Last season’s meeting: Fulham 0-1 Arsenal – Craven Cottage, 20th April 2013
Arsenal will be looking to grab their first win of the season and get up and running in the Premier League. The loss last weekend to Aston Villa at home was a disastrous game for the Gunners as they gave away two penalties and had a man sent off.
They will be without the suspended Laurent Koscielny but they have a renewed confidence after an excellent win away at Fenerbahce in the mid week. Having one at the Cottage towards the end of last season Arsene Wenger’s team will have a belief that they can kick start their campaign. A win is vital as they face Tottenham in the North London Derby next weekend.
Fulham on the other hand will be looking to push on from their opening day victory away to Sunderland, Martin Jol would have been hoping to face an Arsenal side lacking in confidence but their European exploits saw to that. He knows his team is capable of threatening Arsenal, with attacking players like Berbatov and Bryan Ruiz.
Overall this should be a good contest but I can see Arsenal pulling out a close victory. They won’t fall into the same mistakes that plagued them against Villa last time out. There’s no doubting Fulham will be dangerous but they won’t pose a huge threat to the Arsenal goal.
A thrilling game of football that saw the home side jump out to a 2-0 lead only for Fulham to claw their way back and take the lead through Dimitar Berbatov only for Olivier Giroud to bring Arsenal level almost immediately. Mikel Arteta missed a last second penalty, Mark Schwarzer denying Arsenal the win.
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