Sunday, May 9, 2010

Arsenal Finished the Season on a High Note after 4-0 Win over Fulham

Arsenal has successfully clinched the 3rd place in the premier league point table after it defeated Fulham 4-0 at their home ground on Sunday. Going into the game, Wenger boys were looking for at least a point from the match which would have ensured their finish at the third place, and thus, a spot in the Champions League group stage next season. Tottenham Hotspur, who were eyeing for the 3rd place, failed miserably at Burnley as they lost the match 4-2.

Though Arsenal needed just a point to finish in the top three, the Gunners had different idea from the very beginning of the match. They were with their attacking intent and created many goal scoring chances that were saved by Fulham’s Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.

Arsenal opened up scoring in the 21st minute through Andrey Arshavin who did not give Schwarzer a second chance to recollect the ball that he had failed to clear on time. Just 5 minutes later, Arsenal’s Dutch striker Robin van Persie slotted a rebound ball into the goal. Third Arsenal goal was an own goal which came in the 37th minute when a misunderstanding between Fulham defenders led Chris Baird to send the ball in to Fulham goal.

Arsenal was 3-0 ahead at the half time. After the break, Fulham played much better, but still the Gunners had some good chances which were either denied by the opponent keeper or squandered off by the Arsenal players. Arsenal got the 4th goal just 6 minutes from the full time when Carlos Vela fired escaping Fulham’s offside trap.

Keeping the upcoming Europa League final against Atletico Madrid in mind, Fulham did not feature many of its regular players. In fact, the West London club rested 8 regular players for the match.

Arsenal came very close to end their title drought this season, but they lost the momentum towards the end. Still, Arsenal has a number of reasons to be happy as they were in the title hunt with 5 matches remaining in the season. Arsenal fans are now hoping that they would be able to do it next season.

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