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Arsenal face a stern test if they are to make it two wins from two on Saturday with a trip to Goodison Park.

The Gunners left it late to beat Crystal Palace last weekend thanks to Aaron Ramsey’s winner in stoppage time.

Everton themselves let slip of a lead late on as they were held 2-2 at newly-promoted Leicester City. Roberto Martínez’s side were certainly be the fresher of the two as the visitors were playing in Turkey on Tuesday night.

Beşiktaş held Arsenal to a 0-0 draw in Istanbul meaning Arsène Wenger will almost-certainly name his strongest possible squad for the second leg on Wednesday. Aaron Ramsey is suspended so expect the Welsh international be given the full 90 minutes here.

Aside from a busy fixture list to start the season, Arsenal also have a few injuries already. They are limited with options in defence following the sale of Thomas Vermaelen too.

Team News

Everton

Ross Barkley, Arouna Koné and Bryan Oviedo are all out injured. The latter two have been out since last season whilst talented youngster Barkley is facing up to six weeks on the sideline following a leg injury picked up in trainnig.

Arsenal

Mikel Arteta was the latest injury in the Arsenal squad. The 32-year old picked up an ankle injury on Tuesday that will keep him out of action for the remainder of the month.

Arsène Wenger has confirmed that he told his German World Cup winning trio to target this match as their possible return but that he will not play all three of them on Saturday.

Theo Walcott is due back in full training at the end of the month. Kieran Gibbs, Serge Gnabry, Ryo Miyaichi and David Ospina are all ruled out too.

Yaya Sanogo is a doubt with an injury picked up last weekend that kept him out of the European tie midweek. If Lukas Podolski isn’t match fit, Wenger has only Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sánchez as options up front.

Predicted Lineups

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Séamus Coleman in for John Stones at right-back is the only change we’ve made from the Everton side that started on the opening day. Aidan McGeady and Steven Naismith both got on the scoresheet at Leicester. Romelu Lukaku was kept quiet whilst the Everton defence did not look so solid.

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This looks like the best eleven available to Arsène Wenger. He may start one of his German trio but it’s hard to predict who. Giving Mesut Özil some game time for the first time since the World Cup final would be handy if he’s going to start on Wednesday. Lukas Podolski hasn’t looked good as a sole striker before which could force Wenger to play Olivier Giroud up top for 90 minutes. The French striker looked hopeless in Turkey midweek.

Key Matchups

Alexis Sánchez vs Leighton Baines
Arsenal’s big money signing has shown flashes of brilliance in his opening three matches but yet to produce any final product. Alexis Sánchez has won several corners but is yet to create a goal or score one in open play. Leighton Baines looked poor against top level opposition at the World Cup in the summer, so the Chilean forward should fancy his chances. Opportunities to cross the ball into the box should arise if/when Baines doesn’t close him down. The Everton full-back also likes to skate forward himself so there’s the potential for Sánchez to find some space on the break.

Aaron Ramsey vs Gareth Barry
Aaron Ramsey has scored in both the FA Community Shield and Premier League so far this season, continuing his goalscoring form that he showed at the start of last season. The experienced Gareth Barry may be tasked with keeping the Arsenal attacking midfielder quiet. This will include closely tracking Ramsey’s well-timed runs in the box as well as the occasional pot shot at goal. Arsenal’s number 16 has proven to be a match winner over the past 12 months.

Romelu Lukaku vs Laurent Koscielny
The Everton striker may have been quiet last weekend but there won’t be too many weekends when Romelu Lukaku isn’t threatening the opposition goal. Brede Hangeland’s goal from a corner is the only time Arsenal have conceded in their three games so far this season but Everton have a few good attacking options. Lukaku is quick, has a good shot on him and is powerful in the air. Laurent Koscielny and Calum Chambers have been warned.

Prediction: Everton 1-1 Arsenal
Arsenal are playing their fourth competitive game in two weeks whilst Everton will be the fresher playing in only their second. A number of absentees in the Arsenal squad also means they have not been able to rotate as much as I’m sure Arsène Wenger would have liked. Everton weren’t so convincing last weekend so we’re going to sit on the fence with this one and predict a draw.

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Comments (4)

  1. I’d rather see a change to the line up….

    Szczeny
    Debuchy – Chambers – koz – monreal
    Flamini
    Ramsay – Ozil
    Gnabry – Sanchez – Ox

    Giroud, santi, BFG, Campbell, Poldi, Wilshire, Diaby or Bellerin? on the bench.

    More attacking pace, with quick direct wingers and a fast cf.

  2. If Arsene Wenger plays that like-up vs Everton, Arsenal will most likely lose that game. He must make bold, shrewd changes to have a chance against a high-pressing hardworking Everton side. You’ve said that ‘If Lukas Podolski isn’t match fit, Wenger has only Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sánchez as options up front.’! You seem to have forgotten that Joel Campbell is an Arsenal player and a striker as well, and for me, considering how well he played against Benfica, and how he expertly led the line on his own in Brazil, he’s the best option Arsenal have for this game if Wenger elects to an out-and-out striker. He will bring with him power, pace and directness. If you ask me, basing on the game against Besiktas, Giroud has lost the right to be Arsenal’s No.1 striker. He was so wretched, so terrible. He looked every bit the mediocre player many Arsenal fans around the world have branded him.

    I also can’t understand why the Germans have not featured up to now to the extent that you didn’t even consider anyone in your ideal team! If NEYMAR who fractured his back at the quarter final stage in Brazil is back playing, what about Podolski who played a mere handful of minutes vs Portugaland Mertesacker who only had three full games? Wenger needs to stop pampering his players and ask the maximum from them. For me, Mertesacker and Ozil should start with Chambers pushed further forward to play DM in the place of the reckless Flamini. Because Arsenal are likely to absorb pressure and look to attack on the counter, Oxlade-Chamberlain is a must-start in tomorrow’s game. He would be as important as Theo Walcott is for Arsenal on the counter. Therefore, my ideal line-up is:
    Szczesny, Debuchy, Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Chambers, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Sanchez.

    As for Giroud, I’m sorry, he would have no place in my team. I don’t know what he needs to gain fitness, because against Besiktas he looked as though he was playing his first game after a five-month holiday, while Flamini, despite his age, seems not to have grown up at all, getting booked almost every time he plays, so reckless!

    • I side with U Pato. Its unfair and impossible to continue making the same mistake. Carzola, Giroud and Wilshere all seems to have lost their stance and spark with the ball. Have Campbell upfront. Flanked with Chambo & Sanchez. Let Ozil be the playmaker and have Rambo and Flamini in the engine room to bring the flow of play as well as providing cover for the defence due to the pace Everton poses thru Naismith and Lukaku as well as Pieenar.
      I frankly think Chambers should continue in defence along Koscielny due to the pace and the missing match fitness Mertasacker pose.Better introduce him inUEFA second leg.
      Just opinion, mind crossed.

  3. We have no options. Arsenal is now just an average team and waiting to sign an average player on deadline day