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Preview – Arsenal vs Everton

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Arsenal welcome Everton to the Emirates, as both sides need the three points to stay alive in the race for a top-four finish.

Arsenal

Mikel Arteta will face his former club Everton – where he spent six years as a player, for the first time as an Arsenal FC manager.

A big boost for the Spaniard would be the return of Lucas Torreira and Mesut Ozil, who missed the midweek trip to Greece for the Europa League encounter with Olympiakos.

Arsenal are still unbeaten in 2020 across all competitions, but they’ve managed to win only two of their past six Premier League fixtures.

Everton

Everton have been redeemed since the appointment of Italian head coach Carlo Ancelotti in charge at Goodison Park.

The Toffees have collected 17 points out of 24 available under the Premier League winner from 2010 and suddenly found themselves in the race for a place in the Champions League next season.

Andre Gomes is back in contention for the Merseyside team, after recovering from the horror injury he suffered back in November, while Theo Walcott’s knee problem will be assessed ahead of the game with his former employees.

Stats

Arsenal could keep three consecutive Premier League clean sheets for the first time since November 2017.

Only Liverpool have earned more points than Everton in the past 11 Premier League rounds.

The Gunners have won only one of their 12 Premier League matches this season against other teams in the top half of the table.

Mikel Arteta scored 27 goals in 174 Premier League appearances for Everton from 2005-2011, before joining Arsenal.