Jol's Arsenal Preview

Thursday 8 November 2012 14:10

Martin Jol is hoping to carry the Club’s recent away form into Saturday’s game at the Emirates when we face Arsenal (3pm).

The Whites are unbeaten in our last three matches away from Craven Cottage, but our Manager anticipates a stern test against a side who, he believes, are playing better than they’re getting credit for.

“We’ve done okay in our away matches so far with a win and two draws,” he said in his pre-match press conference. “So hopefully we can do something similar [on Saturday].

“Arsenal have always been a good footballing team and they will have been disappointed to lose their last league game against Manchester United; but those are two top teams who want to win. Against Schalke [in the UEFA Champions League] they were okay and drew 2-2, even though they were 2-0 up. And they beat Queens Park Rangers 1-0 recently so I think they are doing fine.

“If we play a good game then we can cause them problems. We did that last season at the Emirates but they scored a late goal to make it 1-1. Then at home Bobby Zamora won the game in the last couple of minutes, so hopefully we can do the same this time.”

Fulham’s last outing saw us snatch a late draw against a classy Everton outfit and Jol knows that he will need to see an improved performance from his Team if we’re to leave North London with any points.

“It’s difficult because for us, with the players we’ve got, it’s important that we dominate possession,” he explained. “But that is not easy away from home.

“We want to be better off the ball and that is something that we’ve been working on. If you are good on the ball you can cause any team a problem, so hopefully we can do better than we did against Everton because that was not what we wanted.”

Jol will have almost a fully fit contingent of players to choose from against Arsenal, although it remains to be seen whether or not midfielder Mahamadou Diarra will make the short trip across the capital.

“We’ve got a little 50/50 case with Diarra,” the Dutchman said. “It’s with his knee, but hopefully he will be fine. It is November now and we are quite okay with injuries although Simon Davies is still out of course.”