Two teams in need of a win meet at Goodison Park on Monday night, looking to ease the pressure after painful midweek losses.
Tonight’s win would see Arsenal come back above Tottenham and United, in fifth and just one point behind West Ham in fourth. They haven’t won at Goodison Park since 2017, but face an Everton side in terrible form and it seems like the right time for the Gunners to play them.
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Warm-ups well advanced
The teams warm up at Goodison Park. Granit Xhaka leads the way for the Gunners … almost miraculous that he’s even in good shape, let alone from tonight.
Says a lot about Arteta’s faith in him that he returns straight to the side after such a long absence.
Martin Odegaard’s pre-match reflections
“It’s always difficult to come here, even if they haven’t had the best results lately, it’s a strong team.
“Playing away at this stadium is always difficult, but these are the games we want to play.
“It’s a good atmosphere, and a night game, and we’re going to enjoy it.”
Simon Collings at Goodison Park
For Everton, Mina indeed returns to the side after a long absence. No Digne in the squad, so you imagine Godfrey will play left-back.
Townsend, Gordon, Gray and Richarlison all start, in what appears to be a much more positive team selection from Benitez than the one we saw against Liverpool.
The big news for Arsenal is that Aubameyang is falling on the bench. He is in bad shape and Lacazette comes to replace him.
Smith Rowe misses after receiving a blow, while Xhaka is surprisingly back on the sidelines after resuming training after an injury.
Tierney is also replacing Tavares, with Arteta making some big calls tonight.
Starting eleven: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli, Lacazette
Subtitles: Okonwo, Holding, Tavares, Cedric, Elneny, Lokonga, Pepe, Aubameyang, Nketiah
Starting eleven: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Godfrey, Allan, Doucoure, Townsend, Gray, Gordon, Richarlison
Subtitles: Begovic, Kenny, Holgate, Gomes, Delph, Iwobi, Tosun, Gbamin, Branthwaite
Aaron Ramsdale has had a great season so far, since his summer transfer to the club. He has been one of Arsenal’s best players this season, along with Emile Smith Rowe.
The goalkeeper glanced at the Goodison Park pitch.
Team news coming in five minutes …
The locals have arrived …
Given how badly Everton have played, as well as Calvert-Lewin’s continued absence, it’s hard to see them causing too much trouble for Arsenal.
The Gunners have been in impressive form overall, despite the loss to United, and would be one point off the top four with the win.