Football
Fulham vs Arsenal: Preview
Author : Ishan Mohan
Date:07-10-2018 03:37:22PM

After back to back 5 wins in EPl, Arsenal take on their London rivals Fulham in the 8th week of English Premier League.

Unai Emery will be hoping to have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back from illness and Aaron Ramsey could feature as he waits for his wife to give birth, while Alex Iwobi's excellent form could be rewarded with a start at Fulham.

"Aubameyang and Aaron are in London and we will look tomorrow and Saturday to see how they are for Sunday to see if they can play," Emery said in his post-match press conference.

"For us, each match is very important to show us and for them to take responsibility, take confidence and take rhythm. Each match is one exam for them. I am very happy with how they are responding on the pitch. Alex Iwobi is another player who is the same.

"When we arrive on the match at Sunday against Fulham, it's also very important that we decide the best first eleven and the players on the bench for continuing together in this way, away at a very good and difficult team like Fulham."

Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham side are 17th in the table and will face a tough test when the Gunners visit Craven Cottage.

"They are the most in-form team in the Premier League, the only team who won the last five games in a row," said Jokanovic.

"It's a big club, a good team, and we don't need any extra motivation, but we need to be motivated for our opportunity to play against this kind of team, and to find a better level. We are going to be ready and motivated for the battle."

In the team news, Arsenal will miss Petr Cech (hamstring), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (leg), Laurent Koscielny (Achilles) and Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin) but Henrikh Mkhitaryan is back in the squad after missing the trip to Azerbaijan.

Meanwhile, for Fulham, defenders Joe Bryan and Timothy Fosu-Mensah have been ruled out of Sunday's clash against Arsenal.

Bryan has a hamstring injury and Fosu-Mensah has a dislocated shoulder, with the pair joining midfielder Neeskens Kebano (ankle) on the sidelines.