Welcome to SunSport’s live coverage of Sunday’s meeting between Arsenal and Fulham in the Premier League.
The Gunners saved their best of the season for this week as they produced a stunning display to seal a 4-0 win at Slavia Prague in the Europa League quarter-finals just three days ago.
Alexandre Lacazette was lauded for both his stance at kick-off and his performance in the Czech Republic, and he will again lead Arsenal out this afternoon in the continued absence of the ill Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Mikel Arteta will also be without David Luiz and Kieran Tierney, both suffering with knee problems, while Martin Odegaard has failed to overcome an ankle injury.
There are still slim hopes of sealing further European football through their league finish, but performances such as Thursday’s must now become the norm.
If the North London club’s season has peaked at the right time, then Fulham’s has flopped.
The Cottagers looked primed for a great escape one month ago, but late heartbreak against Aston Villa and Wolves – coupled with Newcastle finally finding form, fortune and three points – has ensured they are on a verge of a return to the Championship.
This London derby may be their last chance to prove they have what it takes to remain in the top-flight, and they have at least been boosted by the return of Ademola Lookman.
However, Terence Kongolo, who performed admirably at centre-back in his first appearance of the season last weekend, has been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.
Scott Parker’s side will be wildly different from the one that lined up against Arsenal on the opening day back in September, but those changes have not been enough to propel the West Londoners out of the bottom three.
We’ll have confirmation of today’s teams shortly before the action gets underway at the Emirates at 12.30pm.