Arsenal vs Fulham Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on November 9, 2012

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Arsenal welcome Fulham to the Emirates on Saturday looking to their Premier League campaign back on track.

We head into the game off the back of last weekend’s disappointing 2-1 defeat to Manchester United before blowing a 2-goal lead in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Schalke in the Champions League.

It wasn’t the result at Old Trafford that was the problem, in fact 2-1 flattered us, it was the manner of the defeat. We were poor in every department and while there were signs of improvement during the first half in Germany, we need to up the tempo on Saturday against Fulham.

We currently sit seventh in the league after three defeats in five games compounded us to our worst ever start to a Premier League season under Arsene Wenger, which is all the more bizarre when you consider the fact we have the best defensive record in the division!

Team News

Arsenal will be without midfielder Jack Wilshere for the game after his sending off last week against United, Francis Coquelin and Aaron Ramsey will be pushing to replace the Englishman but I’d go with Coquelin for his energy next to Arteta. Besides, Ramsey faces a late fitness test on a groin injury.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also faces a late fitness test on a hip injury but goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny may be in the squad after playing for the under-21′s on Friday afternoon, but  is likely to be on the bench at best. Vito Mannone has performed well in recent weeks and Wenger is highly unlikely to replace him for tomorrows clash.

Gervinho, Kieran Gibbs, Tomas Rosicky and Abou Diaby all remain out. With Gibbs still out, hopefully Arsene will continue with Thomas Vermaelen at left back. Santos has been a liability and while Vermaelen had his moments on Tuesday, he’s certainly a more solid option than the Brazilian.

Fulham are sweating on the fitness of midfielder Mahamadou Diarra who is rated at 50:50 to play. Usually that means they play, so expect him in their starting eleven. Simon Davies remains out.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

We laboured to a 1-0 win over QPR in our last home game and Wenger has to pick the tempo up. Fulham have a poor record against us, losing 22 of their 26 visits to Highbury/Emirates, but they are a well orgiansied side under Martin Jol and they’ll test us. Make no mistake.

But if we can grab an early goal to not only settle the nerves of the players, but the fans also, then we should be fine. I’m going for an Arsenal win, but only if we get our game ticking in the final third! Arsenal 2-0 Fulham.

What would your team be and what’s you score prediction? Get involved in the comments section.

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21 Comments

  1. Emmanuel

    November 9, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    if arsenal can maintain the spirit which they had during the champions league,then victory is theirs’..2-0

  2. Elj Egga

    November 9, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    If only Walcott and Podolski are the two central forwards while Giroud is left on bench till eightieth minute, victory is arsenals.

  3. ola young

    November 9, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    How could be with out jack wilshere tomorrow, arshavin he have to start tomorrow…….

  4. efrem

    November 9, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    I would like to see podolsky behind giruod and please mr wenger chenge before 70min sometimes you need fresh leags I prefer 442 thanks

  5. Rossco

    November 9, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    We should line up like the following but i doubt it will happen,it looks more defensive but if used the right way it can be very effective

    A 3-5-2

    Kos per vermallen
    Sagna coquelin arteta cazorla podolski
    Walcott giroud

  6. lorenzo

    November 10, 2012 at 1:05 am

    i will prefer coquelin to play ahead ramsey and podoski to play central role and supported by walcott….plz, start arshavin. Victory is sure.. 3- 1.

  7. Fadzlan

    November 10, 2012 at 1:18 am

    please start Arshavin instead Coquelin..

  8. arsenalindo

    November 10, 2012 at 2:53 am

    drop santos and play TV5, should be a better choice at the back. 3-0 for Arsenal

  9. musa kibet

    November 10, 2012 at 5:02 am

    i prefer coquelin to start alongside arteta and cazorla in the mid. giroud is good in central and podolski and walcott to play wide

  10. Lawal Ibrahim

    November 10, 2012 at 5:47 am

    I prefer to see the team playing more organized & discipline throughout the game that will ensure victory for arsenal.

  11. olakunle

    November 10, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Wenger should drop santos for playing for arsenal anymore we ddnt want a unimprove player like him, TV left back. Wishing we best of luck!

  12. Stanley Tembu

    November 10, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Try Arsha on left, Podolski central and Walcott right. Ramsey in central midfield and bring on Giroud in 65th minute to instill his strength and power headers to kill da game

  13. Ojo Babajide

    November 10, 2012 at 7:10 am

    My Gunners should play as a team.Moreso, not to be absent minded on the pitch of play.The liabity Santos should be esponged from today’s match.2-0

  14. Hammed Ganiu

    November 10, 2012 at 7:24 am

    My prediction is 2-0 in favour of sunderland

  15. Munzali ibrahim mai aduwa

    November 10, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I would like to see podolski on top striking rather than giroud and my prediction is arsenal 3-0 fulham goodluck gunners!

  16. Loreng aka santiago

    November 10, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Coz fulham is so solid, i prefer a 442 podolski+walcot strike.santi arteta coklin work in mddle.gunnas 3-1 fulham.i fear berbatov woyee!

  17. Fred

    November 10, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I think we should line up 3-2-3-2,
    sagna per verm
    Arteta coquilan
    gnabry Cazorla
    podolski
    walcott giroud

  18. ama eze

    November 10, 2012 at 11:41 am

    4-4-2 should be best theo and num 12 as the striker

  19. ama eze

    November 10, 2012 at 11:52 am

    4-4-2 should be better with num12 and 14 up front

  20. oladipo olusola

    November 10, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Wenger need to put confidence in the mind of arsenal player that dey can do the job and wenger must try to be using 442 formation it will make the defence to be okay Good luck

  21. D.Abdu

    November 10, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    i will like to see passion in this match.

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