Arsenal have experienced an inconsistent few weeks in the Premier League. In fact, it has been the poorest period of Unai Emery’s short time in charge of the Gunners.
Defeats against Southampton and Liverpool have exposed the Gunners glaring weaknesses, particularly at the back. However, a visit of struggling Fulham to the Emirates later today should offer Arsenal the perfect chance to get back to winning ways.
A woeful away record
Fulham are currently second from bottom in the Premier League table. One factor that has not helped the Cottagers this season has been their woeful away performances.
The visitors have failed to win any of their away games in the top-flight this season while suffering eight defeats in the process. Unsurprisingly considering their dire away record, Fulham struggled at both ends of the pitch.
The Cottagers have scored just six goals in their ten away games in the English top-flight while failing to score six of their last league matches on their travels.
To make matters worse, their defence has also been performing poorly on the road, as the visitors have conceded a league-high of 24 goals away from home. That statistic will have Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang licking his lips at the prospect of adding to his 13 league goals so far this season.
A must-win game for Arsenal
Today’s game is one that the Gunners usually win at home. Even in the latter days of Arsene Wenger’s reign, the team from north London would record victories over the likes of Fulham on home soil. Arsenal are hot favourites to win this clash at odds of 1/3, which is understandable considering the visitors.
There should be just a tiny note of caution when it comes this game, as the Cottagers have improved of late and are unbeaten in three top-flight games. However, an Arsenal team out to bounce back from a terrible result at Liverpool should have no trouble seeing off Claudio Ranieri’s side.
The game is a must-win one for Arsenal in terms of their chances of making the top-four this season. Fourth-place Chelsea extended their lead over the Gunners to five points at the weekend. The Gunners cannot afford any slip-ups in these sorts of games. For me, Arsenal will record a routine victory, probably in a high scoring encounter. However, as we know in football anything can happen.
Will Arsenal record a comfortable win over Fulham?