Where: Emirates Stadium, London, EnglandWhen: Saturday, August 26, 4 pm CET
The Gunners have survived the opening two rounds, collecting six points. On the other side, things are about to become very complicated for Fulham, who lost its top player Aleksandar Mitrovic. They do have the replacement, but the defeat to Brentford showed numerous flaws in their game. Each time these two units meet, we see an interesting contest, filled with intensity and power. And it’s no wonder because this is one of the London derbies.
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The Gunners won at home against Nottingham Forest, 2-1 and then on the road on Monday night at Selhurst against Crystal Palace. They beat the Eagles by a minimal result, 0-1, and stayed perfect.
However, this contest had a high price, just like the previous one. Against Forest, Arsenal lost Jurrien Timber. On Monday, we saw Areta losing his replacement on the flank, Takehiro Tomiyasu, which worsened an already complicated situation. Plus, the top star and the best player of the unit, Gabriel Jesus, is out due to an injury he picked up during the preseason.
After numerous stars who went to Saudi Arabia, Aleksandar Mitrovic was another one who couldn’t resist the petrodollar call. The Serbian and Fulham best player firmly decided to leave Craven Cottage and continue his career in the Middle East, which created plenty of problems for the London unit.
They have the money but, on the other hand, are short on time and options for strengthening the team. Raul Jimenez is Mitro’s replacement, but it remains a big enigma whether the Mexican has the ability to meet the standards.
After beating Everton on the road in the first round, 0-1, Fulham was badly beaten at home to Brentford, who triumphed 0-3 at Craven Cottage, schooling the hosts in every aspect of play.
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Arsenal and Fulham Possible Lineups
Arsenal: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Rice, Partey; Saka, Nketiah, Martinelli
Fulham: Leno; Tete, Diop, Ream, Robinson; Reed, Lukic; Wilson, Pereira, Decordova-Reid; Jimenez
Arsenal vs. Fulham Head to Head
Arsenal won in both meetings last year. The first was at home, early into the season, 2-1, while the second in March saw them smashing the rivals at the Craven Cottage, 3-0.
The Gunners like playing against Fulham, as they haven’t lost for the past 10 straight events against this rival.
Arsenal vs. Fulham Predictions
We will be direct here. Arsenal will defeat Fulham, and we expect them to be much more confident this time than in the previous two appearances. Fulham allowed three goals at home to Brentford, whose attack is at least one level beneath Arsenal’s, with all due respect. Plus, the Gunners love smashing their rivals at the Etihad.
Our verdict: Arsenal wins
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