• Date: Sun 09 May 2010
  • Venue: Emirates Stadium
  • Ref: Jones, M
  • Attendance: 60,039


Arshavin (21)

van Persie (26)

Vela (84)

4 - 0

Arsenal vs Fulham

Team Lineups


Lukasz Fabianski
Bacary Sagna
Mikael Silvestre (Johan Djourou, 62)
Gael Clichy
Sol Campbell
Vassiriki Abou Diaby
Samir Nasri
Theo Walcott (Henri Lansbury, 77)
Andrey Arshavin (Carlos Alberto Vela, 77)
Emmanuel Eboue
Robin van Persie


Mark Schwarzer
John Paintsil (Stephen Kelly, 59)
Chris Baird
Nicky Shorey
Chris Smalling
Bjorn Helge Riise (David Elm, 46)
Clint Dempsey (Fredrik Stoor, 67)
Jonathan Greening
Kagisho Dikgacoi
Stefano Chuka Okaka
Erik Nevland

Match Report
Arsenal cruised to a comfortable 4-0 victory over Fulham to clinch third place and automatic qualification into the Champions League. Goals from Andrey Arshavin, Robin van Persie, an own goal from Chris Baird and a delightful chip by Carlos Vela were enough to dismiss a largely disinterested Fulham, although it did not start that way. With just one win in their last eight matches, and north London rivals Spurs waiting to take advantage of another slip, the Gunners could not afford to relax on the last day of the season. Fulham on the other hand, with a trip to Hamburg on their minds, were able to rest a host of first-choice players. Roy Hodgson's side however did not show any early signs that they would lay down. Perhaps with places up for grabs for this Wednesday's Europa Cup Final, the Cottagers were making a game of it. There were some early moments of anxiety for the Gunners, principally when Lukasz Fabianski failed to deal with a cross convincingly, sparking shouts of "Wenger spend some money". Van Persie looked sharp at the other end. His inswinging free-kick from the right tested Mark Schwarzer who managed to parry the ball to safety just before the balled dipped into the net. Samir Nasri also tested the Australian keeper, who pushed the effort around his right post. The Fulham number one went from hero to villain moments later though. He came out to meet a back-pass and mis-controlled the ball allowing Arshavin to nip in and steal possession. The Russian cut in to the left side of the area before firing in a shot from an acute angle with the defenders on the line unable to prevent the powerful shot from finishing in the back of the net. The Gunners went 2-0 up in the 26th minute when an Emmanuel Eboue pass beat the offside trap allowing Theo Walcott to leave a flat-footed defence in his wake before squaring the ball for van Persie. The Dutch striker's first shot was half-saved by Schwarzer, but the ball bounced back off the bottom side of the bar for van Persie to calmly place the ball beyond the grounded keeper. Fulham's heads visibly dropped. Baird's own goal in the 38th minute made it 3-0 to Arsenal. Eboue's back-flick from Walcott's cross threw the Fulham defence into disarray. With van Persie bearing down on goal, Baird stuck a leg out and inadvertently directed the ball past his own keeper. Another Eboue back-flick from van Persie's pass put Walcott in on goal, but the World Cup hopeful failed to test the keeper when through on goal on the right side of the area and he dragged his shot wide of the left post. The Gunners went close to going 4-0 up just four minutes after the re-start when Bacary Sagna's cross from the right was met on the volley by van Persie but Schwarzer spread himself well to make a point-blank save. The rebound fell to the Dutchman whose snap-shot hit the left post before bouncing away to safety. Carlos Vela came off the bench to make it 4-0 in the 84th minute. The Mexican ran on to Nasri's throughball before lifting the ball over the oncoming keeper to secure the win and third place.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

Full Time: ARSENAL 4-0 FULHAM. The Gunners complete a comfortable win over Fulham to finish the season in third in the Premier League. Fulham will now hope to finish their season on a high with victory in Wednesday's Europa League final.


Van Persie cuts inside before unleashing a low shot that is blocked by Smalling.


ARSENAL 4-0 FULHAM: Lansbury plays in VELA and he chips over Schwarzer to complete the win.


Van Persie tries his luck from distance but fires wide of the target.


Double substitution for Arsenal as Walcott and Arshavin are replaced by Vela and Lansbury.


Stoor fires in a low cross but Okaka can't get a touch on it.

Yellow Card

Fabianski is booked for handling outside the box, just as Elm raced through to shoot on goal.

