Arsenal will be battling it out against Everton on this Saturday night’s Premier League clash. Expectations will be high for Arsenal as they head into the match at the back of a Champions League victory against Bayern Munich.
The men in red are in excellent form this season, having scored eight goals in three games and conceding none so far this month. Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil were the men who shone and won the Gunners the memorable victory over the Bundesliga champions.
On one hand where Arsenal managed a 3-0 victory against Manchester United, Everton lost with the same score against them. However, that was their first defeat in six Premier League outings and they are unbeaten away from home so far this season.
Arsenal will be without midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who will be out for at least three weeks due to a hamstring injury. Captain Mikel Arteta too misses out; however, Centre-back Gabriel is back following illness.
Other absentees include David Ospina (shoulder), Jack Wilshere (fibula), forward Danny Welbeck and Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky (both knee), with the latter three on their way to rehabilitation.
Midfielder Tom Cleverley could be back following an ankle injury he sustained in August, after having played 60 minutes of an U21 match on Tuesday.
Roberto Martinez is hopeful that he is ‘very close’ to having a full squad with winger Steven Pienaar and full-back Leighton Baines, along with some other players, seem to be making good progress.
Arsenal have lost only one of their last 16 Barclays Premier League meetings with Everton (W9 D6)
The Toffees, though, have lost only one of their last six BPL matches versus Arsenal with four of these fixtures ending in a draw (W1 L1).
Giroud has netted four goals in the Gunners’ past four meetings with Everton in all competitions.
Date: Saturday, 24th October, 2015
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Time: 05:30 BST
Referee: Lee Mason
Arsenal: Petr Cech; Hector Bellerin, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal; Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez; Theo Walcott.
Everton: Tim Howard; Seamus Coleman, John Stones, Phil Jagielka, Brendan Galloway; James McCarthy, Gareth Barry; Aaron Lennon, Ross Barkley, Steven Naismith; Romelu Lukaku
Arsenal 1-2 Everton