The line-up for our home game against Everton has just been announced, and there’s a couple of shock inclusions by Mikel Arteta.
Leno keeps his place in goal, after playing at Olympiacos in the week and the big new is Hector Bellerin comes into the side after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Mustafi and Luiz take their place in the centre of defence, with Kolasinac coming into the side in place of Buyako Saka who has played two full 90 minutes games in the last few days.
Dani Ceballos joins Granit Xhaka in the centre of the park, and Ozil just in front. Pepe gets a rare start alongside Aubameyang and another start for Eddie Nketiah who plays at the head of the attack.
Arsenal Line Up:
Leno, Bellerin, Luiz, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Ceballos, Ozil, Aubameyang, Pepe, Nketiah.
Subs: Martinez, Sokratis, Guendouzi, Torreira, Saka, Nelson and Lacazette.
There is no place for Theo Walcott in the Everton side, but old-boy Alex Iwobi starts the game while Andre Gomes in on Everton’s bench. He’s making his return after breaking his own leg against Tottenham, Heung-Min Son was unavailable for comment, tho he did cry when it happened so he couldn’t have been to blame as he’s definitely NOT that type of player.
Everton Line Up:
Pickford, Sidibe, Mina, Holgate, Baines, Schneiderlin, Delph, Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.
Subs: Stekelenburg, Keane, Coleman, Gomes, Davies, Bernard, Kean.
The subs bench is Martinez, Sokratis, Guendouzi, Torreira, Saka and Lacazette. Also, worth a note that Reiss Nelson is also on the bench, coming back from his injury as well. No place for Kieran Tierney just yet and Cedric Soares also missing, but they’ve been earmarked for an end of month return.
With Tottenham and Sheffield United (wait, what?) dropping points this weekend, this is a huge chance for Arteta’s men to climb up the table and close some gaps. Wolves and and Man United are both comfortably winning so anything less than all three points could be a disaster.