Fulham 0 – 4 Arsenal
0 – 1 Henry (30)
0 – 2 Adebayour (34)
0 – 3 Henry (76)
0 – 4 Fabregas (85)
Another away match in the Premiership, the third in a row, in an important weekend as far as fourth place in the League is concerned with Bolton having what proved a tricky away match at Newcastle; the Tiny Tots and West Ham have matches that should yield one point a piece. The trip to Harrods FC has in previous years proved a happy hunting ground for Arsenal with four wins out of four, indeed Fulham had taken a meagre one point from a possible fifteen since their elevation to the Premiership. In previous seasons it would have been a racing certainty but when our current away form is placed against the Phoney Pharaoh XI home form, Craven Cottage should have seen 3 more points in the home bank.
But to sum up the season so far, on the back of a poor result the previous week, Arsenal strolled through the Fulham defence with consumate ease, finding more holes than an Asda Carrier Bag and in truth should have had more than four. Watching Real Madrid scouts will have had a sense of deja vu with the strong running from midfield, defence – splitting passes and, in equal measure, sublime and woeful finishing serving as a warning of what this team is capable of. Having made ungracious comments about Arsenal being in decline and with no certainty of returning to previous heights, Chris Coleman cooked, sliced and ate humble pie after watching a match where his team were made to be grateful that WBA, Sunderland and Portsmouth are all more woeful than his own charges.
Henry opened the scoring, running onto a pass from Ljungberg and Adebayour doubled the lead within minutes from close range. Fulham’s only effort on target in the first half came when Zat Knight lamped Moritz Volz as the pair left the pitch for the interval. A succession of chances were squandered in the second half before Henry sealed three points with the third, Fabregas slotted home in the final minutes to add a bit of gloss to the scoreline.
The gap to fourth place is now two points with the Tiny Tots playing Thug Rovers today, more importantly Bolton lost at Newcastle with most of the teams facing tough games next weekend – Bolton entertain West Ham, Tottenham travel to Chelsea and Arsenal entertain Liverpool. Only Blackburn escape with what should be a home banker when they face Aston Villa at Thug Park.
Todays Tunes are two live tracks from Bruce Springsteen, from 1978. Because The Night was a covered by, and a hit for, Patti Smith whose version I personally prefer than the ones I have heard by Springsteen but this is still very good. Badlands is taken from the same gig and is on the LP Darkness On The Edge Of Town. I am not going to link to any specific shop for these as you could probably even buy them in your local Woolworths.