Arsenal v Fulham: the team

By Bulldog Drummond

Depending on which newspaper or blogetta you choose to read Arsenal will either play Ozil or he will be “assessed” prior to the game.

And there is a general feeling that Monreal will be back as will Bellerin.

And before we get too carried away with this being an easy match we should remember perhaps that  Fulham are unbeaten in their last three games – with draws against Newcastle and Wolverhampton Wanderers and then a 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town.

They have in fact scored three against Burnley and four against Southampton in the league, but other than that, it has been tough going for them with zero or one being their normal score.

Ahead of the game Mr Emery said, “We need to keep the balance in the middle, be serious and continue on Tuesday with a big match at the [Arsenal Stadium]. We need to show our supporters there we are standing up after the [last] result.”

And following on from the factoids in my earlier piece here is one other little snip.  Arsenal have only played Fulham once on New Year’s Day, and Fulham won, back in 1966.

This was part of the awful Billy Wright tenure at the club – a period which should have resulted in all the directors resigning and letting people who knew something about football get on with the job.  The results around this period were…

Date Game Res
Score Competition
1 Dec 1965 Liverpool v Arsenal L 4-2 Division One
27 Dec 1965 Sheffield Wednesday v Arsenal L 4-0 Division One
28 Dec 1965 Arsenal v Sheffield Wednesday W 5-2 Division One
01 Jan 1966 Fulham v Arsenal L 1-0 Division One
08 Jan 1966 Arsenal v Liverpool L 0-1 Division One
15 Jan 1966 Blackburn Rovers v Arsenal L 2-1 Division One
22 Jan 1966 Blackburn Rovers v Arsenal L 3-0 FA Cup 3

Goodness knows what Sheffield Wednesday were up to on 28 December.

Those were the days when as an Arsenal supporter one just kept one’s head down and shut up.  Fortunately Paul Merson wasn’t on TV telling us how Arsenal should change.  But anyway, we all knew how Arsenal should change.  Only the manager was unable to see that he should have gone – along with the board of directors that appointed him.

However these days there are more positives – for we have won the last three home games in the Premier League.  Not to mention winning the last 28 home league games against teams that start the match in the relegation zone.

But we have defensive problems – December 2018 in the league was the worst defensive month in the league since April 1979.

But let us also have a lighter note – only two teams have managed just two clean sheets this season in the Premier League.  Fulham and …. Manchester United.

Here’s the team with alternatives where opinion in the Untold office is divided.



Bellerin, Sokratis, Mustafi or Koscienly, Monreal

Torreira, Xhaka

Ozil or Iwobi, Ramsey, Aubameyang


As for the beach we are going with Ozil or Iwobi, Mustafi or Koscielny, Cech, Lichsteiner, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi

We travel in hope and a certain amount of expectation.

7 Replies to “Arsenal v Fulham: the team”

  1. Good to hear the Wobs at the blogsphere are now realizing that we were better off under Wenger with limited spending than we are today even with a bit higher spending after 20I7/18 with the purchase of Laca .n Auba.if These idiots had kept off Wenger’s back when the great man started rebuilding the team after austerity period maybe we would have finished in top4 in the last years of Wenger’s era as, well. But these idiots only wanted to win the league and the CL less than that was a faliure for these folks. These idiots split the fanbase with there evil motives and tarnished the club.
    I still have no hopes for these evil minded bloggers they will keep spewing hatred towards the club management & will never learn. Let them burn in there egos and desires.

  2. Courtesy of that newspaper that own Foot.Lon?

    XI: Leno, Papastathopoulos, Koscielny, Mustafi, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Aubameyang, Lacazette
    Beach: Cech, Elneny, Ramsey, Torreira, Lichtsteiner, Nketiah, Saka

    Hmmm, spell check only recognizes 2 names.


  3. Medja with the comment that a Fulham challenge was “robust”. Another word for it was a foul.


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