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Fulham 2 Arsenal 2

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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Writer:Andrew Joyce
Date:Sunday May 22 2011
Time: 7:40PM

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Great season....after roy left and the comings and goings of possible managers and the waste of time on jol....hughes signed within weeks of the new season....dembele and salicdo signed....then bobby injured.....loss to west ham in december, things not looking good.....thank god for jan window! In step eidur and ginger nut with kakuta all on loan (great idea,no panick buys)....great business....rising to 8th....playing great football.... football....yes too many draws...but now who gives a second glance at the weather!!!!West Ham DOWN and Birmingham...GREAT!!!!! Bring on another exciting season for FULHAM FC!!!! COYW!!!
Leonestar
23/05/2011 01:41:00
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Decent season. Still not sure about Hughes, but a solid season, nonetheless. I can't complain with our finishing position. Well done, lads. Well done, Sparky. Well done, Al Fayed.
Teddy_KGB
23/05/2011 02:33:00
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great finish to the season, but WHAT THE HELL WAS GERA THINKING!!! that was a red card, no doubt, and on the OPPOSING 18 YARD LINE!!! are you kidding me? could have simultaneously lost the lead and the europa league, and stamped a ticket for his departure from the club... gera, i can't see you leave soon enough... you had a good europa league tournament, but have sucked since... good riddance...
woodysweats
23/05/2011 15:10:00
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