Aside from their penalty-shootout triumph at Everton in the EFL Cup quarter-finals, Fulham have had little to cheer about during the festive period and suffered their third successive
Premier League defeat without scoring at the hands of Bournemouth, losing 3-0 at the Vitality Stadium on Boxing Day.
The Cottagers held their own for the majority of the first half until Justin Kluivert opened the scoring for the Cherries on the stroke of half time, before Dominic
Solanke and LuisSinisterra netted after the break to condemn Marco Silva’s men to their 10th league loss of the campaign.
Only Luton Town (11), Burnley (14) and Sheffield United (14), who all sit in the relegation zone, have lost more games at this stage of the Premier League season than
Fulham, who remain 13th in the table and are placed six points clear of the bottom three having played a game more than 18th-placed Luton.
Fulham will welcome a return to Craven Cottage where they have accumulated 15 of their 21 Premier League points this term.
Silva’s side won three successive home games by an aggregate score of 13-2 before suffering a surprise 2-0 defeat to Burnley in their most recent home match last weekend.
The Cottagers have failed to win any of their last 11 meetings with Arsenal and have also lost each of their last seven top-flight home matches against fellow London-based
opposition, but a positive result on Sunday should not be ruled out considering that they have won their final league game in five of the previous eight calendar years.