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Arsenal Pre-Everton Team News & Injury Update: Rosicky, Mertesacker & Fabianski

Arsenal look to cement third place when they welcome fellow top-four hopefuls Everton to the Emirates on Tuesday night. Here’s a team news and injury update.


Fabianski: Major doubt for Everton clash

Arsenal will look to cement third place in the Premier League table when they welcome fellow top-four hopefuls Everton to the Emirates on Tuesday night.

The Gunners jumped up to third with a 3-1 win over Norwich on Saturday but can extend their lead over Chelsea and Tottenham to four points on Tuesday, while defeat for the Toffees would also be a huge dent to their top-four hopes.

Ahead of the game, boss Arsene Wenger had given a team news and injury update with the latest on Tomas Rosicky and Lukasz Fabianski as well as confirming Per Mertesacker will return to the squad after completing a one-match ban at the weekend.

The good news is that play-maker Rosicky returns after missing the Norwich clash with a minor hamstring strain, but the bad news is that goalkeeper Fabianski is a ‘major doubt’ after taking a knock to the rib and will be assessed on Tuesday ahead of the game.

Here is what the boss told the clubs official website:

on the latest team news…

Mertesacker and Rosicky are back in the squad for tomorrow.

on Lukasz Fabianski…

Fabianski is a major doubt but we will decide that tomorrow [Tuesday]. He got a kick in the rib [against Norwich City].

Rosicky’s return is a big boost as I think we missed his urgency in the middle of the park on Saturday. It will be interesting to see what line-up Arsene goes with but I can’t see how we can play Arteta, Wilshere, Rosicky, Ramsey and Cazorla all in the same team, so who’s going to miss out?

Jack didn’t look fit at all on Saturday and Rambo was arguably MOTM, but does Wenger have the balls to drop Wilshere for such a big game? Would it be the correct call? Personally, I think the boss will drop Ramsey, which he doesn’t deserve after his performance against Norwich, but it’s so difficult to leave out Wilshere or Rosicky.

If Fabianski misses out it’s also going to be VERY interesting to see if Szczesny comes back in. He hasn’t even made the bench for the last two games so i’m not sure how the boss can recall him to the first team straight away, which may leave the door open to Vito Mannone.

The other area of contention is centre-back and whether Per Mertesacker returns, and if so, does Vermaelen get dropped again? I think we’ll see Mertesacker come back in, mainly because he’ll be needed to deal with the aerial  threat of Fellaini, but who misses out is anyone’s guess.

Now we’ve seen the team news, what would be your line-up for the Everton game? Leave your suggestions in the comments section below.



  1. Gabriel

    April 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    my fear is that oliver gilord is a flop, we need a top class finisher .

    • abhi

      April 15, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      i disagree. i think he complements our midfielders perfectly. His hold up and link up play is the best in the league. He is also a threat on set pieces. Yes, he lacks pace but he makes that up with good positions. I think we will not buy a striker this summer as Podolski will be promoted there. An attacking midfielder like Gotze or Jovetic would be ideal.

  2. Bilyaminu Tambuwal

    April 15, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    I think Rosicky nd Jack should start, Ramsey should on bench, and Mtscker should also start ahead of Vermelen, Up Gunners!

  3. Abdul-Hakeem Sulaiman

    April 15, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    My prefered teamlist against Everton fc: fanbiaski/mannone, sagna, met, kos, monreal, rambo, arteta, ox, rosik, santy, girond

  4. Nature

    April 15, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    I think wishere shud be drop for rosiscky to start and sczcsney and vermalean start with poldi gervinho drop

  5. demian

    April 15, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    My teamlist. Mannone/fabianski
    arteta: wilshere
    theo rosicky carzola

  6. Henry

    April 15, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Fab monhreal sagn metasker kosc arterta wilsh rosicky walcot gerviho giroud

  7. kayode odukoya

    April 15, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Let rosciky & mer start and the rest that won against norwich.

  8. adeoluseyi

    April 15, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    I think wilshere to start nd rosicky,nd mertesacker 2 replace vermaelene

  9. Lucias MATHEW

    April 15, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Monreal shld replace ‘back passes’ specialist Gibbs, he is a bore


    April 15, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    mannone***jenkinson**kosielney**mertasacher**monreal**rosisky**arteta**casorla**podolsky**giroud**gibbs 4***3***3 formation

  11. Amlydave

    April 15, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    The only one person who doesn’t fit into an ideal Arsenal team is Oliver Giroud. Sometimes I ask myself if he has to play football simply because he comes from the same country as the coach. If only that guy is replaced with a better attacker in the Arsenal team, then we won’t have to struggle just for a 4th place. The other guys are doing well at the moment.

  12. Shoji

    April 15, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Fabianski/ Szczesny
    sagna, per , kos, gibbs
    cazorla, arteta, ramsey, wilshere, podolski, Giroud.

  13. Highbee

    April 15, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    scez/man, per sag kos gibs arte wils rosc cars ox giroud

  14. David Sunny

    April 15, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    my startin eleven are: szesny,sagna,monreal,merter,kosc,arteta,ramsey,rosicky,carzola,walcot & GIROUD.Trust me. 3-1 scor

  15. israel

    April 15, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    if our number one is back he should start ahead of manone. SCEHZNEY
    Wishere. Podolski and. Chambo comes in

  16. Flo

    April 15, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Giroud shld start!

  17. Lukman

    April 15, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Jack shud drop fo rosick meter to cm for varm coqlin to com for ramsey stick wit giroud up front

  18. titomengene

    April 15, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    i think the line*up should be sagna, merte, kols, monreal, then @ the midfield it shud be arteta,ramsey,rosicky,cazorla,walcot…then giroud…4-5-1 is the formation.wen attackin walcot and cazorla shud join giroud,then wen defending they shud cum bak to their normal position….up gunners

  19. feetal

    April 15, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    you dont change a winning team. Fabby
    sagna – per – kos – monreal

    ramsey – arteta – rosicky (free role)

    walcot – giroud – carzola.

  20. saifullahi badamasi

    April 15, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    The line up suppose b like this:sagna,bosscielny,met,gibbs,arteta,ramsey,rosicky,cazorla,walcoot nd giroud to see wat will happen.

  21. usman alanso

    April 16, 2013 at 2:47 am

    I think rosicky and ramsy will go start while wilshire shall be on the bench,because he does’nt has fitness

  22. ayotunde

    April 16, 2013 at 9:35 am

    my starting eleven: sagna,per,kols,Monreal,Mikel,ramsey,Rosicky, walcot,Gigroud and carzola

    • enock mtisii

      April 16, 2013 at 10:56 am

      the arsenal team that finished the game against nowich should start against everton

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