Arsenal will look to get their English Premier League season back on course when they host Fulham in a London Derby at the Emirates.
The Gunners suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United last weekend at Old Trafford, with the away side looking like a pale shadow of the team that was supposed to mount a serious title challenge this season.
Arsene Wenger has acknowledged his side have not shown anything close to title form, but remains confident of a turnaround. Arsenal are level on points with Fulham on 15 points from ten games, nine behind leaders United.
Wenger has asked the Arsenal fans to support their team at the Emirates, but admitted the performance on the pitch will determine the atmosphere in the stadium.
"The atmosphere comes from the team, not the fans and we have to think like that," Wenger said. "We had one or two flat game at home, I agree, especially the game against Schalke (and) even the game against QPR.
"I believe that it's down to the quality of our game -- that's our responsibility."
Wenger will be without Jack Wilshere, who is serving a one-match suspension after picking up a red card against United last weekend. Wilshere, despite only just returning from 17 months out, has been called-up by Roy Hodgson to the England squad for next week's friendly against Sweden, something that has not gone down too well with Wenger.
"You know what I think, that it is early for him," Wenger said. "I had Roy Hodgson on the phone, we found a good understanding and a good compromise. What helps is that he is not playing over the weekend because he is suspended, of course. He will have a little breather. Roy wants him in the group to connect the game with the players.
"I don't want to talk about that (the number of minutes Wilshere could play), Roy is in a better position to talk about that because he is the coach of the team and he can better explain how he will use the players. But it's a friendly, of course.
"The ideal solution would be (that he wasn't involved). It is as it is. He has played three games now, and of the three games only one (has been a) full game."
Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will face late fitness tests, while Wojciech Szczesny could be in line for a return. "From the other night we have no big problem," Wenger added. "We have to test Oxlade-Chamberlain to see if he can be in the squad, we have a test as well with Aaron Ramsey to see if he can be in the squad.
"Maybe Wojciech has a little chance to be in the squad."
Fulham will sweat on the fitness of Mahamadou Diarra, who Martin Jol termed as 50-50 for the game.
Expected lineups: Arsenal: Mannone; Vermaelen, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Sagna; Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla; Walcott, Podolski, Giroud.
Fulham: Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise; Baird, Sidwell, Duff, Kacaniklic, Ruiz; Berbatov.
Prediction: 3-0 to Arsenal
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