Mikel Arteta Faces Selection Headache Ahead Of Arsenal Vs Fulham
Arsenal will be looking to extend their winning run in all competitions to three matches when they welcome Fulham to the Emirates Stadium at lunchtime today, kick-off 1:30pm.
he Gunners, who swept Scott Parker's team aside on the opening day of the season back in September, winning 3-0 at Craven Cottage, cruised into the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League in midweek, defeating Slavia Prague 4-0 in the second-leg of their respective quarter-final clash.
Goals from Alexandre Lacazette (2), Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka secured an impressive away win for the Gunners, meaning they progressed to the last-four of the competition with a 5-1 victory on aggregate.
The Gunners' reward for getting the better of the Czech giants is a reunion with former manager Unai Emery, who is now in charge of Spanish side Villarreal.
But before Arsenal can switch their focus to that battle, they must focus on getting the better of a Fulham side whose prospects of staying in the Premier League this season are wearing thin.
Despite being strong favourites to record a second successive Premier League win this lunchtime, the Gunners will have to make do without both Martin Odegaard and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang once again.
Odegaard has missed the last three matches with an ankle injury whilst Aubameyang has missed the last two after confirming that he had contracted Malaria.
Despite losing two key individuals, Arteta is pleased with how his side has reacted in the last two matches, particularly without Aubameyang being present.
Arteta said: "Well, we missed him a few games last season as well. Auba is a big part of our team, he’s a really important player in our squad and he will continue to be.
As well as being without both Odegaard and Aubameyang this lunchtime, David Luiz and Kieran Tierney will miss out once again through their respective knee injuries.
Luiz is on his road to recovery after undergoing surgery earlier this month whilst Scotland ace Tierney could miss the remainder of the season.