Fulham Vs Arsenal Tactical Preview: Talking Tactics, Predicted Lineups, Team News And Key Men

A brief tactical preview of Fulham vs Arsenal - Arteta gunning for a win.
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal FC at Vitality Stadium on December 26, 2019 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

The 2020/21 Premier League campaign gets underway on Saturday afternoon as Arsenal travel to Craven Cottage to face Fulham. The Gunners are coming on the back of a triumph against Liverpool in the Community Shield and are hopeful of a positive season ahead, under the leadership of Mikel Arteta.

Fulham, however, are no slouch. They have done reasonably well under their manager Scott Parker and are aiming to retain their Premier League status come the end of the season. A positive result against Arsenal, in that regard, could go a long way in boosting the camp’s confidence in what is going to be a strenuous campaign ahead.

A brief tactical preview of Fulham vs Arsenal

Talking Tactics

Fulham

Scott Parker had predominantly used a 4-3-3 formation throughout the 2019/20 Championship campaign. However, the Fulham boss might fancy shifting to a 4-2-3-1 shape to counter the numerical advantage in the attacking third, against Arsenal’s three defenders. The focus should be on creating chances using the width of the pitch and putting crosses into the box.

Arsenal

Mikel Arteta is more than expected to persist with his 3-4-3, having retained the services of some of the most important players including David Luiz and Dani Ceballos. The three-man backline makes the Gunners much more flexible as the left-sided defender has the license to move forward while the left-winger can drift into a more central role.

Team News

Fulham

Parker will not be dealt with any injury-related absentees heading into this fixture. He is also expected to hand out starts to new signings Alphonso Areola and Kenny Tete while the likes of Tom Cairney, Harrison Reed and Ivan Cavaleiro are all expected to feature in the starting lineup. Aleksandar Mitrovic will lead the attack for the Cotaggers.

Predicted Lineup: Areola; Tete, Hector, Ream, Bryan; Reed, Cairney; Knockaert, Onomah, Cavaleiro; Mitrovic

A brief tactical preview of Fulham vs Arsenal - Can Mitrovic make a difference.
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 12: Aleksandar Mitrovic of Fulham waves to the fans at the end of the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Newcastle United at Craven Cottage on May 12, 2019, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Arsenal

Arteta faces an injury crisis in the defensive department with the likes of Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers all out injured. Even new signing Gabriel Magalhaes is likely to start on the bench, meaning we could expect Kieran Tierney once again featuring as a centre-back. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, meanwhile, should retain his role at left-wing.

Predicted Lineup: Leno; Holding, Saliba, Tierney; Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka; Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang.

Key Men

Fulham

Fulham will be pinning their hopes on number nine Mitrovic as they look to salvage at least a point in this fixture. The hosts are likely to play on the counter, meaning the physical and the aerial prowess of the Serbian could be useful, and the depleted Arsenal defence should be keeping a close eye on him this weekend.

Arsenal

Aubameyang is, without a doubt, the most lethal weapon Arsenal have in their armoury. The Gabonese international has also been in remarkable form, having notably netted the only goal in the draw with Liverpool in the Community Shield. His intelligent movements from the left-hand channel could make life difficult for the Fulham defence.

Jack O’Brien

A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.