Fulham 2 Arsenal 2
Fulham ended their season with a very creditable draw against Arsenal.
With the visitors chasing automatic qualification for the Champions League and with Fulham pushing for a high finish, it was always going to be a bit more than your average end of season tame affair.
With Baird suspended Briggs was given a chance at full back whilst Greening was given an outing in midfield. The front two had a familiar look to it with Johnson paired with Zamora.
Arsenal started brightly and Nasri had a great chance to score, just before the fifteenth minute mark, but his header, from a Wilshere cross, was tame and straight at Schwarzer.
Schwarzer was then forced into action ten minutes later when he had to produce a smart save to deny a low header form Gibbs after he latched on to a cross from Sagna.
Four minutes later Fulham, possibly against the run of play, took the lead when Sidwell finished well after an assist from Zamora. The lead was to last only three minutes when the Arsenal goal machine, Van Persie.
The Dutchman, scored for an incredible ninth consecutive time on the road finishing off a flowing move involving Chamakh and Diaby. Fulham could have re-taken the lead before half time but some fine work from Vermaelen denied Murphy.
All square at half time.
Schwarzer continued to show Arsenal what they were missing out on when he produced another good stop, this time to deny Nasri when the Frenchman tested him with a decent looking free kick.
Once again though, as in the first half, it was Fulham that took the lead, again. This time it was Zamora who rose superbly to head in a cross from Greening.
Fulham were reduced to ten men shortly after when Gera, introduced as a substitute, was shown a red-card for a two-footed lunge on Vermaelen. Just as Fulham though they`d grabbed the three points up popped Walcott to finish with a shot that went in of the post.
Honours even and an 8th place finish for Fulham.
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