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Match Preview – Arsenal v Fulham

Arsenal extended their perfect record to move top of the Premier League last weekend and the Gunners will be looking to build on a strong start when Fulham visit the Emirates.

Here is all you need to know about Saturday’s clash in north London.

Form

Arsenal: WWW

After just three games there is only one team remaining with a 100% record, with Arsenal the early pacesetters after three consecutive wins.

It’s an incredible difference from the same stage last season, when the Gunners were bottom of the Premier League without a single point or goal scored.

Mikel Arteta’s improving side has been enhanced with Oleksandr Zinchenko and returning loanee William Saliba slotting seamlessly into the side, while Gabriel Jesus has hit the ground running with four goal involvements in three games.

Momentum appears to be building for Arsenal after picking up nine points courtesy of wins over Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Bournemouth. Back-to-back home games now provide a chance to keep their run going, before a fascinating trip to face Manchester United on September 4.

Fulham: DDWL

Fulham have made a strong start of their own since promotion back into the Premier League, proving that an opening draw with Liverpool was no freak result.

The Cottagers were a missed penalty from winning at Wolves on matchday two, before a thrilling west London derby with Brentford ended with Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring a last-minute winner for Marco Silva’s side.

Mitrovic’s three goals in three games has already matched his Premier League total from Fulham’s last visit to the top tier and the Serbian has seemingly started with a point to prove.

However, Fulham will be hoping for a response after the setback of a shock EFL Cup defeat to League Two side Crawley Town on Tuesday evening, as a rotated side crashed out of cup competition.

Last Meeting

Arsenal 1-1 Fulham, April 18th 2021

Fulham were left fuming after a 97th-minute Arsenal equaliser was allowed to stand in the last meeting between the teams, a result which pushed the Cottagers closer to the Championship.

Scott Parker’s side looked to be heading towards a huge away win at the Emirates, as Josh Maja’s second-half spot-kick put the visitors ahead.

However, Eddie Nketiah’s late, late effort was allowed to stand despite Arsenal defender Rob Holding being stood in an offside position, with the centre-back deemed not to be interfering with play.

The result saw Fulham remain mired in the bottom three, three points from safety having played a game more than 17th-placed Burnley.

Predicted Lineups

Arsenal: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard; Saka, Martinelli, Jesus.

Fulham: Leno; Mbabu, Adarabioyo, Ream, Robinson; Reed, Palhinha; Stansfield, Pereira, De Cordova-Reid; Mitrovic.

Who is the referee?

Jarred Gillett.

What channel is Arsenal v Fulham on?

UK and Ireland: Sky Sports Main Event.

USA: NBC

What time is kick off?

Saturday August 27th, 17:30.

Odds

Arsenal – 3/10

Draw – 19/4

Fulham – 8/1

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