After the faltering on Tuesday, an already tricky trip to Craven Cottage is looking all the trickier. Having done us no favours by allowing Chelsea to wallop them on Wednesday evening, Fulham are sure to put up more of a fight against us – invariably they are a tough nut to crack, especially on their own patch.
When you look at the run-in and the current league table, you’d be forgiven for having a swirling feeling of unease in your stomach. With 5 games to go, the race for those much coveted 3rd and 4th spots is as close as it could be. A lot can happen in 5 games, but our destiny is sitting – temporarily – out of our own hands. We will need to make sure our form is as good as possible and hope Chelsea and Spurs drop some points.
Today’s fixture is one of those ones I worry about. It’s not that I don’t think we can turn Fulham over on their own patch – we absolutely can – it’s more a case of it’s the kind of game we might “do an Arsenal” in; something bloody stupid will be our undoing. When you add the importance of getting 3 points into the mix, then it’s easy to become nervous.
The team news only sees Lukas Fabianski continue to be absent (I’d mention Diaby, but that seems silly to point out as we all just assume he’s injured unless told otherwise). Nacho Monreal and Lukas Podolski are pushing for inclusion, and there maybe be a place for Tomas Rosicky – I think Wilshere may miss this game as his fitness in the previous 2 has been questionable.
All things considered, I’d guess at:
A lot was made of Olivier Giroud’s missed opportunities against Everton, and whilst he didn’t have his best game in an Arsenal shirt, some of the calls for him to be replaced today were a bit harsh. Knee-jerk reactions aside, his goal and assist return for a player’s first season in a tougher league has been very good, and no one could accuse him of lacking enthusiasm. He may not be the finished article, and he suffers unfair comparisons to the previous incumbent of his position, but he’s done well and should be judged on merit, not just the outcome of one game.
Today I’m hoping a solid defence will be the priority. Fulham have dangerous attacking players, and pressure teams on their own pitch. We should win today, and I’m going for another of my questionably ballsy predictions of 2-0 to Arsenal.
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That’s all for today folks. Let’s be having a delicious win today, and some blundering from those closest to us in the table. We’ve a short way to go, but some big games to play. The comments await your thoughts below, and I’ll look forward to reading some.What do you think of the team? What is your prediction of the score? Let me know.
I shall return tomorrow with more. Thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.