Preview - Arsenal vs Fulham 01 January 19

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Match Day 21
Arsenal vs. Fulham
Tuesday, January 1st 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Emirates Stadium

Last five matches form: W L W D L
Average goals per match: 2.10
Average goals against per match: 1.50
Top Scorer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (13)

Last five matches form: L L D D W
Average goals per match: 0.90
Average goals against per match: 2.15
Top Scorer: Aleksandar Mitrović ( 8 )

Fulham remain entrenched in the relegation zone as we move into the second half of the season. All is not yet lost for the Cottagers though and they head into their next fixture buoyed by a big win against relegation rivals Huddersfield at the weekend. Next up it's a tough one though as they make the trip across London to the Emirates Stadium to tackle an Arsenal side smarting from a 5-1 battering at the hands of League leaders Liverpool.

Speaking of 5-1 score lines, that was exactly the result when the Gunners dispatched Fulham at Craven Cottage earlier in the season. Clearly Claudio Ranieri will be hoping for much better from his troops here.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Rob Holding, Danny Welbeck, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Emile Smith-Rowe all miss out for Arsenal in this one. André Zambo Anguissa and Calum Chambers are out for Fulham.

Arsenal have largely been excellent at home this season. They did lose to Manchester City on the opening day, but since then they have won seven of nine, with the only dropped points coming in draws with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool.

Fulham's form on the road has been positively dire. Ten games have yielded no wins, with the only points gained coming in draws at Brighton and Newcastle United.

Fulham have conceded an average of 2.40 goals away from home. We don't like their chances of keeping things tight at the back against this free-flowing Arsenal side and expect them to be outgunned.

Prediction: Arsenal 3 - 1 Fulham



Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 4 - 1
Shots:  14 - 8
Shots on target: 10 - 5
Corner Kicks: 8 - 3
Possession: 58% - 42%

Just the one booking in this one, with referee Graham Scott taking the name of Timothy Fosu-Mensah of Fulham.

A pretty standard home win for Arsenal. Fulham did manage to keep it pretty close early but in the end found themselves unable to keep pace with the Gunners from an attacking perspective.

Fulham had an excellent chance to take the lead in just the 15th minute when Ryan Sessegnon burst free on the right. Outpacing the defence to race into the area he could only put his effort wide in the end.

Then in the 25th minute Arsenal took the lead. Alex Iwobi's low ball into the area finding Granit Xhaka unmarked around six yards from goal slightly to the left. Good control and finish from Xhaka into the bottom right. 1-0 at the break.

Arsenal doubled their advantage ten minutes into the second half. Lovely slick short passing move down the left hand side this one, culminating with Sead Kolasinac teeing up Alexandre Lacazette around ten yards from goal. The Frenchman taking a touch to control before smashing home.

Then in the 69th minute Fulham found themselves a lifeline. Sessegnon found in space on the left hand side of the eighteen yard box and fizzing in a well-placed low cross to allow Aboubakar Kamara to slot home from a few yards.

Any thoughts of a comeback were extinguished in the 79th minute. Kolasinac playing in a low ball across the area to find Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang whose effort clattered back off the upright. Only as far as Aaron Ramsey though who finished well into the top right from the left hand side.

Aubameyang completed the scoring in the 83rd minute. Found in space by Sokratis in the right corner of the 18-yard box, his drilled effort took a big deflection to loop up over the keeper and in. 4-1 final score.

Arsenal are just about keeping tabs on the top four. This win moves them back to within two points of Chelsea ahead of the Blues clash with Southampton. No progress for Fulham who stay second bottom but only one point away from safety.

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