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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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  1. Kunle 10 November, 2012 at 14:35 Reply

    It will be preferable to play 4-4-2 formation,i disagree wit ur stated formation of 4-3-3 formation is nt working and there no urgency in attacking upfront,it pins down our striker,when he has two central backs monitering his movement in d box.fulham will be playin a 4-4-2 formation disturbin both our central backs,why cant we play d same 4-4-2 formation-mannone-sagna,mert,kosn,thomas(defence),arshavin,arteta,cazorla,ox/podoski(midfield),giroud and walcot(attackers).we should start crossin balls inside d box than trying to pass into d box which nt working 4 us.when balls are played into d box,it usually gives defenders problem to clear.wenger should stop emulating barca style of play becos it will nt win us anything.

    • Simon 10 November, 2012 at 14:43 Reply

      Hey it’s not my 4-3-3 formation! I agree we need there are times when we need to mix it up and play 4-4-2, Wenger does seem too stubborn to want to change it though.

  2. simson 10 November, 2012 at 15:36 Reply

    a 4-2-3-1 arteta and coquelin in heart of the park wil do, walcott and on flanks and cazorla behind guroud or 4-3-3 wingers with in defencive cazorla n chamberlane attacking, walcott n poldi on flanks n guroud cf, why is wenger so sturbon to change th formation

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