Arsenal make the short trip across London to take on Fulham this weekend, with the visiting side eyeing their sixth straight league win, and a third away win in a row as well as our third clean sheet as well.
The Gunners have been in top form since putting the opening two defeats to Chelsea and Manchester City respectively, winning all their matches since and will move into the top four if we win today. So let’s have a look at our current form in the League….
This contrasts very well with Fulham, who have only won one of their games so far and are sitting just above the relegation zone. Here is their League form….
Arsenal’s goal difference at the moment is 14-9 while Fulham have scored 8 and conceded 16, which is the third worst in the table after Huddersfield and Cardiff. The Cottagers head coach Slavisa Jokanovic is determined to tighten up the defence and admitted it is a big problem right now. He said: “We cannot be satisfied with this spell during this first seven games, it’s huge room ahead of us to improve and we must try and work hard to fix all our problems.
“One of these is conceding so many goals and we are working in this direction to try find a solution.
“This is not our best level…we need to be more ambitious and need to show more aggression and more speed.”
The big talking point will of course be summer signing Bernd Leno, who will be expected to start his first Premier League match since joining the club, and show yet again why he thinks he should be first choice by keeping another clean sheet.
In the Arsenal team news, captain Laurent Koscielny remains sidelined along with Ashley Maitland-Niles, Carl Jenkinson and Mavropanos, but Sead Kolasinac and Sokratis returned against Qarabag and Aubameyang has recovered from the virus that saw him miss the trip to Azerbaijan and should play. Aaron Ramsey is obviously distracted by the contract situation and the fact that his wife is close to giving birth so I am expecting him to be sidelined today.
Our League team has remained mostly unchanged in recent weeks, and I would expect Emery to play a very strong side as usual and we have to hope that not too many of them are tired from the gruelling return flight to Qarabag on Thrursday night.
Bellerin Sokratis Mustafi Monreal
Guendouzi Torreira Xhaka
Ozil Lacazette Aubameyang
This team should have more than enough going forward, and I would be very surprised if we didn’t score at least two goals. I’m going with Lacazette and Aubameyang both to get on the scoresheet in a 4-1 away win.
Is this the best possible XI available?