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Arsenal v Fulham - Squad News

last updated Friday 22nd February 2002, 3:09 PM


Barclaycard Premiership - Arsenal v Fulham -

15.00 23/02/02

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Luis Boa Morte is back in the Fulham side for the London derby with his former club Arsenal.

The Portuguese winger - who says Arsene Wenger's men will win the Premiership - has recovered from a twisted ankle that has kept him out of action for a month.

But Cottagers boss Jean Tigana is still without midfielder Lee Clark, who continued to struggle with the Achilles injury he picked up on Boxing Day.

Steve Marlet and Barry Hayles are likely to start up front, with the former up against France striking rivals Thierry Henry and Sylvain Wiltord.

Fulham (from):

Edwin van der Sar(G), Maik Taylor(G),

Steve Finnan(D), Andy Melville(D), Alain Goma(D), Rufus Brevett(D), Abdeslam Ouaddou(D)

Sean Davis(M/D), Zak Knight(M/D), Sylvain Legwinski(M), John Collins(M), Bjarne Goldbaek(M), Steed Malbranque(A/M), Luis Boa Morte(M/A)

Bazza Hayles(A), Steve Marlet(A), Louis Saha(A), Calum Willock(A).

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Tony Adams' comeback from injury is on hold after his foot injury flared up ahead of Arsenal's game with Fulham. Adams suffered further inflammation after returning from a four-month first-team absence last weekend against Gillingham.

Dennis Bergkamp is still suspended but Oleg Luzhny is back from a ban, and Lee Dixon is available after an ankle injury. Goalkeeper David Seaman suffered no reaction after making his comeback against the Germans and could start again at Highbury.

Francis Jeffers (groin), Fredrik Ljungberg (ribs), Ashley Cole (knee), Martin Keown and Matthew Upson (both broken legs) are still out.

Arsenal (from):

David Seaman(G), Richard Wright(G),

Lee Dixon(D), Sol Campbell(D), Igors Stepanovs(D), Gilles Grimandi(D), Giovanni van Bronckhorst(M), Oleg Luzhny(D), Juan Maldondo Duarte(D),

Patrick Vieira(M),Eduardo Cesar Daud Gaspar(M), Junichi Inamoto(M),

Ray Parlour(M/A), Robert Pires(M/A), Biscal Lauren (M/A),

Sylvain Wiltord(A), Thierry Henry(A), Nwankwo Kanu(A).

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Fulham players only lag behind members of the Arsenal squad in two areas goal scoring and discipline. The Gunners have scored 51 goals in the Premiership 18 of them coming from one player Thierry Henry. Henry also clearly leads the shooting stakes as Opta show him as having made 54 on target efforts against our best of 20 by Louis Saha. Henry is also well ahead on offsides being penalised some 37 times in comparison to our worst of 15 by Bazza Hayles. It will be interesting to see how Fulham try to contain Henry.

In other area's of the game Patrick Vieira excels in terms of passing, tackling and fouls won. He has also managed to win the yellow card challenge having accumulated 9 cards so far this season. Mind you Mr Parlour has also done very well in the discipline area having been sent of 3 times this season. In midfield Vieira is ably assisted by Robert Pires who manages to get a top three rating in most aspects of the game.

Not much has changed in the ratings of Fulham players, Bazza is still top goal scorer and fouler. Steve Finnan is still the top rated defender in the Premiership with Edwin van der Sar, John Collins, Sylvain Legwinski and Steed Malbranque also all highly rated in their categories.

League stats Arsenal Fulham
Goal Scorers Thierry Henry(A)(18+7)
Sylvain Wiltord(A)(7+7)
Fredrik Ljungberg(M/A)(6+4)
Dennis Bergkamp(A)(6+3)
Bazza Hayles(A) (7+4)
Steed Malbranque(M/A)(6+2)
Louis Saha(A)(5+1)
Sylvain Legwinski(M)(3+2)
Steve Marlet(A)(3+2)
Shots on Target Thierry Henry(A)(54)
Dennis Bergkamp(A)(24)
Sylvain Wiltord(A)(20)
Robert Pires(M/A) (20)
Louis Saha(A) (20)
Bazza Hayles(A) (18)
Steed Malbranque(M/A)(16)
Sylvain Legwinski(M)(14)
Steve Marlet(A) (14)
Passes completed Patrick Vieira(M)(1219)
Robert Pires(M/A)(1068)
Ashley Cole(D)(773)
Steve Finnan(D) (1156)
John Collins(M) (1055)
Rufus Brevett(D)(1030)
Steed Malbranque(M/A)(809)
Crosses completed Robert Pires(M/A)(34)
Giovanni van Bronckhorst(M)(27)
Lauren Biscal(M/A)(11)
Steed Malbranque(M/A)(52)
Steve Finnan(D) (21)
Rufus Brevett(D)(19)
Tackles completed Patrick Vieira(M)(99)
Ray Parlour(M/A)(55)
Robert Pires(M/A)(52)
John Collins(M) (88)
Steve Finnan(D) (64)
Sylvain Legwinski(M)(63)
Luis Boa Morte(M/A) (50)

Steve Finnan(D) (50)
Fouls won Patrick Vieira(M)(62)
Robert Pires(M/A)(62)
Ashley Cole(D)(41)
Louis Saha(A) (69)
Bazza Hayles(A) (58)
Steed Malbranque(M/A)(53)
Luis Boa Morte(M/A) (45)
Fouls conceded

Patrick Vieira(M)(63)
Ray Parlour(M/A)(38)
Giovanni van Bronckhorst(M)(35)
Barry Hayles(A) (74)
Sylvain Legwinski(M)(42)
Luis Boa Morte(M/A) (37)
Yellow Cards
(all comp's)
Patrick Vieira(M)(9)
Biscal Lauren (M/A)(8)
Ashley Cole(D)(7)
Robert Pires(M/A)(6)
Giovanni van Bronckhorst(M)(5)
Matthew Upson(D)(5)
Ray Parlour(M/A)(5)
Barry Hayles(A) (7)
Rufus Brevett(D)(6)
Luis Boa Morte(M/A) (5)
Sean Davis(M/D) (5)
Sylvain Legwinski(M)(5)
Red Cards Ray Parlour(M/A)(3)
Oleg Luzhny(D)(2)
Martin Keown(D)(1)
Giovanni van Bronckhorst(M)(1)
Patrick Vieira(M)(1)
Luis Boa Morte(M/A) (1)
stats from opta.co.uk

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