As ever, Arsenal are suffering through the unstable ground of their annual ‘business end’ of the season slump, having all but fallen away from title contention and knocked out of all cup competitions.
Today, they travel to Goodison Park to take on an Everton side, who in many ways, reflect the visiting Gunners. Both sides play an attractive brand of football, though are all too often let down by defensive lapses and struggle to truly grind results out.
Having taken just 10 points from the last 27 available, attentions have flipped from usurping growing ever bitter rivals Chelsea as champions of England, to nervously looking over their shoulders in the race to finish in the top four.
Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla continue to miss out, while Mathieu Flamini picked up a hamstring injury at the Camp Nou.
Alex Iwobi, who impressed against Barcelona in the week gets his first start in the Premier League, while Per Mertesacker drops out.
For the home side, Muhamed Besic makes his first start since January, though Gareth Barry and Kevin Mirallas are suspended.
Leighton Baines is another who make his first start in months after a season derailed by injury.
The form book is not with the Toffees, who have won just once in the last 17 league meetings between the two.
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— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) March 19, 2016