Arsenal vs Everton – Match preview and prediction

Arsenal return to the Emirates Stadium from their defeat in Olympiakos and face a tricky task against an Everton side looking for a positive return after last weekend’s loss.

The Gunners took the opportunity to refresh their side in Athens after already sealing qualification, but their inexperience proved costly as they lost 3-1. Arsenal will be delighted with their current return to form and they showed their class last weekend with a 4-0 win away at Wigan. Defender Andre Santos has been ruled out for three weeks following an ankle injury suffered in Athens, so Thomas Vermaelen will deputise at left-back for Arsene Wenger. Midfielder Mikel Arteta will face his former side for the first time since his summer switch to North London from Merseyside.

Everton were disappointing against Stoke last weekend and were beaten 1-0 at Goodison Park. David Moyes’ small squad are beginning to suffer injuries with midfielders Jack Rodwell, Leon Osman and Royston Drenthe doubts for the trip to North London. Louis Saha should return and is expected to lead the line as Everton look to cure their goalscoring headache so far this season. The Toffees are making strides after a poor season and will be hopeful of a positive result against an in-form Arsenal.

This weekend sees the 125th year anniversary since the formation of Arsenal and the Gunners will be looking to celebrate with all three points. Everton will provide tough opposition, but Wenger’s side should be able to pass the test and pick up their seventh win in eight Premier League games.

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