Arsenal come off of a good run of form, seeing off Champions League and Premier League opposition with little resistance. Facing Everton on Tuesday night, the Gunners will be looking to continue their run with another win to put the pressure back on their London rivals, Chelsea.
Following a comfortable 3-1 win over Stoke, Arsenal will hope to maintain their grip on the Premier League and keep the goals coming. Everton have recently drawn against Manchester United and lost 3-2 defeat to Watford and with Lukaku on a fine run of form, Everton will still be tough opponents for the Gunners.
With the loss of Mustafi over the weekend and Xhaka’s questionable decision making, the team may need a reshuffle. The likes of Özil, Walcott and Sanchez will look to put the opposition to the sword yet again, so here is how the starting XI may look:
GK: Petr Čech
Čech has been cool, calm and collected between the sticks and there is no replacing him in the Premier League bar an injury.
RB: Hector Bellerin
Bellerin came back against Stoke and had an instant impact. Bellerin provided width and provided the assist for Walcott. The pacey Spaniard is a key component of this Arsenal side, Bellerin retains his place.
With Mustafi out for three weeks, the choice for central defender will be either Gabriel or Holding. Gabriel has spent time playing on the right and filled in seamlessly against Stoke, his experience gets him the start.
CB: Laurent Koscielny
Koscielny will retain his place in the starting lineup and hopefully continue his fine form at the heart of defence. Koscielny will need to put in a good performance with Mustafi out.
LB: Nacho Monreal
Monreal remains the first choice on the left flank. A steady display from the Spaniard will be needed against Everton.
CDM: Francis Coquelin
The French defensive midfielder has solidified his place in the Arsenal team and will see himself back on the teamsheet. Arsenal need his defensive awareness, especially in the games against the big teams.
CDM: Mohamed Elneny
With disciplinary concerns rising over Granit Xhaka, look for the Egyptian to leapfrog the Swiss defensive midfielder for a start. Elneny will slot into the role comfortably and allow Coquelin a little bit more freedom as well as cover.
RW: Theo Walcott
The Arsenal winger will try to carry his goalscoring form into the Everton match and keep the positive run going. He seems to have found some consistency in his game, albeit at a late stage in his career, moreover, his work rate has been superb and has really help solidify Arsenal’s right-flank.
CAM: Mesut Özil
The German wizard is a guaranteed starter and will be eager to keep the gears turning smoothly for the Gunners. He scored another goal at the weekend, taking his overall season tally to nine, the mercurial German is essential to Arsenal.
LW: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
With a fine display against Stoke and his constant willingness to get involved both in the buildup play and finishing, the Ox should earn another spot in the team. Ian Wright has a point, Oxlade-Chamberlain needs to have a good run in the team to build his confidence.
ST: Alexis Sanchez
Arsenal’s talisman, will be itching to get back to scoring goals and tearing defences apart. Look for the Chilean to be vibrant and difficult to deal with. Everton could be in for a long night.
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