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Premier League

  • December 10, 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Emirates Stadium, London
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 60062

Premier League Preview: Arsenal v Everton

Premier League Preview: Arsenal v Everton

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The in-form Gunners look to continue excellent league performances against Toffees, who hold dubious Premier League record for leakiest defence against a single opponent



Djourou, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen
Arteta, Song, Ramsey
Walcott, Van Persie, Gervinho

Hibbert, Heitinga, Jagielka, Baines
Coleman, Fellaini, Rodwell, Osman
Arsenal look set to continue with the shape that has served them well in recent weeks, with their only concerns coming from the fact that fit full-backs at the Emirates are few and far between. With Andre Santos injured midweek in Greece and Bacary Sagna, Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson already crocked, Arsene Wenger will likely draft in Johan Djourou and move Thomas Vermaelen over to the left flank.

David Moyes is sweating over the fitness of three front men for the visit to London. Whereas Victor Anichebe is still a week or so away from fitness, both Louis Saha and Royston Drenthe will face late fitness tests after recently picking up minor niggles. Otherwise, the only decisions the Toffees boss should have to make are whether to recall Phil Neville to his starting XI or replace Diniyar Bilyaletdinov with Jack Rodwell.

  • Arsenal did the Premier League double over Everton last season, winning 2-1 on both occasions.
  • Robin van Persie (pictured right) has lashed in 18 goals and provided five assists in 20 appearances this term.
  • Everton have scored just 15 goals so far this season, exactly half of Arsenal’s tally.
  • Arsenal have lost just once to Everton in their last 10 meetings, back in 2007.
  • Everton don’t do well at all in north London, chalking up just one win in 19 visits, with the last one coming over 15 years ago.
  • Against Everton, Arsenal have the finest goalscoring record of any team versus any opposition in Premier league history, clocking up 79 goals.
  • In their last 11 outings against the Gunners, Everton have scored 11 goals.
  • Arsenal’s tally of 19 points from their last seven Premier League matches is equal to the tally they took from their previous 18 games.
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Available Squads
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
4Per MertesackerDefender
23Thomas VermaelenDefender
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
5Johan DjourouDefender
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
25Alex SongMidfielder
20Robin van PersieStriker
14Theo WalcottStriker
1Manuel AlmuniaGoalkeeper
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
10Andrey ArshavinMidfielder
35Emmanuel FrimpongMidfielder
30Yossi BenayounMidfielder
29Marouane ChamakhStriker
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
2Tony HibbertDefender
3Leighton BainesDefender
5John HeitingaDefender
6Phil JagielkaDefender
23Seamus ColemanDefender
7Diniyar BilyaletdinovMidfielder
17Tim CahillMidfielder
-Phil NevilleMidfielder
25Marouane FellainiMidfielder
8Louis SahaStriker
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
15Sylvain Distin Defender
20Ross BarkleyMidfielder
11Denis StracqualursiStriker
19Magaye GueyeStriker
27Apostolos VelliosStriker
35Conor McAlenyStriker
Players to Watch
Mikel Arteta
Mikel Arteta
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0

It took the Spaniard a little while to bed down into his new surrounding at the Emirates but the playmaker now appears to be crucial to the Arsenal cause. The ex-Everton man will know exactly what makes his previous colleagues tick and will know the quickest route straight to the jugular.

Seamus Coleman
Seamus Coleman
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
4 1 0 0

If Everton hope to leave north London with any points, the rapid winger may have to be the go-to man. With a host of injuries at full-back, Wenger will be forced to chuck two extra centre-halves into the fray and Coleman, who likes to attack his opposite number, could capitalise on any defensive insecurity.


The Emirates will be buzzing with confidence, particularly after both Manchester clubs’ midweek exits from the Champions league. Arsenal are riding the crest of the wave and there’s nothing in Everton’s patchy form that suggests they will be able to stop a team currently brimming with confidence. Expect the Gunners to claim this one pretty comfortably.

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