Saturday 11 September 2004, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Ljungberg 62'; o.g. Knight 65'; Reyes 71'

64' Yellow Card

Edwin Van der Sar Card was given for dissent

68' Yellow Card

Sylvain Legwinski Card was given for a foul

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tomasz Radzinski
Off:Sylvain Legwinski

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Brian McBride
Off:Luis Boa Morte

62' Goal

Fredrik Ljungberg

65' Own-goal

Zat Knight

71' Goal

José Antonio Reyes

22' Yellow Card

Patrick Vieira Card was given for a foul

82' Yellow Card

Francesc Fábregas Card was given for a foul

61' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:José Antonio Reyes
Off:Robert Pires

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jermaine Pennant
Off:Fredrik Ljungberg

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Francesc Fábregas
Off:Patrick Vieira

Second half goals from Freddie Ljungberg, a Zat Knight own goal and substitute Jose Reyes, saw Arsenal past tenacious Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Referee Mark Halsey turned down two penalty claims one for each side and disallowed a Collins John effort for pushing as The Gunners rode their luck to claim all three points from this full-blooded London derby.

Patrick Vieira, making his first start in an Arsenal shirt this season, took 22 minutes to pick up a yellow card for bringing down former Gunner Luis Boa Morte.

Arsenal started strongly and a characteristic Gunners counter-attack saw Bergkamp feed Henry, who instinctively played in Ljungberg but Edwin van der Sar saved the Swede's effort with his feet.

Boa Morte found some space in the Arsenal area and rifled a shot straight at Jens Lehmann. Pascal Cygan then hooked the ball away as the onrushing Mark Pembridge looked to score from the rebound.

However, there was drama on 35 minutes when Ashley Cole was adjudged to have brought down namesake Andy Cole and the referee pointed immediately to the spot. But, after consulting with both assistant referees, Halsey then changed his mind and awarded a free kick against the home team, much to the Fulham players’ disgust.

Arsenal had their own penalty appeal turned down just before half time as Henry was caught from behind by former Gunners defender Moritz Volz.

More controversy followed in first half injury time when Halsey disallowed a John header for pushing Kolo Toure.  John had two chances to break the deadlock just after the break, volleying wide from a Papa Bouba Diop cross before shooting straight at Lehmann when a goal looked more likely.

Fulham were running the champions ragged by this stage when former Manchester United man Cole saw an effort blocked by a combination of Cygan and Lehmann.

The introduction of Reyes for the ineffective Robert Pires changed the course of the match. The Spanish international, the Player of the Month, was immediately involved in Arsenal's first goal.

Operating on the left, Reyes gave the ball into Henry, who sliced open the Fulham defence with a pass to Ljungberg and he placed the ball beyond the keeper and into the corner of the net.

Ljungberg was involved again as Arsenal doubled their advantage on 65 minutes. The Swede collected a pass from Bergkamp in the area, forcing Zat Knight into the own goal as the defender tried to clear.

By this time, Arsenal were totally in control and Reyes himself grabbed The Gunners' third on 80 minutes when he raced onto the end of a Bergkamp ball to coolly beat van der Sar.

Fulham's Cole had two chances to grab a consolation goal for the home side but Arsenal comfortably saw out the game to extend their remarkable run. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 11 September 2004
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 21,681

Referee: Mark Halsey


Line-up: Van der Sar; Volz, Pearce, Knight, Bocanegra; John, Diop, Claus Jensen, Legwinski (Radzinski 76'), Boa Morte (McBride 83'); Cole

Unused substitutes: Crossley, Goma, McKinlay


Line-up: Lehmann; Lauren, Touré, Cygan, Cole; Ljungberg (Pennant 73'), Vieira (Fábregas 75'), Gilberto Silva, Pires (Reyes 61'); Henry, Bergkamp

Unused substitutes: Almunia, Clichy

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Arsenal 5 15
2 Chelsea 5 13
3 Bolton Wanderers 5 10
4 Middlesbrough 5 10
5 Everton 5 10
6 Tottenham Hotspur 4 8
7 Aston Villa 5 8
8 Liverpool 4 7
9 Manchester United 5 6
10 Charlton Athletic 4 6
11 Newcastle United 5 5
12 Manchester City 5 4
13 Portsmouth 3 4
14 Birmingham City 5 4
15 Fulham 5 4
16 Southampton 4 3
17 West Bromwich Albion 5 3
18 Norwich City 4 2
19 Blackburn Rovers 5 2
20 Crystal Palace 4 1
Fulham (4-5-1)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 35Ian Pearce
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 34Carlos Bocanegra
  • 17Collins John
  • 14Papa Bouba Diop
  • 16Claus Jensen
  • 5Sylvain Legwinski
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 8Andrew Cole
  • 12Mark Crossley
  • 24Alain Goma
  • Billy McKinlay
  • 8Brian McBride
  • 17Tomasz Radzinski
Arsenal (4-4-2)
  • 1Jens Lehmann
  • 4Lauren
  • 5Kolo Touré
  • 18Pascal Cygan
  • 3Ashley Cole
  • 8Fredrik Ljungberg
  • 24Patrick Vieira
  • Gilberto Silva
  • 7Robert Pires
  • 14Thierry Henry
  • 10Dennis Bergkamp
  • 1Manuel Almunia
  • 22Gaël Clichy
  • José Antonio Reyes
  • 4Francesc Fábregas
  • 7Jermaine Pennant