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Preview: Arsenal v Everton, Team News, Line-Up & Prediction
Arsenal will look to build on the win over Bayern Munich when we take on Everton at the Emirates on Saturday night.
The victory in midweek was hugely impressive and not only has it given us a lifeline in the Champions League but it will also have given the players a lot of belief.
Beating a team like Bayern is no easy task so hopefully the boys now realise what they’re capable of against the top teams if we execute a game-plan properly.
We head into the weekend fixtures sitting second in the Premier League after beating Watford 3-0 last weekend and with the two Manchester clubs playing each other on Sunday, we need to take advantage by beating Everton and going top of the table.
That won’t be easy as the Toffees are usually a tough nut to crack – although Manchester United thrashed them 3-0 at Goodison Park last weekend and we beat United by the same scoreline so we should have no problems tomorrow based on those results.
However, football is never than simple, so I’d expect a difficult game.
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Aaron Ramsey is out until after the next international break so we have a void to fill on the right wing.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is the man likely to come in while the boss has hinted he may rest Alexis Sanchez after claiming the attacker is ‘exhausted’.
Gabriel is back in full training after illness but David Ospina is certain to miss out again as he’s been ruled out for another month with a shoulder injury.
Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck are all out with long-term injuries while Mikel Arteta has also been ruled out after picking up a knock in training.
As for Everton, Tom Cleverley could be back in contention while Steven Pienaar and Brian Oviedo could also be back in the squad after playing for the Under-21′s.
However, the game will come too soon for Leighton Baines, Muhamed Besic, Tony Hibbert and Aiden McGedy.
There has been talk of resting Sanchez but I’d prefer to see him start against Everton and then given a breather at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night. This game is vital so we need our best players on the pitch.
Usually predictions for Premier League games involving Arsenal are rarely easy. We could blow Everton away or face a European hangover and slump to a disappointing defeat. However, we’re in excellent form right now having beaten Man Utd, Watford and Bayern in recent games, scoring eight goals and conceding none, and the players should be on a high from Tuesday so I’m confident we’ll collect the three points tomorrow. Arsenal 3-1 Everton.