The Cottagers must know most people think they will go straight back down, but their head coach Scott Parker can use that as a way of motivating them.
I just think Arsenal will be ready for them, though. For obvious reasons, it does not seem like very long at all since the Gunners won the FA Cup final.
Since then, they have won the Community Shield too, which is as competitive as it gets for a friendly. I’d expect them to be sharp.
Fulham have lost their past five Premier League matches against Arsenal.
They conceded nine goals in the two meetings during their most recent top-flight campaign in 2018-19.
Arsenal’s only defeat in the past 13 Premier League meetings was 2-1 at Craven Cottage in January 2012.
The two sides have met once before on the opening day of a top-flight season, with the Gunners coming from behind to win 2-1 in 2007.
The Championship play-off winners have avoided relegation in only 12 of the previous 28 Premier League seasons.
Fulham finished 19th and were relegated in each of their last two Premier League seasons, in 2013-14 and 2018-19. They conceded the most goals in both of those campaigns.
They have lost their opening game in successive seasons: 2-0 to Crystal Palace in 2018-19 and 1-0 against Barnsley last year.
The Cottagers are currently on a top-flight record run of 10 successive London derby defeats.
Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored 49 goals since making his Fulham debut in February 2018. Only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (54), Mo Salah (54) and Jamie Vardy (50) have scored more often in England’s top four divisions during that period.
Mitrovic scored five goals in Fulham’s opening six Premier League matches of 2018-19, but managed just six in the following 31 games.
Arsenal are aiming to win their opening match in consecutive seasons for the first time in 11 years.
The Gunners are undefeated in all four of their previous opening Premier League matches versus newly-promoted opposition (W3, D1). Their last opening day league defeat against a promoted side was a 1-0 loss at Highbury to Bristol City in 1976.
They have not lost any of their last 24 matches in the month of September in all competitions (W19, D5) since a 3-2 home defeat by Olympiakos in the Champions League in 2015.
Arsenal have already won two trophies in their 29 matches under Mikel Arteta: the FA Cup and Community Shield.
They scored 56 Premier League goals last season, their lowest total since 1995-96.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 54 goals in 85 Premier League appearances since his debut in February 2018, a joint-league high during that period with Mo Salah.