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Arsenal vs Everton EPL Preview: In-form sides gear up for crucial top four race clash

Arteta battling

 

PROBABLE LINEUPS

 

ARSENAL

Szczesny
Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs
Ramsey, Arteta, Wilshere
Walcott, Giroud, Cazorla

EVERTON


Howard
Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Mirallas, Gibson, Osman, Pienaar
Fellaini
Jelavic

Out-of-favour goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny looks set to return to the Arsenal starting XI, with Arsene Wenger admitting Lukasz Fabianski is a “major doubt” after taking a kick to the ribs against Norwich.

Per Mertesacker could return from suspension to the starting line-up in place of Thomas Vermaelen, who along with Nacho Monreal will challenge left-back Kieran Gibbs for the team.

Theo Walcott’s return from injury could see the forward start on the right flank in place of Gervinho, while manager Arsene Wenger faces a choice between keeping Aaron Ramsey in midfield and naming Santi Cazorla on the left flank, or moving the playmaker infield and adding Lukas Podolski on the left.

Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) is doubtful and could miss out along with long-term casualty Abou Diaby (knee).

Everton have no new injury concerns and could name the side that beat QPR on Saturday, with Seamus Coleman set to continue at right-back while Tony Hibbert lacks fitness after a long-term injury.

Striker Victor Anichebe has started the Toffees’ last four league matches and could again lead the line ahead of the recently returned Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar, but Nikica Jelavic is another option.

  • Arsenal have reached the Champions League last 16 in each of the last 12 seasons and are currently third, a point ahead of rivals Tottenham and Chelsea, who have a game in hand.
  • The Gunners have won eight of their last ten games and are second only to runaway leaders Manchester United in the form table.
  • Since Christmas, Arsenal have scored in every game bar the 2-0 loss to Manchester City. When Arsene Wenger’s side have scored first in the league this season, they have never lost a game.
  • Each of Olivier Giroud’s last ten Premier League goals this season have been scored at the Emirates Stadium.
  • Everton have not finished in the top four since 2005 and are currently in sixth place, three points from Chelsea and Tottenham and four from the Gunners as they seek to qualify for the Champions League.
  • The attacking contribution of the returning Marouane Fellaini has been vital for David Moyes’ men this campaign. The Belgium midfielder’s goals and assists have won the Merseysiders 12 points in the league.
  • The Toffees have scored the joint-highest amount of headed goals (13) in this year’s Premier League. The other side are league leaders Manchester United.
  • Everton have failed to beat Arsenal in the sides’ 11 most recent encounters, but went close earlier this season in the 1-1 draw between the two at Goodison Park in November.

West Brom vs Arsenal EPL Preview: Visitors without Wilshere and Walcott as they continue top-four push

Arteta battling

 

PROBABLE LINEUPS

 

WEST BROM
West Bromwich Albion
Foster
Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell
Dorrans, Morrison, Yacob, Brunt
Long, Lukaku


ARSENAL


Fabianski
Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Arteta, Rosicky
Gervinho, Cazorla, Podolski
Giroud

 

Steve Clarke will have to make do without the services of Youssouf Mulumbu after the midfielder was sent off against West Ham last weekend, meaning he will join long-term absentees George Thorne and Zoltan Gera (both knee) watching from the stands.

James Morrison (hamstring) may pass a late fitness test after sitting out at Upton Park.

Arsenal assistant boss Steve Bould has definitively ruled out Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Theo Walcott (groin) for the trip to the Hawthorns, though the England duo are expected to return against Norwich next week.

Kieron Gibbs (illness) may be available for selection but it is likely Nacho Monreal (knee) will recover after being withdrawn against Reading last week with an injury sustained while clattering into the post.

Abou Diaby has been ruled for the rest of the calendar year after suffering a serious knee injury in training.

 

  • Only Manchester United and Manchester City have won more home games than West Brom this season.
  • However, since the turn of the year, the Bagges have, on average, picked up just one Premier League point per game.
  • Arsenal have been most prolific in the last 15 minutes of their matches this season, scoring 15 of their 59 goals in this period. This is also the period that West Brom have been most leaky, letting in 13.
  • The last time these two met, the noerth London side came out 2-0 victors thanks to two Mikel Arteta penalties.
  • Arsenal are undefeated in their last four visits to the Hawthorns.
  • The Gunners boast the league’s best defence away from home – conceding just 13 goals in 15 outings.
  • Arsenal have won five of their last six Premier League encounters.

