Arsenal V Fulham Starting XI and Preview
Well well, the mood amongst Arsenal fans hasn’t been great recently. The bottom has completely fallen out of our creative, free flowing pass and move game. The team are looking fragile at the back again but more worryingly, tired and out of ideas. Theo Walcott looks to be the only bright spark and I think he is looking as effective as I’ve ever seen him in an Arsenal shirt, yet this is tinged with the contract debacle that threatens to see him leave the club in January.
We really need Theo today, he looks fresh and determined to force his way into the side regularly by scoring goals, which is great for a team that look like they have forgotten how to.
Arsene Wenger has admitted this week that certain players are looking ‘less fresh’ including the likes of Podolski and Cazorla, who have been involved in pretty much every game so far this season. However with the amount of injuries to midfielders we have at the moment, they will both start.
I think we’ll see a similar team to the side that drew in Germany mid-week, with the only change being the suspended Jack Wilshere being replaced by Coquelin. Both Ramsey and Oxlaide Chamberlain face late fitness tests, so I think they will both start on the bench for this one.
Although Szczesny is fit again and came through a reserve game yesterday, Wenger has stated that “Vito will play on Saturday”.
The team pretty much picks itself at the moment. We could do with a couple more attackers, to rest the ailing Podolski and to allow Theo Walcott to start upfront, but injuries do not permit this at the moment. However the January transfer window is not that far away now, we just need to stick together. A clean sheet today and a couple of goals should go some way to cheering everyone up again.
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