Before every Arsenal fixture, we’ll bring you a Scouting Report on the Gunners’ next opponents.

Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson will give his pre-match view and you can get his post-match verdict in our Talking Tactics feature on Arsenal Player.

Arsène Wenger and his side host Fulham at Emirates Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday so, to find out more, we also asked journalist Paul Warburton for his thoughts and analysis.

Stewart Robson

"In midfield Danny Murphy and Dickson Etuhu complement each other perfectly. Murphy has an excellent passing range while Etuhu is a great athlete who breaks up play with his tough tackling and interceptions.

"When these two play well Fulham become a formidable team to play against and Arsenal must be aware of them on Saturday."

Scouting Report - Tactics

"It's a pretty straightforward formation really. There's four across the back, kind of a diamond in midfield and usually two strikers. Although in this case there will probably be one - Zamora is the man who is going to hold up the ball and playing off him will be either Moussa Dembele or Andy Johnson.

"It's been a bit of a slow affair from them to be honest this season. It's more to do with having Europa League games that have interfered with preparation for Premier League matches. It's simply the nature of having a midweek game followed by a weekend game - they've been very much hit and miss to tell you the truth.

"I think Fulham will be looking to hit on the break. Needless to say, with Robin van Persie on fire at the moment they have got to be expecting a strong attacking threat. Arsenal look to go forward - they are basically the attacking side of the league - so you have to look to nullify that threat before you can spring a trap at the other end.

"That said, dead-ball situations could be key. You do have Brede Hangeland who has the possibility of getting on the end of those and I think that is Fulham's best bet to score.

"They have conceded goals late on, however. They should have got points against Tottenham and Everton before where they conceded late goals. I think that the defence has probably been unlucky recently because it has suffered injuries and disrupted plans. Aaron Hughes has been the bedrock of the central area with Hangeland but has been in and out of the team. They have had to reshuffle a lot.

"Grygera, the Czech right-back, is out for the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament injury. It's not been as certain as it has been in recent years in defence.

"Their away record has not improved to anything noticeable either. Wigan was a one-off two weeks ago, but then again I think poor Wigan are in for a struggle. They've won away in Europe, but then again the quality of opposition has not necessarily been of Premier League standard. The truth of the matter is that they've recorded something like four away wins in three seasons.

"The games I've seen at the Emirates have been fairly close in truth. If I'm talking about head and heart here I guess my head would say 2-1 to Arsenal and my heart a 1-1 draw."

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    25 Nov 2011