Arsenal host Everton on Sunday afternoon, as they look for a vital three points that would see them leapfrog the Toffees in the Premier League, putting them back in the race for a spot in Europe.
Both sides come into the Emirates clash on the back of a victory in their last outing, with the Gunners beating Newcastle 4-0 last weekend, while the visitors meanwhile, are putting together an impressive run of form under Carlo Ancelotti, and have the chance to increase their lead over the north London team.
Mikel Arteta has several decision to make regarding his line-up, with the Gunners only having two days’ rest after their exertions in Greece.
Defensive trio Calum Chambers (knee), Kieran Tierney (shoulder) and Cedric Soares (knee) are ruled out but Lucas Torreira is expected to be available once again after missing the Europa League tie due to illness.
After missing the Olympiacos game due to his partner giving birth, Mesut Ozil is expected to return to the starting lineup, while Hector Bellerin and Nicolas Pepe are expected to return for Arsenal, after being left behind during their midweek encounter.Everton can look forward to the return of Andre Gomes.
He is in contention to play for the first time since suffering a fractured and dislocated ankle at the start of November.
Fabian Delph is available after serving a suspension and Bernard has recovered from a knock, but Theo Walcott may miss out against his former club due to injury, Alex Iwobi is pushing for a start on his return to North London.
Head to Head
Sunday’s meeting will represent the 204th competitive fixture between the two clubs, with Arsenal recording 106 wins in comparison to 61 victories for Everton.
Despite the wide deficit from a historical perspective, Everton are unbeaten in the last two contests, both of which have taken place at Goodison Park but the Merseyside outfit have not defeated Arsenal in North London since January 1996, when Andrei Kanchelskis netted a late winner in a 2-1 triumph at Highbury.
Arsenal will look to make it three wins from three under Mikel Arteta on Sunday, extending their season-best of six games unbeaten to seven. It took until the 81st minute for his side to take the lead against Olympiacos, thanks to a goal from Alexandre Lacazette.
Everton sealed a comprehensive 3-1 victory against Crystal Palace and bagged another three goals against Watford prior to that, thus goals don’t appear to be a problem for Ancelotti’s Toffees, but they will have to be wary of Arsenal’s attacking threat.
Arsenal possible starting lineup: Leno; Bellerin, Mustafi, Luiz, Saka; Xhaka, Ceballos; Pepe, Ozil, Aubameyang; Lacazette
Everton possible starting lineup: Pickford; Coleman, Mina, Keane, Digne; Schneiderlin, Delph; Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin
Scoreline prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Everton