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  • March 21, 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
  • Referee: L. Mason
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Everton - Arsenal Preview: Hosts have lost seven out of last nine league meetings with the Gunners

Everton - Arsenal Preview: Hosts have lost seven out of last nine league meetings with the Gunners

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The Gunners have a good string of results behind them, having overturned deficits in their last four league games, and will be driven on by the fact that they could leapfrog Spurs


PROBABLE LINEUPS

Everton

Howard
Hibbert, Distin, Jagielka, Baines
Coleman, Fellaini, Neville, Pienaar
Cahill
Stracqualursi
Arsenal

Szczesny
Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs
Song, Arteta
Walcott, Rosicky
, Oxlade-Chamberlain
Van Persie

Everton have busy fixture schedule with Swansea on Saturday and then an FA Cup replay against Sunderland next week, which may be in David Moyes' mind. Therefore, after naming a strong line-up in the initial quarter-final tie against Martin O'Neill's side, a few changes may be made.

Nikica Jelavic could be rested after playing the whole game on Saturday, with Denis Stracqualursi or Victor Anichebe possible replacements.

Steven Pienaar should start, with the South-African cup-tied for both games against Sunderland, while Phil Jagielka and Tony Hibbert are in-line to feature at the back or in midfield.

Arsene Wenger is likely to named an unchanged side from the one that beat Newcastle at the Emirates last Monday, with no fresh injury worries and the team on a good run of form.

The Arsenal boss does have Aaron Ramsey and Gervinho available if he choses to mix things up, while Andre Santos could make the squad after playing an hour for the reserves. Long-term absentees including Jack Wilshere and Per Mertesacker remain out.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Everton have lost seven and won none of their last nine meetings with Arsenal.
  • Tim Cahill (pictured) has managed to score three in his last four appearances against the north London team.
  • Moyes' side did not muster a single shot on target when the clubs met at the Emirates in December.
  • The Toffees have conceded 31 goals this season, a record only bettered by Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.
  • The visitors have become the first team in the Premier League era to win from behind in four successive matches, after doing it in their last four games.
  • Wenger's men are also the team to have recovered the most points from losing positions in the league (19).
  • The Gunners have netted 13 goals in their last four trips to Goodison Park, and 80 against the home side in Premier League history - more than against any other club.
  • Wednesday's clash will be officiated by Lee Mason who awarded Everton a controversial offside goal when the teams met at the Emirates last season.

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Available Squads
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
2Tony HibbertDefender
3Leighton BainesDefender
5John HeitingaDefender
15Sylvain Distin Defender
10Royston DrentheMidfielder
17Tim CahillMidfielder
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
22Steven PienaarMidfielder
25Marouane FellainiMidfielder
18Nikica JelavicStriker
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
6Phil JagielkaDefender
-Phil NevilleMidfielder
11Denis StracqualursiStriker
16James McFaddenStriker
19Magaye GueyeStriker
28Victor AnichebeStriker
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
3Bacary SagnaDefender
5Thomas VermaelenDefender
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
28Kieran GibbsDefender
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
25Alex SongMidfielder
20Robin van PersieStriker
14Theo WalcottStriker
21Lukasz FabianskiGoalkeeper
27Andre SantosDefender
5Johan DjourouDefender
30Yossi BenayounMidfielder
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainStriker
27GervinhoStriker
29Marouane ChamakhStriker
Players to Watch
Marouane Fellaini
Marouane Fellaini
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
The Belgian giant will come up against his national team-mate, Thomas Vermaelen, and will be looking to exploit Arsenal's well known defensive frailties - especially in the air.

The 24-year-old, who has scored once in 24 league games this season, can be a real nuisance in the middle of the park and can definitely pose a threat for the Toffees in winding up the visiting players.
Mikel Arteta
Mikel Arteta
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
The Spaniard made 174 appearances for Everton, netting 27 goals, before joining the Gunners in the summer and the 29-year-old should receive a warm welcome from the home fans.

Very quietly, the former Rangers man has slotted into Wenger's midfield seamlessly. He'll probably sit a little deeper than he did under Moyes, as he has been so far this season, and will be pulling the strings in order to cut through his old side's back-four.
Prediction
You wouldn't bet against Arsenal at the moment, they're in good form and most things seem to be going their way. Robin van Persie is a man on top of his game and seems to be scoring whenever he wants just now, not to mention the Gunners' record against Everton in ominous for the home fans.

Expect Moyes' side to put up a good fight and battle hard in midfield but I think the north London side will provide the cutting edge in the final third to maintain their impressive run and continue their pursuit of Tottenham, who are currently just a point ahead.
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