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    Everton vs Arsenal Match Preview - Can Arsenal maintain there title charge against the struggling Toffees.



    Arsenal travel to Goodison Park looking to continue their title challenge against an under performing Everton side desperate to get back to winning ways after a shocking run of results.


    Arsene Wenger's men go to Merseyside full of confidence after a run of four wins in there last 6 matches, culminating in a 3-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday against Stoke which ended up a routine victory but was far from routine with the Gunners coming from behind to gain win.

    Everton on the other hand have been on a downward spiral since September only gaining one win in the last eight games which after a good start has now left the Toffees in 9th after being as high as 3rd in September. The latest setback occurred against Watford at Vicarage road ,not even a brace from Romelu Lukaku couldn't help Ronald Koeman's side falling to a 3-2 defeat.

    Arsenal won the reverse fixture last season 2-0 and this follows a tremendous record against Everton with only one defeat in the last eighteen fixtures. Arsenal have also won more games against Everton in the Premier League era then any other team, ending up victorious 29 times.


    Alexis Sanchez has been in sensational form this season with 11 goals.


    Tactical Analysis

    Everton 

    With pressure mounting on the Toffees to turn around the lacklustre performances of the last few weeks, Ronald Koeman may turn back to the 4-2-3-1 that he used at the start of the season which could also mean Ross Barkley earning a recall to the side for the first time in over a month. If Koeman doesn't revert back to that formation this could mean that Everton stick with the more defensive 4-3-3 which hasn't proved an effective system in recent weeks.

    Will Ross Barkley get a recall to the Everton side.

    Arsenal 

    There should be no tactical surprises from the Gunners with the successful 4-2-3-1 consistently used over the last decade, which allows the front four the freedom to roam around the final third to create chances and this season has included Alexis Sanchez playing upfront instead of from the left which has proved an inspired decision but also for Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott, This move has allowed these two players especially to push further on to get in goal scoring opportunities when Sanchez has dropped deeper.

    Team News

    Everton

    Ronald Koeman has no new injury worries with Yannick Bolasie and Muhamed Besic still out with long term injuries. The main worry for Ronald Koeman is to stick with the team that were outplayed at times by Watford or to mix things up and bring in some players that had recently been dropped like Ross Barkley and Phil Jagielka. The team has been crying out for some creativity in the final third so Barkley's inclusion could provide this.

    Shkodran Mustafi will miss the trip to Goodison Park with a hamstring strain.

    Arsenal

    Arsene Wenger will be without the services of Shkodran Mustafi for around three weeks with a hamstring injury while Aaron Ramsey is still recovering from a minor hamstring strain. In the absence of Mustafi, Gabriel should go from right back to centre half and this will result in the return of Hector Bellerin at right back after playing 60 minutes against Stoke. Alex Iwobi will also be pushing for a recall to the starting eleven after his impressive cameo off the bench on Saturday and could replace Alex Oxlade Chamberlain.

    Key Men to Watch

    Everton - Idissa Gueye


    Idrissa Gueye has been a revelation this season and arguably one of the signings of the season. Ronald Koeman made the Senegalese international a priority transfer in the summer getting his man for £6.7 million from relegated Aston Villa and Gueye hasn't disappointed with hardworking displays culminating in his man of the match display against Manchester United and against the free flowing Gunners he will be imperative the Everton midfield.


    Idrissa Gueye has been a revelation in the Toffees midfield.

    Arsenal - Alexis Sanchez

    After numerous questions asked about Arsenal's lack of intent on getting a world class forward in previous transfer markets, Alexis Sanchez has stepped up to the plate to become the forward that Arsenal fans have been looking for. Brought in from left wing, he has already scored 11 goals this season and has been the main focal point in Arsenal's success this season. Since Sanchez has been brought inside his relationship with Mesut Ozil has blossomed with the two together becoming a formidable partnership.



    Kick Off - 7:45 (UK)
    Venue - Goodison Park (Liverpool)



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