Predicted Arsenal XI to play Everton - Ox to return, Podolski out!

Everton Goodison 2

Match to be played on Sunday 6th April 2014 at 13:30. Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool.

Arsenal will be looking for a first win in four games by the end of the 90 minutes against Everton this weekend.

The Gunners have followed that heavy defeat away at Chelsea with two draws; a 2-2 against Swansea City and a 1-1 draw against Manchester City in their last Premier League game last weekend.

Arsene Wenger has been forced to contend with injuries to players all season and this week is no different. Here’s the side he could select for the trip to Goodison Park.

GK – Wojciech Szczesny

The Pole has held the Arsenal number one spot for the majority of the season. He’ll keep his place for this game barring injury.

RB – Bacary Sagna

As speculation over Sagna’s future continues to roll on, he continues to be selected regularly in Wenger’s starting line-ups. This weekend probably won’t be any different.

CB – Per Mertesacker

The big German will line up in central defence. He’s been one of Arsenal’s consistent players this season but his game has been challenged over the last few weeks.

CB – Thomas Vermaelen

Vermaelen will continue in the absence of Laurent Koscielny. He needs to use his pace to his advantage and develop a good relationship with Mertesacker quickly.

LB – Kieran Gibbs

Gibbs should keep his place on the left hand side. Arsenal fans will be hoping to see more of the Gibbs from the first half of the season over the Gibbs in the side since a return from injury.

RM – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Arsenal are a better side when they have pace in wide areas, which allows them to exploit space and take advantage of teams on the counter attack.

DM – Mathieu Flamini

Flamini will probably play as the deepest of the midfielders. He’s a superb player when it comes to getting stuck in and breaking up the play as a disruptive influence.

CM – Mikel Arteta

Arteta should start this game because Wenger will realise he has the extra added motivation to play well against his former club.

AM – Santi Cazorla

Cazorla is the best number ten option Arsenal have in the continued absence of Mesut Ozil. Expect to see Arsenal trying to get him onto the ball as quickly as possible during this game.

LM – Tomas Rosicky

Rosicky has played well in a left sided role so far this season and he could be asked to play there. He’ll tuck inside to get involved centrally when Gibbs can get forward to create the width.

ST – Olivier Giroud

The Frenchman will most likely lead the attack. He’ll back into defenders, drop off and try to make it very difficult for Everton to get on top of him at any point during the game.

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