By Avenell Dave
Was last season’s catastrophe at Craven Cottage down to the impressive unit that Fulham manager Roy Hodgson had put together?
Or was it down to complacency on the part of the Arsenal players who didn’t expect much of a challenge from the perennial strugglers from West London?
Either way, we never recovered from Brede Hangeland’s early header and it started the rot that hampered our early season.
Fulham haven’t quite been so dynamic at the start of the season and it’s a shame that so many of their senior players missed the tiring 120 minutes against Man Citeh on Wednesday.
With Andrey Arshavin fit again, I’d only tinker with the side who beat Wigan so convincingly last weekend.
This will be a very different kind of game and while we have all the capabilities to come away with three points, you never know with Fulham.
I’m still tempted to give Gael Clichy a rest after his indifferent start to the season, but that won’t happen – but with Manuel Almunia still out, I think Wojciech Szczesny should get the nod over Vito Mannone.
As I said in my post yesterday, having had a week off, I really hope Cesc Fabregas is back and firing. Even if he does want a new challenge away from Arsenal, only by playing well will he maximise his own opportunities next summer.
I’m still not convined by Abou Diaby – how I wish he was living up to the expectations we all had when he first arrived – so I’d play Aaron Ramsey, who offers more defensive cover and is not afraid to shoot from long distance.
Sagna Gallas Vermaelen Gibbs
Song Fabregas Ramsey
Arshavin Eduardo RvP
What do you think? Who should face Fulham on Saturday?