The Gunners make the trip to Goodison Park to face off against Everton in the Premier League, as they look to keep their title race alive. Arsene Wenger’s side have been knocked out of the FA Cup and the Champions League, after defeats to Watford and Barcelona respectively in their last couple of games. Arsenal need to recover soon if they wish to catch up to Premier League leaders Leicester City, who still lead them by 11 points though the Londoners have a game in hand.
The French manager will have to pick a strong side for this clash at the Merseyside though some of his players will surely be tired after a hectic week of football. With eight players still out injured, here is how Wenger might line up his starting eleven for this one.
Predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1)
In Petr Cech’s absence, David Ospina was superb in the game against Barca and produced a couple of great saves to keep his team in the tie, as long as he could. He was not to be blamed for the goals that were conceded and looked really solid in front of goal. He will once again start in front of goal in the game against Everton and can hopefully show some of that confidence once again.
The back-line will once again feature a four-man defence, with Per Mertesacker being picked in the team this time. Though Gabriel did not do too much wrong in the game against Barcelona, the pairing of Koscielny and Mertesacker looks more solid, as they compliment each other well. The Frenchman had a horrible last game on his return from injury, but might be starting once again alongside the German.
Protecting the defensive line will be the pairing of Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny. The Frenchman came on to replace his compatriot Mathieu Flamini just before half-time in the last game and played alongside the Egyptian international. The former Basel man scored a stunning goal though it was not enough to help his side go through.
In front of them, should feature the trio of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and an under-used Joel Campbell, who has not been given the chance to play in the important games recently, though he was in good form. It will be interesting to see whether the trio can produce some early goal scoring chances or not to trouble the opposition defence.
Danny Welbeck’s inclusion in the starting eleven against Barca ahead of Olivier Giroud proved to be the right decision, as the Arsenal attack looked far more lively in the second leg. The England international should be once again picked over the Frenchman though both players have been doing a good job for their team and are quite talented.