Fulham v Arsenal preview – Can we repeat Turkey roast?

Today Arsenal feature in their third match of what has already been a very up and down season, with one win and one loss on the books! Having been impressive in midweek against Fenerbahce in the Champions League qualification round, they return next Tuesday for the home leg at the Emirates. But before that we have to take all three points from a difficult away trip to Fulham.

Fulham away in the league is never easy and Craven Cottage can be a fantastic place to go! In previous years they may have struggled with talent, but a rejuvenated squad that features summer additions of Darren Bent, Adel Taarabt and Maarten Stekelenburg, suddenly the game got much harder.

Fulham have always been an Arsenal weak link when it comes to playing. We often fall short at the hands of the Cottagers and if anything is to go by with last weekend’s opening performances vs Aston Villa, then we must be worried that we will fall short once again.

Villa last weekend was a disaster for many reasons. It wasn’t all about the referee as some people like to see it and we must be honest in recognising it was also a poor performance from the Arsenal players. As I’m sure a lot of you saw, we then bucked up our ideas for the Fenerbahce game and hopefully we can take that spirit into this weekend’s game and give a strong performance to put us back on track.

There isn’t any new injury news as far as I’m aware and so it’s the same as last week with Vermaelen and Arteta being the two long term injuries, however we have seen Monreal return to the team, and Gibbs, Sagna, Ramsey and Rosicky are all expected to be alright for the game after playing in midweek. However I still expect our line-up to change a little bit with players being possibly slightly tired; however there won’t be any major changes.

I can see the line up being:
Szczseny
Jenkinson Mertesacker Sagna Gibbs
Ramsey Wilshere
Cazorla
Walcott Giroud Podolski

Of course Alex Oxlade Chamberlain will not feature, whilst Laurent Koscielny serves his one match ban. I predicted a 3-1 win for the Gunners over Villa and of course that didn’t work out and it turned out to be the other way round. I’m not expecting anything special this time around and so I’m going to go with Fulham 1 -1 Arsenal.

Is Chamakh on the same planet as us?

The Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh was photographed smoking a Sisha pipe after the Gunners 2-1 defeat by QPR at the weekend, but even worse he was celebrating with one of the players that scored for Arsenal’s opponents during that game!

He is earning 70,000 pounds a week for doing very little but sitting on the bench, but Chamakh still seems to think that when Lukas Podolski arrives at the Emirates next season he still has a chance of getting in the first team.

Chamakh was reported as saying: “Am I going back to Bordeaux? For now, no. I have spoken to Wenger and I will stay at Arsenal. I think he trusts my work and I will have opportunities in the first team.

“I left Bordeaux to improve as a player and I think I can continue for this club. My agents have been ordered to reject bids that come from other clubs because I want to prove I can be useful for the Gunners.”

Is he living in cloud-cuckoo land, or is he just happy to be drawing his (massive) wages and go out partying with his mates every weekend?