The Gunners opened up their campaign with a match at home against Aston Villa, which to be fair, many believed would be tough, but not many believed it would have ended that way. A 1-3 defeat, a number of injuries, and a questionable red card for Laurent Koscielny has Arsene Wenger under pressure once again.
As the fans grew impatient at the Emirates, signs asking Arsene Wenger to spend some money were held high. Unfortunately for Arsenal fans, the spending spree they have all been waiting for has yet to happen, but they can at least be happy for their mid-week performance.
Just when everyone has neary burried Arsenal and Le Prof, they some how manage to bounce back, and they did just that in Turkey against Fenerbahce.
A solid performance, capped off with a 0-3 away victory will have the players back in a positive state of mind, but they will now have to focus on a tough task.
Their visit to Fulham will be a tougher test than what they ended up having on Wednesday, but at least the Gunners will have some confidence going into Craven Cottage. With their important victory over Fenerbahce, Theo Walcott is confident him and his teammates can bounce back from their shock defeat last week.
"If everyone works hard for each other we can get the results," Walcott declared on Arsenal's official website.
"I think at the weekend maybe that wasn't the case, and we know how disappointing it was. You don't want to start a season like that."
Walcott will not have his fellow countryman Oxlade-Chamberlain out on the pitch with him, after picking up a somewhat serious knee injury against Villa. Koscielny's red card last week will also keep him out of this match, but Wenger welcomes back Nacho Monreal, who had been out with a back injury. The former Malaga defender featured for the final minutes in Turkey on Wednesday.
Injuries for Martin Jol are not as bad at the moment as Arsenal's long list, but his side will be without new signing Maarten Stekelenburg, after he picked up a shoulder injury against Sunderland. One other absence for the Cottagers will be Kieran Richardson, who is out with a hamstring injury.
Other than that, Jol should have a near full squad to choose from, with the addition of new acquisiton Scott Parker from Tottenham. The former Spurs player joins the club after being linked with a move to Queens Park Rangers.
Another new face for Jol will be Darren Bent, who is on loan from Aston Villa. The English striker ran into some issues with Paul Lambert last season, causing him to sit out for most of the campaign.
Fulham will play in front of their home crowd for the first time this season, as they will be looking to build on their victory over Paulo di Canio's side at the Stadium of Light. This same fixture last season ended in a 0-1 victory for the Gunners, as they went on their late season run, earning them a finish in the top four.
Of their previous six meetings, Fulham has only won once, while their have been a total of four red cards and 19 goals, an average of three goals per match.
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