Arsenal face a tough task this afternoon on Merseyside when they take on Everton at Goodison park, with Roberto Martinez’s men on a high following their 2-0 win over Chelsea in the FA Cup.
As for Arsenal the opposite is true after having been knocked out of two competitions in five days the Gunners cannot be complacent and must treat this afternoon’s game a must-win-match.
Here is what Wenger had to say going into today’s game: “At the moment, the only way to achieve something special is first to be realistic and humble enough to deal first with Everton…
“It’s very tight, but I believe the Premier League is far from over. We are in a position where we hope for the best.
“I agree that a negative result would be very bad for us, but we focus on a positive result. We know now is the time for us to produce the result we want.”
Missing from today’s match will be French midfielder Mathieu Flamini after the 32-year-old tweaked a hamstring during the loss to Barcelona at the Nou Camp.
Meanwhile both Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla are taking longer than expected to return to the fold, with both players still not expected to be match fit following the international break.
Goalkeeper Petr Cech meanwhile is on schedule for an early April return, as is midfielder Aaron Ramsey,
Francis Coquelin, Olivier Giroud and Joel Campbell all started the midweek match against Barcelona from the bench, but with Arsenal needing to come away with all three points we expect to see them all start this afternoon against an Everton side, who despite their poor home record are capable enough to beat anybody on the day.
Have a look at our starting XI below and see if you think we have got it right.
Predicted XI: Ospina; Monreal, Koscielny, Gabriel, Bellerin; Elneny, Coquelin; Ozil, Sanchez, Campbell; Giroud.