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

By on April 19, 2013
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Giroud – Backed to bounce back

Arsenal make the short trip across London to take on Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon looking to reclaim third spot in the Premier League table.

We dropped to fourth after Chelsea followed up our 0-0 draw with Everton on Tuesday with a resounding 3-0 win at Fulham on Wednesday, but we’ve got the chance to leapfrog the Blues once again as they don’t play until Sunday when they face a tough trip to Anfield.

This is going to be a key weekend in the run-in with both Spurs (home to Man City) and Chelsea (away to Liverpool) facing very tough games, so we need to take advantage and ensure we keep the pressure on.

Don’t get me wrong though, Craven Cottage is never an easy place to go and the 3-0 scoreline suggests Chelsea battered them in midweek but that wasn’t the case at all. The Cottagers were the better side before David Luiz opened the scoring with a worldy and I’d expect them to be right up for this one after their midweek disappointment.

We’re in good form though having lost just once in the last 11 games and were on a four-game winning streak before Tuesday’s draw.

Fulham are currently sitting eight on 40 points so have very little left to play for other than pride, but we’ve struggled in recent games with them having not won in their last four encounters, and were held to a 3-3 draw in the corresponding fixture at the Emirates earlier in the season.

Team News

Arsene Wenger has confirmed Lukasz Fabianski will miss out once again with a rib injury meaning Wojciech Szczesny is in line to start his second game in a row after previously seeing himself frozen out of the team.

Tomas Rosicky is again a doubt after missing the Everton clash with a hamstring injury. I really hope he makes it as we certainly missed him against the Toffees but Arsene didn’t sound hopeful in his press conference.

There are also slight doubts over Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but I’d expect all three to be passed fit. Jack hasn’t looked 100% fit in his last two games and while I personally think he should sit this one out, especially if Rosicky’s passed fit, I think the boss will start him for a third game in a week. Which will be a huge risk.

Lukas Podolski is pushing for a recall after impressing off the bench in recent games and Thomas Vermaelen is also hoping to start after being dropped in midweek, but I think Wenger will stick with the team that drew with Everton.

The boss has backed Olivier Giroud to bounce back after his disappointing performance last time out when he missed several good chances to win the game. I’m still not convinced by the big Frenchman yet but his physical presence will be important this weekend. Let’s just hope he has his shooting boots on as well.

Fulham will once again be without winger Damien Duff as he continues to overcome an adductor strain. Former Arsenal midfielder Steve Sidewell is available again after completing his three-game ban and is expected to come in for  Enoh.

However, midfield’s Ashkan Dejagah and Mahamadou Diarra will miss the rest of the season with ankle and knee injuries respectively.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Fulham have been frustrating opposition for Arsenal in recent times and the Gunners have struggled on their travels in the capital of late too, but I’m going to back the boys to win this one and put the pressure on Chelsea and Tottenham ahead of their big games on Sunday. Fulham 1-2 Arsenal

What would be your preferred line-up and whats your predicted score for the game? Get involved in the comments section below.

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20 Comments

  1. John

    April 19, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Cazorla has no business on the wings, he is more effective in the middle.

  2. Ahmad Sani

    April 19, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Go for glory gunner’s

  3. Usman Lawal

    April 19, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Up GUNNERS, FULHAM 1-3 ARSENAL

  4. Isele Godswill

    April 19, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Arsenal boys should show enough determination and fighting spirit and they will win 3-1

  5. afiagh

    April 19, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    @ john i cmpltly agree wit u carzola has notin to do wit wings futball. Use him in d middle

  6. ajiboye

    April 19, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    will need to win d game

  7. Idose

    April 19, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Go out there n make us proud by winning 3-1. Up Gunners.

  8. Don willy

    April 19, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Gerioud is a fool striker

  9. soter

    April 19, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    our best AM is carzorla so he shud play 2ru d middle,le prof shud play ox n walcot at wings 2 support giroud.i tink we ‘l win by 2 – 0 giroud 2 score

  10. Kennedy

    April 19, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Up gunners. I will settle for 2-1 win in favour of ARSENAL

  11. Akpo's

    April 19, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Papa Arsene wenger pls use carzola in the middle.he his a born midfielder.

  12. Edibo Dav

    April 19, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    We need an experience player nt just an ordinary player like 3milion. Go nd win 2morrow match 4 us. Up Gooners

  13. OBINNA

    April 19, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    GUNNERS WILL WIN 3 VS 2, CAZORLA, WALCOT N GIROUD

  14. Ahmed oniwonlu

    April 19, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Sczen.,sagna.,koscielny, per.,gibbs,arteta,carzola,rosicky,walcot,podolski,gervias. Scores ill be;fulham-1 and arsenal-3.

    • Gospel ican

      April 20, 2013 at 1:12 am

      Ahmad i tink,dis lin-up wud do d job
      Szcszny
      sagna,per,kolscheny,gibbs
      arteta,ramsey,rosicky(if fit) els santi
      walcot,giroud,poldoski/cazorla(if d mozart is fit) so we kan av a reach bench nd gud options inkas d game goes oda wise wc i hop wont unlik putin al ur match winers nd super sub at a tym. Arsenal wins dfnately by Gods grac

  15. Paul

    April 19, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Sagna. Pers. Koscielny. Gibbs. The ox. Santi. Art eta. Jack. Podzol ski and Walcott up front

  16. Bundi

    April 19, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Win

  17. Adekitan elcapitan

    April 20, 2013 at 2:34 am

    I think arsenal have a better chance of winning this by a big margin.while man city should help destroy spurs

  18. Jonz

    April 20, 2013 at 3:24 am

    Please wenger dont play wilshere.he’s unfit,juz look av his perfomance against everton!we need rosisky

  19. Alabi Oluwaseyi

    April 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    That’s no problem at all…fulham has been a constant threat to us over the recent years..but today will be an exception..1-0 in favour of the gunners!

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