I must admit I was amazed that Unai Emery played so many of the Arsenal first team against Vorskla on Thursday, but I can’t imagine he will be playing them all again today against Everton. Petr Cech had a rest and is certain to be starting today, but which other players will be starting again?
The defence against Vorskla was not our usual four with Lichtsteiner and Holding making their first starts of the season, but I expect Bellerin and Mustafi to regain their places. Monreal must play as we have no replacements available but will Emery pick the 30 year old Sokratis to play his third game in a week, or will he give Mavropanos a chance to impress?
In midfield Emery gave Torreira and Elneny their first starts as well, but I think Guendouzi and Ramsey will be back on the teamsheet this afternoon, along with Mesut Ozil.
Up front we had Iwobi, Welbeck and Aubameyang, and to be fair Iwobi had an excellent game and may retain his place. Aubameyang scored twice so should really start again, but as Emery said, he has lots of choices for the front line. When asked about wether Aubameyang would keep his place, he said: “I also have a lot of confidence in Lacazette, but also Welbeck and Nketiah. They are our strikers.
“I am going to work with them and give them my confidence and our work is to do one collective work to give them the best possibilities in the attacking moments to score.
“The players played like we want [against Vorskla] and we take more minutes and Sunday, I think, we have a big range of options to choose the best first 11. I think we also have players to help them after the start of the match.
“I am very happy to have these strikers for us.”
I think Lacazette was rested on Thursday so he can start today, but maybe Aubameyang will likely go back out to the wing. Nketiah scored twice more for the U23s in midweek and I would love to see him given a chance but that is unlikely today…
So my team for today is…
Bellerin – Mustafi – Sokratis – Monreal
Ramsey – Guendouzi – Iwobi
Ozil – Lacazette – Aubameyang
Who would you choose?