2. Oleksandr Zinchenko vs Harry Wilson
Another full-back absentee means Oleksandr Zinchenko is in line for a first-team return.
The Ukrainian made a brief appearance on Monday and used his inverted station to help Arsenal regain control from 11-man Crystal Palace, with this midfield berth likely to form a similarly important tool in repelling the Fulham attack.
Inverting enables the Gunners to keep a compact central structure even if the ball is lost, and that could be invaluable in protecting us from the 4-3-3 formation Marco Silva favours in possession.
Managerial orders for wide players to maintain width will give Harry Wilson licence to pin Zinchenko back or even combine with the overlapping full-back to exploit the defender’s questionable defensive nous, while a magical left boot may see Wilson light the game up all on his own.
Arsenal’s domination might (hopefully) limit the Cottagers’ offensive impact, but our success at either end is greatly dependent on Zinchenko. He must deliver.
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