Yellow Card

Eboue is now booked for faking. The Arsenal midfielder dived when tackled by Kelly in the Fulham box.


Dempsey leaves the field to be replaced by Stoor.

Yellow Card

The referee saw it as a dive by Dempsey and books the Fulham man.


Okaka dinks a lovely ball over the Arsenal defence for Dempsey but Campbell brings him down.


Van Persie can't get a decent touch to Eboue's cross and the ball spins up and over the Fulham goal.


Silvestre is off and on comes Djourou.


Arshavin holds the ball up for van Persie but his strike is well off target.


Kelly comes on for Pantsil.


Pantsil is down and in some pain. Fulham won't want to lose the full back ahead of their trip to Germany on Wednesday.


Arsenal are stroking the ball around from left to right.


Van Persie slides a pass through looking for Arshavin but Schwarzer is alert to the danger and gathers the ball.


Sagna's cross is fired goalwards by van Persie but Schwarzer does well to deny the Gunners striker.


Elm is through on goal and his shot hits the post! But the linesman had flagged the Fulham striker offside.


Elm has replaced Riise at the break for Fulham.

Second half

Arsenal get the second half under way.

Half time

Half Time: ARSENAL 3-0 FULHAM. Fulham look to have their minds on Wednesday's Europa League final, in what is proving to be a one-sided contest.


Shorey tries to reach Dikgacoi's cross-field pass but the ball runs out of play.


Okaka races onto Nevland's flick but Campbell steps in to clear his lines.


Eboue plays in Walcott but Schwarzer narrows the angle and the England winger fires wide.

Own Goal

ARSENAL 3-0 FULHAM: Walcott's cross bounces off Fulham's BAIRD and beats Schwarzer


Walcott tucks the ball home from van Persie's pass, but the linesman flags for offside.


Fabianski punches Baird's cross clear under pressure from Okaka.


Van Persie sends Eboue through on goal but Schwarzer races off his line to smother the ball.


Arsenal are rampant now and only a good block tackle by Shorey denies Eboue from making it 3-0.


ARSENAL 2-0 FULHAM: Walcott springs the offside trap but his shot is brilliantly saved by Schwarzer - only for VAN PERSIE to poke home.


Shorey crosses into the Gunners box but Silvestre heads clear.


Dempsey and Dikgacoi combine well but Diaby wins the ball back for Arsenal.


ARSENAL 1-0 FULHAM: A mistake by Schwarzer lets in ARSHAVIN and the Russian smashes the ball home from a tight angle.


Fabianski loses the flight of Greening's free kick but hangs onto the ball at the second attempt.


Van Persie chips the ball in looking for Campbell but Smalling heads clear.


Dikgacoi bundles over Walcott. Free kick to Arsenal in a dangerous position 25 yards from goal.


Nasri smashes a left footed shot inches wide of the Fulham goal. Decent effort by the Arsenal midfielder.


Okaka runs the length of the pitch to tackle Walcott and win the ball back for Fulham.


Walcott runs at the Fulham defence but Greening tracks back to deny the England winger.


Okaka can't get a touch on Riise's free kick and Clichy clears the danger.


Van Persie's cross is too strong for Arshavin and the ball sails out for a throw to the visitors.


Arshavin shoots from 20 yards but Dikgacoi gets in a block.


Baird does well to win the ball from Arshavin on the edge of the Fulham box.


Referee Michael Jones gets the game underway.

Awaiting Kickoff

The teams are out at the Emirates.

Awaiting Kickoff

An end of season contest at the Emirates but the home side will want to win to stop north London rivals Tottenham from leap-frogging them in the table. Fulham would be forgiven for thinking about next Wednesday's Europa League final.

Awaiting Kickoff

Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Baird, Smalling, Shorey, Riise, Greening, Dikgacoi, Dempsey, Nevland, Okaka

Awaiting Kickoff

Roy Hodgson makes eight changes to the side that lost to Stoke in midweek, as the Cottagers look to their Europa League final.

Awaiting Kickoff

Arsenal: Fabianski, Sagna, Campbell, Silvestre, Clichy, Eboue, Diaby, Walcott, Nasri, Arshavin, van Persie

Awaiting Kickoff

Andrey Arshavin and Gael Clichy return to the Arsenal starting XI for today's clash with Fulham.Carlos Vela drops to the bench and Armand Traore misses out.