Arsenal vs Everton - Premier League preview and team news
Saturday 07 December 2013
After winning at Manchester United for the first time in 21 years, Everton will be high on confidence as they look to pull off another sensational victory, this time at Arsenal.
This is the beginning of a very testing run of fixtures for Arsene Wenger’s Premier League leaders, who go to Napoli on Wednesday looking to ensure progress in the Champions League, before games against Manchester City and Chelsea. Wenger’s decision to hand Nicklas Bendtner a start on Wednesday paid immediate dividends as the Dane scored an early goal, but Olivier Giroud should regain his place here.
Everton have been in wonderful form all season, losing just once in the Premier League at Man City. Victory at Old Trafford will have made others begin to see them as realistic contenders for a Champions League spot, which was the target of manager Roberto Martinez at the start of the season. There is still a long way to go, but the Merseysiders are in great shape.
Mathieu Flamini is a doubt for Arsenal after picking up a groin injury against Hull City on Wednesday, while Bacary Sagna is definitely out.
Darron Gibson and Arouna Kone are both long-term absentees for Everton, and Bryan Oviedo, the hero at Man Utd, will continue in place of Leighton Baines.
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