Arsenal vs Reading EPL Preview: Adkins seeks success in first game in charge

Arteta battling

 

PROBABLE LINEUPS

 

ARSENAL

Fabianski
Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Ramsey, Arteta
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla , Podolski
Giroud

READING

Taylor
Kelly, Mariappa, Pearce, Shorey
Karacan, Leigertwood, McAnuff, McCleary Robson-Kanu
Pogrebnyak

Arsenal were dealt a fresh injury blow on Thursday after midfielder Abou Diaby was ruled out for around nine months with a knee ligament problem.

Theo Walcott is out with a groin injury, while Jack Wilshere is still sidelined with an ankle problem. Kieran Gibbs is also doubtful due to illness.

Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici has been injured since the beginning of the month but may make the bench for this game as he regains full fitness following an ankle injury,

Reading boss Nigel Adkins, who is taking charge of his first game this Saturday, is likely to be without Danny Guthrie due to a knee issue and Jimmy Kebe, who has a groin problem.

  • Arsenal have won just 36% of their Premier League games without Jack Wilshere in the side, compared to 56% with him.
  • The Gunners have not yet lost a game in the Premier League that they have taken the lead in.
  • Arsenal have conceded just two goals after the 75th minute in Premier League games this season, the lowest in the league.
  • The Gunners have won all 11 of their previous meetings with Reading.
  • Reading have lost nine of their last 10 away matches in the Premier League.
  • Reading have lost their last five games, just two away from the worst run in the Premier League this season by any team, which the Royals also set.
  • Reading have conceded more Premier League goals against Arsenal than any other opponent in the top-flight

Swansea City vs Arsenal EPL Preview: Hosts look to make it three wins on the trot against Gunners

Arteta battling

 

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup will be without defender Chico Flores (ankle) and Kemy Agustien (thigh) for the clash with Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium.

Midfielder Leon Britton is expected to be fit after missing Saturday’s defeat to West Brom with a hip injury, while striker Luke Moore should also make the squad after a calf problem.

Defender Neil Taylor (ankle) made a first appearance since September when appearing in a Under-21s clash in midweek but this game may come to early for the Welshman.

Arsene Wenger will be without Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Bacary Sagna (knee) until at least the end of March, whilst Lukas Podolski (ankle) missed the midweek win in Munich and may once again be unavailable.

Nacho Monreal returns to the first-team squad after being ineligable for the club’s Champions League campaign and could replace Kieran Gibbs at left-back. Lukas Fabianski should retain the No.1 shirt, with Wenger claiming that regular first-choice Wojciech Szczesny is suffering from “mental fatigue”.

  • Swansea City and Arsenal have met each other three times already this season (once in the league, twice in the FA Cup), with one win apiece and one draw.
  • The Swans have beaten Arsenal in their last two Premier League meetings, their last double over Arsenal coming in the 1981-82 season.
  • Swansea have won their last three home games on the bounce.
  • Laudrup’s men have scored four goals against Arsenal this season, with Michu bagging three of them.
  • Arsenal have lost two of their last three away matches in the Premier League.
  • If only second-half results counted, the Gunners would be top of the Premier League table with 54 points.
  • Olivier Giroud’s  third-minute goal against Bayern Munich ended a personal scoring drought of 497 minutes.
  • Six of the seven goals scored in games between these two sides this season have come in the final 10 minutes.

Bayern Munich vs Arsenal UCL 2nd Leg Preview: Gunners aim to make history with unlikely comeback

Muller scoring

Franck Ribery (ankle) limped off during Bayern Munich’s 3-2 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday and is confirmed to miss the game, while Bastian Schweinsteiger and Jerome Boateng are suspended.

Jupp Heynckes is set to give starts to Luiz Gustavo and Xherdan Shaqiri against the Gunners, while Arjen Robben (calf) is a doubt after sitting out Saturday’s match.

Arsene Wenger is set to name the strongest side possible having not had a fixture since March 3 but Nacho Monreal is again unavailable, meaning that Thomas Vermaelen will deputise at left-back.

The second leg may prove too soon for Bacary Sagna (knee) so Carl Jenkinson is likely to start, while Abou Diaby (calf) could return to the bench after sitting out the north London derby.

