Arsenal vs Fulham

Arsenal will give Mesut Ozil every chance of proving his fitness ahead of their New Year’s Day clash with Fulham.

Ozil missed Saturday’s 5-1 thrashing at Liverpool with a knee complaint but will be assessed ahead of the visit of Claudio Ranieri’s side.

Full-backs Hector Bellerin (calf) and Nacho Monreal (hamstring) could also feature as Rob Holding (knee), Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin), Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Danny Welbeck (both ankle) miss out.

Alfie Mawson is set to miss the trip to the Emirates. The defender suffered what manager Ranieri fears could prove a “serious” knee injury in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Huddersfield.

Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa could yet return from an ankle injury, while Ranieri could consider dropping Aboubakar Kamara for a disciplinary matter.

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    • Arsenal have never previously lost at home to Fulham in any competition, winning 23 and drawing five of their 28 home matches against the Cottagers prior to this match.
    • Fulham’s only league victory over Arsenal in their last 12 such encounters was in January 2012 (W1 D4 L7), a 2-1 win at Craven Cottage under Martin Jol.
    • Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri has never won a Premier League match against Arsenal in 10 previous attempts (D4 L6); he has a worse points-per-game ratio against the Gunners (0.40) than he does versus any other opponent in the competition.
    • Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 22 home league matches against newly promoted opposition (W19 D3) since losing 1-0 to Newcastle United in November 2010.
    • In all competitions, Fulham have lost 11 of their last 14 away matches (W1 D2), though their one win did come in London against Millwall in the League Cup in September


The other day was typical Arsenal, wasn’t it. I don’t know what’s changed. I know they went on that run but half of those games, they could have probably lost. Then you go to Southampton, they’re settling for a draw and end up winning the game, go to Liverpool and it was same-old, same-old. This one, I’ll go for them becauseā€¦ this is Arsenal. They’re flat-track bullies, they’ll beat the lesser teams all day long.

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