Preview: Everton v Arsenal

Arsenal will be aiming to keep the pressure on their Premier League title rivals on Tuesday when they travel to an Everton team struggling for form.

Premier League
13/14 December 2016
Matchday 16
Kick-off: 03H45 HKT
Venue: Goodison Park

Referee: M. Clattenburg
Assistants: S. Bennett, R. West
Fourth official: M. Dean

Head-to-head summary

TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS
Everton 48 6 13 29
Arsenal 48 29 13 6

Previous encounter

Everton 0-2 Arsenal 19/03/16 (Premier League)

Arsenal goalscorers: Danny Welbeck (7′), Alex Iwobi (42′)

Players to watch

The Toffees have been relying heavily on striker Romelu Lukaku to provide the goals this season. The Belgian has netted nine times in 14 games, while adding three assists.

In defence, the hosts will be looking to the experience of Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines to keep things tight against a formidable Gunners attack.

The standout player for Arsenal has been their Chilean forward, Alexis Sanchez, who is second in the league’s goal-scoring charts with 11 goals from 15 games, while also contributing with six assists.

Theo Walcott has also experienced a resurgence of sorts this campaign, scoring seven goals in 14 games.

Team form and manager quotes

Everton have hit a rough patch of late, failing to win in their last five games, losing three and drawing two. Their recent encounter saw them lose 3-2 at Watford and drop to ninth in the standings.

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When Toffees boss Ronald Koeman was asked about his upcoming clashes with Arsenal and Liverpool, he told Sky Sports he was “worried at the moment because we have had a bad run of results.”

However, he also added: “They are good teams — but we can beat them.”

Arsenal have been in fine form in the Premier League this season, losing only once. They are on a four-game winning streak in the EPL, most recently coming back from a goal down to beat Stoke 3-1. The Gunners are second in the standings, three points behind Chelsea.

Talking about the Everton fixture, Wenger told a press conference: “They had a strong start and they are one of the dangerous teams when you look at the schedule and you think we need a strong performance to get the points.

“Koeman got them to a level where they were in the top 10 so I believe he has started very well.”

Francis #Coquelin enjoying training today ahead of #EFCvAFC

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Team news

The Toffees are still unable to call upon Muhamed Besic, Matthew Pennington, and Yannick Bolasie due to injuries.

The visitors will be without the services of centre-back Shkodran Mustafi who picked up a harmstring injury at the weekend, while Danny Welbeck, Per Mertesacker, Santi Cazorla, Chuba Akpom, and Mathieu Debuchy remain sidelined.

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