holding midfielder.
    • 3' Stefano Okaka is incensed that he is not awarded a corner after holding the ball up down the right channel.
    • 2' An early cross from Samir Nasri is held by Mark Schwarzer, one man who will be playing on Wednesday night.
    • 1' Michael Jones is today's match official and he gets the game underway.
    • 15:55 The teams come out before a full house at the Emirates for the final game of the season.
    • 15:50 Arsenal have more Premier League wins (13) and more Premier League points (41) against Fulham than any other club has against the West London club.
    • 15:45 Arsenal are looking to complete the Premier League double over Fulham for the sixth time.
    • 15:40 They have met 17 times in the Premier League. Arsenal have won 13, Fulham two and there have been two draws.
    • 15:35 Arsenal and Fulham have met 45 times in the league. Arsenal have won 31, Fulham seven and there have been seven draws.
    • 15:30 Arsenal have never lost at home to Fulham and need to avoid defeat to secure a third place finish and a place in the Champions League group stage.
    • 15:25 Fit-again Gael Clichy returns at left-back for Arsenal while Andrei Arshavin was the other change to the starting XI which lost at Blackburn.
    • 15:20 Bobby Zamora and Damien Duff were both out injured and face a race against time to be fit for Wednesday's showpiece against Atletico Madrid in Hamburg.
    • 15:15 Europa League finalists Fulham made eight changes for their last domestic match of the season at Arsenal. Danny Murphy, Zoltan Gera and Simon Davies are on the bench while Paul Konchesky and centre-back Brede Hangeland are among those rested.
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    • Starting line-up

      • L. Fabianski Yellow Card
      • B. Sagna
      • S. Campbell
      • M. Silvestre Substitution Out (62′)
      • G. Clichy
      • A. Diaby
      • E. Eboué Yellow Card
      • S. Nasri
      • T. Walcott Substitution Out (77′)
      • A. Arshavin Goal Substitution Out (77′)
      • R. van Persie Goal


      • J. Djourou Substitution In62′
      • V. Mannone
      • K. Gibbs
      • H. Lansbury Substitution In77′
      • C. Vela Substitution In77′ Goal
      • F. Merída
      • C. Eastmond
    • Starting line-up

      • M. Schwarzer
      • J. Pantsil Substitution Out (59′)
      • C. Baird Own Goal
      • C. Smalling
      • N. Shorey
      • K. Dikgacoi
      • J. Greening
      • B. Riise Substitution Out (45′)
      • C. Dempsey Yellow Card Substitution Out (67′)
      • E. Nevland
      • S. Okaka Chuka


      • P. Zuberbühler
      • Z. Gera
      • S. Kelly Substitution In59′ Yellow Card
      • D. Elm Substitution In45′
      • D. Murphy
      • S. Davies
      • F. Stoor Substitution In67′
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