The Premier League is set to return after a seven-week break as fans up and down the country continue to wait for the day when they can finally step foot back into a football stadium once again. The opening weekend will provide us all with a great deal of action in the top flight, and today, we’re going to be previewing Arsenal’s first away day of the campaign as they prepare to head across London to face Fulham.
The newly promoted Cottagers will be eager to get one over on Mikel Arteta’s men, but many will believe that the Gunners should be more than capable of carrying on their great surge of momentum after winning the FA Cup & Community Shield last month.
Fulham clearly have a great setup in place behind the scenes at the club, and their two promotions in as many years can serve as proof of that. Some of their fans are concerned that they could turn into something of a yo-yo club, but a lot of that will depend on whether or not they can strengthen significantly between now and the end of the transfer window.
Mikel Arteta has been able to inject some new life into proceedings at the Emirates, and it hasn’t taken him long to do it. The wins against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City to end and start the old and new season speak volumes, and it genuinely feels like the Spaniard is only just getting started. They’ve got a few defensive reinforcements under their belt now and when you combine that with the attacking threat they pose up top, you could make the argument that they are one of the leading contenders to finish in the top four alongside the heavily fancied clubs that we’ve already mentioned.
Arsenal have fallen victim to a few questionable banana skins in the past, and while there’s a chance Fulham will get on the scoresheet this weekend, we don’t think they’ll be able to hold off the surge of Arteta’s new attacking line-up. We’re hoping to see some really fluid passing that eventually leads to a dominant overall performance, but that’s not how things typically work around here.
We’re backing an Arsenal win and we’re going to say it’ll finish 2-1, with the main man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doing what he does best once again.
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