Arsenal v Fulham: Match Preview

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Arsenal v Fulham

Barclays Premier League

Emirates Stadium

Sat 26th Nov; KO: 1730

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Arsenal welcome back Abou Diaby, who made his first appearance of the season against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday. However, Tomas Rosicky is a doubt after he missed that UEFA Champions League victory.

Arsene Wenger may make changes in his defence after Laurent Koscielny was substituted against the Germans with 'fatigue', while Thomas Vermaelen has not really had a rest since his return from injury.

Full backs Kieran Gibbs, Bacary Sagna and Carl Jenkinson are all still out and not expected to return before Christmas. Wenger is expected to play Robin van Persie against the Cottagers, but there is a chance some back up will be needed after three games in eight days.

Fulham manager Martin Jol will be without a few first team players, when his side attempt to continue their recently improved away form. Steve Sidwell is still out after having a hernia operation, but John Arne Riise returns to the squad.

Damien Duff will not be making his 400th league appearance as he is out due to a calf problem. The winger's compatriot Stephen Kelly is out with a thigh injury, sustained when playing for the Republic of Ireland.

Wenger wants more Technology

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said the proposed introduction of goal line technology would not be enough.

The Frenchman thinks technology should be used to try and eradicate all mistakes in the officiating of games.

He said: "I am a big fan and I am an even bigger fan of more technology in the game. I just want to reduce the level of injustice and for me that has nothing to do with the money involved.

"I just want the right decisions to be made as much as possible and technology can help.

"I want more," he added. "Penalty calls, offsides - these kinds of things. But only at the demand of the central referee. He will have the command. When he feels he needs help, let's have access to technology.

"It's better than having somebody who talks two minutes with the referee during the game saying something was offside, or another player saying somebody dived in the box and has a go at the referee.

"You waste more time with these things than with technology."

Meanwhile, Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has said he has no regrets after a possible move to Arsenal last season fell through.

Wenger was having serious 'keeper problems at the time and wanted Schwarzer's experience to help relieve defensive failings.

The Australian eventually signed a new deal to stay in West London and is now even open to triggering a clause in the contract to extend the agreement for a year.

"You can never harbour any regrets. What was done was done and you move on," he said. "The minute I signed a new deal at Fulham the whole situation was dealt with, otherwise I wouldn't have re-signed.

"I'm more than happy where I am and I've said from the day I arrived at Fulham that I love playing here. It's been a great time in my career.

"Who knows [if I will finish my career here] That would be great but you never say never."

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