By the time Everton face Arsenal Ronald Koeman might not be there in the dugout to send instructions from the sidelines. Their distraught run continues in the Europa League too as they failed to get past Lyon in a crucial group league match.
Koeman’s side have picked up just two wins so far and this match is going to be a very important affair as both sides would be adamant for a win to overcome the current crisis they both have been going through.
Arsenal rode on an Olivier Giroud stunner to sink Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League and it should work a morale booster for them before this crucial encounter. Everton were supposed to challenge a place in the top six and would be hoping to upgrade themselves to Champions League football.
But their miserable form has taken them to a new low as they are only two points clear of the relegation zone. With the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez returning to the starting lineup Koeman’s job will be more tougher than he would have thought.
Predicted 4-2-3-1 Everton Starting Lineup Against Arsenal
Jordan Pickford’s arrival has definitely given the Toffees uplift in the goalkeeping department but the English international is yet to convince with his display.
Michael Keane has been a constant presence in the Everton backline. The youngster will be presented with another opportunity to showcase his skills. He will be buoyed by the presence of Phil Jagielka alongside him to guard the Toffees goal.
Leighton Baines will mark his return to the starting lineup as Koeman opted to rest him for the midweek game against Lyon. Holgate will be on the right side.
Morgan Schneiderlin will be a definite starter in the midfield. Keeping in minds of the Arsenal attack the French midfielder needs to be very strong to shrug out any challenge from the Gunners.
Idrissa Gueye has been the engine of this Everton side and he has to be at the top of his game.
Koeman has failed to figure out a prominent attacking lineup so far. Davy Klaassen is expected to fill in the no. 10 position. Gylfi Sigurdsson will be hoping to end his dismal form against the Gunners. Dominic Calvert-Lewin will start on the right flank.
Wayne Rooney’s experience against the North London giants could prove to be very handy. So the former Manchester United striker should start this match. This is how they might line up:.