Fulham will struggle to contain match-fit Arsenal side (opinion)

Fulham are preparing to open their return to the Premier League by taking on Arsenal at Craven Cottage, but the visitors will be well prepared for the match ahead.

Some will be writing off the Cottagers chances of avoiding relegation at the end of the season, and their manager will need to use that as part of the motivation for his squad this term, but at this early point in the campaign, it is too early to say in reality.

Arsenal will have their own pressures this season, with a newfound confidence after an impressive opening nine months under manager Mikel Arteta which has already returned silverware in the FA Cup and the Community Shield, but a return the Champions League must be a priority.

Nothing less than a win will be expected today, and I’m not worried that the right result will come our way, especially given how match-fit our players must be.

Having already beaten Liverpool two weeks ago, and with the FA Cup final win over Chelsea only six weeks ago, our team should be in the right state of mind when they return to Premier League action today.

Fulham have also only been out of action for six weeks having won the play-off final against Brentford shortly after our FA Cup heroics, but have only tasted friendly competition since.

While a limited break between last season and this one can’t be the best preparation for players, it is my understanding that any fatigue would come later on into the campaign, but I’m hoping that our squad is big enough by the close of the transfer window to cope with some rotation, whilst injuries could also play a part.

Fulham will also lose some impetus without their fans inside Craven Cottage, losing much of that derby atmosphere, which should play into our hands also.

Will Arsenal simply be the more prepared today as we secure a win against our London rivals?

Patrick

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19 Comments

  1. mikomess says:

    I think that this game will be harder than people think. Honestly, I would be happy with a draw and no more injuries to the players.

    1. Maxis says:

      We need to start the campaign like we want to win the league. I’ll be expecting much more than a draw.

    2. Joegunner says:

      A draw will not be nice, it may affect the confidence of the lads, we should be hopping for 3 point, this is Arsenal, we need to get back to where we belong

    3. Alex says:

      It can’t be as hard as you think.

  2. Davi says:

    I’m never so confident anymore. This is the sort of game we were struggling with at the end of last season. We’ll see

  3. Sajompk says:

    I wish Arsenal Goodluck

  4. S.J says:

    Fulham are not to be under rated. There are no easy games in the English premier league.
    But I am positive, we will start with a winning start.

  5. S.J says:

    Fulham are not to be under rated. There are no easy games in the English premier league.
    But I am positive, we will start with a winning start.

  6. James says:

    I wouldnt be so confident, football has this funny way of serving some really unsettling reality checks. So im gonna sit back and watch the game hoping for the best

    1. Toheeb says:

      👍exactly

  7. Uzi Ozil says:

    First game of the season is usually dicey.. players aint so fit and the likes.. and we struggle against this kind of teams during the closure of last season. Having said that, I expect us to win

    Fulham 1 Arsenal 4
    Any other score line that gives us the 3points is still welcomed..

    COYG’

  8. Daniel emeka says:

    Anything short of a victory would be a step backwards, so let’s go for the win

  9. jon fox says:

    My prediction is a hard fought but ultimately two goal margin win for us. Probably 1-3 or 0-2!

  10. Patrick Karani says:

    We will obviously blow away Fulham.

    1. Biellydude 9ja says:

      Optimistically, You’re the only one with a reasonable mindset of today’s game. How can I make you happy cos am happy right now.
      I sincerely have this awesome feelings that MA would land us a glorious season in the end.
      Now,permit me to say one thing about our lineup; would you believe MA is going to make MO wish he had accept that paycut cos his life is just gonna be miserable even with that huge wages he gets weekly. I love him though

  11. Sue says:

    Watching Soccer AM.. Robbie Keane is on it. Jimmy Bullard asked him if he thinks Liverpool will lift the trophy again this year – “I think it will be between them, hopefully Tottenham, City and Chelsea” 😂 Bullard said ” You’re putting Tottenham in the mix??!!!” 😂😂😂

  12. PRINCE OLANIYAN ADESHINA CONCORD says:

    Arsenal all the way

  13. Towny254 says:

    Gunners 3 0

  14. Jamie says:

    Spot on with score towny254

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