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Premier League

  • November 26, 2011
  • • 12:30 PM
  • • Emirates Stadium, London
  • Referee: M. Dean
  • • Attendance: 60043

Premier League Preview: Arsenal - Fulham

Premier League Preview: Arsenal - Fulham

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Cottagers look for first ever win at the Emirates, while Robin van Persie looks to add to 13 goals this season and find the net for the sixth game in a row in the Premier League.



Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Santos
Arteta, Song, Ramsey
Walcott, Van Persie, Gervinho


Baird, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise
Dempsey, Murphy, Etuhu, Duff
Dembele, Zamora

Arsenal is short on numbers in defense with Bacary Sagna, Carl Jenkinson and Kieran Gibbs all missing with long term injuries. Laurent Koscielny will likely start at right back again, while Johan Djoruou provides an alternative option for Arsene Wenger.

Abou Diaby could feature on the bench with Tomas Rosicky as the Frenchman may stick with the same midfield trio that played against Borussia Dortmund and Norwich in the past two games. Robin van Persie is certain to start up front with Gervinho and Theo Walcott either side of him, as the system has been fruitful for the Gunners over the past month.

Fulham should be mainly unchanged from the draw with Sunderland last week.  Zdenek Grygera is still missing for Martin Jol with a knee injury, so Chris Baird will remain at right back. John Arne Riise should return to the team after missing the clash with the Black Cats to attend the birth of his son.

Aaron Hughes could drop to the bench or partner Brede Hangeland in the center of defense, but Jol could keep Philippe Senderos in the lineup after good performance last week. Steve Sidwell could also return for the Cottagers.

  • Since losing the north London derby on Oct. 2, Arsenal has won five games in a row in the Premier League. This has taken the club to seventh place in the table.
  • Robin van Persie (pictured right) is the leading scorer in the top flight with 13 goals. The Dutchman has scored in five successive matches netting 10 goals including a hat trick against Chelsea.
  • The Gunners skipper has scored over half of his side’s 25 league goals while Alex Song and Gervinho have contributed by assisting four times each this season, putting them in the top 10 in the league.
  • Arsenal and Fulham have met 48 times in the league, with Gunners winning 33 times and the Cottagers just seven. The remaining eight matches have finished as draws.
  • Fulham has conceded 15 goals this season, but has kept the second most clean sheets in the Premier League with five.
  • This season Martin Jol’s team has picked up just one win away from home and has managed a mere three goals away from Craven Cottage.
  • The Cottagers have never won at Arsenal in 24 attempts, conceding 61 goals in the process while only scoring 19 themselves.
  • Fulham’s last win over Arsenal came at Craven Cottage in 2008 when Brede Hangeland netted a first half header to give the home side a win.

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