Welcome to a new feature on Arsenal.com - Talking Heads.

Before and after every first-team fixture our MatchDay Show team - and an Arsenal blogger - will have their say on the match.

Arsenal take on Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday and our Talking Heads for this game were Dan Roebuck, Martin Hayes and Goodplaya.

Read on for their post-match thoughts and recap what they said before the game.

Dan Roebuck - Arsenal Live

In the grand scheme of things a draw is not a bad result and perhaps it's no surprise to see Arsenal slip up in the wake of an arduous Champions League game. Fulham were well prepared by Martin Jol and in that kind of game you need to score the first goal to coax negative opponents out of their shells. Thomas Vermaelen's attitude was summed up by the way he went looking to atone for his error and Theo Walcott's delivery for the equaliser should not be underestimated - that was a world-class cross from a player on the up. Wins for Tottenham and Chelsea mean Arsenal have to play catch-up in the race for a top-four place but they can get back on track at Wigan next weekend.

Fulham will probably pack their midfield on Saturday and play with a lone striker to try and deny Arsenal space in the centre of the park. That might make it harder for Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey to create so Arsène Wenger's side will need to be patient and make sure they have plenty of width. Laurent Koscielny at right back is not a natural overlapper but Andre Santos is and I think he could be a key man. I'd like to see Andrey Arshavin get a game too - he has been in decent form and Gervinho looked jaded against Borussia Dortmund. I fancy Arsenal to win, but I think it might be similar to the Sunderland home game with just one goal in it.

Arsenal TV Online commentator - Martin Hayes

A 1-1 draw against Fulham is frustrating. They came with a gameplan to sit back and try and catch Arsenal on the counter-attack and we struggled a little bit. We seemed leggy, we didn't create as much as we normally do and giving away an own goal obviously made life even tougher. It's disappointing, it's two points dropped, but Fulham deserve credit for getting their tactics right. Now Arsenal have got to go away, regroup and bounce back in the Carling Cup against Manchester City. It's not terrible, just a bad day at the office.

I think things at the Club have steadied and we are moving back in the right direction. We have different players now so the style of play is slightly different too. It might not be as pretty as before but it is effective. Robin is taking all the credit and the glory but I think Ramsey has grown in the midfield. He's had his chance and he's now an established player. Koscielny is learning too, he's come on a lot recently. There are lots of plusses at the moment. As for Fulham, you wonder whether they will be negative but I think they could get some joy if they attack because they have some options up front and Arsenal do leave space when they go forward. Fulham are certainly a capable side and they could frustrate us, but I'm expecting a home win.


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Legs appeared a little heavy on Saturday and understandably so after our Champions League exertions. We'd have probably got away with it but for the fact that Fulham were excellent. I wasn't too disappointed though: crucially we worked really hard, putting plenty of challenges in and generally having the right attitude. With Olympiacos now rendered irrelevant, our first team have three consecutive midweeks to rest their tired legs. Player-wise, the improvement in Theo Walcott's crossing stood out most.

Clearly, we're in form at the moment. Crucially, I think, we're balanced. Balanced in terms of youth and experience and balanced also in midfield, where two very attacking wingers are countered by Song, Arteta and Ramsey, who all do their fair share of defensive work. The question is whether we're too reliant on RVP. I'm not so sure we are. Granted, he is in great form. But nor is it as if he is digging us out every week with wonder goals from nothing. Many of them have been decent to good finishes after the good work of others - Song's assist in midweek an obvious example. Fulham's form is mixed. The crucial thing for us is keeping our focus. It has been good of late.

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28 Nov 2011