For Evertonians Mikel Arteta was the “best little Spaniard we know!”
Cesc Fabregas is probably top of The Gunners’ Hispanic hit parade, but their fledgling coach could be heading for No.1
Arteta starts his first full season as Arsenal boss with two pieces of silverware already to his name – the FA Cup and the Community Shield – and if he is going to improve on last season’s eighth place Premier League finish he needs to find a cure for The Gunners’ travel sickness.
Arsenal finished last term with just two wins from their last 11 league games on the road – and just four away wins in the whole of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.
Two of those were under Arteta’s stewardship, though, at Southampton and Wolves – and with the Wembley outing against Liverpool helping to shake off pre-season ring rust they are justified 4/7 favourites with thepools.com to start with a win.
Fulham might have ended last season winning 10 of 13 home fixtures, including the scalps of Championship winners Leeds and Premier League Aston Villa, but their recent head to head with Arsenal is not encouraging.
Fulham have lost five and drawn one of the past six meetings and they went down 5-1 when this fixture was last played in October 2018.
They are 5/1 to score a shock opening day victory and 16/5 even to be held to a draw.
We can’t see past an Arsenal victory – explosively.
The Gunners have scored 11 first-half goals in their last 12 competitive matches while Fulham have scored in the first 45 minutes in just two of their last seven competitive matches. Arsenal to win the first half is 23/20 while Arsenal half-time Arsenal full-time is 11/8.
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