Following a tiresome fixture against Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League, Arsenal will look to climb up the Premier League table when they host the struggling Everton this weekend. The Gunners are currently sixth in the PL table and a win could potentially lift them up to their customary fourth position by the end of the matchday.
The visitors, Everton, are currently in a rut this season, gathering only eight points in eight matches and lavishing in the bottom half of the table. Both sides will look be looking for the win, which will only make this tussle much more entertaining.
Here’s the predicted Arsenal lineup to face Everton this weekend.
Petr Cech will be the man between the sticks for the Gunners. But Arsene Wenger is expected to make quite a lot of changes from their midweek game against Red Star. The Frenchman will remove Mohamed Elneny and Mathieu Debuchy, both of whom, featured in the backline in the midweek fixture, and replace them with Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal, while youngster Rob Holding is expected to continue featuring as the right-sided centre back.
The defence looked very shaky against Red Star Belgrade, which will be something Arsenal need to address, especially against the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wayne Rooney.
Francis Coquelin will be replaced with Granit Xhaka, despite having an influential game in midweek. The Swiss midfielder will be partnered by Aaron Ramsey, who will come in place of youngster Joe Willock in the centre of the midfield.
In the wide areas, Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac will cover the respected wing positions by featuring as a fullback. Bellerin will occupy by the right side while Kolasinac holds the left. Both the player are expected to have a bit more freedom because of the fact that Everton have very little wingers who could potentially be of any danger to these talented wingbacks.
Jack Wilshere had an excellent game in midweek but unfortunately, he is expected to be replaced by star man Mesut Ozil as Arsenal look to supply as much firepower as they possibly can. Ozil will feature as an attacking midfielder/right winger upfront, alongside Alexis Sanchez. Both Ozil and Sanchez are claimed to be unsettled at the club but will no doubt give their 100% against Ronald Koeman’s team.
Olivier Giroud scored a stunning goal in the Europa League fixture but he will have to settle for the bench in place of Alexandre Lacazette as the lone forward for Arsenal.
Here is how they might line up: