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League leaders Arsenal will hope to maintain their slender lead at the top of the Premier League when they take on Fulham at the Emirates.
The Gunners returned to the summit on Monday when they beat Villa 2-1 having earlier relinquished top spot to Chelsea, who in turn were overtaken by Manchester City.
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Arsene Wenger’s achievements this season are all the more impressive when you take into consideration the injuries that have struck at various points this season. The return to fitness of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski has been offset to a season-ending injury to Theo Walcott.
Wenger has tipped the 24 year old to come back stronger than ever following the anterior cruciate ligament damage suffered against Tottenham in the FA Cup.
“The damage was real in the knee so he will have to take the needed time, so let’s not be hopeful that he will go to the World Cup – that is not possible, but overall his long-term future is very positive,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.
“It is about being fit for next season now.”
Mikel Arteta, Nicklas Bendtner, Aaron Ramsey and Thomas Vermaelen are also out although they are expected back in the coming weeks.
Tomas Rosicky should be fit to play despite breaking his news against Villa while Nancho Monreal is struggling to make the game.
Fulham have never beaten Arsenal away, losing 21 and drawing 5 of the 26 games they have played.
A first victory would be a big ask especially as Arsenal have not lost at home since the opening day of the season and are currently unbeaten in 2014 following wins over Cardiff and Arsenal (FA Cup) not to mention the win at Villa Park.
The club won’t recall their last away outing after they crashed 6-0 to Hull City however they will have been boosted somewhat by the midweek FA Cup replay win over Norwich.
Rene Meulensteen’s side have proved a mixed bag in recent weeks with a morale boosting win over West Ham followed up a 4-1 reversal at home to Sunderland (sandwiched in between a draw with Norwich in the FA Cup).
The return of defender Brede Hangeland in the midweek clash with Norwich will be a welcome boost to Meulensteen especially after the Norwegian played his part in a first clean sheet in 8 games.