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Arsenal vs. Fulham

The Grove

29/04/07

16:00

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Arsenal can move to within a point of Liverpool tomorrow if the beat Fulham at Ashburton Grove.

After Liverpool's 2-1 loss at Portsmouth on Saturday the gunners are just 4 points behind the Merseyside outfit with a game in hand.

Fulham on the other hand will be looking to take a huge leap towards Premiership survival with victory over Arsenal.

Arsenal will be lacking attacking options again, something that is likely to be very important considering Fulham will mroe than likely come to Ashburton Grove looking foe a draw.

Expect to see a tired duo of Alex Helb and cesc Fabregas pushing the Arsenal midifled foward after Tomas Rosicky was declared unfit for duty by Boss Arsene Wenger.

Pre-Match Quotes:

Arsene Wenger was in an uncharacteristicly reflective mood on Thursday during his pre-match press confrence, while also offering Arsenal fans some hope for next season: 'This season is not enough, don't take me wrong, but it is as well not a super disaster," he said.

'You have not to be too much disastrous, you know? Maybe if you look at the history of the Club and it will not be looked at as bad as people make it. We moved to a new stadium and when you do that you drop points. We had big, big long-term injuries, yet despite this we still finish fourth, maybe third, in the League and just lost in the Carling Cup Final with a very, very young team

'We work very hard but we knew we could go through a stage a little bit like that. The basic target was not to finish seventh, or eight or ninth. But that can happen to anybody, there's no guarantee because you're Arsenal Football Club.

"Yes, of course it aggravates [not being in the shake-up]. But it is as well very interesting. At times, you have to leave room for others.

"Others want success as well. It's not only there for you. That's part of life. I feel it is an interesting season as well because it's full of promise, full of tests for the Club and I'm confident that it will help us to be stronger next year.

'Of course, and the players miss it as well. Don't worry, they want to be involved. But it's part of the competition - you have no guarantee that you finish in the top one or two."

Fulham caretaker manager Lawrie Sanchez admitted that he must take the pressure off his players, before he bizarely dumped it back on the Fulham players' shoulders: 'There is pressure but it is for me to try to take that away.

'It goes back to structure, shape and the basics you can hold on to when it is going wrong around you. Then you can pull yourself up and get back into it.

'Ultimately the players have to be responsible for themselves. One, for knowing their job and two, doing it.'

Arsenal Team News:

None of Arsenal injured players will be returning in time to face Fulham. Long-term sufferes Thierry Henry, Robin Van Persie and Theo Walcott will all be missing again. The bad news is that Freddie Ljungberg and Tomas Rosicky join the attacking trio on the sidelines.

Ljungberg will almost definantly miss the match against Chelsea next weekend while Tomas Rosicky will have to take a late fitness test ahead of the Chelsea Match

Player to watch: Manu Adebayor

The Togo striker will be high on confidence after his 4 goal of the season against Spurs last weekend.

He had gone almost 2 months without a Premiership goal before his strike against North London rivals Tottenham last Saturday.

I fully expect him to push on and get at least one more this weekend.

Fulham Team News:

Franck Queudrue (ankle) and Ian Pearce (calf)will miss out for fulham in defence.

They have joined Jimmy Bullard, Mark Pembridge and Simon Elliott on the treatment table for Fulham.

Player to watch: Diop

The powerful Senegal internation will look to boss Fabregas in midfiled, quashing Arsenal's creative outlet.

He is a real big game player, and a one-time Arsenal target. Let's hope not signing him doesn't come back to bite Arsenal in teh ass.

Ref Watch:

Mark Clattenburg will referee this match. LAst time he was in charge of an Arsenal game the Gunners won 2-1 at Charlton. I'm sure most of you remember that as being the day goal of the season was scored as van Persie hit a spectacular 20-yard volley. You probably wont remember the fact that he booked 4 Arsenal players along with 4 Charlton players that day. In total this season he has dished out 100 yellow cards and a big, fat zero reds in his 24 games. his average card count is around 4.17.

Match Prediction:

Both teams will be missing some key players. Arsenal will be short in attack while Fulham will be short in defence. 1-1 seems the most likely score to me. I think they will join most other Premiership teams in taking a lead at the Emirates through Zat Knight before Gilberto Silva draws the game for Arsenal.

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Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 28 2007

Time: 8:30PM

Your Comments

1-1???? fulham, away from cottage, Arsenal at home???? What can fulham do away from home?? I see a 2-0 or 3-1 arsenal win
49ers
3-1 to US
afghenry
A win
ajwb
i hope we win but as I say, we're lacking up front at the moment.
simmy8_2000
an easy home win!
merlin
we will win!
Goofle
we were lacking up front against bolton as well.. 5 man midfield with adebayor upfront should do us the job.. lets finish this season on a high..then, maybe we can do spuds a favour and lose to portsmouth..send the spuds to the intertoto
McGooner
I like simmy's low-key 1-1, but it will be a bloodbath tomorrow. 4-1 to the Gunners... and bring on the Chavs asap!!
Andy-bayor
4-0 to the Arsenal! It's party time lads!
flv
"3-1 to US afghenry" Already embracing your soon-to-be american status?
k_chelski
is that the most intelligent comment that you can bring to a discussion chelski ??
yazz
I see us soaring on confidence tomorrow, maybe denilson will be in the lineup somewhere? i would really like to see him again this season. I know we are gunning for third at the moment, but maybe wenger can take a chance considering we have champions league secured, and give denilson some more experience?
yazz
You'll have to bear with him yazz. He's just a little upset and teary eyed as he saw his multi millionaire superstars bottle it this afternoon. I must admit it was hilarious watching Mourinho's flap like a birdie impression on the touchline. If he was that special surely he would have flown 8-)
flv
Simmo - Worst prediction of the season, 4-0 Arsenal easy. Qualification for the CL assured, we will have the run of the field and crush Fulham in to our beautiful turf.
Rocky7
yeah flv, we did a tottenham :(. But ah, get used to : " Give me an A!Give me an R!..." chants. Or the "Goooo team!"ones.Ok yazz, Arsenal will win 3-1.Happy?
k_chelski
It will be an Arsenal mush up all the way. I Would really like to see diaby or Helb score or both of them.
Youngest in Charge
At least we are not going to be own by a russian mafia
afghenry
I believe this is the easiest game since the reading one and expect us to win by a good 7 goals!!!!
Goofle
The Beast will take Ashburton Grove by storm with a performance of Power, Touch and incredible finishing. Cmon beast!
iceman10
lets get a big win, catch liverpool... 3rd could still be ours !
PUREGOLD
You should know be by now Paul, every time I predict a win we lose!
simmy8_2000
i hope 'the beast' does play well today we all need to know how good he can be and so do the rest of league
ajwb
a good win, is what i hope for, as third is by no means out of our grasp with liverpool distracted by the champions league... »»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
Third is a must if you ask me. Not just because it means we finish above Liverpool but because it shows more progress on last season.
simmy8_2000
THE BEAST STRIKESSSSSS
mish
3-1 to arsenal hehehehe
gunnerb
good call afghenry! 3-1 it is, and CL qualification to go with it! Happy days are here again. It's a pity though that we had to wait for Fulham to equalize before we bloody well woke up, but alls well that ends well. 8-)
flv
It was one of those days when Arsenal didnt play well but got all three points! So next week we are going to kick Chelski's ass
afghenry
 

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