Premier League: Arsenal v Fulham match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at The Emirates

Fulham can leapfrog Arsenal and establish themselves as European hopefuls when the teams meet at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Fulham are on a four-game unbeaten run, having defeated Aston Villa and played out draws with Everton, Reading and Southampton.

The Craven Cottage club, who are eighth in the table with 15 points, trail seventh-placed Arsenal on goal difference. Arsenal can ill afford to lose, having taken just two wins from their past six games in all competitions.

Arsene Wenger's men come off the back of defeats to Manchester United and Norwich in the league and were held to a 2-2 draw at Schalke in the Champions League on Wednesday after being beaten by the German side a fortnight ago.

 

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm

 

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Fulham 2 (Sidwell, Zamora) Arsenal 1 (Koscielny), Premier League, January 2012

Arsenal 1 (Vermaelan) Fulham 1 (Vermaelan), Premier League, November 2011

Fulham 2 (Sidwell, Zamora) Arsenal 2 (van Persie, Walcott), Premier League, May 2011

 

STATS...

Arsenal have made their worst ever start to a Premier League season under Arsene Wenger this year, picking up just 15 points from their first 10 games and losing three of their last five Premier League outings.

Fulham have never beaten Arsenal away from home, with Arsenal winning 22 times in addition to four draws.

Arsenal have conceded eight league goals this season – the fewest in the top flight.

 

CLASSIC MATCH...

Before Fulham's return to the top division under the stewardship of Jean Tigana in 2001, the last time the two sides met in the league was way back in October 1967 as the Gunners ran out 5-3 winners.

 

ODDS...

Arsenal to win: 1.53

Fulham to win: 6.25

Draw: 4.00

 

TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.50pm

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