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The last time these two sides met in November, they both scored three goals, with Mikel Arteta missing a last ditch penalty which could have given the Gunners the full three points.
Arsenal has four victories and one draw from their last five matches, which should have Gunners fans happy. Their mid-week draw against Everton at the Emirates will not be the worst of results, but Arsene Wenger's side knows they can not afford to drop more points at Craven Cottage.
Meetings against Fulham tend to offer up a lot of goals, making Saturday's match likely to be a very entertaining match. Both sides have earned two victories in this fixture from the last five matches, with a draw in between.
Staying on track against Martin Jol's side, which does not have much to play for will not be easy, as we all saw in their first meeting this season.
Thomas Vermaelen and Mikel Arteta have been appointed the Arsenal captaincy since the beginning of the season. Does Jack Wilshere deserve to be considered as the team captain?
Ahead of Arsenal's match against Brighton for the FA Cup, Arsenal fans were ecstatic with the thought of Jack Wilshere leading the London side out onto the pitch.
He had already captained the side mid-week against West Ham, but that was only due to the fact that Thomas Vermaelen was substituted in the second half.
On Saturday, the England International only came on in the 68th minute to replace Tomas Rosicky, not giving him the chance to lead his team out, just yet.
Since Wilshere got the chance to wear the armband against West Ham, many fans and football analysts have been questioning if the midfielder should be the primary captain.
With Mikel Arteta ruled out for approximately three weeks with a calf strain, does that force Arsene Wenger to spend money in the January transfer window?
The January transfer window is nearly at the midway point and Arsenal fans are continuing to see the same old Arsenal. Making matters worst, it has been said that Arsene Wenger would not sign anyone until Theo Walcott's contract discussions had ended.
Wanting to show Walcott that he is a top priority to the Gunners could end up costing Arsenal dearly in the long run.
Without a contract extension from Walcott, Arsenal now has to deal with a Mikel Arteta calf strain in the middle of a congested few weeks for the Gunners. Could this have been perfect timing to force Le Prof into the transfer market?
Arsenal kicks off a spell of several matches in a short period of time on Sunday against Manchester City at the Emirates.
Arsene Wenger is preparing himself and his squad for what is going to be a hectic few weeks for the Gunners. A draw against Swansea City for the FA Cup has forcedArsenal to replay the match at the Emirates, causing a significant amount of congestion in their match schedule.
Their first match will be against current champions Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. The first meeting between these two sides ended in a 1-1 draw with Laurent Koscielny grabbing a late equaliser for Arsenal.
With ticket prices for this match causing a lot of English Football fans to voice their concerns due to the high prices, Arsenal fans will be expecting a solid performance. Who will the hosts depend on if they want to be successful on Sunday?
Arsene Wenger’s deadline day shopping spree paid immediate dividends over the weekend, and will play a big part in the Gunners’ Champions League campaign.
Mikel Arteta played 90 minutes in midfield as Arsenal beat Swansea City 1-0 on Saturday for their first Premier League win of the season. In addition to Arteta performing well, giant German center back Per Metersacker also made an impact.
Metersacker shored up a back line that was reeling from their eight goal mauling at Old Trafford. It harked back to the George Graham days as the Gunners ground out a win that finished “one nil to the Arsenal.” The physical size of Metersacker is also likely to strengthen the long running weakness at set plays.
As Arsenal begin their UEFA Champions League group play, the signing of Arteta will take on magnified importance. In the absence of injured duo Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey, Arteta will be a key figure as Arsenal aim to dominate possession against a Borussia Dortmund midfield that includes German international Mario Gotze.
In a quick round-up of the latest action on the transfer market, deals involving Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal are highlighted.
There has been a return to Liverpool for Craig Bellamy. The controversial winger became an outcast at Manchester City but a 2-year deal at Anfield could see his professional career revive. In other news related to Liverpool, Portuguese midfielder Raul Meireles has united with fellow countryman Andre Villas-Boas by joining Chelsea.
Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur got Scott Parker from West Ham United in a London switch whereas Arsenal made a late swoop for Everton’s Mikel Arteta. The £10M transfer saw Arteta pen a 4-year contract with the Gunners.
Manchester United were minutes away from clinching a victory in Goodison Park but two goals in injury time saw Everton claim an unlikely draw- something that O'Shea does not want experience again.
Manchester United have suffered from their poor form away from home which have seen them draw nine games while playing in opposition territories. A huge chunk of those draws are probably due to United's habit of getting complacent towards the end of a match.
The Devils were perhaps minutes away from winning the game at Goodison Park earlier in the season, before late goals from Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta summed up their lack of concentration towards the end of the game- an incident that O'Shea deeply regrets.
He said: "If we are 3-1 up with a couple of minutes to go, I don't think the same situation would occur. My clear memory of that game is that we should have been out of sight.