Arsenal are scheduled to entertain Everton in Sunday’s late Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners have made a good start following the winter break with back-to-back wins in all competitions and that has happened for the first time under manager Mikel Arteta.
Bernd Leno made a surprise appearance in the Europa League in midweek, considering Emiliano Martinez has been regular goalkeeper for the Cup competitions. Regardless of this, he is expected to start between the sticks on Sunday, having done so for the previous 26 league games this season.
In the defence, there could be a solitary change from Thursday night with Hector Bellerin replacing Sokratis at right-back. The Spaniard was unavailable for the Olympiacos clash with a minor thigh concern. He has returned to full training and should make the lineup, provided he passes the late fitness test.
In the centre of the park, Granit Xhaka is a definite starter for the Premier League clash and he could be accompanied by Daniel Ceballos, who impressed with his distribution during the second half of the 4-0 win over Newcastle United last weekend.
That would mean that Matteo Guendouzi will drop to the bench and he should be joined by Lucas Torreira, who is available for selection after overcoming the illness which contributed to his absence for the Piraeus trip earlier in the week.
In the attack, Arteta should go with the same combination from the Magpies game. Mesut Ozil was unavailable for the midweek clash due to personal reasons but the club have confirmed that the playmaker is available for selection against the Toffees.
In this case, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe should take up the wide attacking roles with Ozil occupying the number 10 spot. Alexandre Lacazette is expected to lead the line after finding his scoring touch with goals in back-to-back games following the winter break.