It’s time to take yet another trip down memory lane, and while this one is certainly dramatic, it won’t bring back the fondest of memories for Arsenal fans. Seven years ago today, the Gunners drew 2-2 with Fulham in a game which ensured that they would be finishing in fourth position to conclude their Premier League campaign. While some may see that as a positive, especially considering how the last few years have gone for them, it was still a disappointing result as they were unable to jump into the top three which would’ve given them an automatic passage into the UEFA Champions League for the following season.
They were taking on a Fulham side who learned after the game that they’d been awarded a place in the UEFA Europa League courtesy of the fair play system, despite the fact that Zoltan Gera was sent off midway through this encounter.
In terms of the trajectory of the game itself, the Gunners certainly didn’t do things the easy way and they never really looked like a team capable of beating the Cottagers on the day. Steve Sidwell opened the scoring thanks to a nice cross from Bobby Zamora, only for the record-breaker Robin van Persie to level things up as Arsenal fans began to realise that he may not be at the club for much longer.
Zamora himself popped up with a delightful header to restore the home side’s advantage, and after the red card, it seemed like the possibility of Arsenal losing their final game of the season to a team with ten men was going to become a reality.
That was until Theo Walcott saved their blushes (somewhat) with a late goal that ensured they’d come away with a point.
It didn’t matter all too much, though, as it was a result which did neither team any real favours – although it may have been somewhat entertaining for the neutrals.
When looking back at a game like this, it’s fascinating to compare the level of ‘failure’ between their current side and the 2010/11 outfit. After all, while Arsenal did qualify for the Champions League back then, they were still unable to mount a serious title challenge – and given the quality of their side, that’s a little bit embarrassing.
What is your favourite memory from the 2010/11 season?