Arsenal return to Emirates Stadium this Saturday for another London derby as Fulham pay a visit. So, here is everything you need to know, including how to follow the game.
The Gunners play successive London derbies this week after beating Crystal Palace 1-0 on Monday. It also ensured Mikel Arteta’s side remained one of the three Premier League clubs with perfect records this term. Arsenal started the season by beating Nottingham Forest 2-1.
Only early table-toppers Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City have also won both of their first two fixtures. Fulham have won once over their opening two matches after beating Everton 1-0 before losing 3-0 to Brentford. Bobby De Cordova-Reid has their only goal yet.
Eddie Nketiah scored Arsenal’s first goal of the 2023/24 Premier League term before Bukayo Saka helped to beat Nottingham Forest. While Martin Odegaard recorded the Gunners’ only goal at Crystal Palace from the penalty spot. But their win was not without raising problems.
Arteta goes into Saturday’s match against Fulham with Arsenal’s team news in a mixed state. He will be keen to uphold the Gunners’ incredible record at home to the Cottagers in a game not available on TV to fans in the UK. Arsenal are unbeaten in 31 games at home to Fulham.
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When is Arsenal vs Fulham?
The Premier League has scheduled the London derby at Emirates Stadium between Arsenal and Fulham for Saturday, August 26. The Gunners and Cottagers’ clash will kick off at 15:00.
How to follow Arsenal vs Fulham
Fans in the UK cannot watch Arsenal vs Fulham on TV owing to the 15:00 blackout rule from the 1960s. The Premier League upholds Article 48 of the UEFA Statutes which lets it block broadcasters from showing live matches in the UK between 14:45 and 17:15 each Saturday.
But Arsenal and Fulham fans can follow the fixture live via BBC Radio 5 Live. It has exclusive radio commentary of the match in the UK from 15:00 to 17:00. It will also deliver live updates from Saturday’s other 15:00 kick-offs – including Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest.
Live stream of Arsenal vs Fulham
Fans can access a live commentary stream of Arsenal vs Fulham on BBC Radio 5 Live from the BBC Sounds website and app. BBC Radio 5 Live is also transmitted on AM/MW analogue radio feeds 909 or 693, DAB Digital Radio, via Freeview or Freesat on 705 and Sky on 0105.
Arsenal team and injury news
Arsenal boss Arteta is juggling a clutch of injury issues ahead of Fulham travelling from west to north London. The Spaniard will be without his star summer signing Jurrien Timber due to his ACL injury for most of the season. He sustained the blow at home to Nottingham Forest.
Arteta will also be without Timber’s replacement, Takehiro Tomiyasu, following his red card at Crystal Palace. Referee David Coote controversially gave the defender two yellow cards at Selhurst Park after time wasting and then fouling Jordan Ayew a mere seven minutes apart.
Oleksandr Zinchenko could now come in for Tomiyasu after he returned from a calf injury as a stoppage-time substitute at Selhurst Park. Arteta had been without the Ukraine left-back since last season due to his injury. Zinchenko had to sit out the entirety of their pre-season.
Fellow former Manchester City man, Gabriel Jesus, is still yet to feature this season, though. He required a minor operation ahead of the 2023/24 campaign after reporting discomfort in the knee he injured last November. But Arteta expects Jesus will return from his injury soon.
Prediction: Arsenal (3) vs (0) Fulham
Arsenal will welcome Fulham to Emirates Stadium this Saturday confident of taking all three points. The Cottagers have still never won away to the Gunners in any competition, despite first visiting them in 1904. Arsenal have won 25 of their 31 games with Fulham at home yet.
Fulham last denied Arsenal a victory on home soil in April 2021. Nketiah had to rescue a 1-1 draw in stoppage time for the Gunners after Josh Maja’s penalty afforded the Cottagers the lead. But Arsenal edged Fulham 2-1 at home last term after coming from behind once more.
Aleksandar Mitrovic gave the Cottagers the lead before Odegaard responded and defender Gabriel Magalhaes scored late on last August. Fulham coach Marco Silva will hope his squad can again take the lead this week but Arteta will feel Arsenal have more than enough to win.
The dogged defending Arsenal displayed to hold on with 10 men against Crystal Palace may also give Aaron Ramsdale the confidence to get back-to-back clean sheets. He has not had successive shutouts in the league since March when he denied Leicester City and Everton.