Arsène has rotated the team but not as much as perhaps we would have expected. The surprise story is that Theo Walcott has failed to start in the last three games in a row and will continue to bide his time on the bench. The other big news is that Gabriel has come into the team at the expense of Per Mertesacker, so Santi Cazorla will wear the captains armband.
Kieran Gibbs keeps his place in the side as does Hector Bellerin which is a slight surprise I guess. Oxlade-Chamberlain also comes into the team in place of Danny Welbeck. Oliver Giroud who missed a host of chances keeps his place.
Confirmed Line Up:
Ospina, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Gibbs, Coquelin, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Özil, Alexis, Giroud
Szczesny, Mertesacker, Chambers, Monreal, Rosicky, Walcott, Welbeck
After a first season of praise from all around, Roberto Martinez and his troops are underperforming somewhat. They are currently languishing 14th in the table only 6 points above the relegation zone which is incredible when you consider the fact that at one point they were favourites to snatch the 4th place slot over us last season until they collapsed.
With Lukaku leading the line, I guess a combination of Koscielny and Gabriel might be useful.
Just looking at the Everton results away from home against the big sides and they've just fallen short, never by more than one goal at Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge, White Hart Lane and Etihad. They also drew at Anfield so today is unlucky to be any sort of walk in the park. Hopefully taking anyone lightly will be the last thing on our players minds but you just never know.
Results have been rather mixed for us this weekend with our rivals. Southampton lost away to West Brom so they are now two points behind us having played a game more but Manchester United beat Sunderland with two late Rooney goals. Liverpool are beating Manchester City at the time of writing which isn't so good for Arsenal and perhaps less good for Arsenal supporters like myself who would take great pleasure in Mourinho and his team losing out on the title to City in the final week of the season.
Anyway, that is all irrelevant, the priority is that we bounce back and win, preferably by winning well after fighting together as a team when we don't have it and hopefully show some killer instinct when chances fall our way.