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Fulham forward Seol Ki-Hyeon is hoping his first goal for the club will earn him a start against Arsenal on Saturday and a regular place despite defeat on the opening day at promoted Hull.

However, the South Korean could see his way blocked by the availability of new £10.5million signing Andrew Johnson – who missed the game at Hull with a thigh injury but is expected to be fit to face the Gunners.

Manager Roy Hodgson confirmed the England striker is likely to play, saying: “Andy Johnson came to the club with a thigh injury and we decided not to risk him against Hull but I think he should be ready for the Arsenal game.”

The manager though is eager to pair Johnson with his other big-money recruit Bobby Zamora who cost the bulk of a £6.3million joint move with defender John Pantsil from West Ham last month.

Seol netted a wonderful header to put Fulham ahead at Hull but it was only his second start under Hodgson.

The former Blackburn boss started the 29-year-old just once last term in a 3-0 home defeat by Arsenal in January – and left him out for the rest of the season.

Seol said: “Since I came here I’ve played as a winger but I will do what the manager wants me to do. I have played as a striker before.

“I want to play and I want to be part of the team so it doesn’t matter where I play.”