Arsenal host Fulham in the middle of a difficult run. Can they get their season back on track with a good performance here?
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Venue Emirates Stadium, Saturday 3pm
Tickets Sold out
Last season Arsenal 1 Fulham 1
Referee Andre Marriner
This season’s matches 6 Y22, R0, 3.67 cards per game
Odds Arsenal 8-15 Fulham 5-1 Draw 3-1
fanatix predicted line-ups:
Subs from Martínez, Shea, Chamberlain, Coquelin, Santos, Squillaci, Sagna, Gnabry, Arshavin, Frimpong, Chamakh
Doubtful Chamberlain (hip), Ramsey (groin), Szczesny (ankle)
Injured Gibbs (thigh, 17 Nov), Diaby (thigh, 17 Nov), Rosicky (hamstring, 17 Nov), Gervinho (ankle, 24 Nov), Fabianski (ankle, Jan)
Suspended Wilshere (one match)
Form guide LWLWLD
Disciplinary record Y10 R1
Leading scorers Cazorla, Gervinho 3
Subs from Stockdale, Senderos, Diarra, Kelly, Petric, Ruiz, Karagounis, Dejagah, Kasami, Kacaniklic, Na Bangna, Trotta
Doubtful Diarra (knee), Richardson (illness)
Injured Davies (hip, Jan)
Form guide DDWDLW
Disciplinary record Y9 R0
Leading scorers Berbatov, Duff, Petric, Sidwell 3
Arsenal have never lost at home to Fulham in any competition (W22, D4).
Fulham have only mustered seven goals in their 11 Premier League visits to Arsenal and have never scored more than once in any of those matches.
They have only won three of 22 Premier League games against Arsenal. However, they won the last meeting (2-1 at Craven Cottage on 2 January), and are unbeaten in their last three matches against the Gunners.
The Gunners have made their worst start to a Premier League season under Arsene Wenger, eclipsing the previous low of 16 points from 10 games last year.
They are one of two sides yet to score a headed Premier League goal this season, along with Sunderland.
Wenger’s side have alternated between defeat and victory in the last five league games, winning twice and losing three times.
The Gunners have conceded just eight league goals, the best record in the division. However, they have only kept one clean sheet in their last 13 league and cup games, and have leaked nine goals in their previous three matches.
Martin Jol’s side have surrendered 12 points from winning positions this season, the highest tally in the top flight.
Their total of 21 league goals is bettered by only Chelsea (22) and Manchester United (26).
Last season it took the Cottagers until 2 January to score 21 league goals. Coincidentally, they reached that mark courtesy of a 2-1 win against Arsenal.
Opta statistics show they have hit the target with 57% of shots this season, the highest proportion in the Premier League.
fanatix prediction: 2-1. Gunners get back to winning ways with a narrow victory.
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