32 Friday, 21 August 2009 London Lite LITESPORT FULHAM............. 3 AMKAR PERM .....1 EUROPA LEAGUE PLAY-OFF, FIRST LEG Yank Dempsey dandy in absence of Johnson ARSENAL VPORTSMOUTH TOMORROW, 3PM Wenger reveals he wont be saying buy, buy ARSENE WENGER claims he wont spend money before the end of the transfer window unless he finds the right player, insisting: We do not settle for second best. Writing in the offical Arsenal magazine, Wenger fresh from an opening 6-1 win at Everton goes into tomorrows clash against pointless Pompey saying: People always want you to buy because it is reassuring. Im not against that, and we have the money there, but the player I buy must add something to the team, and until I find that, I wont spend the money. I do not settle for second best. Wenger feels his squad is big enough despite signing one player -- Thomas Vermaelen -- over the summer, saying: We know we will always have three or four players injured, but the squad is bigger than people think. We have players like Fran Merida and Jack Wilshere who are top quality. The question this season is who will cope the best with what has happened during this transfer market. Lets make sure it is us. We want to be the best. We go into the season with that desire -- we want to finish first in the Premier League, nowhere else. We are not fools. We have not lowered our ambition level. We have done massive work in the last three or four years, to be where we are now, with the ambition we have. I know this is a very important year. Im ready to give absolutely 100percent to achieve what we want to achieve, and thats to win the Premier League. This is an extract from Managers Monthly, which features in the new-look September issue of the Official Arsenal Magazine, available now from club shops. To subscribe, call 0845 88 00 445. Pomped up: Arsene Wenger FULHAM v CHELSEA PREMIER LEAGUE SUNDAY, LIVE ON SKY SPORTS 2 FROM 3.30PM (KO: 4PM) REF A MARRINER (W. MIDLANDS) KEY MEN CLINT DEMPSEY FULHAM THE American international remains one of the leagues least heralded players, despite a consistently healthy goal return from midfield. At Craven Cottage hes developing a reputation as a Freddie Ljungberg-type player -- minus the silly hair and Calvin Klein adverts. With Andy Johnson set for a spell on the sidelines, the versatile Dempsey may be asked to play further forward. RICARDO CARVALHO CHELSEA LAST season Chelsea conceded twice from set-pieces in this fixture -- something that would have been unheard of under Jose Mourinho. Carvalho is seen as the least pro-active of Chelseas defenders when it comes to dealing with an aerial assault, and with his position in the team not as concrete as it once was, the Portuguese needs to avoid any slip-ups. FULHAM 4-4-2 CHELSEA 4-1-3-2 POSSIBLE LINE-UPS LATEST BETTING MATCH ODDS Fulham 6-1, Chelsea 4-7, draw 11-4. FIRST GOALSCORER Drogba 4-1, Anelka 11-2, Lampard 6-1, Kalou 15-2, Zamora 11-1, Ballack 12-1, Kamara 12-1, Nevland 12-1, Dempsey 14-1, Malouda 14-1, Deco 16-1, Murphy 16-1, Duff 18-1. Ill be Obi the moon with 7 straight wins Clint vows to fill the gap after injury blow BY JAMES GOLDMAN CLINT DEMPSEY has vowed to come to manager Roy Hodgsons rescue in the absence of injury-stricken Fulham striker Andy Johnson. The usually reserved Cottagers boss was spitting feathers last night after his most expensive recruit was facing up to two months out with a broken collarbone. Last summers 10.5m signing from Everton has hit the ground running this season, following a below par return last time around. Johnson opened the scoring in a 3-1 win over Russian outfit Amkar Perm in the Europa League qualifier -- his third goal in four competitive starts -- before he cure to Fulhams striking woes. The 26-year-old Texan, who last week signedacontractextension,foundthenet last night with a scorching 25-yarder and aims to topple Chelsea on Sunday. Dempsey struck twice in an entertain- ing 2-2 draw when the two west London rivals met at Craven Cottage last season and the former New England Revolution forward is confident he is part of a team capableof matchingthebestthePremier League has to offer. He said: Wherever the coach wants me to play, Ill try my best. We still have some goodforwardssothatisachoicehellhave to make. Im just going to do my best to help the team win. Every time you score against a big team, especially your local rivals, it is definitely a highlight. I would say were now a complete footballing team. We play a good style of football, we create chances and we score goals. We just have to stay tight defensively. Well go into the Chelsea game pretty confident. was pole-axed by an ugly Dmitry Beloru- kov challenge, which merited only a yel- low card, according to the referee. Hodgsonsaid:Itwasagoodwinagainst a difficult team but the game has been marred by the unbelievably blatant chal- lenge on Andy Johnson, Ithasdislocatedhiscollarboneandput him out for a long time. I dont think theres any doubt the defender should have been sent off. Hodgsonhasonly11daysof thetransfer window left to find a suitable replace- ment,butAmericaninternationalDemp- sey believes he can provide a ready-made Pain game: Johnson could miss two months JOHN OBI MIKEL has revealed Chelsea have set their sights on securing a magnificent seven before they get the chance to play one of their serious rivals for the Premier League. The Blues already boast a three point lead over Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal having won their first two games against Hull and Sunderland. But Carlo Ancelottis side are looking to make the most of a generous fixture list which has ensured they play some of the weaker teams in the division before they host Liverpool on 4 October. They still have games to come against the likes of Burnley, Stoke and Wigan, as well as matches they would hope to win against Tottenham and Fulham, who they play on Sunday. Mikel believes they could build a healthy lead at the top of the table by securing a maximum 21 points from their first seven games. He said: That will certainly do for us. If we win all seven it will be a good achievement, although at the moment we are taking each game as it comes. Ancelotti admits he wants to turn Chelsea into the great entertainers of English football, but not at the expense of being too generous at the back. Chelsea have scored seven goals in their last three games, including the Community Shield, but have also let in four. They have been accused of being boring in the past, but were impressive in their 3-1 win over Sunderland which had Black Cats boss Steve Bruce insisting it was the best performance he had ever seen from a Chelsea side. Ancelotti said: This is a team that wants to attack. Every player wants to attack and has the quality to attack. But the important thing is to have balance. We have to attack well and also defend well. The last games we have scored goals but Manchester United, Hull and Sunderland have also scored goals. We have to do better defensively. Defender Ricardo Carvalho is expected to return for the Fulham game. 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