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Pre-Match Report

Fulham v Arsenal: The Brief

After a September to remember, we’ve made a pretty decent start to October after returning from the 4,000km round trip to Azerbaijan with three points, a clean sheet and three more goals in the bag.

Meanwhile, Unai Emery has been nominated for the Premier League’s Manager of the Month award, while Alex Lacazette is up for Player of the Month and Goal of the Month for his strike against Everton. All in all things are looking good as we head into our third London derby of the campaign.

Our 51.3 per cent win rate in games against our capital rivals is the strongest in the top-flight, and having built up a head of steam after eight victories on the bounce in all competitions, we can look towards Sunday’s trip to Craven Cottage with real confidence.

Emery is refusing to use the long journey back from Baku as an excuse for a poor performance against Fulham, and has called on a squad likely to be bolstered by the returns of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Aaron Ramsey, to keep working, keep building, keep progressing.

Read on for our comprehensive match preview, featuring team news, match stats and an expert view of our opponents.

The Breakdown - Fulham
Emery quote - Fulham
Team News - Fulham
Opposition view - Fulham
AN Live - Fulham

Gallery

The boys train in the rain ahead of Fulham

Arsenal train ahead of Fulham

We're back in Premier League action on Sunday when we face Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Our first-team stars trained for the final time on Saturday ahead of the game, and our club photographer was there to send back these pictures from a rainy London Colney:

Team news

Team news: Aubameyang, Maitland-Niles, Cech

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Ahead of Sunday's Premier League match at Fulham, here's the latest team news update from our medical team:

There were no new injury issues as a result of Thursday's match in Baku against Qarabag.
 
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Now available for selection after missing the trip to Baku with illness.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles
Small fracture to left fibula. Expected to return to full training second week of forthcoming international period.
 
Petr Cech
Left hamstring injury. Expected to return to full training in 3-4 weeks.
 
Dinos Mavropanos
Groin injury. Expected to return to full training by the end of October.
 
Laurent Koscielny
Right Achilles tendon repair. Now working outside. Aiming to return to full training in November.

Interview

Emery - Short recovery time is no problem

Following our 3-0 win over Qarabag on Thursday evening, we have a quick turnaround before returning to Premier League action this weekend.

We face Fulham in a Sunday midday kick-off at Craven Cottage, just two and a half days after touching down in London in the small hours of Friday morning, following a 4,000km flight from Azerbaijan.

But Unai Emery says that despite the journey, the team will be in good shape for the London derby.

"For us it’s not a problem to play on Thursday and then on Sunday because we want to play a lot of matches and a lot of competitions," he said.

"We also want to give the players the chances and opportunities to play, to give them confidence, responsibility and rhythm like today for all our players.

"Today, the players who sometimes don’t play played, and for us it’s very important on Sunday to produce the best performance. But then also, maybe, players who played today can play on Sunday too. We can do that with some players."

We go into the game on an eight-game winning streak in all competitions, but then have a 15-day hiatus before we return to action after the international break.

Interview

Why Fulham will be 'a very big challenge' for us

Having won eight games on the bounce, we have every reason for optimism ahead of Sunday's trip to Craven Cottage, but Unai Emery has warned his side of the challenge posed by Fulham.

Our head coach has been impressed with the way the Cottagers bolstered their squad this summer, and feels their will pose a big threat.

"Fulham is  a very big challenge for us, first because it’s away and second because each match in the Premier League is very, very difficult," Emery said.

"Fulham bought very good players like Seri, like Anguissa, and they have Mitrovic and Schurrle too. It’s a very good team and I think their coach is a very good coach with experience in England.

"We need to push against them on Sunday and also show our best performance. Our idea is to be focused on Sunday with all of our players."

Interview

'We learned to suffer when we needed to'

There were times during Thursday night's victory in Qarabag when we were on the ropes defensively, before we rallied and sealed a 3-0 victory.

Unai Emery feels that the experience will ultimately help us in the future, starting with Sunday's Premier League encounter at Fulham.

"I’m very happy because the opposition was at a good level and with their support, they demanded a lot of us over 90 minutes in the defensive moments," he said.

"For moments, we lost our position in possession but it’s good because the team learned to suffer when we needed to. The victory is good for our confidence, for our mentality, and it helps us grind out results in difficult matches, to keep our idea to continue to push, to make the counter with the ball.

"When we lost this [position], I think the team learned to suffer and then show our quality in our moments with our individual quality."