Arsene Wenger has made a couple of big changes for our clash with Everton, with the manager clearly looking to rotate a little following our midweek action against Bayern Munich.
Gabriel Paulista has returned to the side after being absent for the last two games, with the Brazilian replacing Per Mertesacker in the starting lineup. The German isn’t even on the bench, but whether he’s picked up an injury or is merely being rested is unclear.
Aaron Ramsey is out after picking up a hamstring injury against Bayern (via the Daily Mail), and he is replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right. He’s been questionable defensively recently, so it will be interesting to see how he steps up in Ramsey’s absence.
Finally, Olivier Giroud has been rewarded for his fine goalscoring form with a starting spot up front, with Theo Walcott dropping to the bench. The French forward has been scoring freely from the bench, but can he do it when handed a starting role?
The rest of the team is as you were, so hopefully there aren’t too many tired legs after our heroics against the Bundesliga champions.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 24, 2015
Everton have lined up largely as you’d expect, with Aaron Lennon’s inclusion the only question mark.
Everton starting XI (to face @Arsenal): Howard, Coleman, Galloway, Jagielka, Stones, Barry, McCarthy, Lennon, Deulofeu, Barkley, Lukaku.
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We should be more than capable of getting the win, so hopefully we put in the performance required to take all three points.