Arsenal vs Everton: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups, Key Man & Predicted Score

By on December 7, 2013

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Arsenal welcome Everton to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon looking to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League.

The Gunners stayed clear at the summit thanks to a 2-0 win over Hull City on Wednesday night to make it three wins on the bounce since losing to Manchester United last month.

This weekend sees the north Londoners kick-off a tough run of fixtures that will see them face Everton, Napoli, Manchester City and Chelsea in quick succession and the outcomes could very-well determine their fate this season.

Everton arrive in the Capital off the back of an impressive 1-0 win over defending champions Manchester United in midweek, and Roberto Martinez will be eyeing another shock to further strengthen their belief that they can gate-crash the top-four this year.

Both fixtures between these two finished in draws last season, while the duo have both kept five clean sheets in their last six fixtures, so we could be in for a close encounter on Sunday.

Team News

Arsene Wenger will have to make-do without the services of Bacary Sagna once again with the Frenchman ruled out with a hamstring strain that saw him miss the Hull clash on Wednesday. Carl Jenkinson will continue to deputise at right-back.

Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud all all pushing for recalls having been rested last time out, while Theo Walcott could also make his first start in over 2 months after coming on as a late substitute in Arsenal’s last three games.

Kieran Gibbs is expected to be restored at left-back after being rested in midweek, but Lukas Podolski is still short of fitness after returning to full training on Friday following three months out with a hamstring strain.

Everton have no fresh injury worries to contend with. Roberto Martinez may opt to stick with the same eleven that beat United but Leon Osman is pushing for a recall and could replace youngster Ross Barkley.

Defender Antolin Alcaraz could be in the squad for the first time since making the move to Goodison in the summer after recovering from injury, but Leighton Baines remains out with a broken toe.

Likely Line-Ups

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Key Man

Mesut Ozil: The German was in excellent form in midweek and Arsene Wenger has warned there is still plenty more to come from the playmaker. He’ll be the one to watch this weekend.

Predicted Score

Arsenal 1-0: This game promises to be a tight affair with both teams defending superbly in recent weeks, but I think the Gunners will edge it.

What would be your team for the game and what’s your predicted score? Share your views below.

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13 Comments

  1. Munkaila kassim

    December 7, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    I think Arsenal will carry the day by 2 goals to nill

  2. Achara

    December 7, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Arsenal will win, I’ll give them Arsenal 2-0 Everton, arsenal center backs are solid and ozil creates chances up front but arsenal needs to watch out for lukaku and miralles

  3. Elewure

    December 7, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    I do pray arsenal wins by whatever margin, the most important is the 3 points.

  4. Aussie Jack

    December 8, 2013 at 3:24 am

    No room for errors this is the one to win.

  5. Apalait Benerd

    December 8, 2013 at 4:26 am

    I Will Go For Arsenal 3 -1 Everton

  6. Julius

    December 8, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Arsenal will beat Everton by 2 Nil. Both goals will be scored by Oliver Giroud. We are going to continue our excellent run of form.

  7. olatunji

    December 8, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Arsenal is going 2 win by 3 goals to nil

  8. Hailu Gidey

    December 8, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Arsenal will beat Everton by 3_1

  9. bolly lasu

    December 8, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Is going to be a tight match, I forsee draw

  10. victor pizarro

    December 8, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I think arsenal will lose to everton by 2 goals to nill…. Up blues

  11. isaac lakai

    December 8, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Arsenal will draw against everton 2 2

  12. isaac lakai

    December 8, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Arsenal are born losers

  13. isaac

    December 8, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Arsenal are born losers

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