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  • April 16, 2013
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Emirates Stadium, London
  • Referee: N. Swarbrick
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Premier League Preview: Arsenal - Everton

Premier League Preview: Arsenal - Everton

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The Gunners have won eight of their last 10 league games as they look to secure Champions League football, with the Toffees also in the hunt and just three points from fourth

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

ARSENAL

Szczesny
Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs
Ramsey, Arteta, Wilshere
Walcott, Giroud, Cazorla

EVERTON

 
Howard
Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Mirallas, Gibson, Osman, Pienaar
Fellaini
Jelavic


Out-of-favor goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny looks set to return to the Arsenal starting XI, with Arsene Wenger admitting Lukasz Fabianski is a "major doubt" after taking a kick to the ribs against Norwich.

Per Mertesacker could return from suspension to the starting line-up in place of Thomas Vermaelen, who along with Nacho Monreal will challenge left back Kieran Gibbs for the team.

Theo Walcott’s return from injury could see the forward start on the right flank in place of Gervinho, while manager Arsene Wenger faces a choice between keeping Aaron Ramsey in midfield and naming Santi Cazorla on the left flank, or moving the playmaker infield and adding Lukas Podolski on the left.

Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) is doubtful and could miss out along with long-term casualty Abou Diaby (knee).

Everton has no new injury concerns and could name the side that beat QPR on Saturday, with Seamus Coleman set to continue at right back while Tony Hibbert lacks fitness after a long-term injury.

Striker Victor Anichebe has started the Toffees’ last four league matches and could again lead the line ahead of the recently returned Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar, but Nikica Jelavic is another option.


  DID YOU KNOW?

  • Arsenal has reached the Champions League last 16 in each of the last 12 seasons and is currently third, a point ahead of rivals Tottenham and Chelsea, who have a game in hand.
  • The Gunners have won eight of their last 10 games and are second only to runaway leader Manchester United in the form table.
  • Since Christmas, Arsenal has scored in every game bar the 2-0 loss to Manchester City. When Arsene Wenger's side has scored first in the league this season, it has never lost a game.

  • Olivier Giroud's last 10 Premier League goals have all been scored at the Emirates Stadium.
  • Everton has not finished in the top four since 2005 and is currently in sixth place, three points from Chelsea and Tottenham and four from the Gunners as it seeks to qualify for the Champions League.
  • The attacking contribution of the returning Marouane Fellaini (pictured right) has been vital for David Moyes' men this campaign. The Belgium midfielder's goals and assists have won the Merseysiders 12 points in the league.
  • The Toffees have scored the joint-highest amount of headed goals (13) in this year's Premier League. The other side is league leader Manchester United.
  • Everton has failed to beat Arsenal in the sides' 11 most recent encounters, but went close earlier this season in the 1-1 draw between the two at Goodison Park in November.

 

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Available Squads
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
3Bacary SagnaDefender
4Per MertesackerDefender
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
28Kieran GibbsDefender
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
10Jack WilshereMidfielder
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
19Santi CazorlaMidfielder
12Olivier GiroudStriker
14Theo WalcottStriker
25Vito MannoneGoalkeeper
23Thomas VermaelenDefender
17MonrealDefender
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
9Lukas PodolskiStriker
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainStriker
27GervinhoStriker
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
3Leighton BainesDefender
6Phil JagielkaDefender
15Sylvain DistinDefender
23Seamus ColemanDefender
4Darron GibsonMidfielder
20Ross BarkleyMidfielder
22Steven PienaarMidfielder
25Marouane FellainiMidfielder
11Kevin MirallasStriker
28Victor AnichebeStriker
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
5John HeitingaDefender
8Bryan OviedoMidfielder
10Thomas HitzlspergerMidfielder
-Phil NevilleMidfielder
18Nikica JelavicStriker
14Steven NaismithStriker

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