Date: 2nd January 2012 at 5:19pm
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As Arsenal undertake their first football match of 2012, it`s a trip to Fulham`s Craven Cottage that stands between us, and three points.

With only 1 defeat in our last 13 league matches we`re still on a bit of a roll despite a disappointing result against Wolves the day after Boxing day, however injuries are starting to take their toll along the back line.

Thomas Vermaelen is the latest victim as Francis Coquelin comes in to make up the numbers at the back accompanying Bacary Sagna, Carl Jenkinson, Andre Santos and Kieran Gibbs in the physio room.

Andre Arshavin`s beautiful assists for the winner against QPR wasn`t enough to keep him in the side as he Russian makes way for Gervinho.

Fulham
? 12 Stockdale
? 02 Kelly
? 03 JA Riise
? 05 Hangeland
? 14 Senderos
? 04 Sidwell
? 13 Murphy
? 23 Dempsey
? 11 Ruiz
? 25 Zamora
? 30 Dembele

Substitutes
? 38 Etheridge
? 06 Baird
? 18 Hughes
? 15 Gecov
? 16 Duff
? 21 Frei
? 09 Sa

Arsenal
? 13 Szczesny
? 04 Mertesacker
? 06 Koscielny
? 20 Djourou
? 08 Arteta
? 14 Walcott
? 16 Ramsey
? 17 Song
? 39 Coquelin
? 10 Van Persie
? 27 Gervinho

Substitutes
? 01 Almunia
? 18 Squillaci
? 49 Miquel
? 07 Rosicky
? 23 Arshavin
? 30 Benayoun
? 29 Chamakh