Arsenal travel to Craven Cottage this weekend bidding to make it nine wins in a row across all competitions under new manager Unai Emery. The Gunners have recovered from a poor start under the Spaniard and now sit fifth in the Premier League table, whereas Fulham are just one place above the relegation zone.
A lot was expected of Fulham this season following their near-£100m summer spending spree, but while fellow promoted side Wolverhampton Wanderers have so far lived up to the hype, Fulham have been slower to adjust to their new surroundings.
The Cottagers go into the weekend sitting just one place and three points above the relegation zone having won just one of their opening seven games this season, and none of the last four.
Fulham have shown plenty of attacking potential – led by the five-goal Aleksandar Mitrovic and ably supported by the likes of Luciano Vietto, Andre Schurrle and Ryan Sessegnon – but defensively they have so far struggled on their return to the top flight.
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There was always going to be intense scrutiny on the early stages of Unai Emery’s Arsenal reign following Arsene Wenger‘s exit, but he is beginning to answer the questions in impressive style.
A blip at the start never worried the Spaniard – and they went into their opening two matches against Manchester City and Chelsea as underdogs – but the team is beginning to get to grips with Emery’s style, and the rewards are showing on the pitch.
It is now eight wins in a row across all competitions for the Gunners, and another victory on Sunday would make for their best run of form since April 2015.
Fulham possible starting lineup:
Bettinelli; Christie, Mawson, Ream, Le Marchand; Vietto, Cairney, Seri, Sessegnon; Schurrle; Mitrovic
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Leno; Bellerin, Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal; Torreira, Xhaka; Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Aubameyang; Lacazette
Arsenal vs Fulham: prediction
We say: Fulham 1-3 Arsenal
Fulham are struggling to translate their style into results at the moment, whereas Arsenal go into the game in fine form and full of confidence. Fulham have the quality to survive this season, but matches against the likes of Arsenal are not where they will pick up the points to do so.