Mikel Arteta Surprised by Martin Odegaard Taking Arsenal Penalty

Mikel Arteta Surprised by Martin Odegaard Taking Arsenal Penalty

Mikel Arteta expressed his surprise at Martin Odegaard taking the match-winning penalty against Crystal Palace.

Odegaard calmly slotted the ball into the net from 12 yards after Eddie Nketiah was brought down by Palace goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

This secured a 1-0 victory for Arsenal in the London derby held on Monday night.

Gabriel Jesus Ready to Start for Arsenal as Transfer Speculation Clarified

Arsenal’s striker Gabriel Jesus is set to be in the starting lineup against Fulham after making a swift recovery from knee surgery.

The 26-year-old player had undergone the surgery earlier in August but has made impressive progress, making himself available for matches by the end of the month.

Manager Mikel Arteta confirmed Jesus’ readiness to play and hinted that he could start if needed.

Arsenal has won their first two Premier League matches of the season, even though their performances haven’t been standout.

Declan Rice Proving His Worth while Kai Havertz Struggles

Declan Rice showcased an outstanding performance in Arsenal’s hard-fought victory against Crystal Palace, dispelling doubts about his ability to perform at the top level.

The notion of his price tag being a concern was dismissed by Rice, who is determined to continue proving himself through top-notch performances.

On the other hand, Kai Havertz continues to face challenges and struggles to find his rhythm.

Arsenal’s Transfer Risk with Balancing Act for Bukayo Saka

Arsenal’s summer focus on acquiring new talent has led to intense competition within the team.

The club has spent over £200 million on signings, aiming to foster a healthy sense of rivalry among the players.

This investment, driven by the desire for friendly competition, includes the potential addition of David Raya in the next year.

Prediction: Arsenal Poised for Victory

Despite Arsenal’s somewhat unconvincing performances in the early season matches, a comfortable victory is predicted against Fulham.

With Fulham lacking attacking potency without Aleksandar Mitrovic and showing vulnerabilities in defense, the forecast is for Arsenal to secure a 3-0 win.

Fulham and Arsenal Team News

Fulham will miss captain Tim Ream due to his red card against Brentford, weakening an already fragile defense.

The absence of Ream might open the door for summer signing Calvin Bassey to step in.

Additionally, Joao Palhinha’s availability is expected to provide a boost to Fulham’s midfield, although Wilian’s participation is uncertain.

As for Arsenal, Takehiro Tomiyasu’s suspension following a red card means that Gabriel could finally start a game after being on the bench for the previous two matches.

Gabriel Jesus’ return offers a significant boost to Arsenal’s options.

While Folarin Balogun and Albert Sambi Lokonga are nearing a return, they don’t seem to be part of Mikel Arteta’s immediate plans.

Where to Watch Arsenal vs Fulham

In the UK, the match will not be televised live due to the traditional Saturday 3pm blackout.

However, you can stay updated with the action by following Standard Sport’s live blog, featuring expert analysis from Nizaar Kinsella reporting from the ground.

Welcome to Arsenal vs Fulham Coverage

Greetings and welcome to Standard Sport’s live coverage of the Premier League London derby between Arsenal and Fulham.

The match is scheduled to kick off at 3pm BST at the Emirates Stadium.

Stay tuned for updates and insights as the game unfolds.