Sunday 9 May 2010, 4:00pm at Emirates Stadium, London
Barclays Premier League
Arshavin 21'; van Persie 26'; o.g. Baird 37'; Vela 84'
Fulham FC

21' Goal

Andrey Arshavin

26' Goal

Robin van Persie

37' Own-goal

Chris Baird

84' Goal

Carlos Vela

68' Yellow Card

Emmanuel Eboué Card was given for a foul

69' Yellow Card

Lukasz Fabianski Card was given for a foul

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Johan Djourou
Off:Mikael Silvestre

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Henri Lansbury
Off:Theo Walcott

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Carlos Vela
Off:Andrey Arshavin

66' Yellow Card

Clint Dempsey Card was given for a foul

90' Yellow Card

Stephen Kelly Card was given for a foul

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:David Elm
Off:Bjorn Helge Riise

58' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Stephen Kelly
Off:John Pantsil

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Fredrik Stoor
Off:Clint Dempsey

As expected, Roy Hodgson revised his starting eleven for Sunday’s London derby at the Emirates with Wednesday night’s UEFA Europa League Final in mind.

Mark Schwarzer captained the Whites for the final game of the 2009/10 season, with Chris Smalling and Erik Nevland making their final appearances for the Club ahead of their respective summer departures.

Hodgson’s Team for Sunday’s match was certainly packed full of international talent and experience, with 2010 World Cup certainties Schwarzer, Panstil, Dempsey and Dikgacoi all featuring from the first whistle.

It was a quiet start to proceedings at the Emirates with Van Persie causing the only notable moment of danger after 8 minutes of play. The Dutch striker’s free kick from the right flank was heading for the top corner before Schwarzer intervened with a fine fingertip save to deny the home side.

Van Persie’s effort aside, Hodgson’s Team looked more than comfortable during the opening exchanges, stemming the supply from Walcott and Nasri on the flanks with ease.

Arsenal’s French international, Nasri, changed tact as the 15 minute mark approached, trying his luck form distance with a low, 25 yard effort, that flew just wide of Schwarzer’s post.

Arsenal took the lead after 20 minutes play through Andrey Arshavin in what was the most unfortunate of circumstances for Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.

The attacking midfielder took advantage of a rare mistake by the Australian international before rounding the keeper and firing past John Panstil on the goal line.

The home side doubled their lead just five minutes later. Walcott’s cross from the right flank fell to Van Persie, bursting towards goal, and the Dutch striker fired a low effort towards goal from 12 yards.

Schwarzer produced a fine save to deny Van Persie’s strike, but as the ball rebounded off the cross bar the Dutchman made no mistake with his second chance and rifled the ball home.

The first half petered out somewhat following Van Persie’s strike with neither side creating any notable opportunities as the match approached half time.

However with seven minutes remaining Arsenal’s lead was extended to three-nil when Walcott’s cross from the right flew past a host of players before striking Chris Baird. Unfortunately for the defender the ball flew past Schwarzer and into the net from close range.

Erik Nevland almost reduced the deficit before the break with a deft looping header over Fabianski from 12 yards but the Norwegian’s effort flew over the roof of the net and the Gunners went into the break with a three-nil lead.

David Elm replaced Riise for the second half and the Swedish striker almost made an immediate impact on the game.

Straight from kick-off Fulham headed up field and after collecting the ball on Arsenal’s 18-yard line, Elm fired a left footed shot onto the base of Fabianski’s far post. Before Okaka could reach the rebound the linesman’s flag was raised for offside.

Moments later Schwarzer produced a terrific save to deny Van Persie from close range as the score remained three-nil to the Gunners after the opening exchanges of the second period.

Worryingly for Fulham, John Pantsil was forced from the field of play on the hour mark with what appeared a muscular injury.

Fulham fans will be desperately hoping the right back is fit for Wednesday night’s Final in Germany after his scintillating return against Hamburg last week.

A further defensive injury, to Arsenal centre back Silvestre, forced Arsene Wenger to introduce Djourou after 63 minutes.

As the game headed towards the final twenty minutes Referee Mike Jones booked two players following clashes at both ends of the pitch. First Clint Dempsey was booked for dissent, and subsequently replaced by Fredrik Stoor, before Eboue was booked for diving in the area.

After 70 minutes play Fabianski was booked for handling the ball outside of his area but the Whites could not capitalise on the set piece from the right flank.

Arsene Wenger made a double substitution with 15 minutes of the match remaining. Henri Lansburg and Carlos Vela replaced Theo Walcott and Andrey Arshavin respectively.

With just six minutes remaining substitute Vela scored to hand Arsenal a four-nil lead. The striker produced a fine chip to beat Schwarzer after being played through for a one-on-one with the Australian international. During the four minutes of added time Stephen Kelly was booked for a late challenge on Van Persie.

Fulham’s season ended in defeat at the Emirates but Arsenal’s win on Sunday cannot take the gloss of another fine Barclays Premier League campaign by Roy Hodgson’s side.

Fulham’s impressive season has featured a host of memorable victories, including wins over Manchester United and Liverpool, not to mention a run to the Quarter Final of the FA Cup and Final of the UEFA Europa League. 

Hodgson's side will now turn their attention towards the biggest game in the Club's history - Wednesday night's UEFA Europa League Final against Atletico Madrid in Hamburg.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Sunday 9 May 2010
Kick-off: 4:00pm

Venue: Emirates Stadium, London
Attendance: 60,039

Referee: Michael Jones


Line-up: Fabianski; Eboué, Silvestre (Djourou 62'), Campbell, Clichy; Sagna, Abou Diaby, Nasri; Walcott (Lansbury 77'), van Persie, Arshavin (Vela 77')

Unused substitutes: Mannone, Gibbs, Fran Mérida, Eastmond


Line-up: Schwarzer; Pantsil (Kelly 58'), Smalling, Baird, Shorey; Bjorn Helge Riise (Elm 46'), Greening, Dikgacoi, Dempsey (Stoor 67'); Nevland, Okaka

Unused substitutes: Zuberbühler, Gera, Murphy, Davies

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 38 86
2 Manchester United 38 85
3 Arsenal 38 75
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 70
5 Manchester City 38 67
6 Aston Villa 38 64
7 Liverpool 38 63
8 Everton 38 61
9 Birmingham City 38 50
10 Blackburn Rovers 38 50
11 Stoke City 38 47
12 Fulham 38 46
13 Sunderland 38 44
14 Bolton Wanderers 38 39
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 38
16 Wigan Athletic 38 36
17 West Ham United 38 35
18 Burnley 38 30
19 Hull City 38 30
20 Portsmouth 38 28
Arsenal (4-3-3)
  • 21Lukasz Fabianski
  • 27Emmanuel Eboué
  • 18Mikael Silvestre
  • 31Sol Campbell
  • 22Gaël Clichy
  • 3Bacary Sagna
  • 24Vassiriki Abou Diaby
  • 8Samir Nasri
  • 14Theo Walcott
  • 10Robin van Persie
  • 23Andrey Arshavin
  • 24Vito Mannone
  • 20Johan Djourou
  • 28Kieran Gibbs
  • 10Henri Lansbury
  • 32Fran Mérida
  • 44Craig Eastmond
  • 11Carlos Vela
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 4John Pantsil
  • 26Chris Smalling
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 7Nicky Shorey
  • 17Bjorn Helge Riise
  • 27Jonathan Greening
  • 34Kagisho Dikgacoi
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 10Erik Nevland
  • 9Stefano Okaka
  • 19Pascal Zuberbühler
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 22Fredrik Stoor
  • 11Zoltán Gera
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 29Simon Davies
  • 35David Elm