Fulham vs Arsenal: Injury News, Preferred Line-up & Predicted Score

By on January 2, 2012

Walcott & van Persie for Arsenal

Arsenal make the short trip across London to take on Fulham tonight hoping to strengthen their grip on fourth spot in the Premier League. 

Craven Cottage is not an easy place to go and Fulham are a well organised side, so the Gunners will have to be on form to collect all three points this evening. Luckily for us, Martin Jol has confirmed neither Bobby Zamora or Andy Johnson will play with both looking certain to leave this January. This will leave Fulham light up top in the striking department.

The big question from Arsenal’s point-of-view is whether Arsene Wenger will play Robin van Persie for what will be his 3rd game in just 7 days. My gut feeling is RVP will start as he’ll surely be rested for the weekend’s FA Cup game with Leeds. Van Persie has become so important for us, it’s hard to see how we’d overcome Fulham without him, so i think he’ll start and fingers crossed he comes through without injury.

Unfortunately we’ve lost another defender to injury, this time Thomas Vermaelen has been ruled out for up to 3 weeks leaving Arsenal without a recognised left back. It’s anyone’s guess how Wenger will re-shuffle at the back but i think he’ll give Miquel a start at left back. Coquelin did well there against QPR, so he’s also a possibility. Neither are ideal though and it’s terrible luck to have lost yet another first choice defender. Another defensive injury will cripple us, it’s a miracle we’ve performed so well without any full backs for this long to be honest.

With the FA Cup next week providing an opportunity to rest tired legs, i think Arsene will try and maintain the core side and keep changes to a minimum for todays game. Gervinho should come in for Arshavin but other than that, i expect much the same side that faced QPR. Benayoun or Rosicky could come in for Arteta or Walcott should the boss feel they need a breather.

Preferred Team:

Szczesny

Djourou      Meresacker       Koscielny      Miquel

Song      Arteta

Walcott       Ramsey       Gervinho

Van Persie

Predicted Score:

It’s going to be a tough game but Arsenal will have too much for Fulham. We’ve played reasonably well in recent weeks and created plenty of chances but our finishing needs to improve and become more clinical in front of goal. If Van Persie starts i can see a 2-0 victory for the Gunners. Sadly, if the Dutchman is rested and Chamakh comes in, it won’t be quite as comfortable.

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26 Comments

  1. Lil_sammie

    January 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Gervinho should be on bench for ashavin and also Ramsey should sit for Rosicky, because we need players that can hold ball on their foot and attack opponent and as i’m looking at Gervinho is a self-fish player

  2. Okey

    January 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    I disagree on Gervinho. He is not selfish. He has created more assists than any Arsenal player this season. He lacks the finishing touch. But for Ramsey I personally think Ros should start

    • emeka

      January 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      i agree wit u. okey

  3. Sunnay

    January 2, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Is a lie Gervinho is not a selfish player. He’s a fantastic player remember he jst arrived so he shld start ahead of AA.

  4. Youssef

    January 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    It seems you forgot that we’ve played just 48 hours ago. so it’s impossible to put the same team as Saturday…and don’t forget that AW said that AOC will play in 2012, I really think he will play today.
    and we have also Benayoun who didn’t play plus Rosiscky who played just 30 minutes last game, so I assume they will start today…
    What if AW surprises us with TH14 !!!! it would be fantastic
    Sczesney, Djourou, Kos, Mat, Miquel, Song, Benayoun, Rosicky, AOC, Park, Gervinho
    Gooner 4 life !

  5. wayne

    January 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Alex ox camberland should be let loose the boy play without fear.

  6. paul k

    January 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    vp should start together with theo and Gervino inorder to keep us above or in our current position. AW should give ox a chance At the FA cup.coquelin or mikel should replace Vermaleen.However, victory is our’s in today’s match. Gunner paul [sierra Leone]

  7. ken

    January 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Walcott shoould be dropped for sure and replaced by AOC.
    If the rummers are correct and Chelsea want to pay 30 million for Walcott i would sell him and buy Hazzard

    • Vinesen Curpen The Mauritian Gunner

      January 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      i agree with u my friend n vertonghen is a must for arsenal

    • Ola

      January 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      Pls why everbody keep saying Aw should sell walcott,dnt u know walcott is one of our best player with top speed,powerful shot,strong&assist 4 rvp,4 me walcott is our best winger & better dan gervinho who dont av scoring mentality. Pls why everbody keep saying Aw should sell walcott,dnt u know walcott is one of our best player with top speed,powerful shot,strong&assist 4 rvp,4 me walcott is our best winger & better dan gervinho who dont av scoring mentality.Pls why everbody keep saying Aw should sell walcott,dnt u know walcott is one of our best player with top speed,powerful shot,strong&assist 4 rvp,4 me walcott is our best winger & better dan gervinho who dont av scoring mentality.

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  9. bc

    January 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    fulham are light up front and in baird hughes senderos hangelaand they have probably the slowest back 4 in the league.
    therefore i would hit them with pace and play just 3 at the back in a sort of 3511

    chesney
    djourou mertesacker koscielny
    coquelin song
    chamberlain benayoun gervinho
    arshavin
    walcott

    fabianski miquel ramsey arteta rosicky chamakh van persie

    BTW – agree with Ken if we could sell walcott and arshavin for the touted £45m whilst bringing in hazard and podolski for a similar amount i would take that all day long. i reckon we could do a good deal with lille involving park, chamakh and arshavin and possibly get sow as well.

  10. Eazyway

    January 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Gervinho should come in for Arshavin as a sub,then Rosisky should also come in for Ramsey..then wenger should allow RVP to start today’s game then rest him during the FA CUP match against Leeds utd

  11. Seph

    January 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    AOC should start . I bet we shall be level on points with the spurs come today evening

  12. mikky

    January 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    wenger should play chamberlain 4 walcott,rosicky 4 ramsey,gervinho 4 arshavin den itz al victory 4 gunerz

  13. Brian sichula

    January 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I wud luv see ox 2 start.

  14. Rahmon

    January 2, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Arsenal should start coquelin instead of miquel

  15. Adamu s Miri

    January 2, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Let’s wenger start whose ever he want 2star all we need is three point wishn us good luck and injury free

  16. Ola

    January 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Pls why everbody keep saying Aw should sell walcott,dnt u know walcott is one of our best player with top speed,powerful shot,strong&assist 4 rvp,4 me walcott is our best winger & better dan gervinho who dont av scoring mentality.

  17. A A kakaki

    January 2, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    If AW try to bench RVP, d match is not going to be easy, without RVP no arsenal, ars 3 ful 1 up gunners

  18. Daramy

    January 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    We start RVP and rest him int d fa cup inorder 2 earn all 3 pnts, u knw craven cottage is not an easy place 2 go. GUNNERS 4 LIFE

  19. Akash

    January 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    arsenal have to buy a good winger likie Hulk ,Hazard.
    gervino or arsavin should be on bench

  20. William

    January 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Totally disagree with harsh comment on Gervinho, he feeds RvP with balls in every game, no one can penetrate defences like him, however he’s still a poor finisher, hopefully he’ll work on that. Let’s win tonight to keep the momentum and stay in the big 4

    • John

      January 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      Ramsey should sit and learn how to play he is killing me

  21. NIMI GEORGEWILL

    January 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Pls let us jst forget about useing young players for na and go ahead to sign tiawo frm ac miland

  22. Twyb

    January 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I hate chasing games.Let the strongest squad start,put a comfortable lead then rest some.

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