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Fulham v Arsenal – BBC Sport

Fulham head coach Scott Parker made 368 Premier League appearances during his playing careerTEAM NEWS

Head coach Scott Parker has reported no injury concerns ahead of Fulham’s Premier League return, with loanee Alphonse Areola pushing for his debut.

Fellow summer arrival Mario Lemina could also make a first appearance.

Arsenal defender David Luiz has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a neck injury sustained in the Community Shield win against Liverpool.

He could be replaced at centre-back by £22m defender Gabriel, with Rob Holding also in contention.

LAWRO’S PREDICTION

The Cottagers must know most people think they will go straight back down, but their head coach Scott Parker can use that as a way of motivating them.

I just think Arsenal will be ready for them, though. For obvious reasons, it does not seem like very long at all since the Gunners won the FA Cup final.

Since then, they have won the Community Shield too, which is as competitive as it gets for a friendly. I’d expect them to be sharp.

Prediction: 0-2

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MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Fulham have lost their past five Premier League matches against Arsenal.They conceded…