Everton v Arsenal Preview

Published 12/12/16 

Arsenal head to Goodison Park on Tuesday bidding to reclaim Premier League top spot after Chelsea's returned to the summit with a narrow win over West Brom.

The Gunners will leapfrog Antonio Conte's if they extend their unbeaten run in the top flight to 15 games with a win at Goodison Park.

It marks the first of two crunch games for Arsene Wenger's men as they attempt to underline their title credentials at Everton before a trip to Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

"We were not too bad last year, we finished second in the league," Wenger said after the win over Stoke on Saturday. I believe we have improved, yes. But we have to show that on a longer term."

TEAM NEWS

Arsenal will be without Shkodran Mustafi after the Germany international was hauled off in the first half of the victory over Stoke with a hamstring injury.

"It's a bad one. The minimum is 21 days," said Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger after the match.

Hector Bellerin is in line for a return to the starting line-up after a spell on the sidlines following his substitute appearance in the win over the Potters, while Santi Cazorla is continuing his recovery following a 'perfect surgery' last week.

Per Mertesacker, Danny Welbeck and Mathieu Debuchy remain sidelined until the New Year.

POSSIBLE LINE-UPS

Everton: Stekelenburg, Coleman, Williams, Funes Mori, Baines, Gueye, Barry, Deulofeu, McCarthy, Barkley, Lukaku

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Xhaka, Coquelin, Walcott, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez

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