Xhaka dropped, Nketiah starts: 4-3-3 Predicted team vs Everton
Mikel Arteta’s men will be chasing another vital three points in the Premier League on Wednesday, as they look to extend their lead over Manchester City in the title race.
Arsenal secured two straight victories on the road – away at Aston Villa and then Leicester City – after a previously concerning run which saw them winless in three league games.
Everton were one of the sides who thwarted the Gunners in that recent blip and therefore, there should be no lack of motivation in the Arsenal dressing room for Wednesday’s fixture.
Ramsdale, Gabriel and Saliba are certain to retain their spots while White – who often does well in linking up with Saka on the right – should also start again.
With the expectation that defensive duties might not be highly required against a passive Sean Dyche side, risk-taker Zinchenko should start at left-back, even though Tierney deserves a recall at some point, especially for upcoming away games where the back four is severely tested.
In the reverse fixture at Goodison Park, Arsenal conceded Everton’s winning goal, only seconds after Partey was substituted. With the Ghanaian now fit again, he has to be the first name on the team sheet.
Partey’s return means Jorginho can have a little bit more freedom to add creativity to the attack on a night where Dyche is expected to set up a frustrating blue wall of defense against the Gunners. ‘Eye of the needle passes’ will be reequired, and Jorginho appears to be more capable of that than the increasingly fatigued Xhaka.
With Everton very likely to park the bus and place ten men behind the ball, this game will require an Arsenal striker who will occupy the box at all times. Thus, Nketiah has to start upfront, since we will really need a poacher for this one, instead of the false number 9 tactic deployed at Leicester.
Saka and Odegaard should keep their places while another slightly controversial decision should see Trossard, a player skilled at handling the ball in tight spaces, start ahead of Martinelli.
White – Saliba – Gabriel – Zinchenko
Partey – Jorginho
Saka – Nketiah – Trossard