Arsenal take on Everton at the Emirates tonight in a game of very little significance. It’s not mathematically impossible for us to make it into the top four, but let’s be realistic here, our league season is as good as over.
However, a win tonight will put Arsenal level on points with Everton. A victory will also raise the morale ahead of our game against Villarreal next week where anything but a good result is unacceptable.
Mikel Arteta is fully aware of what’s at stake and he has named a fairly strong lineup against his former side.
Martinelli dropped, Nketiah starts
Bernd Leno returns to the starting eleven after getting a break last weekend. Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari also come in for Hector Bellerin and Gabriel Magalhaes, while Granit Xhaka and Rob Holding keep their place at the back.
Dani Ceballos gets the nod again in the middle of the park with Thomas Partey starting as well after getting a breather against Fulham.
The Ghanaian has had a difficult debut season at the Emirates, mostly because of his injuries. However, we all know how good he is, and hopefully, he can show us his best in the final few games of the season.
The trio behind our striker is arguably the most exciting part of our side today. Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka start on either flank with Emile Smith Rowe keeping his place ahead of the fit-again Martin Odegaard.
All three of them need to have a solid game tonight. If they do, we will most likely come away with a positive result.
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette both out, Eddie Nketiah leads our line. Many felt that the young Englishman has no future at the club, but if he fares well tonight and in the coming weeks, that could change.
Arsenal XI vs Everton: Bernd Leno; Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, Granit Xhaka; Dani Ceballos, Thomas Partey; Nicolas Pepe, Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka; Eddie Nketiah
Arsenal substitutes: Maty Ryan, Hector Bellerin, Cedric Soares, Gabriel Magalhaes, Mohamed Elneny, Gabriel Martinelli, Willian, Martin Odegaard, Reiss Nelson
Come On You Gunners!