3 Key Battles That Could Decide Fulham's Premier League Clash with Arsenal on Sunday

Fulham host Arsenal on Sunday in a Premier League clash in which the home side will be looking to make their mark against one of the division's top sides for the first time after suffering hefty defeats at the hands of Manchester City, Tottenham and Everton already this season.


Each of those defeats came away from home, so Fulham will be hoping to gain strength from their home advantage this weekend.


Fulham head into the weekend with their defensive heavily depleted by injuries, and with Arsenal's front line purring at present, Sunday's match could simply be a case of the hosts attempting to keep the Gunners at bay.


Here are three key battles which could be decisive in Sunday's match.

1. Denis Odoi vs. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

With Alfie Mawson injured and Calum Chambers ineligible to play against his parent club on Sunday, Odoi is set to line up alongside Tim Ream once more against Arsenal, after the pair started together at the heart of defence against Everton last weekend.


The Toffees' firepower proved too much for Fulham's depleted defence to handle on that occasion, and an encounter with Arsenal's attack promises to be even tougher for the Cottagers. Alexandre Lacazette is likely to spearhead the Gunners' attack through the middle, with Aubameyang darting inside from the left-hand side of attack as a second, inverted striker.


As the right-sided central defender, Odoi must stand firm against the Gabon star's advances and quell the threat of the dangerous Aubameyang on the left channel of attack.

2. Aleksandar Mitrovic vs. Shkodran Mustafi

As Fulham's focal point and leading scorer this season, Mitrovic is undoubtedly the biggest threat that the home side will pose to Arsenal on Sunday. The Serbian is physically imposing and sharp in the box, making him exactly the type of centre forward that the Gunners typically struggle to deal with.


Though Unai Emery's backline dealt ably with the similar qualities of Troy Deeney in attack for Watford last weekend, Mitrovic is very much in-form and will fancy his chances up against Shkodran Mustafi.

3. Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa vs. Mesut Ozil

As the most defensively responsible component of Fulham's likely midfield, Anguissa must stand up to the challenge of restricting the influence of Mesut Ozil on the match.


Gylfi Sigurdsson was the decisive player as Everton's playmaker during the Toffees' 3-0 win over Fulham last weekend playing in a similar role to what Ozil will occupy this weekend.


Sigurdsson was given greater licence and freedom to make an impact against the Cottagers last time out, and Slavisa Jokanovic's side must not afford Ozil such authority as Arsenal's chief playmaker on Sunday.


The mercurial German is in fine form, having scored three times in Arsenal's last six games in all competitions, and could have another decisive influence over Sunday's match at Craven Cottage. Anguissa must track Ozil's movement and restrict his space and time on the pitch.