Arsenal have yet to win away from the Emirates in the Premier League this season. A trip to Everton on Sunday gives the Gunners a good chance to change that. The Toffees’ are struggling to find their form, and with just two wins in eight matches, head coach Ronald Koeman is on the hot seat. According to our friends over at Royal Blue Mersey, an Arsenal win on Sunday may cost the Dutchman his job.
Arsene Wenger delivered some good news in his pre-match press conference: Laurent Koscielny, Alexis Sánchez, and Aaron Ramsey are all available for selection. The boss said he expects Danny Welbeck, David Ospina, and Calum Chambers to all be available for the weekend of November 10th, after the next international break. Shkodran Mustafi remains out for at least another month or so.
The expectation is that Arsene Wenger will finally deploy Alexis Sánchez, Alexandre Lacazette, and Mesut Özil together as an attacking three. The trio have yet to play together this season due to injury and Wenger’s team selection. I suspect (or at least I hope) that Özil will sit behind Alexis and Lacazette in a playmaking role as opposed to attacking from wide, making the formation more of a 3-4-1-2.
For Everton, Aaron Lennon, Ross Barkley, Ramiro Funes Mori, Seamus Coleman, and Yannick Bolasie are all unavailable. Midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin picked up a knock in Everton’s midweek loss to Lyon but should be available for selection. Everton boss Ronald Koeman said that midfielder James McCarthy, who has not played yet this season, is available and may make his season debut on Sunday. One person who will not be at the match: this guy, who has been banned for life by Everton.
In case you didn’t know, Arsenal-killer Wayne Rooney is now with Everton. Rooney has scored more Premier League goals (11) against Arsenal than any other player. Fun fact: Rooney scored his first Premier League goal against Arsenal 15 years ago. Let’s hope he doesn’t honor that anniversary with another one on Sunday.
Sunday’s match is one that Arsenal should win. The Gunners look to finally have all three of their first-choice attackers fit at the same time and the Toffees are struggling to find their form. It’s also a match Arsenal need to win – both to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat away to Watford and to keep up with the other top-four contenders.
What are your expectations for the match? Will Alexis, Lacazette, and Özil playing together jumpstart the Arsenal attack? Let us know in the comments!
WHAT: Everton vs. Arsenal
WHEN: Sunday, October 22nd, 5:30 AM PT | 8:30 AM EST | 1:30 PM BST
WHERE: Goodison Park, Liverpool
US TV: NBCSN, stream here.
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