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Arsenal line-up v Fulham and the reason Oleksandr Zinchenko & Gabriel Jesus are not in the squad

Mikel Arteta makes changes to his team today after the defeat to West Ham United last time out.

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Arsenal take on Fulham at Craven Cottage this afternoon as the Gooners look to bounce back from their defeat against West Ham United last time out. Mikel Arteta’s side can end 2023 on top of the Premier League with a victory over Fulham today.

There is good news for Arsenal heading into the fixture as Takehiro Tomiyasu is back in the squad and returns to the bench for today’s match. Another boost is that Kai Havertz is back from suspension and returns to the starting line-up this afternoon, after missing the game against West Ham.

Eddie Nketiah replaces Gabriel Jesus up top who missed two big chances in the last game. Nketiah hasn’t scored an away Premier League goal since December 31st 2022 against Brighton – exactly a year ago today.

Also Jakub Kiwior replaces Oleksandr Zinchenko who misses out on today’s squad with a minor calf issue.

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The Arsenal XI vs Fulham: Raya, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Kiwior, Rice, Odegaard, Havertz, Saka, Martinelli, Nketiah.

Subs: Ramsdale, Cedric, Tomiyasu, Jorginho, Elneny, Smith Rowe, Nelson, Trossard, Jesus.

Thomas Partey, Jurrien Timber and Fabio Vieira all remain unavailable for Arsenal. However having Kai Havertz and Takehiro Tomiyasu back is a huge boost for Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal have enjoyed a brilliant year during 2023, despite missing out on the Premier League title last season. A win this afternoon is much needed to end the year in a positive way following the defeat to West Ham in mid-week.

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