While both clubs are suffering at the moment, Fulham are on the verge of dropping out of the premier league, unless Lawrie Sanchez can rally his troops for the last few games of the season. Hovering precariously over the relegation places, Fulham really need to find some form and pull themselves clear.
Arsenal on the other hand have lost long serving director David Dein, who was a great supporter of Arsene Wenger, and there is now concern about the long term direction of the club (with a wealthy US businessman building up a stake in the club) and future of Wenger. To make matters worse, Henry has directly linked his future to that of Wenger, thereby causing more concern in the camp.
On the pitch, Arsenal have the chance to close the gap on third placed Liverpool who lost at Portsmouth yesterday – with four points the gap, and games running out, a win is essential if Arsenal are able to sneak third place. While Wenger will be without casualties Tomas Rosicky and Freddie Ljungberg who have hamstring problems, the rest of the squad are available for selection. News that Baptista may not be looking to extend his season loan agreement is yet another blow to the Gunners.
Fulham are in a desperate situation and Lawrie Sanchez needs to find the magic formulae to pull his stars together and pull away from the relegation zone. Their case is not helped by the long list of injuries including Queudrue, Pearce, Bullard, Pembridge and Elliot, many of whom will play no part in the remainder of the season.
While Arsenal have been victorious in nine out of their eleven games against Fulham, the Cottagers are currently on the end of a nine match run without a victory and a lack of goal scoring prowess. Fulham need a victory, while Arsenal are looking to cement their place in the Champions League next season. Even though Arsenal have not really been in contention for the title for months, Fulham may well feel the frustrations within the club and Arsenal should walk away with points, plunging the future of Fulham into more uncertainty.
Expect a drab game, with Fulham ensuring they have eleven men behind the ball at all times – Arsenal will have to be patient, but they have been very good at that in the past.
Forecast : Home Win