Arsenal continue to impress with their most recent victory coming over Stoke at the weekend. Walcott, Ozil and Iwobi scored in the club’s 3-1 win to help them keep pace with Chelsea at the top of the table. They’re only three points behind the Blues and moved three points ahead of Liverpool after the Reds slipped up at home to West Ham over the weekend.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t without its negatives for the Gunners. Shkodran Mustafi went off injured during the win. Arsene Wenger is disappointed but believes his team can cope against Everton on Tuesday night: “It is a challenge, because we had good defensive stability.
“We have Gabriel, we have Holding who can come in for him. Overall, I am confident both can do well but that’s one of the tests we have. We have had many tests since the start of the season in players like Cazorla, who suddenly moved out of the team.
“We managed to deal with that and this is another challenge.”
Gabriel is likely to come in but Wenger singled Holding out for praise at his recent press conference, saying that he doesn’t receive the plaudits he deserves because he was only signed for £2 million. If he cost £55 million, Wenger said, taking a swing at Manchester City and John Stones, then everyone would be calling him the next big thing.
Everton have only won one of their last ten games and desperately need to stop the rot or Ronald Koeman will be feeling the heat. They lost 3-2 to Watford at the weekend and Romelu Lukaku, who scored twice in that match, criticised their tactics, saying that they should have attacked when they took the lead instead of sitting back and inviting pressure.
Everton predicted XI: Stekelenburg; Coleman, Williams, Funes Mori, Baines; Gueye, Barry, McCarthy; Deulofeu, Lukaku, Mirallas
Arsenal predicted XI: Cech, Monreal, Bellerin, Koscielny, Gabriel, Özil, Elneny, Xhaka, Iwobi, Walcott, Sánchez