Arsenal vs Fulham Preview, Team News, Starting Line-Ups, Key Man & Predicted Score

By on January 17, 2014

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Premier League leaders Arsenal entertain Fulham at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

We head into the weekend sitting top of the table following Monday’s 2-1 win at Aston Villa, where first half goals from Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud were enough to see us come back to the capital with all three points.

The win was Arsenal’s fifth in a row in all competitions but our lead at the top is just a single point from Manchester City with Chelsea a further point adrift, so it’s all to play for at the business end of the table and any slip up could see us plummet to third.

Fulham make the short trip across London off the back of last weeks FA Cup win over Norwich, but they sit dangerously close to the relegation zone in the league with just one point separating them from 18th placed Cardiff, so Rene Meulensteen will be desperate to pick up a positive result tomorrow.

The Gunners won the reverse fixture 3-1 at Craven Cottage earlier in the season and a similar result tomorrow would ensure we lead the way after 22 games.

Realistically, if we have any hopes of winning the league we need to be winning these games, and we should certainly be confident of doing so. Fulham at home should be a ‘banker’ and I’m guessing Arsenal will be featuring on a number of accumulators this weekend. If your into football betting and want to back the Gunners, take advantage of the free bet offers on completebetting.com and make your money go further. You could bank up to £50 in free bets which could see you make a tidy profit this weekend.

Team News

Arsene Wenger confirmed on Arsenal.com that Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey will miss the game through injury and the duo aren’t expected to be fit for next weeks FA Cup clash with Coventry either.

Jack Wilshere is therefore likely to continue his partnership with Mathieu Flamini in midfield, although Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back in contention having made a substitute appearance against Villa.

Lukas Podolski didn’t feature that day due to a niggling hamstring injury but he’s fit and available tomorrow, as is Nacho Monreal who has shaken off an ankle knock.

Tomas Rosicky broke his nose after being caught by Gabby Agbonlahor’s elbow on Monday and he’ll have to play with a mask if he features tomorrow.

Theo Walcott is of course out for the season and he joins Thomas Vermaelen, Nicklas Bendtner and Abou Diaby on the sidelines.

Fulham welcome back captain Brede Hangeland after he came through their FA Cup win over Norwich unscathed. He could be partnered by former Gunner Philippe Senderos in defence with Fernando Amorebieta a major doubt.

The Venezuela international is the visitors only injury concern so Meulensteen has virtually a full squad to choose from.

Likely Line-Ups

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Key Man

Olivier Giroud: The big Frenchman will have a key role to play as he’ll be up against tough opposition in Brede Hangeland. Getting the better of that duel is going to be important for the Gunners as Giroud is the focal point of the attack.

Predicted Score

Arsenal 3-0 Fulham: Our home record has been very good this season following our slip up on the opening day and we should have way too much for Fulham tomorrow.

What team would you like to see start and what’s your predicted score? Share your views below.

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6 Comments

  1. Julius

    January 17, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    I expect AFC to continue their good run of form. Arsenal should beat Fulham comfortably tomorrow while we hope that Man. U beat Chelsea or they should play draw while unexpected should happen at the Etihad between Man. City and Cardiff. They should play draw also.

  2. Abayomi

    January 17, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    As we all know that the gunners are in a good form this season, so i expect the gunners to repeat the samething they did to aston villa and other clubs. My prediction for the game is Ars3-1Fulahm but the most important thing is that arsene wenger should buy another stricker? GUNNERSSSSSSSS 4 REEEEEEEAAAAAAALLLLLLL.

  3. Yazeed khaleed

    January 18, 2014 at 12:09 am

    I tink this is first game that Gunners will lose their toppin and man city will take over

    • kes

      January 18, 2014 at 12:48 am

      keep fooling yourself.

    • Max

      January 18, 2014 at 5:38 am

      @yazeed. Enemy of progress. It can’t work for u. In Gunz l trust!

  4. shings

    January 18, 2014 at 4:37 am

    the top teams should all b very careful this week. arsenal n chelsea cud draw while man city cud lose.

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