Theo Walcott could return to the starting line-up against Everton. Image courtesy of sportsmole.co.uk
Arsenal moved to third on the Premier League ladder with its come-from-behind 3-1 victory over Norwich on the weekend, and Arsene Wenger’s men can cement their place in the automatic qualifying places for the Champions League with a win against Everton on Wednesday morning (AEST). After making a slow start to the season the Gunners are starting to hit their straps now, with Saturday’s result extending their winning run to five matches and lifting them above Chelsea and Tottenham in the race for a top three finish.
Central defender Per Mertesacker is available for selection at the heart of the Gunners defence after missing the game against Norwich through suspension, while Theo Walcott could also return to the starting XI after coming off the bench on the weekend. Walcott is the leading scorer for Arsenal this term but has been sidelined since suffering a groin strain last month and his return to fitness is a timely boost. Tomas Rosicky could also be in contention after a hamstring strain saw him miss out against the Canaries.
Everton is itself in contention for a place in Europe, with the club sixth in the League and well placed to qualify for the Europa League next season. They scored a 2-0 victory over relegation threatened QPR on the weekend to register their fourth win from the past five Premier League fixtures and will be confident of getting a result in London having taken four points off Tottenham and Manchester City in the past month.
These sides played out a draw when they met at Goodison Park in November, while Arsenal were 1-0 victors in the corresponding fixture at the Emirates last season. The Toffees haven't beaten Arsenal since their 1-0 win at Goodison Park in March 2007.
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