Morning all.

Four days after beating Leicester City at The King Power Stadium, Mikel Arteta’s players are back in action against Everton at The Emirates. It’s our game in hand, a chance to go five points clear of Man City and fifteen points ahead of Totts in fourth place.

Everton are without Dominic Calvert-Lewin, James Garner, Nathan Patterson and Andros Townsend.

Thomas Partey is unlikely to start, despite being fit but it’s ok because in Jorginho, we have a plan b, a plan b which is working quite well. So far at least. Another plan b we witnessed for the first time at the weekend was Leandro Trossard playing up front instead of Eddie Nketiah. I think that move worked rather well too, for Gabriel Martinelli as well as Trossard. I bet Brendan Rogers wasn’t expecting that. Will Mikel Arteta do the same tonight? Who knows.

When discussing what his starting line-up may look like tonight and knowing what his best eleven is, Mikel Arteta said:

We assess that situation every single day. The fact [is] we have options now – we have players coming back from injury giving us alternatives, which is going to be crucial. Players can’t maintain the same level for 10 months – it’s just impossible. We need to change and we have to generate alternatives and be more unpredictable for opponents sometimes as well. We have those options now.

Just Mo Elneny and Gabriel Jesus are on the injury list now and the latter must be very close to returning to training. Emile Smith Rowe and Jakub Kiwior both played 45 minutes for the under 21’s  on Monday night which can only be good for their fitness. Especially as the Europa League fixtures return next week.

Only two league fixtures take place tonight, the other being Liverpool v Wolves. The rest are FA Cup fixtures which include both Tottenham and Man Utd having to play Sheffield Utd and West Ham respectively. The further both go in this competition, City too who won last night, the bigger strain it’ll have on their respective squads, especially as all three are still involved in European football. This weekend, Man Utd travel to Liverpool, Newcastle play City at the Etihad and Totts go to Wolves. Arsenal are at home.

Anyway, I don’t care what Mikel Arteta said about just making sure his team plays better against Everton than they did at Goodison Park, I hope we batter Everton good and proper. I hope we gain revenge in a convincing manner. I hope referee Michael Oliver, his assistants Stuart Burt, Simon Bennett, fourth official David Coote and VAR Tony Harrington along with his sidekick James Mainwaring treat both sets of players the same.

Form wise, after the loss to Everton away from hope, the VAR cockup at Brentford, the home defeat to Man City and the awful first half against Aston Villa, Arsenal have won the last two games, both of which were away from home and potential banana skins. Now we have two back to back fixtures at The Emirates so we need to make the home advantage count.

Away from home, Everton have been pretty bad. Awful even, as they’ve won just two of their last 28 League games on the road. 19 of them have been defeats meaning they’ve picked up just 13 out of a possible 84 points. This season, they’ve won just one away fixture away from Goodison Park and that was back on the 1st October against Southampton.

They might need the points to avoid relegation but we need them to help ensure we’re playing Champions League football next season. At least….

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