Premier League: Everton and Arsenal looking to close on the top four
Last Updated: 28/11/12 8:56am
David Moyes and Arsene Wenger will lock horns on Wednesday
Closing the gap which separates them from the Premier League's top four will be the target for Everton and Arsenal on Wednesday.
The Toffees sit fifth at present, with the UEFA Champions League places four points above them.
Dropping four points in their last two games has left them playing catch-up, but a run of only one defeat in 10 suggests there is not too much wrong with the Toffees right now.
The same could be said for Arsenal, with the Gunners unbeaten in three and only a point worse off than their midweek opponents.
Inconsistency is plaguing Arsene Wenger's plans, though, and a disgruntled fan base has started to air its displeasure.
Wenger insists he is not overly concerned by Arsenal's patchy form, or the chants aimed in his direction during a goalless draw at Aston Villa on Saturday, but he will want to see his side improve on an away record which has already seen them drop 12 points on their travels.
David Moyes will be delighted to see Marouane Fellaini come back into contention for Everton.
The talismanic Belgian is available again after serving a one-match ban.
Phil Neville remains sidelined with a knee problem, so Phil Jagielka is expected to deputise as skipper for the third match in succession.
Arsenal will have forward Theo Walcott back from a shoulder problem for their trip to Merseyside.
Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky (Achilles) is back in full training after his long injury lay-off, but will not feature at Goodison Park.
Defender Andre Santos (stomach muscle) remains out of action, while midfielder Abou Diaby (thigh) continues his rehabilitation.
- Arsenal have won eight and lost none of their last 10 Premier League meetings against Everton.
- In the last 21 games against Arsenal (in all comps), Everton have only managed more than one goal in a game on one occasion.
- Michael Oliver will officiate Everton v Arsenal. He has only ever done four Arsenal games and they have won one and lost three.
Previous game's starting line-ups
- 1 Joel
- 23 Coleman
- 26 Stones
- 15 Distin
- 3 Baines
- 16 McCarthy
- 18 Barry
- 11 Mirallas
- 20 Barkley
- 22 Pienaar
- 17 Lukaku
Team taken from Everton vs Arsenal (The FA Cup sponsored by Budweiser) on Saturday 8th March 2014
- 21 Fabianski
- 3 Sagna
- 4 Mertesacker
- 5 Vermaelen
- 28 Gibbs
- 20 Flamini
- 8 Arteta
- 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain
- 11 Ozil
- 19 Cazorla
- 22 Sanogo
Team taken from Arsenal vs Everton (The FA Cup sponsored by Budweiser) on Saturday 8th March 2014
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Everton v Arsenal
Thomas Vermaelen believes Arsenal have a strong mentality but accepts there is still room for improvement.
Everton defender Leighton Baines could miss Saturday's clash with Manchester City after suffering a hamstring injury.
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is expected to be out until Christmas with a groin strain he suffered at Everton.