Fulham vs Arsenal: Match Preview

Fulham (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Schwarzer; Reither, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise; Karagounis, Enoh; Ruiz, Berbatov, Emanuelson; Petric.

Out: Dejagah (ankle), Diarra (knee), Duff (groin), Etheridge (leg), Frimpong (ineligible).

Arsenal (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Ramsey, Arteta; Walcott, Wilshere, Cazorla, Giroud.

Out: Fabianski (rib), Diaby (knee).
Tests: Rosicky (hamstring), Cazorla, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain (all unspecified).

Referee: Andre Marriner. Matches: 21, R1 Y65.

Team News

Steve Sidwell returns to the Fulham squad for the Premier League clash against Arsenal.

The 30-year-old midfielder has missed the last three matches after being sent off against QPR but is back to face his former club. Sascha Riether is a doubt after picking up a knock against Chelsea in midweek, while Damien Duff, Ashkan Dejagah and Mahamadou Diarra are all out.

On-loan Emmanuel Frimpong is ineligible to face his parent club, but Alex Kacaniklic could be involved after being recalled from a loan spell at Burnley.

Meanwhile, Arsenal will again be without goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski because of a cracked rib for the Premier League trip to Fulham.

Fellow Pole Wojciech Szczesny will get the chance to reclaim the number one jersey again, while midfielder Tomas Rosicky faces a fitness test.

Left-back Nacho Monreal is pressing for a start after being named on the bench for the last two games, as is forward Lukas Podolski, but midfielder Abou Diaby is a long-term absentee.

Match Notes

Arsenal’s attempt to sleepwalk their way into the Champions League continues apace.

Chelsea’s 3-0 burglary of Craven Cottage in midweek will be their template, exposing two of Fulham’s major flaws ÔÇô lapses of concentration either side of the break, and defending the spaces on the edge of their area.

The fleet-footed chicanery of Santi Cazorla, who is expected to pass a late fitness test, could prove particularly pivotal.

Stat of the game: The next goal conceded by Fulham will the be the 100th during manager Martin JolÔÇÖs reign.

by @prolixir.