After what appears like perpetually, the Premier League is again with a London derby between Arsenal and Fulham – dwell on talkSPORT
In what’s Mikel Arteta’s first full season answerable for the Gunners (and his first as a supervisor), expectations and optimism are exceptionally excessive.
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reportedly near signing a brand new deal on the membership and a bunch of latest signings already made, the longer term is shiny in north London.
The Spaniard revitalised a struggling facet after succeeding Unai Emery and led the membership to one more FA Cup ultimate win.
The Neighborhood Defend victory over Liverpool marked the second time the Gunners had toppled Jurgen Klopp’s staff in a matter of months and likewise wrapped up a second trophy.
Arteta has been busy within the switch market to this point, strengthening the defence with the signings of William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes and fortifying the midfield with Willian and fan favorite Dani Ceballos.
Fulham have launched into an equally steep trajectory up to now 9 months, securing an instantaneous return to the highest flight after beating Brentford within the Championship Play-Off ultimate.
Boss Scott Parker was aggressive within the switch market, however made certain to herald the proper of high quality to the squad after a scatter-gun strategy within the 2018 summer season market.
Parker mentioned: “We hope to do just a few issues, there isn’t any set quantity, there are areas of the staff we have to enhance, areas we have to evolve, for his or her improvement and our improvement as a staff we’d like folks coming in to enhance us.
“That is the world we dwell in; half and parcel of soccer you wish to progress – in case you can deliver folks in that you simply suppose could make you higher, then you’ll try this.”
The signings of Alphonse Areola and Kenny Tete will undoubtedly strengthen the squad, though the go to of the Gunners to Craven Cottage is one thing of a baptism of fireplace.
When is kick-off and can there be followers?
The primary Premier League recreation of the season takes place at 12.30pm on Saturday afternoon at Craven Cottage.
The match can be performed behind closed doorways in west London, regardless of a small part of followers watching Fulham’s Beneath-23 facet tackle Cambridge United within the week.
Followers can hearken to dwell and unique commentary of the primary recreation of the season on talkSPORT.
Fulham staff information
Parker is blessed with no new harm considerations forward of his first ever Premier League match as a supervisor.
Areola might make his first begin in objective, whereas former Southampton duo Mario Lemina and Harrison Reed might begin in midfield alongside membership captain Tom Cairney.
Though Tete signed in time to play in opposition to Arsenal, the versatile and reliable Dennis Odoi is anticipated to start out at right-back.
How Fulham ought to look in opposition to Arsenal…
Arsenal staff information
Mikel Arteta has one thing of a harder staff choice course of after a bunch of accidents to his defenders.
David Luiz is a doubt for the sport after sustaining a neck harm, that means William Saliba might get his first begin alongside Rob Holding in defence.
Gabriel Martinelli, Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi are all long-term harm issues, whereas Bernd Leno is ready to start out in objective.
Emiliano Martinez is reportedly heading to Aston Villa after refusing to be second-choice, that means Brentford goalkeeper David Raya may very well be introduced in.
How Arsenal ought to look in opposition to Fulham…
You possibly can hearken to dwell motion as Fulham tackle Arsenal on the opening day of the Premier League season from 12.30pm on talkSPORT.