Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is wary of the threat the Gunners will face from Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov when the two sides meet this weekend.

However, the Frenchman is confident if they can control him, then the Gunners will come away with all three points.

The Bulgarian striker is Fulham's top goalscorer so far this season after knocking in 13 goals for his new club and two of those came at the Emirates Stadium in the reverse fixture earlier on in the season which ended 3-3. Berbatov has been a fan-favourite at Craven Cottage since joining last summer from Manchester United.

Although the Bulgarian will be a threat to the Gunners, Koscielny has also revealed that Arsenal are a better team than what they were the last time the two sides met. 

Koscielny told Arsenal Player: “Every game in England is difficult.

“Fulham have a lot of good players [but] we are not in the same situation as in the first game against them. We are better.

“We've won a lot of games and we're more confident. It will be different. It will be a hard fight but we have a chance to finish in the [top four] so we'll go to Fulham to win.

“[Berbatov] is very technical. He likes small spaces. He has scored a lot of important goals for Manchester United and Fulham.

“He's a danger every time for the defender. [You have to decide] which player goes with him. Sometimes I go with him, sometimes my midfielder takes Berbatov. It's just communication on the pitch.”

The last time Arsenal went to Craven Cottage, Koscielny gave Arsene Wenger's side the lead, but goals from Steve Sidwell and Bobby Zamora gave Fulham all three points. 

This is something that needs to be avoided for Arsenal if they are to put pressure on London rivals Tottenham and Chelsea in the hunt for Champions League football.


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