Arsenal are looking to win at Everton for the first time in almost six years. Mikel Arteta may need to make up to four changes for the trip to Goodison Park ahead of the return to Champions League action at home to PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday. Express Sport looks at how the Gunners could line up against Sean Dyche’s side.
Mikel Arteta previews Everton clash
Goalkeeper – Ramsdale
Aaron Ramsdale will keep his spot in the team for now. However, it remains to be seen if David Raya will come in for the Champions League.
Raya will make his debut soon regardless, with parent club Brentford giving him permission to play in the Carabao Cup tie in 10 days’ time. Ramsdale knows he must be on top of his game to maintain the No 1 position.
Defence – White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tomiyasu
The first change from the 3-1 win over Manchester United is Takehiro Tomiyasu coming in for Oleksandr Zinchenko. Tomiyasu will provide Arsenal with more height against a physical Everton side.
Arteta will want to use Zinchenko from the start against PSV as well as the north London derby next Sunday. He has had his injury problems so three starts in a week could be beyond him at the moment.
Ben White and William Saliba pick themselves, while Gabriel should continue alongside them. He won his first cap for Brazil last week and is fit despite picking up a knock to his thigh on his international debut.
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Midfield – Jorginho, Rice, Odegaard
Thomas Partey is still missing with a groin injury and is set for another few weeks on the sidelines at least. Arteta will likely want to use both Partey and Declan Rice in away games at some point this season.
That isn’t possible on Merseyside today but Jorginho could step in and bolster the defensive outlook of the midfield. The Italian, who didn’t go on international duty, could replace Kai Havertz in the Arsenal side.
Rice will be aiming to build on his performance against United last time out. He and captain Martin Odegaard both scored in that dramatic game at the Emirates.
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Attack – Saka, Jesus, Trossard
Two further changes could come in attack. Gabriel Jesus is yet to start a game for club or country this season after recovering from knee surgery.
Arteta will want to give him minutes ahead of the two upcoming games. Eddie Nketiah could therefore drop out of the side after failing to make his England debut following his first senior call-up.
Leandro Trossard may also come into the XI to replace Gabriel Martinelli, who will be needed against PSV and Spurs. It is more difficult to replace Bukayo Saka, so he could keep his place again for an 85th straight Premier League appearance.
Arsenal’s predicted XI vs Everton in full: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tomiyasu; Jorginho, Rice, Odegaard; Saka, Jesus, Trossard
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