Just a few weeks ago, Arsenal were the favourites to secure the fourth spot on the Premier League table but just two flawed games have turned their season on its head. First, the loss in the derby and then the defeat at the hands of Newcastle United have pushed Arsenal to the fifth position.
The Gunners haven’t kept a clean sheet in 9 matches and in their final game of the season, they will take on an Everton side who are desperately trying not to get relegated. Everton will definitely throw the kitchen sink at Arsenal and with all the injuries, there’s every chance that Arsenal will stumble again.
A win for Arsenal will not be enough to topple Spurs from the fourth spot as they will also need their North-London rivals to lose to Norwich City. We don’t think the Canaries will be able to pull off the unimaginable so all Arsenal can do is to win on Sunday and keep their fingers crossed.
In the previous few matchweeks, Arsenal have beaten teams like Chelsea and Manchester United and the players will need to dig deep and revisit that form because of the kind of position that Everton are in, the Toffees won’t just lie down and let the Gunner walk over them. Arsenal might have enough to pick up all three points on Sunday but in the end, that will probably not be enough to get back into the Champions League.
Arsenal team news vs Everton:
The manager has seen several of his key players pick up injuries and this has been one of the reasons why Arsenal have seen a slump in form.
The failure to make signings in January was bound to catch up with them and it looks like the blow has been inflicted at the worst possible time.
Granit Xhaka: “If someone is not ready for this game, stay at home. It doesn’t matter [about] the age, you can be 30, 35, 10, 18 – if you’re not ready for that or nervous, stay on the bench or stay at home. Don’t come here. We need people to have balls.” pic.twitter.com/5pjcPhjXBS
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Tomiyasu was the latest player who picked up an injury during the Newcastle game and it looks like he is going to miss the final game of the season.
Arteta told the press after Monday’s game: “We don’t know, we will have to assess him, but he felt a muscular issue, and we had to replace him unfortunately.”
Tomiyasu has been good whenever he’s started and if he’s missing then Cedric Soares will come into the starting line up.
Rob Holding will return from suspension but the manager is not going to tinker with the pairing of Gabriel and Ben White, even though White scored an own-goal vs the Magpies.
Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey are both long-term absentees and will not be available for the Everton game.
Emile Smith Rowe was selected ahead of Gabriel Martinelli for the Newcastle United game but he had a very poor 53 minutes on the pitch so we expect to see a reshuffle on Sunday.
Eddie Nketiah has been brilliant in recent matchweeks but he had a slump on Monday. Lacazette is the backup striker for Arsenal but we think the manager is going to stick with Nketiah up front.
Arsenal’s predicted line up vs Everton:
Predicted XI(4-2-3-1): Ramsdale; Ben White, Gabriel, Cedric, Tavares; Granit Xhaka, Elneny; Odegaard, Martinelli, Bukayo Saka; Nketiah.