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

Arsenal make the short trip across London to take on rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday lunchtime. Here’s a preview with team news for the big game.

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Arsenal make the short trip across the capital to take on London rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday lunchtime.

The Gunners will be looking to get their first points on the board after suffering a surprise 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season. Arsene Wenger took the brunt of the fans frustrations for the loss due his the clubs lack of spending so far this summer, but it’s fair to say we were pretty unlucky with some of the decisions that went against us.

Anyway, we put the defeat behind us with an impressive 3-0 win away at Fenerbache in midweek, and the victory puts us on the verge of qualifying for the group stages of the Champions League for the 16th consecutive season.

Unfortunately we head to the Cottage with no new faces but Wenger has promised a busy final few days in the transfer window, so let’s hope we can get through this game and strengthen before we play Tottenham next Sunday.

Fulham are going to be a difficult side to break down with Martin Jol’s men starting off the season with a dogged 1-0 win away at Sunderland, and they are always strong in front of their own supporters, so we’re going to have to be on top of our game to collect the three points this weekend.

Team News

We will be without defender Laurent Koscielny who is suspended after being harshly sent off last weekend. The Frenchman may have missed the game anyway after being forced off against Fenerbache with a nasty cut above his right eye.

Right-back Bacary Sagna will move in to play alongside Per Mertesacker in his absence. Sagna was impressive in this role last weekend and was MOTM away at Sunderland when he played there last season, so hopefully he’ll be able to keep Fulham at bay tomorrow.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ruled out for up to 3 months with a knee injury while Mikel Arteta is also out with a thigh problem, leaving us short of options in midfield.

They join Thomas Vermaelen and Abou Diaby on the sidelines. Ryo Miyaichi is back training but it unlikely to be involved yet as he’s lacking match fitness.

Fulham are likely to be without goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and left-back Kieran Richardson after they both picked up injuries last weekend. Stockdale and Briggs are in line to replace the injured duo.

Alex Kacaniklic and Fernando Amorebieta are back in contention as are new signings Scott Parker and Darren Bent, but Jol is unlikely to make too many chances from the side that beat Sunderland.

Likely Line-Ups

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Predicted Score

Always a difficult game to navigate and we’re down to the bare-bones, but our starting eleven is good enough to see us edge this one. Fulham 1-2 Arsenal.

What would be your preferred team for the game and what’s your score prediction? Share your views below.

16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Ogban

    August 23, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    No news on Arteta. Bad omen.

  2. Ayelotiti muda

    August 23, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Wenger please we need sharp striker urgently.

  3. Gideon Agbebi

    August 23, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    My heart does not believe Arsene Wenger in any transfer speculation. If he does good for him and if not God will help him to bear the pains all alone.

  4. Pero

    August 23, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Pls wenger go nd get us players or u we c ur nigeria fans on fire

  5. Obi morrison

    August 23, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    I know within me,that if arsenal win fulham,our manager will not use his money to buy any player,so 2 me,it better we lo

  6. Gladside

    August 23, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Winning fulham is a probability…… But if we does, I know Mr wenger will not sign any new player anymore bet me…

  7. Vincent

    August 23, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Fellow gooners lets calm down i surely believe that arsenal will carry the day at cottage. Lets all forget about our dogmatic manager(wenger) lets just put our trusts in on players. Gooners for life.

  8. Lid

    August 23, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    I think podolski starts this one, he is kinda indicating on twitter. Rosicky or jack to be rested and cazola to push in behind giroud

  9. Samson Akpezi

    August 23, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    I pray fulham beat arsenal so that ass winger we go and buy players.

  10. Hammed Azeez

    August 23, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Is better 4 wenger nw 2 buy new player b4 it wil 2 late, i wish Arsenal sucess dis season

  11. makera mark

    August 23, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    I pray fulham beat arsenal wit atleast 3_0!!!!!so dat WENGER wil raise up his tranfer policy

  12. prince Abiola Emmanuel

    August 24, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Arsenal boos wenger wil buy player even if score line is 3 -1 in favour of arsenal @ fulam.

  13. clin

    August 24, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Arsenal shud just try and sign world class players .I pray we can win Fulham

  14. kandy

    August 24, 2013 at 2:55 am

    I pray arsenal loose to fulham bcoz we all are not strangers 2 wenger,win a match think his Gud 2go. How will d boiz cope when d heat of championz leagu,FA,carling and epl bcomz 100 degree????

  15. Danjuma de blue

    August 24, 2013 at 10:23 am

    It better arsenal loose 4 arsene wenger to sign

  16. Smsar

    August 24, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Winger will no longer get any player 4 u guys lets not deceive our self

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