Arsenal is coming off a season-saving 3-0 win against Sparta Prague. Their Europa League hopes remain alive, but their Premier League ones are nearly dead. The Gunners are 10 points off the top four with seven matches to play. With the Champions League places all but gone, their main goal will be to keep up their good form to propel them in the Europa League.
Fulham’s Premier League life is on the line in every remaining match. They sit six points from safety and have played one more game than their relegation rivals. At this stage of the season, the Cottagers need to be aiming for wins, as draws may not be enough. Their five wins are tied for the second-fewest in the league. They’ll need to increase that tally if they have any hope of survival.
Arsenal has substantial injury issues to overcome. Kieran Tierney, David Luiz and Martin Ødegaard will all miss out due to injuries. Additionally, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang through his battle with Malaria, according to PremierInjuries.com.
Fulham’s injury issues are not as devastating as Arsenal’s, but they still present Scott Parker with significant issues. Tom Cairney, Martin Rodak and Ademola Lookman will all be absent from the matchday squad, according to PremierInjuries.com.
Arsenal: Alexandre Lacazette
Lacazette’s season has been up and down, but he is in great form at the moment. The Frenchman has scored four goals in his last four matches, including crucial strikes against Tottenham and Sparta Prague. Rumors are flying around about Lacazette’s future at Arsenal, but at the moment he is proving his value to the club.
Fulham: Bobby Decordova-Reid
Fulham has struggled to find a consistent goalscorer this season. Decordova-Reid is the club’s leading scorer in the Premier League, though he has recently struggled to find the net. He hasn’t scored since the end of January and has only had one game with more than two shots in that span. Parker will need Decordova-Reid to find his form or else Fulham will go back to the Championship.
Fulham has more at stake in this match, but Arsenal has much more talent. As inconsistent as the Gunners have been this season, they should be able to take three points from this match.
Prediction: 3-1 Arsenal