Gunning For Arsenal

Saturday 10 November 2012 08:00

Alexander Kačaniklić believes a newfound mentality will stand Fulham in good stead for Saturday’s (3pm) trip to London rivals Arsenal.

With Fulham’s away form their Achilles heel for so many years, the Whites have improved dramatically on the road this term and go into the weekend’s encounter unbeaten in their last three games on their travels.

“Arsenal is a game where I personally would like to play,” Kačaniklić told the official website. “They’re a great team and it’s a great stadium. We know it will be tough – they try to play good football, but so do we. So it should be a good game.”

The Whites have never won at the home of the Gunners, but Kačaniklić insists the squad are in an upbeat mood ahead of the encounter.

He said: “I’m told we’ve never won at Arsenal but we just need to try and play our game. We know that we can play good football; if we try and do other things it won’t go right. If we can keep the ball like we know we can, then we’ll create chances.

“We’re going into away games with a different mentality. We go into them thinking that we can win and we want to win. I wasn’t involved that much last year so it’s hard for me to say what the difference is but if you go into games thinking you can win, it gives you a chance.”

Kačaniklić returned to Fulham’s starting XI in last Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Everton, a match where the Whites underperformed but still managed to eek out a result thanks to Steve Sidwell's late equaliser.

“I saw I was starting and I was happy to see that,” he reflected. “It was a tough game; Everton played really well and maybe we didn’t play as well as we wanted to. But we got a point out of the game and to come away with a draw when we hadn’t played our best showed the strength we have.

“It was nice for us to get a last-minute goal as well after conceding late on against Manchester City, Southampton and Reading. When it goes against you like that late on, it can be very annoying.”