Arsenal face Fulham at Craven Cottage in Sunday’s early kick-off, as Unai Emery eyes a ninth consecutive win in all competitions.
Arsenal will face struggling Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday, looking to make more progress towards making it to the top four. Additionally, Unai Emery & co. have the incentive to make it nine wins in a row across all competitions.
As for the team selection, Emery has no fresh injury concerns from the midweek fixture against Qarabag. There are a few stars who did not travel with the squad to Azerbaijan, who are set to make a return, including Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emrick Aubameyang and Aaron Ramsey. There are still doubts though, if all three would start against Fulham.
Overall during his pre-match press conference, Emery did not give out the names of the starters, instead hinting that those that did play against Qarabag could feature.
“Today, the players who sometimes don’t play played, and for us, it’s essential 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.”
With Petr Cech absent for the next few weeks, it is safe to assume Bernd Leno will be tasked with protecting the goal. Hector Bellerin could return to the side and replace Stephan Lichsteiner. Shkodran Mustafi should also return, replacing Rob Holding in the starting lineup alongside the fit again Sokratis.
Sead Kolasinac played a full game for the first time this season in the midweek UEFA Europa League win. With the Bosnian only recently returning from a long layoff, it is likely that Nacho Monreal will retain his place on the left side of the Arsenal defence.
In midfield, Emery is set to start the game with his recently formed pairing of Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira. The duo will replace Matteo Guendouzi and Mohamed Elneny in the middle of the park, with the two returning to the bench.
Mesut Ozil is set to return to the side as well, and Emery will likely play him as the no. 10 against Fulham, meaning Aaron Ramey will likely be on the bench. Henrikh Mkhitaryan could also start from the bench, as the Arsenal boss could prefer the resurgent Alex Iwobi, who has been in impressive form of late.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has recovered from an illness and should make the starting lineup, starting on the left side of the Arsenal attack. Aubameyang, alongside Ozil and Iwobi will support central striker Alexandre Lacazette, who will replace Danny Welbeck.