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Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky is set to play in a protective face mask against Fulham following surgery on a broken nose, but full-back Nacho Monreal (foot) is doubtful.

Midfielders Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey are still out, along with captain Thomas Vermaelen.

Forward Nicklas Bendtner is closing in on a return, while Yaya Sanogo continues his rehabiliation. Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott are long-term absentees with their respective knee injuries.

Meanwhile, Fulham defender Fernando Amorebieta is a doubt because of a knee problem.

Captain Brede Hangeland could make his first league start since October after returning from back surgery in the midweek FA Cup third-round replay win over Norwich.

Forward Darren Bent is pressing for a start after scoring against the Canaries, when manager Rene Meulensteen had made sweeping changes.

Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg remains a doubt.

Arsenal will have to overcome injuries to Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and Thomas Vermaelen if they are to remain Premier League leaders with victory against relegation-threatened Fulham.

They hardly want for confidence after four league wins in succession, while Rene Meulensteen’s team find themselves in a tailspin, just one point above the bottom three.

Their solitary comfort is that their two most recent visits to the Emirates have ended in draws

Stat of the game: Fulham have never won at Arsenal, in 27 league and cup attempts.

Arsenal (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Kosclieny, Gibbs; Flamini, Wilshere; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Özil, Cazorla; Giroud.
Out: Arteta (calf), Bendtner (ankle), Diaby (knee), Ramsey (thigh), Sanogo (back), Vermaelen, Walcott (both knee).
Tests: Monreal (foot), Rosicky (broken nose).

Fulham (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Stockdale; Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise; Duff, Parker, Sidwell, Dempsey; Taarabt; Berbatov.
Out: Briggs (hernia), Etheridge (thigh).
Test: Stekelenburg (ankle).

Referee: Lee Probert. Matches: 10, R2 Y13.

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