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Fulham's Jol eyeing defensive effort against Arsenal

Fulham boss Martin Jol understands that his side will have to concentrate on defence if they want to take anything from tomorrow's London derby with Arsenal.

The Cottagers make the short trip North to the Emirates Stadium to face a Gunners side back in form with five wins on the trot in the league and the Dutchman is planning to stop one of his fellow countrymen who has been in red hot form of late.

"The priority is to defend well but still play with confidence and belief. I think we have done that in our last three or four away games," Jol said.

"We have kept a clean sheet three times so we have some confidence of doing that [again]. I think we are always capable of creating a few chances.

"The other night Borussia Dortmund did well against them but Arsenal have the quality now with (Robin) van Persie, he is the one scoring the goals and has a hell of a record.

"They are playing with a lot of possession and of course they have a lot of talent in the team, but they still have to rotate at the back. Hopefully we can exploit the space we get."

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