Arsenal travel to Goodison Park on Tuesday night to take on Everton in the Premier League. The Gunners got past Stoke City on the weekend and Arsene Wenger has given his team news ahead of the clash.
Match: Everton v Arsenal
Stadium: Goodison Park
Kick-Off (GMT): Tue 13 Dec 19:45
Arsenal take on Everton tonight with an exceptional recent record against the Toffees. The Gunners have won the last four meetings between the two teams with Everton coming out on top in just one of the last 20 matches. Arsene Wenger gave his regular pre-match press conference yesterday and gave all the team news ahead of the clash.
“Well, of course, we have lost Mustafi from the game against Stoke,” Wenger told Arsenal.com. “I don’t believe that anybody else will be available from the players that were out.
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“Ramsey is still not ready and all the other players are still out.”
Shkodran Mustafi is a big loss for the Gunners. The German still hasn’t experienced defeat in an Arsenal shirt but will sit out the next three weeks, Wenger confirmed.
“It is a challenge,” Wenger went on. “We had a good defensive stability but we have Gabriel, we have Holding, who can come in for him. Overall, I am confident that both can do well, but that’s one of the tests we have. We have had many tests since the start of the season, players like Cazorla who have suddenly moved out of the team and we have managed to deal with it and that’s another challenge.
“Overall, I am confident that both can do well, but that’s one of the tests we have. We have had many tests since the start of the season, players like Cazorla who have suddenly moved out of the team and we have managed to deal with it and that’s another challenge.”
Wenger expects Gabriel to come in at centre-back for this evening’s match. The Brazilian has played at right-back in recent matches but will move to his preferred position in the coming weeks and Arsene Wenger is confident he will be able to cope with the pressure.
“He has adapted very well to the right-back position and I think it helped him to lift his level of confidence. Hopefully, he can come in and do well.”
The Gunners will go top with a win and really need to beat an off-form Everton side. The Toffees have won just one of their last 11 matches. Goodison Park is usually a tricky place to travel but it seems like this fixture is coming at a good time for the Gunners.