Arsene Wenger was clearly pleased with the way his Arsenal team performed against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Wednesday, even though it was not good enough to keep arsenal in the Champions League competition. So despite the lack of much time for the Arsenal players from that game to rest and recover for today’s trip to Everton, the boss has stuck with the same starting line up.
The only change is that Francis Coquelin takes the place of Mathieu Flamini alongside Mohamed Elneny in the middle and the elder Frenchman picked up an injury that rules him out anyway. So the pace of Danny Welbeck, Alex Iwobi and Alexis Sanchez will be on show at Goodison Park today, with the creative skills of Mesut Ozil providing them with the bullets to fire.
I am a little surprised to see Per Mertesacker on the bench as his height could have been a big help at set pieces against the power and stature of Lukaku, but hopefully the new pairing of Gabriel and Koscielny can keep the big Belgian under wraps. I am a little worried about our legs tiring as the game wears on so we could really do w with a fast and effective start from the lads today.
Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal
Iwobi, Ozil, Sanchez
Subs: Gibbs, Mertesacker, Giroud, Walcott, Chambers, Campbell, Macey.
Is this the start of our title comeback or the beginning of the end for our chances of a trophy?