Fulham took four points from Arsenal last season, but they've had an indifferent start to this campaign with wins over Everton and Portsmouth, but defeats against Wolves and Birmingham.
As always at Arsenal.com we like to get an opposition view on the forthcoming game, and this week we spoke to David Roodyn, Fulham FC Matchday Programme contributor and chairman of the 1879 Club. He was in a confident mood ahead of Saturday's clash at Craven Cottage.
THE STORY SO FAR
"I think the principle concern is that our squad is extended with the Europa League. We have to play two different teams. We started with a win over Portsmouth, but of course they're right down there at the bottom. It wasn't a particular surprise that we lost at Villa, or indeed at Wolves. Chelsea, well we brought Chris Baird on as a substitute and they brought on Deco. We just haven't got the resources to match them. We're talking about one of the best teams in the world against a middle-ranking Premier League side."
THE MAN IN CHARGE
"Roy Hodgson has got tremendous organisational abilities and a very, very good tactical understanding of the game. He knows exactly how he wants to set out his team, particularly in defence where he always plays the same four plus Schwarzer. It's a very cohesive defensive unit. He's also a very decent man. He never gets involved in criticising his fellow managers or the referee. Even when we survived against Portsmouth the season before last, his first interview was to praise the other managers who went down."
REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL
"Fulham have got a rather strange record against Arsenal. Last season we got four points. We won two seasons ago as well and there's been a few close calls too. Last season we had a pretty good record against the top teams. As well as Arsenal we beat Manchester United and were level with Liverpool until stoppage time. We drew with Chelsea as well. We're not cowed by the big four. And because our away form is weak, conversely we're strong at Craven Cottage, so we'll go into the game with a bit of confidence."
CAUSE FOR CONCERN
"We have a major problem in the Premier League with our away form, there has been seasons when we've gone until Spring before getting the first away win under our belts. The other problem is scoring goals. We don't seem to have a 15-goal-a-season man."
"Damien Duff took a little bit of time to settle in, but he scored a very good goal against Everton starting on the right, which was rather odd because he was bought to fill the left side. He brings a sort of star quality to the side and after his settling-in period he's now improving with every game."
THE ONE TO WATCH
"Andy Johnson is the 'fox in the box'. He's got pace, a good eye for goal and he's good with the ball over the top. He was bought to get goals and he does have the capabilities to get those goals."