A season for Arsenal that, only three months ago, contained excited talk of an unprecedented quadruple has petered out in appropriately limp fashion.
Fourth place and two hazardous Champions League qualification matches in August is ultimately what they have to show for their efforts and, as Arsene Wenger left Craven Cottage yesterday, a resounding message was ringing in his ears. "Spend some f***ing money," sang the Arsenal supporters.
"We will try to buy the right players," said Wenger. "I think we are frustrated bu as well we have not to go overboard and think that our team is not good. Maybe one year you will realise it's not easy to finish every time in the top four."
Yesterday, there was good news that Jack Wilshere won't be in England's U21s squad for the European Championships but it was small consolation even with Theo Walcott's last-minute equaliser.
Steve Sidwell gave Fulham the lead before Robin van Persie responded with his ninth straight away goal and his 24th this season in just 35 matches.
Bobby Zamora put Fulham back in front before Zoltan Gera was sent off and Walcott netted.