Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger saw his side come from behind to beat Norwich at the weekend, and will need his side to be much-improved if they are to sink in-form Everton at the Emirates Stadium.
Lukasz Fabianski is one player who won’t retain his place however, with the Pole set to be replaced by compatriot Wojciech Szczesny after taking a kick to the ribs in Saturday’s win over the Canaries.
Despite conceding from a set-piece, the Gunners looked relatively solid in defence last time out, and are unlikely to change despite Per Mertesacker’s return from suspension.
That leaves Bacary Sagna, Laurent Koscielny, Thomas Vermaelen and Kieran Gibbs to continue, although Nacho Monreal is pushing for a start at left-back.
In midfield, Jack Wilshere’s return from injury was premature, according to Wenger, so he is likely to miss out. Tomas Rosicky has recovered from a hamstring problem and could replace the England international, with Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta also in the side.
Up-front, Theo Walcott changed the game with his cameo appearance against Norwich, and will expect to replace Gervinho on the flank. Santi Cazorla will operate from the opposite side, with Olivier Giroud leading the line through the middle.
That leaves Lukas Podolski available from the bench to bolster the Arsenal attack if required during a 90 minutes that could have huge Champions League ramificiations in north London.
Arsenal predicted line-up v Everton:
Wojciech Szczesny; Bacary Sagna, Laurent Koscielny, Thomas Vermaelen, Kieran Gibbs; Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky; Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla.
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