Arsenal welcomes the Cottagers

Thursday night was a quick reminder of how devasting Arsenal can be when they play with Runners on the wings. Alexander Lacazette provides Arsenal with the opportunity when he plays through the middle with runners.

We came to a tough place and this team hasn’t lost at home in almost two years. To do what we did is a credit to the players for how they approached the game and how brave they were in our approach.

Arsenal’s devasting spell of three quick goals in the first half was the foundation for a satisfying victory against Sparta Prague and set us up for a Semi-final showdown against Villareal managed by our previous Coach, Unai Emery. Well, there is little time to indulge in the euphoria of Thursday’s victory. The Cottagers are coming to the Emirates.

Arsenal has momentum going into this match against Fulham. While Europa League seems the only route towards attaining Champions League football, we must not make light of the match today against Fulham. We must continue to build momentum with victories and send that fear to our opponents that we going to fight for every available three points.

Fulham visits the Emirates this weekend in 18th place, played one match more than all the other clubs in the relegation fight barring Sheffield United who were relegated yesterday after their loss against Wolves. Fulham have lost four straights, being outscored 9-3, and now six points away from safety. Fulham has played better than their record indicates, but even though Sunday is a must-win for them, Scott Parker is likely headed for the Championship. How should Arsenal set up in this London derby?

COYG!!!!!!!!

on the importance of momentum domestically...

I think the better we are in the league, and if we keep winning, the confidence will be higher, the spirit will be better, the players’ individual performances will maintain and that will have a knock-on effect on the Europa League, for sure.

~ Mikel Arteta

THE BREAKDOWN:

TEAM NEWS:

ARSENAL:

Arsenal will be without captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for their Premier League clash with Fulham on Sunday.

Arsenal are likely to be without their captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for this clash due to malaria.

Kieran Tierney and David Luiz miss this match and are likely to be out for the season. Martin Odegaard remains a doubt due to his niggling ankle issues. We need you, Martin, shake it off.

POSSIBLE LINEUP:

Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Mari, Xhaka; Partey, Elneny; Willian, Ceballos, Martinelli; Lacazette

FULHAM

Fulham will be without Terence Kongolo for the remainder of the season after he sustained an injury against Wolves last Friday in his comeback match from a previous issue.

Tom Cairney also misses this one. Ademola Lookman could be available after recovering from a knock.

POSSIBLE LINEUP:

Areola; Aina, Andersen, Adarabioyo; Tete, Lemina, Reed, Robinson; Cordova-Reid, Loftus-Cheek; Mitrovic

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Arsenal have won the last three league meetings 5-1, 4-1, and 3-0. They’ve never beaten the same opponent by at least three goals in four consecutive top-flight league games.

Fulham are on a run of six successive defeats against Arsenal. They have only had longer top-flight losing streaks versus Manchester City (nine, 2012 to date) and Manchester United (eight, 2005-09).

Arsenal

  • Arsenal are looking to win back-to-back league games for the first time since January.
  • A 13th top-flight defeat of the season would equal their club record in a 38-match Premier League season, set in 2017-18.
  • The Gunners have lost eight home games in all competitions this season, their most in a single campaign since nine defeats in 1929-30.
  • Arsenal have failed to score in 11 league matches this season; they have never fared worse in a 38-match Premier League campaign.
  • Mikel Arteta’s side have only lost one of their last 42 home league games against sides in the relegation zone (W39, D2), although that defeat came in their last such match against Burnley in December.
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have scored in all three of their Premier League appearances against Fulham.

Fulham

  • Fulham have lost four successive league games, as many as they had in their previous 17.
  • This is Scott Parker’s 100th match as Fulham manager in all competitions (W37, D23, L39).
  • The Cottagers are winless in 22 Premier League London derbies since a 2-1 home victory against West Ham on New Year’s Day 2014.
  • Aleksandar Mitrovic has played in 16 Premier League London derbies without ever ending on the winning side, the most of any player in the competition’s history (D2, L14).

PREDICTION:

Arsenal have the tendencies to be Arsenal but also have the tendencies to be Arsenal like we saw against Sheffield United and against Sparta Prague. However, I believe this is not the fixture to let the momentum slip. The Gunners will take all three points if they approach this match as they did in the last two fixtures. As for Fulham, better luck next time.

Arsenal 3 vs. 1 Fulham

COYG!!!

Match Preview by Leonard Omofomah