This week’s View From the Enemy comes from the official Everton website and Arsenal fans should find their facts and figures quite interesting. The bad news is that the Brazilian Charlison is likely to play….
So here we go….
Arsenal vs Everton
Everton winger Richarlison returns for the Blues against Arsenal at the Emirates after the Brazil winger served the final game of his suspension at home to West Ham last time out.
Defenders Phil Jagielka and Seamus Coleman will again miss out but are close to returns, as is summer signing Andre Gomes.
Toffees boss Marco Silva says fellow new recruit Yerry Mina “is getting better every day” but will not be considered for selection against the Gunners.
For Arsenal, Lucas Torreira could miss out after picking up a knock in the Europa League tie with Vorskla on Thursday.
Left-back Sead Kolasinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are still missing with respective long-term injuries, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be assessed after picking up an ankle injury.
Long-term absentee Laurent Koscielny is back in light training, while Carl Jenkinson remains out with an ankle injury.
KEY STATS, FACTS AND MILESTONES
Marco Silva’s Watford beat Arsenal 2-1 back October 2017, his most recent meeting with Gunners. The Portuguese also oversaw a 3-2 win at the Emirates in the Champions League while in charge of Greek giants Olympiakos.
In addition, Silva faced new Arsenal boss Unai Emery on two occasions in the 2013-14 Europa League group stages, with his Estoril side drawing 1-1 with Sevilla at home before recording a 2-1 win in Spain.
Tom Davies requires one more start to reach 50 in all competitions for Everton.
ONE TO WATCH: Mattéo Guendouzi
Given Arsenal’s heavy summer recruitment, with the likes of international stars Stephen Lichsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Lucas Torreira all arriving at the Emirates, the arrival of French midfielder Guendouzi slipped a little under the radar.
But the performances of the 19-year-old have made Gunners fans sit up and take notice.
Having arrived from the French second division when swapping Lorient for London, Guendouzi caught the eye when he made his debut against Manchester City, making the most touches of any Arsenal player with 72.
The youngster went on to be named the Gunners’ Player of the Month for August, and with Torreira potentially missing out with injury, could get the nod in Unai Emery’s engine room on Sunday.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE: Jonathan Moss
After overseeing the Charity Shield clash between Chelsea and Manchester City, Yorkshire native Moss has officiated four Premier League fixtures.
In two of those he has produced a red card, sending off Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in Southampton’s home defeat to Leicester City, then Marcus Rashford as Manchester United defeated Burnley at Turf Moor.
Moss last refereed Everton when the Blues drew 1-1 with Southampton at Goodison Park back in May.