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Premier League
December 26, 2004

Can injury-hit Arsenal nick the point they need to stave off Spurs and clinch third place in the Premier League and, with it, an automatic path to the Champions League group stage?

It's a question few Arsenal fans expecting to be asking a month ago but a Spurs surge allied to a Gunners slide has given Arsène Wenger's side plenty to think about ahead of Fulham's visit this Sunday.

Recent fixtures between the two have been very tight. The last three have mustered just two goals with a win each and a goalless draw at the Emirates last season. The season before - lest we forget - Fulham led for pretty much the whole game before Robin van Persie and Alex Hleb struck late on.

Fortunately, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic too.

For starters, Fulham have a Europa League Final to prepare for on Wednesday and their trip to Emirates Stadium is certainly of secondary importance to Roy Hodgson and his team.

Secondly, history is well and truly on Arsenal's side. They have played Fulham 23 times at home in their history, winning 20, drawing three and losing none. That augurs rather well for the weekend.

We had plenty of home wins to choose from when selecting our final FreezeFrame of the season but we went with a 2-0 victory on Boxing Day 2004. Thierry Henry - the key man when Arsenal had to fend off Spurs on the last day of the 2005/06 campaign - was to the fore on this occasion too.

Our image shows him opening the scoring after 12 minutes at Highbury before his French compatriot Robert Pires secured the points with 19 minutes left.

A similar scenario would do very nicely on Sunday, thank you

Arsenal team: Almunia, Lauren, Toure, Campbell, Clichy, Ljungberg (Flamini 76), Fabregas, Vieira, Pires, Bergkamp (Van Persie 78), Henry. Subs not used: Lehmann, Senderos, Pennant.

FreezeFrame is a regular series on Arsenal.com which brings you a classic image ahead of every match. Roll your cursor over the players and click for more information.

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