Pre-Match Report

Reserve League: Arsenal v Fulham - Preview

By Joe Brewin

Arsenal Reserves will look to return to winning ways when Fulham visit London Colney on Monday afternoon.

Neil Banfield’s side suffered defeat at the hands of West Brom at The Hawthorns in their last Reserve League South fixture two weeks ago and will be keen to get their title challenge back on track.

The young Gunners enjoyed a friendly win at Ipswich Town last week as goals from Oguzhan Ozyakup and Ignasi Miquel secured a 2-1 victory in Suffolk.

Opponents Fulham have started their own campaign in strong fashion, winning four of their opening seven fixtures to take up second spot in the table.

Arsenal head into Monday’s fixture just a point behind their west London rivals with a game in hand, knowing that victory could see them leap straight back to within touching distance of leaders West Brom.

Sanchez Watt will be looking to continue his prolific goalscoring form, having scored in all but one of Arsenal’s six Reserve matches so far this term.

Watt, like Ozyakup, Chuks Aneke and Nico Yennaris, will be keen to catch the eye of Arsene Wenger having been included in both recent Carling Cup victories at Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal and Fulham did not meet last season but the Gunners did win their last meeting during the 2009/10 campaign as goals from Gilles Sunu, Francis Coquelin and Roarie Deacon secured a 3-0 win.

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