Arsenal vs. Fulham: Match Preview, Team News and Prediction

Khalid KhanCorrespondent IINovember 25, 2011

Van Persie has been the focal point of Arsenal's success this season
Van Persie has been the focal point of Arsenal's success this seasonMike Hewitt/Getty Images

This Saturday Arsenal will look to win their sixth consecutive game in the Premier League as they host Fulham.

Arsene Wenger and his side will be coming into this game with a lot of confidence after they sealed a place into the last 16 of the Champions League when they beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 on Wednesday. 

This Arsenal side seems to be revitalized after their defeat to Tottenham early in October as the Gunners have gone on an unbeaten run since then. With this great run of form, Arsenal currently sit at seventh in the table, and with a win this weekend, Arsenal can continue their climb up the table.

Robin Van Persie's goal-scoring form has been the catalyst that has sparked the Gunners' revival. Van Persie has scored 31 goals in his last 29 league matches. He has also been responsible for scoring 10 of Arsenal's last 15 goals in all competitions this season.

Arsenal's speedy wings, Theo Walcott and Gervinho, could make it a long night for this Fulham side as well. Arsenal's pace in this matchup against Fulham is a big advantage in the Gunners' favor.

Unlike Arsenal's great run of form this season, it has been been a very dismal season so far for Martin Jol and his side. Fulham have only been able to win twice out of twelve games this season. With their schedule getting more tough as the season drags on, Fulham are very desperate to get a result at the Emirates this weekend.


Arsenal Team News

Many fans were delighted to see Abou Diaby return from his lengthy injury spell as he made a brief cameo in Arsenal's win against Dortmund. He will most likely feature on the bench against Fulham as he still needs to regain his match fitness.

Arsenal still have some problems in the defence as players such as Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs, and Bacary Sagna are still sidelined with injuries. Laurent Koscielny will once again come to the rescue and fill in at the right back position.


Fulham Team News

The only new injury concern is that Zdenek Grygera will miss this encounter as he suffered an injury against Tottenham.

There is some good news for Fulham as Steve Sidwell and John Arne Riise will return to the squad this weekend.

Arsenal Predicted Starting XI: Szczesny, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Santos; Song, Arteta, Ramsey; Walcott, Van Persie, Gervinho

Fulham Predicted Starting XI: Schwarzer, Baird, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise; Dempsey, Murphy, Etuhu, Duff; Dembele, Zamora

Prediction: 4-1 Arsenal. I believe Arsenal will continue its run of success with a comfortable home win against Fulham this weekend. Robin Van Persie has picked apart this Fulham defence in Arsenal's previous encounters as he has scored in three of the last four meetings.

With the support of great attacking-minded players in the midfield like Arteta and Ramsey, Van Persie will have a great chance to extend his goal-scoring streak this season. I don't think Fulham can match up with the Gunners' attack as Fulham has only scored three goals in six away fixtures this season. All signs are pointing to an Arsenal victory.