Arsenal VS Fulham Football Match Score 27 Aug 2022
Arsenal will be bidding to make it four straight wins at the start of the 2022-23 Premier League campaign when they welcome Fulham to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Arsenal will again be without the services of Reiss Nelson due to a thigh problem, but the Gunners are otherwise in strong shape. There are not expected to be any surprises, with Arteta set to name the same XI for a fourth game in succession, meaning that Ben White should continue at right-back.
Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Martinelli will again support Gabriel Jesus in the final third of the field, with Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka set to feature in midfield. As a result, the likes of Emile Smith Rowe, Kieran Tierney, Eddie Nketiah and Takehiro Tomiyasu will have to accept spots on the bench once again. As for Fulham, Harry Wilson and Manor Solomon will again be unavailable for selection, while Neeskens Kebano remains a doubt due to a groin issue. Cottagers boss Silva rung the changes against Crawley on Tuesday, but the majority of the players found it difficult to impress, and the big-hitters will be back for this contest. Mitrovic will again lead the line with support from Andreas Pereira, Bobby Decordova-Reid and Jay Stansfield, with Harrison Reed and Joao Palhinha set to start in central midfield.
Fulham have a number of defensive options, including Issa Diop, Shane Duffy and Kevin Mbabu, but all three are likely to be on the bench for the clash with the Gunners. The Gunners are currently top of the Premier League table with nine points from three matches, while Fulham have made an unbeaten start, picking up five points to sit seventh in the division. Arsenal missed out on fourth spot in the Premier League table last season by two points, ultimately finishing fifth, but the Gunners have started the 2022-23 campaign in spectacular fashion, currently leading the table as the only side to boast a 100% record at this stage.
Mikel Arteta’s side started their season with a 2-0 success at Crystal Palace before recording a 4-2 victory over Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on August 13. Arsenal were then 3-0 winners over Bournemouth last weekend, and the North London outfit are flying, with new signing Gabriel Jesus starring in the final third of the field; the Gunners now have two home fixtures against Fulham and Aston Villa before a trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United.
Arteta’s team won 22 league games last season but suffered 13 defeats, which ultimately cost them the chance to claim a Champions League spot; there has been obvious improvement in the early stages of this campaign, though, and they look more than capable of finishing in the top four. Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw by Fulham when the two teams last met at the Emirates Stadium in April 2021, but the Cottagers have not beaten their London rivals in the league since January 2012.
Fulham, meanwhile, have been unable to secure back-to-back Premier League seasons since 2014, dropping straight back into the Championship following their last two promotions to the top flight. Marco Silva’s side have made a positive start to the 2022-23 season, though, picking up five points from their three matches, which has left them in seventh position in the table. Fulham opened their new Premier League campaign with back-to-back draws against Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers before recording a 3-2 victory over Brentford last weekend, with Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring the winning goal in the 90th minute of the clash at Craven Cottage.
The Cottagers were shocked by Crawley Town in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night, suffering a 2-0 loss to exit the competition, but the London club will view the league as their priority this season. Fulham will be aware of the size of the task facing them on Saturday, but they took the game to Liverpool on the opening weekend of the new season and certainly have the players capable of causing Arsenal issues.
Arsenal return to home comforts as they welcome newly promoted Fulham to the Emirates, as Mikel Arteta targets a fourth win of the season.
Arsenal have started their season brilliantly and sit at the top of the Premier League table. Last weekend, Mikel Arteta’s men proved too good for Bournemouth as two goals from Martin Odegaard and a stunning strike from William Saliba secured three points.
That victory last weekend was their third win in as many games this campaign, and Arteta’s side look hungry for more. The Gunners could count the last matchday as successful as rivals dropped points, which allowed Arsenal to open a two-point gap at the top and remain the only team with a 100% record.
At the start of the season, much has been said about Arsenal’s easy fixture list. At this stage last season, the Gunners sat bottom of the league with three defeats, nine goals conceded and zero points on board. It is a contrasting turnaround this time, and if the games are manageable, then the Gunners are grabbing the opportunity with both hands.
Arteta will hope to clinch a fourth win against Fulham at the Emirates and keep their current momentum going. Arteta will know a big test awaits them in two weeks against Manchester United and will aim to go into that game with complete confidence and remain at the top of the table.
Fulham are one of the few teams in the league who have had an unbeaten start to their campaign. After being written off as relegation battlers before a ball got kicked this term, the Cottagers proved their doubters wrong with a solid display against Liverpool on the opening weekend.
Despite a brilliant start to their campaign, Fulham could only manage a goalless draw against Wolves, but last weekend’s result must have brought back some confidence. Aleksandar Mitrovic’s injury-time winner secured all three points for Marco Silva’s men against Brentford, thus earning Marco Silva his first win this campaign.
Silva will have to prepare his side well for the tough test against leaders Arsenal. Fulham have not had any luck against the Gunners in the last ten years, with their most recent victory against the north Londoners coming back in 2012. They will undoubtedly hope to correct that record, although it will be tough.
Mikel Arteta will be happy with the progress made by his team and will aim for continuity with their performances. With no fresh injuries to contend with following their win over Bournemouth. The manager confirmed during his press conference that he had the entire squad available.
Only Reiss Nelson misses out with a squad injury, although the winger has since reportedly returned to light training. As things stand, Arteta has no reason to tinker with his starting lineup, meaning Arsenal are in line to name a consecutive lineup for the fourth consecutive game this season.
Takehiro Tomiyasu, Fabio Vieira, Emile Smith Rowe and Kieran Tierney are fully fit now and will be on the bench for the Gunners. The Japan international will have been pushing hard for a place in the lineup, although Ben White’s current form at right-back will restrict the full-back entry into the team.
Meanwhile, Oleksandr Zinchenko has cemented his position as Arsenal’s new left-back, keeping Tierney at bay. Gabriel and Saliba will continue in their roles at the heart of the Arsenal defence, with Aaron Ramsdale firmly settled in goal.