Arsenal are assured of Champions League football next season, while Tottenham Hotspur have to wait to see what their fate will be. Both teams won their matches on the final day of the Premier League season, putting Arsenal in third place and Tottenham in fourth to close the year. Because both teams won, there was nothing Newcastle United could have done to break into the top four, and they put in a less than stellar performance against Everton.
West Bromwich Albion scored twice against Arsenal, but their goalkeeper let them down. Backup keeper Martin Fulop was called into action and looked nowhere near ready. He should have done better on Arsenal's equalizer, and was solely at fault for their first and third goals in the Gunners' 3-2 win. It was a truly dreadful performance, and will surely make some sort of list of '10 worst Premier League goalkeeping performances of all time' somewhere in the future. Yossi Benayoun was more or less flawless for Arsenal and was the clear man of the match.
At White Hart Lane, Tottenham Hotspur coasted to a comfortable victory over Fulham, with Emmanuel Adebayor scoring in the 3rd minute to put his side ahead. Jermain Defoe came off the bench and sealed the victory with a 63rd minute goal. Fulham were not poor, but obviously missed the injured Clint Dempsey and never looked much like winning.
If both of those teams had capitulated like they have at other points in the season, Newcastle wouldn't have been able to take advantage. Everton scored twice in the first half, then went 3-0 up in the 65th minute. Newcastle made the final score 3-1 with a late consolation goal, an own goal by Tony Hibbert. Also, 'smart veteran leader' Tim Cahill got a straight red card after the whistle that will see him suspended for the first three games of next season. Whoops!