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Arsenal vs. Everton: like the last few times, please

Arsenal haven’t lost to Everton at home since 1996.

Arsenal v Vorskla Poltava - UEFA Europa League - Group E Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images

Arsenal get their Premier League campaign back underway as they host Everton at the Emirates.

The Gunners have won their last four games in all competitions, and both their recent form and their history with Everton in the past few years suggest that they’ll be able to extend their streak to five. Last season, Arsenal dropped five goals on the Toffees in both of the two teams’ league games, and they’re on a bit of a roll now, having scored four against FC Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League. Meanwhile, Everton lost to West Ham their last time out, and they’ve been suffering from an abundance of red cards, picking up two in three matches at the beginning of the season.

Arsenal did a lot of rotating for their Europa League match, and except for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, everyone should be healthy and available to play—Mkhi picked up an ankle issue and probably won’t be in the squad. As before, Sead Kolasinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are still out with their respective injures. Lucas Torreira should get to start this game after his good outing on Thursday, but we’ll see.

Everton will be a much thinner side—Seamus Coleman, Phil Jagielka, and Andre Gomes are all out with various leg injuries, and Yerry Mina is questionable in terms of fitness. Michael Keane is out with a hairline skull fracture, sustained in a scary incident in late August against Bournemouth, but he should be back in training soon if he isn’t already. On the other hand, Richarlison will be available for the Toffees after serving the last game of his suspension last week. We will also probably see former Gunner Theo Walcott for Everton.

WHAT: Arsenal vs Everton

WHERE: Emirates Stadium, London

WHEN: Sunday, September 23rd, 8 AM PT | 11 AM ET | 4 PM BT


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