Fulham v Arsenal: Match preview

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Fulham v Arsenal
Barclays Premier League
Craven Cottage
Monday, January 2. Kick-off: 1730


Bobby Zamora as an Achilles problem and is likely to miss out for Fulham.

Martin Jol could also be without striker Andrew Johnson, who has a groin injury, while Damien Duff could make a return to the starting XI.

Thomas Vermalen suffered a calf strain in the win over Queens Park Rangers and will not feature for Arsenal.

Francis Coquelin will seemingly be handed a start after replacing Vermaelen on Saturday.


Wenger expects difficult encounter


Arsene Wenger is expecting a stern examination from Fulham on Monday evening as Arsenal look to reinforce their position in the top four of the Barclays Premier League.

The Gunners are two points clear of fifth placed Chelsea and have the opportunity to draw level with local rivals Tottenham, who do not play until Tuesday.

Wenger though realises Fulham will provide tough competition for his side at Craven Cottage, especially after the reverse fixture between the two teams some six weeks ago.

The Cottagers managed to leave the Emirates Stadium with a point that day, a result the Arsenal boss remembers only too well.

“It was very difficult to create chances against Fulham that day,” said Wenger.

“With the opportunities we had we still could have got the three points but we had just played Dortmund in a decisive Champions League game and we lacked a little bit of sharpness.


“It is always difficult for us against Fulham though. They are a good side, well-organised and have a good technical level especially Dickson Etuhu and Danny Murphy who did well on the day.


“It will be tough again this time. You can see that everyone finds motivation against Arsenal, everyone organises well and stops us from playing.

"That will happen again at Fulham.


“But, after the three points against QPR, we will be very focused to get the win there.”

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