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Fulham (a): teams news, views and predicted starting XI

Arsene Wenger and his two “top, top quality” signings.

Morning folks.

Craven Cottage and a fixture against Fulham. Always makes me a little nervous this one. Martin Jol’s side are unpredictable. They have enough attacking verve to cause anyone problems on their day, but, in turn, they are quite capable of not showing up at all and getting walloped. You never know quite what you’re going to get when you play them .

Arsenal are at bare bones today. I don’t think I need to go into any more detail, as the problems with squad size have been documented ad nauseam. Arteta, Koscielny, Oxlade-Chamberlian, Diaby and Vermaelen all miss out today.

Arsenal’s line-up essentially picks itself.

Lukas Podolski does appear to have gradually slipped from favour. Having only been utilised briefly thus far, it’s unlikely he will start the game today. Rumours have surfaced regarding a loan move to Schalke. Hopefully there is nothing more to that than idle speculation and the German remains very much in our plans. We can ill-afford to lose another player, least of all one capable of something special on his day.

The back four is a touch thrown together through necessity. Sagna at centre-back does not fill me with confidence, although he has performed admirably in that position when called upon. At this stage we shouldn’t be having to field a defence like that, and his absence marauding up the right touchline takes away from our attacking potential.

Most worryingly, we lack depth on the bench in the event of emergency. Should we lose another defender today – God forbid – we only have Nacho Monreal to come in, and he’s lacking match fitness. The substitutes are set to include the likes of Gnabry and Frimpong. Good young players they may be, but hardly game changing options.

I predict a score draw today, and I’d not be disappointed too much if that proves to be true. We need to get back on track, and another defeat doesn’t bare thinking about. Fulham will know we aren’t at our strongest, and I expect them to come out intent on taking the game to us.

I’ll gor for 1-1.

That’s all for today, folks. The comments await your views on the team, the match and the final score. Let me know a few of them . I shall return tomorrow with a report of the game.

As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.

Category: Match previews
  • reallycrossross says:

    Rosicky in the hole with Cazorla cutting in from the left … 3v1 Arsenal if we can replicate the 2nd half form from Wednesday night. Can’t afford to be playing too much catch-up at this stage of the season.

    August 24, 2013 at 10:30 am
  • LeBigMac says:

    This fixture always reminds me of Charlton under Curb’s. We should by rights have thumped them but at times often came unstuck.
    Away win, class will out……

    Fingers crossed anyway ;-)

    August 24, 2013 at 10:33 am
  • john fabulus says:

    enough of that negativity.away win all the way,brush past the turks midweek and make spurs our bitches next weekend(after making 4 top signings midweek)keep the faith fuckers.coyg

    August 24, 2013 at 11:04 am
  • mav361 says:

    1-3 away win me thinks as long as we don’t get another referee on a power trip we should have enough fire power to snatch it can’t see us keeping a clean sheet tho………

    August 24, 2013 at 11:09 am

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