Mikel Arteta & co. will welcome Everton to Emirates stadium this evening in Premier League Matchday 33 of the 2020/21 season.
The Gunners, who booking their spot in this season’s Uefa Europa League semi-finals tie with Villarreal, head into the game, aiming of back to winning ways after disappointing 1-1 draw against Fulham last time out.
Arsenal, who never lose on a Friday, sitting ninth position on league standings with 46 points and winning against the Toffees, will boost their chance of qualifying for European football next season and bid their confident ahead of Europa League semi-finals first-leg tie against Villarreal.
The Gunners, who played nine time on Friday – wins seven and draws two, and their opponent Everton, who heading to Emirates stadium this evening, have gone five outings on Friday without a win, meaning Mikel Arteta’s side will be aiming of getting positive result against the Toffees and extend their Friday decent record.
And ahead of mouthwatering encounter with Everton, who sitting above the Gunners with just three points, Mikel Arteta & co. are handed an huge boost regarding the situation of Martin Odegaard injury problem.
The attacking midfielder, who missed Arsenal’s last four matches due to ankle issue, back to training and is expected to be in contention when Mikel Arteta’s side welcome Carlos Ancelotti’s Everton to Emirates on Friday night.
David Luiz, who sidelined with a knee injury that has seen him forced under the knife, also back in training with rest of Mikel Arteta’s squad and the Brazilian, who clocks 34 yesterday is likely to be in contention against Villarreal on Thursday evening.
Alexandre Lacazette, bagged back-to-back braces against Sheffield United and Slavia Prague, sustaining a hamstring injury against Fulham and is doubt for Friday’s clash against Everton.
Aubameyang on the other hand, spent time in hospital after contracting malaria on international duty and it is stated on the club official website that the club skipper will look to return to first-team training towards the end of this week – though he will be unavailable.
Similarly, Kieran Tierney is also miss out as he remains sidelines upto two weeks. Moving on to predicted starting lineup, Mikel Arteta is likely to make a whole lot of changes to the side that struggled to break deadlock time out. So we can expect alot changes to the team that played 1-1 draw against the Cottagers last weekend.
Judging on Gabriel’s performed against Fulham and in the absence of David Luiz, the Brazilian potentially making way for Pablo Mari at the hearts of Arsenal defence, alongside Rob Holding, who produced a lot big impression at the back-line this season. In goal, there is no looking past Bernd Leno, who will replace Mat Ryan.
As for the midfield, Thomas Partey is expected to return to middle of park alongside Dani Ceballos. The Ghanaian was named on bench against Fulham, in which Mohamed Elneny given opportunities to expressed himself but the Egyptian failed to impressed.
As for two wing-back position, with Tierney still unavailable, Arteta has no choice but to continue with the Granit Xhaka operating at left-back, while Calum Chambers is expected to replace Hector Bellerin at right-back position as Mikel Arteta keeps one eye on the important midweek game against Villarreal, in the Europa League.
Finally in, attack, a couple of key changes are expected, with two frontline strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette doubt for tonight clash, Nicolas Pepe is likely to return to starting XI, means Gabriel Martinelli could leading the lone for Arsenal while Smith-Rowe and Bukayo will play off of him.
Proable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Leno; Chambers, Holding, Mari, Xhaka; Partey, Ceballos; Saka, Smith-Rowe, Nicolas Pepe; Martinelli.
Kick-off at 8:00PM
Jonathan Moss will be the referee, while Dan Robathan and Marc Perry will be the assistants. Graham Scott has been appointed as the fourth official.
Match officials in full:
Referee: Jonathan Moss.
Assistants: Dan Robathan, Marc Perry.
Fourth official: Graham Scott.
VAR: David Coote.
Assistant VAR: Stuart Burt.