Fulham vs Arsenal preview, lineups and key stats

Fulham vs Arsenal preview, lineups and key stats

Fulham vs Arsenal previews for Saturday’s Premier League opener at Craven Cottage. Can the newly promoted Cottagers start with a shock win against a resurgent Arsenal

Arsenal

7 players are injured: David Luiz, Sokratis, Smith Rowe, Chambers, Mari, Martinelli and Mustafi. Also, Martinez hasn't travelled with the squad as he's edging closer to leaving the club.

Fulham

No injury concerns.

📝 Possible lineups

Arsenal's probable XI

Leno will undoubtedly be named in the XI due to the abovementioned reason.
Arteta's centre-back department has been hit by injuries; We believe Arteta will rely on a trio of Gabriel, Holding and Saliba; Tierney and Bellerin should start as wing-backs.
Xhaka and Ceballos seem to be unquestionable starters.
We expect Willian to get his first start; He will form a front trio alongside Auba and Pepe.
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🔍 Stats you need to know (BBC)

Fulham have lost their past five Premier League matches against Arsenal.

They conceded nine goals in the two meetings during their most recent top-flight campaign in 2018-19.

Arsenal's only defeat in the past 13 Premier League meetings was 2-1 at Craven Cottage in January 2012.

The two sides have met once before on the opening day of a top-flight season, with the Gunners coming from behind to win 2-1 in 2007.

Arsenal are aiming to win their opening match in consecutive seasons for the first time in 11 years.

The Gunners are undefeated in all four of their previous opening Premier League matches versus newly-promoted opposition (W3, D1).

Their last opening day league defeat against a promoted side was a 1-0 loss at Highbury to Bristol City in 1976.

They have not lost any of their last 24 matches in the month of September in all competitions (W19, D5) since a 3-2 home defeat by Olympiakos in the Champions League in 2015.

Arsenal have already won two trophies in their 29 matches under Mikel Arteta: the FA Cup and Community Shield.

They scored 56 Premier League goals last season, their lowest total since 1995-96.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 54 goals in 85 Premier League appearances since his debut in February 2018, a joint-league high during that period with Mo Salah.
🔮 Predictions

Ex-striker Dimitar Berbatov (Metro): 0-3

"Here we go, Fulham against Arsenal first game! No fans in the stadium will be hard for Fulham in a new league. Arsenal will probably win this, and it’s a tough first game for Fulham, especially with Arsenal carrying momentum from two trophies."

Mark Lawrenson (BBC): 0-2

"The Cottagers must know most people think they will go straight back down, but their head coach Scott Parker can use that as a way of motivating them.

"I just think Arsenal will be ready for them, though. For obvious reasons, it does not seem like very long at all since the Gunners won the FA Cup final. Since then, they have won the Community Shield too, which is as competitive as it gets for a friendly. I'd expect them to be sharp."

Michael Owen (BetVictor): 1-3

"I think they [Arseanl] will have lofty ambitions for the upcoming season and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see them pushing hard for a place in the top four come the end of the season. I fancy a comfortable 3-1 win for the Gunners in this one."

🗣️ Quotes from managers

Mikel Arteta (Arsenal FC)

"We have a few issues around the squad. That's something normal that we have to try to adapt to. We've been trying with the players that we have fit at the moment. It's not an ideal to start the season with some key players out but again, we have enough really good players and tomorrow we will have the best possible plan to try and win our first game."

Scott Parker (Fulham FC)

"They're a quality team. We'll prepare to get a result and hurt them where we feel we can punish them. We can understand their threat, where they can hurt us. We understand where their weakeness are - not big ones but ones to try and exploit where we can.

"They can be a big force. Mikel has done a fantastic job in a short space of time. Quality in their ranks is vast. It's a big season for them but for us as well." Follow us on Google newsTwitter and on Facebook
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