Everton v Arsenal
Barclays Premier League
Kick off: April 6, 2014 1:30 PM BST
The Gunners travel to Goodison Park for what will prove to be a vital match for securing fourth place. Arsene Wenger’s side cannot afford to lose and we could expect to see an experienced, more conservative side.
Arsenal may be boosted by the return of Aaron Ramsey and Nacho Monreal depending on how they respond to training prior to the trip to Everton. Regardless both will not be starting after lengthy spells on the sidelines. Diaby will also take some time to gain match fitness after returning from a year out. You can check out the latest team news here.
We discussed the involvement of Lukas Podolski on Wednesday and posed the question of whether he should start against Everton. On attacking merits he should, but unfortunately it seems likely that he could make way for a more defensively stable Santi Cazorla. Gibbs was terribly exposed against City with Poldi caught out of position several times, this is something we cannot afford especially with Coleman marauding forward down the right.
The rest of the side practically picks itself especially after a decent performance against City. Flamini looks set to continue his partnership with Arteta despite the fact that they are not as productive on the road. But we have little option, Wenger seems reluctant to use loan signing Kim Kallstrom unless he really needs to, while it’s too soon to play Ramsey who hasn’t played in over three months.
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Tomas Rosicky has played an awful lot of games recently which is worrying due to his injury record, but he’s been becoming a stronger presence game by game. He will likely be deployed in behind Olivier Giroud with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right.
We will expect to see Podolski later on in the tie. Especially if we need some goals, he’s been clinical lately and while it’s difficult to leave him out it has to be done to help sure up the wings. Hopefully we will see the return of Ramsey ahead of our Wembley date with Wigan next weekend.
Here is our predicted lineup:
Sagna Merts Verm Gibbs
The Ox Cazorla
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