As Arsenal look forward to the first tough test of December, with many more to come, The Gunners will line up against fellow top 4 contenders Everton at the Emirates this Sunday. In the day’s late kick off Arsenal will battle with Everton for the win, with both clubs drastically needing all three points for different respective reasons. Arsenal have the chance to maintain or extend their lead on top of the Premier League whilst the Merseyside club will be looking to close the gap on the Gunners, who have extended a fair way.
Ahead of the game, the latest injury news has been released by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Le Prof has been both positive and negative in regards to injuries. Firstly the negatives in that Bacary Sagna is likely not to be back until Manchester City, a game that takes place not this weekend but the next. This means he will miss out on two crucial clashes against Everton and Napoli respectively however we do have Carl Jenkinson to fill in for the time being. Jenkinson may not be the best defender but let’s remember that he is still young and inexperienced, and although that isn’t what you particularly need or want when you’re trying to win the league, we should be nothing but supportive towards the youngster who I feel did quite well against Hull in midweek.
The next downfall is the news that Mathieu Flamini has a small groin niggle which could potentially force him to be ruled out of contention for Sunday’s game. It would be a great shame to see the Frenchman miss out because he has been a main focal point for the team this season as well as one of the reasons for our determined hopes for success. Like Sagna however Flamini too has a replacement who can fill in for him and this time its Spanish midfield maestro Mikel Arteta.
Arteta is more than likely to get the chance to once again play against his former side, and he won’t be able to feel any feelings for his old side when we desperately need to take all three points away from the Evertonian’s. On the bright side, Lukas Podolski could return as early as Manchester City, whilst Napoli is perhaps a little too early. But the German international striker is returning to full fitness and I’m sure it wont be long until he is once again in and around the starting XI. Furthermore with Walcott recently returning and AOC also not too far away things on the injury front are starting to improve even if the two Frenchmen mentioned have fallen short of the tough Christmas fixtures.