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Premier League

  • 22 May 2011
  • • 20:30
  • • Craven Cottage, London
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 25674

Fulham - Arsenal Preview: Arsene Wenger's Side Aiming For Win That Could See Them Leapfrog Manchester City Into Third Place

Fulham - Arsenal Preview: Arsene Wenger's Side Aiming For Win That Could See Them Leapfrog Manchester City Into Third Place

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Gunners looking to halt end of season capitulation, with a win possibly seeing them avoid the Champions League qualification stage as Fulham seek to cement top-half finish

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Fulham (4-4-2): Schwarzer; Senderos, Hangeland, Hughes, Salcido; Sidwell, Murphy,  Dempsey, Greening; Zamora, Johnson.
Mark Hughes will be sweating over the availability of Sean Davis and Bobby Zamora, with the duo set to complete late fitness tests before the game.

Meanwhile, Chris Baird is definitely out, serving a two-game suspension for foul language towards an official. Damien Duff’s continued absence is more than likely to be filled by Jonathan Greening.
Arsenal (4-3-3): Szczesny; Sagna, Vermaelen, Squillaci, Gibbs; Song, Wilshere, Ramsey; Walcott, Arshavin, Van Persie.
Thomas Vermaelen continues his comeback trail, completing a back-four line-up that was dismantled by Aston Villa in 15 minutes last week.

In fact, Arsene Wenger will more than likely keep faith with the same XI from last week, as Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas look as if their period on the sidelines will stretch into the summer. Andrey Arshavin could count himself lucky to start after a dismal end of season run-in.


  • Not one of Fulham's home Premier League games against Arsenal has ended in a draw.
  • The Cottagers have failed to score in six of their last eight home Premier League games against the Gunners.
  • Arsenal have scored exactly four goals in the ultimate game of their Premier League campaign in three of the last five seasons.
  • Arsenal have only ever drawn one of their 18 games on the final day of the Premier League season.
  • 30% of Fulham's goals this season have come from headers - the highest proportion in the league.
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