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Arsenal Take On Everton On Saturday

by on December 9, 2011

It’s Arsenal’s 125th anniversary, on Saturday they take on Everton in the Premiership. Their will be lot’s of things happening at the Emirates to mark the 125th anniversary of the club. The North London side were back to winning ways in the Premiership last weekend defeating Wigan 4-0 at the DW Stadium. Arsène Wenger opted to rest a number of first-team players in midweek for the match against Greek side Olympiakos in the Champions League. Arsenal were already qualified for the knockout phase of the competition so Wenger named a side which contained youth and experience. They were defeated 3-1 by the Greek side but despite the lost the gunners already topped their group.

Brazilian full-back André Santos limped of against Olympiakos in midweek and is ruled out through for the next three weeks. Arsenal currently have four full backs on the sidelines which means Johan Djourou and Thomas Vermaelen could feature in unfamiliar positions against Everton on the weekend.  Polish goalkeeper Łukasz Fabiański started for Arsenal in midweek but was forced off through injury and third-choice Arsenal keeper Vito Mannone came on for the Poland goalkeeper against the Greek side. But Mannone did get injured after coming on for Arsenal but played the rest of the match through injury.

Both Mannone and Fabiański  will miss the Everton match on the weekend through injury which means former Arsenal number one Manuel Almunia will be on the bench for the gunners. Mannone is ruled out through a shoulder problem and Fabiański has a deep cut on his knee.

English full-backs Carl Jenkinson and Kieran Gibbs are still injured, as well is Japanese forward Ryo Miyaichi with an ankle injury. France international Bacary Sagna still a long-term injury for the gunners and Jack Wilshere is expected to be back for Arsenal some when in January. Arsène Wenger has a dilemma on his hands on to play at left-back either Thomas Vermaelen or Spanish youngster Ignasi Miquel. Vermaelen is Arsenal’s most reliable center-back and is needed at the heart of the defence. Miquel has impressed when he’s played at left-back this season against the likes of Bolton and Manchester City in the Carling Cup.

Possible Arsenal Team – Szczesny; Djourou ,Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen; Arteta, Song; Walcott, Ramsey, Gervinho; Van Persie.

Imposable Arsenal Bench – Almunia, Miquel, Coquelin, Rosický, Arshavin, Benayoun, Park Chu-Young

(Either Coquelin or Frimpong will be on the bench, Oxlade-Chamberlain could be another as well.)

Possible Everton Team – Howard; Hibbert, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines; Coleman, Fellaini, Osman, Drenthe; Cahill; Saha.

Arsenal’s Key Player – Arsenal have got lot’s of key players but I’ve chosen former Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta for the gunners. He was instrumental for Arsenal last week against Wigan and will be wanting a good performance against his old club. I expect the match could be won and lost in midfield with Arteta being an important figure in the Arsenal midfield helping out Song and Ramsey.

Everton’s Key Player – Might be a surprised for some but I’ve gone for Leighton Baines, Everton’s full-back. In my opinion he is better than Ashley Cole and should be first choice for England. Excellent going forward, very good set piece taker as well and can put in fantastic deliveries.

Prediction – I think it will be a tight game between both sides with Arsenal just winning by a goal, 2-1 to Arsenal. With Van Persie and Arteta both scoring for the North London side. Everton aren’t in the best of form but they aren’t pushovers, able to cause any team in the Premiership problems.

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