Arsenal v Everton - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

To be played on Sunday 8th December 2013 at 16:00. Venue: Emirates Stadium, London.

Odds: Arsenal 8/11, Draw 29/10, Everton 19/4

Last season: 0-0

Preview & injury news

Roberto Martinez once won at the Emirates with Wigan when, but Everton never beat the Gunners away under David Moyes. But Martinez has already got one proverbial monkey off Everton's back in midweek with victory at Old Trafford, and he will be taking a side to the Emirates Stadium full of confidence having only lost one league game this campaign away to Manchester City. They sit in fifth place level on points with Merseyside neighbours Liverpool who are a place ahead of them on goal difference.  

Arsenal seem to keep on rolling as they are four points clear of Chelsea at the top of the table with the opening day defeat to Aston Villa being the only blemish on their home record so far this season, and even some of the pundits who had written off the Gunners title chances this season are coming round to the idea that Arsene Wenger's men are in it for the long haul.

On the injury front, Mathieu Flamini is nursing a groin injury and is a doubt for Sunday's game. Bacary Sagna is also a doubt with a hamstring problem whilst the game comes a week too early for the return of Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still on course for a return to the side in mid-January.

For Everton, they are still missing Leighton Baines at left-back meaning that Bryan Oviedo is likely to continue his role there having filled in for the past two games whilst Arouna Kone and Darron Gibson are still sidelined.  

Key stats

Aaron Ramsey is Arsenal's top scorer in the league this season with eight goals.

Romelu Lukaku is Everton's top scorer in the league this season with eight goals.

Arsenal had 67% possession in their last league match, a 2-0 home win against Hull City

Everton had 48% possession in their last league match, a 1-0 win away to Manchester United

5 players to watch

Mikel Arteta - With Flamini nursing a groin problem, Arteta could be lining up against his former club on Sunday in a deeper midfield role. It is a big role to fill but against a midfield that has been as good as Everton's so far this season, combined the Flamini's potential absence, Arteta has got a big part to play.

Bryan Oviedo - When he started the game against Stoke City filling in for Leighton Baines, he probably didn't think he'd have scored two goals in two league games. But Oviedo could have his hands full on the that side because of how Mesut Ozil likes to drift out to the right and cut inside.

Aaron Ramsey - Early contender for player of the season and is in fine form as a goalscorer and provider for his time. A constant attacking threat that Everton will look to nullify if they are to leave the Emirates Stadium with something to show for their efforts.

James McCarthy - McCarthy has been in very impressive form this season ever since he signed from Wigan, and his work in the middle of the park is going to be a huge part of the Everton performance. He'll try and keep things tidy and work hard without the ball.

Mesut Ozil - Ozil up against Oviedo is going to be an interesting battle. Arsene Wenger may want Ozil to get at Oviedo as much as possible, and as one of the most creative players in the league we will see if he has the key to unlock what has so far been a solid Everton defence this season.

Last time they met

Arsenal 0-0 Everton, Premier League April 2013

A tight, feisty contest that didn't really do either side any good in terms of their chances of qualifying for the Champions League. Everton perhaps needed the win more than Arsenal as they were on the back foot. Everton played a fairly physical game and disrupted Arsenal's flow but in truth neither side really got going. Arsenal were left in a decent position to take on the Champions League spots but Everton were slipping away a little with Chelsea and Tottenham right in the mix. 

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