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

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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.
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Arsenal vs Swansea Preview

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Arsenal defenders Laurent Koscielny (thigh) and Bacary Sagna (foot) are both rated as serious doubts after picking up knocks in the 1-1 draw with Everton in midweek.

Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson should come into the defence as replacements for the pair.

Otherwise, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has no new injury worries, with Andre Santos, Abou Diaby and Lukasz Fabianski suffering from long-term problems.

Swansea striker Danny Graham’s recovery from illness should be nearly complete, so he may make the bench for this clash having missed the win against West Brom.

Swans manager Michael Laudrup has no fresh injury or suspension problems, so may choose an unchanged team after their impressive display against the Baggies.

Neil Taylor, Michel Vorm and Darnel Situ remain out with long-term injuries.

  • Arsenal are on a four-match unbeaten run in the Premier League, but their victory during the streak came against Tottenham in the north London derby in their last home game.
  • Theo Walcott’s goal against Everton was the 100th in Premier League history to be scored inside the first minute.
  • Since August 2011, Arsenal have won 71% of the games Aaron Ramsey has started, compared to just 40% when he has not.
  • Last season, both teams took home victories in the two corresponding league fixtures, with Arsenal winning 1-0 at the Emirates thanks to a goal from Andriy Arshavin.
  • Swansea are currently on a five-match unbeaten run in the Premier League, managing two victories and three draws in those games including points against Chelsea and Liverpool.
  • After his double against West Brom, Wayne Routledge  has now scored four goals in 14 league games this season, compared to just one in his previous 127 games in the top flight.
  • Swans defender Kyle Bartley began his career at Arsenal, coming through their academy system and making his debut for the club in a Champions League match against Olympiakos in 2009.