Fulham manager Marco Silva says four Arsenal players could cause his team considerable problems when the two teams meet on the last day of 2023.
Arsenal will travel to Craven Cottage on Sunday for another London derby following their surprised 2-0 loss to West Ham on Thursday.
Mikel Arteta will hope to recalvanise his team for the trip after failing to score against the Hammers despite having 30 shots on the day.
Despite Arsenal struggling at the moment, Silva sees them as a threat to his team and is gearing up to counter Arsenal’s attacking threat. Despite praising the Gunners offensive capabilities, he cited the 2-2 draw earlier in the season as evidence of Fulham’s ability to compete against the Gunners.
Silva acknowledged the resilience displayed by Fulham in their previous encounter at the Emirates and is preparing his team to host Arsenal at Craven Cottage. Despite Arsenal’s recent setback against West Ham, Silva recognizes the quality within the North London team.
Mikel Arteta’s side boasts a wealth of attacking talent, a fact Silva emphasised by specifically mentioning four key players, including playmaker Martin Odegaard and winger Bukayo Saka. Silva stressed the need for his team to display their own strengths when presented with opportunities against Arsenal.
Highlighting Arsenal’s defensive organisation and potent positional play, Silva noted their ability to force opponents into defensive positions and cautioned about the challenge of pressuring them high up the pitch.
Silva said, “They have the capacity to push a team back really low and it is difficult to press them really high because when they beat the pressure they are a tough team to face.” He specifically highlighted the threat posed by players like Martinelli, Saka, Odegaard, and Kai Havertz, underscoring their ability to punish any team in the country.
Arsenal’s recent loss prevented them from reclaiming the top spot in the table. Arteta remained focused on their potential, stating, “We can be second as well, and winning we can be first so we have to do what we can control.”