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Although the north London did later officiate their departure from ESL plans, it has caused a furore among the fans, with many questioning the club’s integrity as well as the futility of the ones at the top.
The political pressure is coupled with sporting pressure as well as Arsenal continue to underperform in the Premier League. They are already dawdling in mid-table with no real hopes of making a late push for the European places, essentially leaving UEFA Europa League as their only route to European football next season.
Nevertheless, the Gunners will still be hoping to return to winning ways when they welcome Everton on Friday. The Toffees, having failed to win any of their last six competitive matches, are not the most in-form team in the division at the moment, with Arsenal even having the opportunity of overtaking them in the league table, should they secure a victory.
The Merseyside giants, though, were the 2-1 victors in the reverse fixture, thanks to the winner from Yerry Mina. Coach Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping for a similar display from his men in this vital away fixture, and here, at The Hard Tackle, we will run the rule over these two teams ahead of this fascinating contest at the Emirates on Friday.
Mikel Arteta will have to make some key decisions in terms of squad selection, as he is missing a few important players including the two frontline strikers in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette while Martin Odegaard remains a doubt heading into this clash.
Although it won’t be surprising to see Arsenal dominating possession, their strength will be on the counter due to the presence of so many young individuals in the final third – most of who generally tend to shine in a counter-attacking system.
Nevertheless, the Gunners need to be responsible in possession and that is where the midfield combination of Thomas Partey and Dani Ceballos could be useful, not only in terms of finding runners in behind the Everton backline but also in offering assistance to the backline.
Speaking of which, the absence of Kieran Tierney and David Luiz, coupled with Ceballos’ form in midfield, could see Granit Xhaka once again operating at left-back. There might be a few alterations elsewhere, though, with Hector Bellerin and Gabriel Magalhaes potentially making way for Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari, as Arteta keeps one eye on the important midweek game against Villarreal, in the Europa League.