Arsenal vs Fulham: The Preview

Arsenal vs Fulham
on Saturday, 26 November 2011 17:30

Boys & girls, ladies & gentlemen… we are about to play Fulham at the Emirates, which, if we won the game, could see us jump into the top four. With Man United playing Newcastle and Liverpool playing Man City, some one up there is going to drop points!

We have no new injury worries or concerns ahead of the game, with Diaby coming through unscathed from his mid-week outing. Koscielny was a little bit tired by the end of the game and was substituted due to fatigue. Up front, Gervinho has been very good, but there is a little bit of a worry about him in front of goal. We may see Arshavin play against Fulham – most likely because Arsene has been keen to stress that he is a key member of the squad – not just backup…

Team news may see this line-up:


Koscielny – Mertersacker – Vermaelen – Santos

Arteta – Song

Walcott – Ramsey – Arshavin

Van Persie

With a bench of Fabianski, Djourou, Diaby, Frimpong, Gervinho, Benayoun, Chamakh

In his press conference, Arsene confirmed his faith in Chamakh and Park and said that both are very good players and are good enough to stand in for Van Persie if the Dutchman was injured or rested. Personally, I’m not sure – but against Man City in the Carling Cup next week, we should see a bit more of both.

With Jack Wilshere returning, there has been a lot of debate about who he would replace in the line-up for our best XI – many thinking Arsene may drop Arteta in favour of a Wilshere – Ramsey – Song partnership, but when asked about Arteta’s contribution, the manager heaped praise onto the Spaniard.

“Mikel is an extremely important player in our team because he has both sides that make a team good. He is consistent going forward, technically fantastic and he works very hard for the team. He is an organiser too and does the job defensively in vital parts. We look solid at the moment and he has to take a big part of the credit because he does both jobs offensively and defensively with quality. I am very happy with his defensive job and he is rewarded for it because he plays. If I play him it is because I am happy with the job he does and if he had not done such a consistent job defensively he would not be in the team. I believe that Mikel Arteta is a winner and on the pitch he does what is needed to help the team win. That’s what I rate.”

You can see it in every game, the player gets up and down the pitch, spreads the ball nicely, defends well, attacks well and retains possession. He reminds we a little of Jack and a little of Xabi Alonso mixed into one player. He has proved his worth to the team for sure. When Jack gets back, I am sure it’s going to be a tough decision.

The Fulham game is the most important one – and Arsene has been talking about taking one game at a time, and that’s exactly what we have to do. I’m very excited this weekend, I think all the players are looking forward to the game and if results go our way, it could be a very good weekend for us…

Come on you reds!!

  • Chairman Gallant

    This weekend game against Fulham will be another interesting game of course.Arsenal,i am sure will not underrate Fulham as we dont underrate any team these day and,i tell you guys,that is why we have been winning most of our matches.
    So,i expect another three points in the bag and that might catapult us to the top five or even top four.
    My prediction-Arsenal 3:Fulham 1

  • Jovie Onyema

    go for it arsenal!!! beat the hell outta them

  • pires

    This January we NEED to buy. Not necessarily huge names with big fees and stupid salaries, but a few wise signings just to improve on what we already have, and to NOT fall into the trap we always seem to. Great/V.Decent until X-Mas, then when teams like Spurs, Untd, Chelsea sign and improve their teams boosting them into the new year, we settle and inevitably loose form going into the business end of the season. Has happened so many times and we need to do what we can to avoid this without getting reckless. New winger maybe, new striker (RVP needs more rest then your usual player) and maybe something in a defensive mid position, again as back up. Maybe someone in their older years, maybe even someone like Michael Ballack or Riquelme, just some class to help us out for a year or so… a signing like Larsson for Unitd is what, I think, we need to try and emulate.

  • Bonathan

    jd back at RB. there are probably 4 options i’d prefer to play there before JD.

    looks like a draw at best now. that’s if we’re lucky

  • Bonathan

    Boom, there’s the equiliser! still time for a winner