CONFIRMED: Arsenal & Fulham line-ups - Gnabry and Cazorla start

Emirates Stadium

Here is how Arsenal and Fulham will line up for this afternoon’s match at the Emirates:

Arsenal starting XI: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Flamini, Wilshere, Cazorla, Gnabry, Ozil, Giroud

Subs: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Rosicky, Podolski, Oxlaide-Chamberlain, Park

Fulham starting XI: Stekelenburg, Riether, Richardson, Hangeland, Burn, Sidwell, Dejagah, Parker, Kacaniklic, Berbatov, Dempsey

Subs: Stockdale, Riise, Kasami, Karagounis, Dugg, Hughes, Bent

With Manchester City and Chelsea breathing down their necks, Arsenal will know they just have to keep winning. With what would be a huge shock at the Etihad Stadium today unlikely, the Gunners know they probably need three points against Fulham to remain top of the pile.

Today’s visitors have a huge boost with the return of Brede Hangeland after back surgery, and they will need him given the Gunners’ outstanding record against their London rivals.

Arsenal have never lost a home match against Fulham – in any competition; a record that spans 110 years. So Rene Meulensteen’s men have a considerable monkey to get off their back; or at least try to.

Arsene Wenger has been asked a lot of questions about the possibility of signing Dimitar Berbatov, and having seemingly dismissed the reports in yesterday’s press conference, he will now hope the former Manchester United and Tottenham striker does not have one of his good days.

What do you think today’s result will be?

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