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Fulham are pulling out all the stops to try and score a win over Arsenal tomorrow.

Fulham are the type of team clubs like to play at this time of year - They are safe from relegation, yet European qualification is beyond them.

Nothing to play for then? Not quite, not in the mind of manager Martin Jol, who will be extra keen to take points off Arsenal this weekend, the club who beat him to a Champions League place when he was Tottenham boss.

To give them an extra chance, Jol has recalled Swedish international Alex Kacaniklic from loan, who could go straight into the squad to face the Gunners at Craven Cottage tomorrow.

After their limp 3-0 defeat to west London rivals Chelsea in midweek, Jol is keen to mix things up, and Kacaniklic is just the player to do it.

He scored against Arsenal in the pulsating 3-3 draw at the Emirates earlier this season, a game in which Mikel Arteta had a chance to win late on only to miss a penalty.

Kacaniklic enjoyed a superb start to the season, pulling the strings in Fulham's opening day 5-0 win over Norwich, and bagged three goals in 15 games.

He also made his Sweden international debut this season, and only 21 is an excellent prospect. 

He picked up a hamstring strain in November and on his return found it more difficult to get a run of games, and when Jol brought in reinforcements in January on loan, Kacaniklic himself ended up being loaned to Burnley so that he would keep playing regular football.

He made six appearances at Turf Moor, but the recent injury to Damien Duff has left Fulham short of left-sided midfielders, and so the Swede was recalled.

There is no doubt he will have a point to prove, and feel like he will want to show he never should have been dropped or loaned out in the first place.

For Arsenal his return may have been very badly timed.

Can Kacaniklic be a difference maker tomorrow?

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