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Arsenal v Fulham

31st December 2018, 13:26 by Tom McGarry

Arsenal have endured a difficult festive period but they will hope to return to winning ways against Fulham on New Year's Day.

The Gunners followed up their Boxing Day draw at Brighton with a 5-1 hammering at the hands of leaders Liverpool last time out and those results have seen them slip off the pace in the race to finish in the top four.

Indeed, Unai Emery's side have only won one of their last five matches across all competitions and their 22-game unbeaten run from earlier in the campaign now seems a distant memory.

Arsenal do have a decent record against Fulham, however, winning each of the last four meetings between the two sides and they have never actually lost at home to Cottagers in any competition - a record that spans 28 matches over 114 years.

Playmaker Mesut Ozil remains a doubt for Arsenal after missing the defeat to Liverpool with a knee complaint, although Nacho Monreal could return following a hamstring issue.

Fulham claimed just their third league win of the season by beating fellow strugglers Huddersfield at Craven Cottage on Saturday, with Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring a later winner after Aboubakar Kamara had missed a penalty in controversial fashion earlier in the contest.

The Cottagers can move out of the bottom three with a victory on Tuesday, but they will be without defender Alfie Mawson, who picked up a serious looking knee injury at the weekend.

Boss Claudio Ranieri has no other injury concerns, although he must decide whether Kamara, who disobeyed his orders by taking the penalty against Huddersfield, is worthy of a place in his match-day squad.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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