The XI: Everton vs Arsenal – Rosicky and Campbell playing
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Debuchy – Chambers – Koscielny – Monreal
Flamini – Rosicky
Ox – Ramsey – Campbell
It is still early days and so there is no need to rush Sanhez into playing game after game just yet. He needs a breather while he finds his feet at the club.
Since it is an away game where Arsenal may not be having a good chunk of possession, every bit of defensive work-rate will be needed from the midfield – and very few players from the squad can produce Rosicky’s hard work and tenacity to help out Flamini. The Ox looked bright in that cameo on Tuesday and he should be given the chance to pick up from where he left off.
Giroud suffered some criticism from that game but the bashing is hardly justified knowing he rarely had any service upfront. His presence, hold-up play and aerial contribution at both ends is still vital in games likes this.
Finally, in need of someone on the left flank who is direct and can also track back for goodness sake (heard that Cazorla and Wilshere?) Campbell should be given a chance.