Team news, kick-off time, probable line-ups.
Arsenal and Arsene Wenger welcome Everton to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday with the Gunners knowing a win will take them to the top of the Premier League. The Manager, Arsene Wenger has insisted that forwards Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud can operate in tandem at the point of the attack, as the Gunners gear up for a clash against Everton.
Three points for the Gunners against their opponents from Merseyside would see Arsenal take top spot in the Premier League ahead of Sunday’s Manchester derby and Wenger addressed a plethora of issues at his weekly press conference before the match.
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With Aaron Ramsey set to miss the game with injury and Alexis Sanchez “exhausted” after the historic 2-0 win over Bayern Munich in midweek, the Gunners may be a little short on attacking options. But the manager hinted he could start both Walcott and Giroud for the Everton clash.
“The most important thing is they [Walcott and Giroud] contribute goals,” said Wenger, per Hamish Mackay of the Daily Mirror. “… They can work together. It is a case of balancing the team. There is also Alexis Sanchez. Both are extremely strong in their game.”
Arsenal will be missing Aaron Ramsey for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash against Everton, as the midfielder faces up to a month out because of a hamstring injury.
Centre-back Gabriel is available again following illness, but captain Mikel Arteta (ankle) misses out against his former club.
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Goalkeeper David Ospina (shoulder) is not available, while Jack Wilshere (fibula), forward Danny Welbeck and Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky (both knee) all continue their rehabilitation.
Provisional Squad: Cech, Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Bellerin, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez, Walcott, Macey, Gibbs, Giroud, Campbell, Debuchy, Chambers, Gabriel, Flamini.
Everton midfielder Tom Cleverley could make his first-team return in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
Cleverley is being assessed by manager Roberto Martinez having played 60 minutes of an under-21 match on Tuesday in his first run-out since sustaining an ankle injury in August.
With winger Steven Pienaar also nearing a comeback after featuring in Tuesday’s contest and full-back Leighton Baines among a group of other players making good progress in their rehabilitation, Martinez says he is “very close” to having a full squad.
Provisional squad: Howard, Robles, Jagielka, Stones, Funes Mori, Coleman, Browning, Galloway, Oviedo, McCarthy, Barry, Barkley, Cleverley, Gibson, Osman, Lennon, Naismith, Deulofeu, Mirallas, Kone, Lukaku.
Kick-off: Saturday, 5.30pm
This game is pretty difficult to predict as both sides have been rather inconsistent this season. You’d have to say that the Gunners will be the favorites given their run of three wins on the spin. And have been able to keep clean sheet for 3 games. Everton will make this tough, but Arsenal’s extra firepower will pull them through.
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