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Arsenal shouldn't underestimate Fulham on Saturday

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Arsenal visit Fulham on Saturday for a lunchtime kick off and the North London side will have to be on song to ensure they recover from their opening day horror show. 

Arsenal go into the London derby with a number of significant injuries.Thomas Vermaelen, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mikel Arteta all are unavailable with injuries, not forgetting the the absence of Laurent Koscielny, who is banned after receiving a red card against Villa.

With these injuries and bans the Arsenal defence will have a make shift look to it, with it likely containing Gibbs, Mertesacker, Sagna and Jenkinson.

It is here that Fulham may be able to capitalise. With the likes of Dimitar Berbatov, Hugo Rodallega, Darren Bent and Bryan Ruiz, Fulham aren't short of firepower!

They have also brought in the likes of Scott Parker from Tottenham and Adel Taarabt from QPR on a season-long loan to bolster their midfield. 

Arsenal are also stepping into the game with poor Premier League form. Following their 3-1 loss to Aston Villa in the opening game of the season things are looking bleak for the North London side this season.

However, with a 3-0 win midweek in the Champions League play-off first leg against Fenerbahce, spirits in the Gunners camp could well be a lot more healthier than after last Saturday's result.

Fulham go into the game in buoyant mood after beating Sunderland 1-0 in their first game of the season. Despite being largely outplayed for most of the match the west London outfit showed a clinical side to their game as they secured maximum points at the Stadium of Light.

Predicted Line-ups: 

Fulham (4-4-1-1): Stekelenburg, Reither, Hangeland, Hughes, Briggs, Duff, Sidwell, Taarabt, Kacaniklic, Ruiz, Berbatov

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Fabianski, Jenkinson, Sagna, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Ramsey, Wilshere, Cazorla, Podolski, Walcott, Giroud

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