Arsenal make the short trip across London this afternoon to take on Fulham in a crucial Premier League tie. The Gunners draw with Everton on Tuesday night helped neither cause massively and with the Champions League football race hotting up as much as the relegation battle there is little doubt that nothing short of three points will be acceptable against The Cottagers this weekend.
But as we know The Cottage is not an envious destination to travel; a fact Arsenal fans will also know from these three memorable games in SW6.
2nd January 2012 - Fulham 2 v 1 Arsenal
Well as the old saying goes there is no time like the present; well as present as we can get anyway with last season’s meeting at Craven Cottage. After a shaky start to the season Arsenal had just reeled off an impressive run of one defeat in 12 games before travelling to take on Fulham.
Laurent Koscielny had given them the lead before the game turned on the dismissal of Johan Djourou after 78 minutes.
Former Arsenal prodigy Steve Sidwell grabbed the equaliser after 85 minutes before Bobby Zamora hammered home a volley to leave Wojciech Szczesny rooted to the spot. Arsenal would not win again for three games.
23rd August 2008 - Fulham 1 v 0 Arsenal
After scraping a win on the first day of the season against West Brom Arsenal knew a much more polished performance was necessary in their second fixture; but once again Fulham would not oblige.
On this occasion it was Brede Hangeland who proved the hero; putting away Jimmy Bullard’s first-half corner to earn a 1-0 victory.
29th November 2006 - Fulham 2 v 1 Arsenal
The damage in this game was done in the opening 20 minutes by two former Everton players. Brian McBride opened the scoring after six minutes and Tomasz Radzinski doubled that lead on 19 minutes.
Robin Van Persie fired home a free-kick but when now Fulham defender Philippe Senderos was sent off the game was dead and buried.
Will Arsenal banish the memory of last season today?
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