Wenger To Make 2 Changes: Predicted Arsenal XI To Face Everton
Arsenal head to Goodison Park to face Everton on Tuesday night. Here is the side I think Arsene Wenger will select for the game:
Arsenal will be looking for the win we need to go back to the top of the Premier League table when we head to Goodison Park to face Everton on Tuesday night. Here is the side I think Arsene Wenger will select for the game:
Goalkeeper: Petr Cech is Arsenal’s first choice goalkeeper in the league and there’s no reason to think that will change tomorrow night so he’s set to keep goal once again with David Ospina on the bench.
Defence: Shkodran Mustafi has been ruled out for three weeks after picking up a hamstring injury during our 3-1 win over Stoke City at the weekend so we have a huge void to fill in the middle of defence. Per Mertesacker is back in light training but isn’t expected to be fit until the New Year so Gabriel is the man set to come in alongside Laurent Koscielny at the back.
Hector Bellerin made his return from an ankle injury with a substitute appearance on Saturday and he hit the ground running as I thought he made a real difference against Stoke so the Spaniard should come back in to the starting eleven tomorrow.
Kieran Gibbs was slightly unfortunate to lose his place after an excellent display in the Champions League against Basel last week and with a huge visit to Manchester City coming up at the weekend, Wenger may decide to give Nacho Monreal a rest and restore Gibbs at left-back against Everton.
Midfield: Aaron Ramsey will miss the trip to Merseyside with the hamstring injury that kept him out against Stoke while Santi Cazorla isn’t expected back until at least February following ankle surgery.
Granit Xhaka has been very effective in the middle of the park in recent weeks with his incisive passing from deep instigating attacks so hopefully we’ll see the Swiss star retain his place tomorrow night.
Mohamed Elneny is pushing to make a start but I think we’ll see Wenger stick with Francis Coquelin alongside Xhaka as they look to be forming a decent understanding in the middle of the park.
Attack: Wenger may be tempted to mix things up in attack in order to keep people fresh for Man City but I have a feeling he’ll stick with the same attack that put three past Stoke at the weekend.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put in another encouraging performance after assisting Mesut Ozil for his goal so he could keep his place on the left ahead of Alex Iwobi – despite the youngster coming off the bench to score our third goal on Saturday.
Theo Walcott notched his tenth of the season with the equaliser against the Potters and he has a good record against Everton so I think he’ll keep his place along with Ozil.
Alexis Sanchez wasn’t on the score-sheet at the weekend but he put in another excellent shift through the middle so I don’t see Wenger making any changes up front meaning Olivier Giroud will once again have to make do with a place on the bench.
Here is how I think we’ll see Arsenal line-up:
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