Roberto Martinez will be without his English starlet Ross Barkley after he suffered a knee injury that could keep him on the sidelines for a while. The injury to Barkley means Steven Naismith will play the attacking midfield role behind lone striker Romelu Lukaku. Elsewhere, there are lengthy injuries to both Arouna Kone as well as Bryan Oviedo. Kevin Mirallas will likely be used as a substitute, while Seamus Coleman could get the nod to start his first match of the new campaign.
Arsenal (4-1-4-1): Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Chambers, Sanchez, Wilshere, Ramsey, Cazorla, Giroud
Although Arsene Wenger added quite a few reinforcements to his squad over the summer, he still faces a long list of injuries, with Theo Walcott, David Ospina, Kieran Gibbs, Mikel Arteta, and Yaya Sanogo all sidelines with a knock. He may be forced to call back Per Mertesacker to play in centre defence, despite the German star only recently returning to training. Arteta, who limped off in the midweek match with Besiktas will likely be replaced by Calum Chambers, who will be moved up from defence into a holding midfield role. Mathieu Flamini is also on standby for the holding role should Chambers need to slot in for Mertesacker once more.
— Mukesh Taneja (@mukeshtaneja18) August 21, 2014
Arsenal actually need a striker i think this everton game may wake wenger up — Damz Jidz (@skdphotography) August 21, 2014
Arsenal should try their best to avoid defeat against Everton on saturday=my wish…win=ecstatic — PST_CHIMDI (@sir_chimdi) August 21, 2014
Towards the end of the previous season, Arsenal visited Goodison Park and came out the more embarrassed side after falling to a devastating 3-0 defeat at the hands of Everton. The Gunners will look to build on last weeks victory while the Toffees will be holding firm to deny three points to their opponents.
Everton vs. Arsenal: An Alternative Preview
Everton's victory against Arsenal in April ended a run of 13 without one against the Gunners in the Barclays Premier League.
Arsenal are the only away team to score six goals in a Premier League game at Goodison Park (in August 2009).
Steven Naismith has scored four and assisted two in his last nine Premier League appearances.
Arsenal have now gone four games without a win against Everton, their worst such run in the Premier League.
The Gunners have never gone five league games without beating the Toffees in their history.
Arsenal have not won their opening two league games since 2009 (which included a win against Everton).
Last season Everton opened the season with two draws; they drew their opener last week at Leicester.
Everton have scored at least two goals in each of their last six Premier League home games.
But two of the Toffees' last three Premier League home games have seen them lose 3-2.
Arsenal won more away games than any other Premier League team in 2013-14 (11), yet ended the season with a goal difference of only +2 on the road.