Reports emerged on Monday night that Jack Wilshere (ankle) is set to miss the game and potentially the rest of the season.

  • Bayern Munich‘s superb win at the Emirates Stadium in the first leg means that the Gunners have not beaten the German side in five Champions League encounters.
  • The Bavarians have conceded three goals at home in total the Champions League so far this season – a statistic that Arsene Wenger’s side need to at least double in this game alone to go through.
  • Mario Mandzukic scored in the first leg, making him the 10th different player to net for Jupp Heynckes’s side in Europe this term.
  • If Arsenal fail to progress, it will be the third year in a row in which they have crashed out at the last-16 stage of the tournament.
  • Only two sides – Ajax and Inter – have previously made it through after losing the first leg at home.
  • However, the competition has never seen a team turn around a two-goal home deficit.

Tottenham vs Arsenal EPL Preview: All eyes on brilliant Bale for north London derby

West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

 

Clint Dempsey (calf) only has a small change of featuring for Spurs after missing the 3-2 win over West Ham on Monday, although Tom Huddlestone (knee) should be back to compete for a place in the hosts’ starting XI.

Younes Kaboul (knee) should still be out for Andre Villas-Boas’ side with no set return date yet, while Sandro (knee) is out for the season.

Bacary Sagna (knee) is expected to miss out for the Gunners, with youngster Carl Jenkinson set to replace him at right-back.

Abou Diaby (thigh) is 50/50 for the clash after coming off during the 1-0 win over Aston Villa on 23 February, while Kieran Gibbs (thigh) is definitely out after being forced off during the 2-2 draw with Liverpool on 30 January.

  • Tottenham have lost only one of their last seven Premier League home games against bitter rivals Arsenal.
  • Spurs have been in a winning position in both of their last two games against the Gunners, but have gone on to lose each game 5-2.
  • Gareth Bale is only the eighth different Tottenham player to score over 15 Premier League goals in a season.
  • Andre Villas-Boas’ side have scored 11 goals from outside the area – more than any other top flight side this season.
  • Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale are the only players from Europe’s big five leagues to score six league goals from outside the box this campaign.
  • Spurs had 13 shots on target against West Ham on Monday – only Chelsea (15 vs Aston Villa) have had more in a league game this season.
  • Arsenal have 13 points from the past five Premier League games – a total only equalled by league leaders Manchester United.
  • Olivier Giroud  has had 26 headed attempts at goal this season – more than any other player in the Premier League.
  • No side in the top five European Leagues has averaged fewer fouls per game than Spurs (9.7) or Arsenal (9.8) this season.

Talent Watch: Joel Campbell

Joel Campbell

 

JoelCampbell  is a Costa Rican footballer who plays for La Liga side Real Betis on loan from Premier League club Arsenal and the Costa Rica national football team. Joel plays as a striker but can also be deployed on the wings. On 6 August, Costa Rica media reported that Campbell was set to sign a five-year deal with Arsenal after rejecting Sevilla and Fiorentina.

On 19 August 2011, Arsenal confirmed that they had signed Campbell. It was revealed on 27 August 2011 that he had failed to obtain a work permit to enable him to play in England. Campbell joined La Liga side Real Betis on a season-long loan. He made his debut on 25 August, coming on as a second-half substitute in Betis’ 2–1 defeat to Rayo Vallecano. Campbell Scored his first goal in a 3–2 win against Deportivo La Coruña. Campbell scored his second goal in a 2–0 victory against Levante.

He officially debuted in the senior Costa Rica national football team on 5 June 2011 in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, scoring one goal in a 5–0 win over Cuba. On 7 July 2011 he scored his second international goal, against Bolivia in the 2011 Copa América. He scored his third international goal in an amazing match against Spain that finished 2–2. He also scored against Wales in the Gary Speed memorial match which turned out to be the only goal in the match.

A regular at international youth level, Campbell made 22 appearances for Costa Rica at Under-17  and Under-20 level, scoring 18 goals in the process. With excellent natural raw pace, good movement and an eye for goal, Campbell has all the qualities to fit in with Arsenal’s intelligent and high tempo game. After a season at Lorient he is fully expected to gain a work permit and be part of Arsenal’s squad for the 2012/13 Premier League campaign.