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  • Arshavin (21), van Persie (26), Baird (37 og), Vela (84)
  • Date:2010-05-09
  • Kick-off:16:00
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance:60039
  • Referee:Jones, M

Live Commentary

90mins

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.

86mins

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

84mins

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

78mins

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

76mins

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

73mins

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

70mins

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

68mins

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

67mins

Dempsey leaves the field to be replaced by Stoor.

66mins

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

66mins

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

63mins

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

62mins

Silvestre is off and on comes Djourou.

60mins

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

58mins

Kelly comes on for Pantsil.

58mins

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

56mins

Arsenal are stroking the ball around from left to right.

53mins

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

50mins

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

47mins

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

46mins

Elm has replaced Riise at the break for Fulham.

46mins

Arsenal get the second half under way.

45mins

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.

44mins

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

41mins

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

39mins

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

37mins

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

36mins

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

33mins

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

31mins

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

29mins

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

26mins

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

25mins

Shorey crosses into the Gunners box but Silvestre heads clear.

23mins

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

21mins

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

19mins

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

17mins

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

16mins

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

14mins

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

12mins

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

10mins

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

8mins

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

6mins

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

4mins

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

2mins

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

1mins

Referee Michael Jones gets the game underway.

0mins

The teams are out at the Emirates.

0mins

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.

0mins

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

0mins

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

0mins

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

0mins

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.

Match Preview

A season that has all too familiarly petered out in the last few weeks comes to an end for Arsenal when Europa League finalists Fulham visit the Emirates Stadium.

Just over a month ago the Gunners were preparing to face Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and were involved in a three-way battle for the Premier League title.

However, a 6-3 aggregate defeat to the current La Liga leaders has been followed by a run of one point from four league matches as Arsene Wenger's team have completely run of steam.

Roy Hodgson is certain to rest several players with Wednesday's Final against Atletico Madrid in mind, although his team can still finish in the top half of the Premier League table despite the midweek defeat against Stoke City.

It has been another brilliant season for the Cottagers particularly as they needed a final-day victory at Portsmouth two years ago to avoid relegation while it is just over a decade ago that they were plying their trade in the fourth tier of English football.

The hairline fracture of the leg Cesc Fabregas suffered in last month's first game against Barca has certainly not helped Arsenal's cause and there remains a rash of players in the treatment room.

William Gallas (calf), Johan Djourou (knee), Aaron Ramsey (broken leg), Kieran Gibbs (ankle), Thomas Vermalen (calf) and Denilson (groin) will all miss Sunday's match, but Andrey Arshavin and Manuel Almunia could return to action after recovering from calf and wrist problems respectively.

Meanwhile, Hodgson is not expected to risk Bobby Zamora as the former Tottenham forward continues to struggle with an Achilles injury while Andrew Johnson is the only other absentee - the ex-Birmingham City forward has been sidelined since January with a knee injury.

Winger Damien Duff will also miss out after picking up a leg muscle problem in the midweek 1-0 defeat by the Potters which threatens his Europa League Final appearance.

Fulham have a terrible record at Arsenal and have failed to beat the Gunners on 23 occasions, losing 20 times.

Last season at the Emirates Stadium, the Cottagers did at least manage to avoid defeat when they played out a goalless draw while, earlier this term at Craven Cottage, Wenger's side secured a 1-0 victory thanks to Robin van Persie's 52nd-minute goal.


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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.

Arsenal

Fulham

Corners

52

Fouls

1310

Goal attempts

131

Shots off target

61

Offsides

64

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