Arsenal will be in very high spirits when they play Everton at the Emirates on Saturday (12:30pm ET kickoff, live on the NBC network in the United States).
The Gunners have won their last three matches since losing at home to Olympiacos 3-2 in the UEFA Champions League including convincing wins over Manchester United and Bayern Munich, which eased the pressure on Arsene Wenger.
They have kept a clean sheet in all those games with the defense now resembling that of a title winning squad, and they will be hoping to grab all three points again on Saturday to keep the pressure firmly on title favorites Manchester City who play later on Sunday.
Everton, on the other hand, were trounced 3-0 in their last league match, which halted a run of seven games unbeaten in all competitions.
The Toffees will hope to pick themselves back up very quickly but they face an Arsenal side who have been their bogey side for the last 15 years at least with the Merseyside club winning just five times against the North London club in that period.
KEY STAT: Everton have won none of their last 21 away matches against Arsenal in all competitions (D4 L17).
Arsene Wenger will likely stick with most of the guys that started their midweek UEFA Champions League tie but Olivier Giroud may be restored to lead the attack in Theo Walcott’s place while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will replace the injured Aaron Ramsey.
Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil should take their places as usual behind the main striker while Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla remain the central midfield pairing.
Everton are missing the services of Leighton Baines, Tony Hibbert, Steven Pienaar, Tom Cleverley and Mohammed Besic who remain on the sidelines with various injuries.
Romelu Lukaku will lead the attack once again for the Toffees while John Stones and Phil Jagielka will be the center-back partnership with Gareth Barry and James McCarthy paired just in front of the back four.
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