Premier League 2018-19, Everton vs Arsenal: Gunner's predicted starting XI against the Toffees
The Gunners are on a roll. With four consecutive wins in all competitions, Unai Emery’s men are aiming for the third place in the Premier league table, which will see them receive automatic qualification for the group stage in the next year’s Champions League.
The Gunners are currently in the fourth position behind their arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur with the latter having a point more than the Gunners, who have a game in hand.
The Gunners have winnable fixtures when compared to their top-4 rivals and if they continue winning games starting with Everton, they are firmly in the race to finish above Spurs for the first time after two seasons.
Everton vs Arsenal is the highest-scoring fixture in Premier League era, with 153 goals and this game promises to be no different. With prolific attackers, who are capable of producing moments of magic, in both the teams, the spectators can be in for a goal fest.
Here is how the Gunners are expected to start against the Toffees at the Goodison Park:
No surprises here as Bernd Leno will keep his place between the posts. The German has been nothing short of phenomenal in the recent games emerging as Arsenal’s player of the month for March. Petr Cech will start from the bench.
Laurent Koscielny’s fitness woes and a tricky Europa League tie against Napoli might force Unai Emery into resting the skipper for this away game.
Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal and Sokratis have performed well against Newcastle and the trio might start with Ainsley-Maitland Niles and Sead Kolasinac operating as wingbacks.
Lucas Torreira is suspended for this game. So the youngster Matteo Guendouzi will start in his place alongside Aaron Ramsey if the Welshman is fit to start this game. Granit Xhaka might be rested for this game with the Swiss international recovering from the injury.
Mesut Ozil has won Emery’s trust with a string of impressive performances after being out of favor for much of the season. He will retain his place as the playmaker while the dynamic duo of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre- Emerick Aubameyang will look to benefit from the former German international’s supreme playmaking abilities.