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Friday, 5 April 2019

Arsenal Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Everton

Arsenal's pursuit of a Champions League spot takes them to Everton on Sunday.

Unai Emery's side currently sit fourth in the Premier League, one point behind rivals Spurs - who moved above the Gunners on Wednesday night following their 2-0 win against Crystal Palace.

But Arsenal do have a game in hand on their neighbours who, just like sixth-placed Manchester United, are not in action this weekend.

So victory at Goodison Park - where the Gunners won 5-2 last season - will see them end the weekend third in the table, with just six games of the season remaining.

Everton, meanwhile, will be hoping to build on their recent run of good form, which has seen them win back-to-back Premier League games against Chelseaand West Ham without conceding a goal.

Arsenal Injuries

Arsenal have concerns over Granit Xhaka, who has not yet returned to full training following the thigh injury he picked up while playing for Switzerlandduring the international break.

The midfielder sat out the 2-0 win against Newcastle on Monday night and looks likely to miss out again, with Matteo Guendouzi once again expected to cover for him in the centre of midfield

Aaron Ramsey limped off during the second half of the victory over Newcastle, but Arsenal are hopeful that the Wales international will be available to feature at Goodison Park.

Laurent Koscielny is also expected to be available again, having been forced to watch from the sidelines against Newcastle due to a bruised foot.

Unai Emery will still be without long-term absentees Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck, however.

Arsenal Suspensions
Lucas Torreira serves the last game of his three-match ban on Sunday. Centre-back Sokratis, meanwhile, has nine yellow cards, meaning he is just one booking away from a two-game suspension.

Arsenal Potential Starting Line-Up
With Unai Emery now settled on a back three formation, the Spaniard is not expected to make too many changes from the side that saw off Newcastle so comfortably on Monday night.

After months of tinkering with his system, Emery appears to have now landed on a set-up that he favours - with Sead Kolasinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles providing the width from the wing-back positions.

Providing he is passed fit, Laurent Koscielny will come back into the XI at the expense of Shkodran Mustafi, lining up alongside Sokratis and Nacho Monreal - with Bernd Leno behind them in goal.

With major doubts over Granit Xhaka, a central midfield duo of Aaron Ramsey and Matteo Guendouzi is likely once again - with the young Frenchman tasked with protecting the back three.

Further up field, Emery does have the option of bringing Henrikh Mkhitaryan back into the side, but given Mesut Ozil's form it would be a surprise to see the German playmaker left out.

So Ozil is expected to line up once again in his favoured No.10 role, operating behind the front two of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

Everton Team News

Everton's squad is in relatively good shape ahead of Sunday's game, although centre-back Yerry Mina is out with a hamstring injury picked up on international duty.

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