Arsenal’s hectic January is over and the Gunners can lastly deal with the rest of their season, beginning with Saturday’s match towards Everton.
Arsene Wenger’s aspect have been defeated by Swansea in a Three-1 loss on Tuesday, although the blow of shedding Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United blow was softened with the arrivals of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The latter duo mixed for 62 targets whereas at Borussia Dortmund collectively within the 2015-16 season and Arsenal followers will probably be hoping that partnership can assist the membership fulfil their prime 4 ambitions.
At present eight factors from fourth-placed Chelsea, it is crucial that the Gunners enhance their consistency, beginning on Saturday in a match the place Wenger’s aspect will come up towards a well-known face within the form of Theo Walcott.
Danny Welbeck misses out with a hip harm whereas Jack Wilshere and new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang face late health assessments on account of being in poor health over the previous few days.
One other January arrival in Henrikh Mkhitaryan will begin towards the Toffees after a brief cameo look within the Three-1 defeat at Swansea final week.
“We had Jack [Wilshere] who was sick – I nonetheless need to assess him as we speak,” mentioned Wenger. ” I hope he will probably be able to being within the squad. He’s higher. He’ll practice with the group as we speak and we’ll see how he feels. Aubameyang was sick as effectively so we’ve to evaluate him as we speak. Other than that, Welbeck just isn’t utterly again from harm. He’s not prepared.
“Actually Mkhitaryan will begin. That’s a risk, sure. Aubameyang, I’ve to evaluate how effectively he feels.”
Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla stays a long-term absentee with an Achilles harm.
Arsenal haven’t any gamers suspended for this recreation.
ARSENAL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP
Mkhitaryan will make his first begin for Arsenal towards Everton in an assault prone to characteristic Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil.
Aubameyang faces a late health take a look at however is unlikely to be thrown straight into the beginning XI.
Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey might proceed in central midfield however Wenger might determine to sacrifice Mohamed Elneny as a defensive midfielder to provide the Gunners extra attacking choices.
The again 4 of Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi and Hector Bellerin is anticipated to stay unchanged.
EVERTON TEAM NEWS
Everton’s January switch window noticed Theo Walcott arrive from Arsenal and the previous Gunners man scored twice in Wednesday’s win over Leicester.
Sam Allardyce’s aspect additionally landed Turkish ahead Cenk Tosun and centre again Elaquim Mangala on a mortgage deal from Manchester Metropolis, whereas additionally lastly promoting Ross Barkley to Chelsea.
The Toffees, who’re out the underside three and sit in ninth place, are with out Leighton Baines, James McCarthy, Ramiro Funes Mori and Maarten Stekelenburg by means of accidents.
Wayne Rooney is the membership’s prime scorer with 11 targets to his identify to this point this season.
BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS
Arsenal are unbeaten in 23 house matches towards Everton in all competitions (W19 D4) since a 2-1 Premier League defeat in January 1996 beneath Bruce Rioch. Everton have performed extra Premier League matches on the Emirates with out successful (11 – W0 D4 L7) than another membership. The Gunners have overwhelmed Everton extra typically in league video games than another aspect has overwhelmed one other within the historical past of the Soccer League (95). Mesut Özil has had a hand in seven targets in eight Premier League appearances towards the Toffees (two targets, 5 assists) and has scored or assisted in every assembly on the Emirates (one aim, 4 assists). Arsenal new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a hand in 172 targets in 213 matches in all competitions for Dortmund (141 targets, 31 assists), averaging a aim or help each 96 minutes. Since his Premier League debut in September 2013, Mesut Ozil has supplied extra assists than another participant (49 in 136 apps). The quickest a participant reached 50 assists within the competitors was Eric Cantona, who did so in 143 video games. Sam Allardyce has collected simply three factors from a potential 39 in away Premier League video games at Arsenal (P13 W0 D3 L10), shedding every of the final eight in a row, all on the Emirates.
TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME
The match kicks off at 17:30 GMT on Saturday, with dwell tv protection accessible on BT Sport within the UK.