Arsenal’s busy schedule continues as the Gunners host Everton at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal come into this game in terrific form as they are now unbeaten in their previous nine games.
Mikel Arteta, whose arrival has brought with it a freshness, has even managed to start converting draws into wins as his side go into this fixture with back-to-back victories.
Everton surprised the footballing world with their appointment of Carlo Ancelotti they’ve done well in the nine games he’s managed so far as the Blues have only lost only twice; to Liverpool and Manchester City.
Despite this, something has to give in this fixture as both team’s resurgent form has seen them shoot back into contention for a Champions League spot.
With the news regarding Manchester City’s ban meaning that a fifth placed finish may be enough for qualify for Champions League football, this tie has an extra incentive to be a feisty affair.
Here are the key battles that we think could decide the match.
Mikel Arteta vs Carlo Ancelotti
This should be a cracking managerial showdown as the up-and-coming Arteta takes on the veteran Ancelotti. Both managers have done an excellent job of rebuilding their teams and both have saw their sides climb up the league table. How both managers approach this fixture will be interesting, as neither will back down, but at the same time, neither can afford a loss which would damage their momentum.
David Luiz vs Dominic Calvert-Lewin
The arrival of Ancelotti has arguably been most helpful for Calvert-Lewin. Since the new manager’s arrival, the striker has scored six times and has been pivotal to Everton’s resurgence. Scoring in his previous game against Crystal Palace, Calvert-Lewin will look to build on that momentum and help his side to win this tie. The experienced David Luiz, however, will do his best to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Bukayo Saka vs Richarlison
Saka put in another solid performance against Olympiakos on Thursday, getting an assist which proved to be vital as Arsenal won 1-0 in a difficult fixture in Piraeus.
His assist against Newcastle epitomises the confidence the 18-year-old has, but he will face a stern test in Richarlison. Richarlison is the dangerman coming into this fixture. He has been deployed as a striker under Ancelotti, but he often drifts to the wing a lot. Therefore, it’s Saka’s responsibility to make sure the Brazilian is kept quiet at the Emirates.
Alexandre Lacazette vs Yerry Mina
Lacazette has shaken off his cobwebs and has found some much-needed form. With two goals in two games, the striker will be hungry to add to his tally in the Premier League. Mina, who has been amongst the goals himself recently, will likely be physical with Lacazette and will attempt to make sure that the Frenchman isn’t given any space in front of goal.