Although Arsenal will need to watch out for the goal threat of Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic who are the top scorers for Everton this season, with six and five goals respectively, it is the left back Leighton Baines who really makes them dangerous. The 27-year old has developed into one of the best left backs in the Premier league, in fact stats released this week show him to be the best in Europe.
Baines is a very good defender, but that is not where his best qualities lie. The England international takes almost all of the set pieces for Everton and creates more chances for them than any other player. In fact, the stats show that Baines has created more chances, 50, than any other player in Europe. Our own Santi Cazorla is second in the Premier league figures with 38 and is just behind Kiyotake of Nurnberg with 39.
Baines works on the left in partnership with Steven Pienaar who has created an impressive 33 chances himself, so our right side will need to be on their mettle tonight. Quite a few of the chances Baines creates come from set pieces, but he is also dangerous in open play, topping the charts for the number of accurate crosses produced and lying sixth in the number of passes made in the opponents half.
Arsenal cannot afford to let him have too much space tonight, so it might be a good idea to get Oxlade-Chamberlain to offer support to Sagna or Jenkinson at right back. His energy and speed could be invaluable against Baines and Pienaar.
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