With a win required to have a chance at a top-four spot, the predicted Arsenal team to face Everton could see Gabriel Martinelli unleashed from the off.
Arsenal put themselves right in the mix to finish in the Champions League places this season. From the back end of April through to May, they went on a four-game winning streak, taking out some of their closest competition.
First, they beat third-placed Chelsea 4-2. The Gunners then went on to beat Manchester United 3-1 in the following fixture.
West Ham were the next side to taste defeat at the hands of Mikel Arteta’s side when Arsenal beat them 2-1. The Gunners then defeated Leeds United to extend their winning streak.
However, Tottenham who had also been on a fine streak of their own put a stop to Arsenal’s run. Spurs thumped Arsenal 3-0 and put themselves in the driver’s seat for fourth place.
The Gunners then suffered another setback, as mid-table Newcastle United beat them 2-0 at St. James’ Park.
Arteta kept his cards close to his chest regarding his selection for the final match against Everton. However, Takehiro Tomiyasu is set to miss out following an injury in the last match.
Last time out – Newcastle 2-0 Arsenal
Aaron Ramsdale started in net. The two centre-back positions were filled by the usual partnership of Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes.
Tomiyasu – who picked up an injury and was replaced by Cedric Soares – started at right-back, with Nuno Tavares at left-back.
The holding-midfield pair was Granit Xhaka – who was vocal about his team’s poor performance – and Mohamed Elneny.
Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard played with Emile Smith Rowe behind the striker.
Eddie Nketiah once again started up top as he has for the past seven games.
Predicted Arsenal team against Everton
An Arsenal win would go a long way in their pursuit of Champions League football. However, should Tottenham better their result, they will fall short of fourth place. Still, Arteta will want to give his all in attempting to finish in the top four.
Ramsdale will start in net. White and Gabriel should remain as the partnership in the heart of the defence.
Cedric is likely to start at right-back in place of the injured Tomiyasu. Tavares may once again play on the other side of the defence.
Xhaka and Elneny are likely to remain in the holding-midfield positions. Saka and Odegaard could retain their spots behind the striker. Smith Rowe – Arsenal’s second-top scorer – may be replaced, though.
Gabriel Martinelli was substituted on in place of the Englishman last time out and has been more of a threat going forward in recent times.
Since Smith Rowe’s last goal, Martinelli has scored once and provided three assists and his output in front of goal is likely more of an attractive asset for Arteta given their situation.
Nketiah – who will want to get back on the scoresheet after failing to score in the last two – should be afforded another start up front.
Predicted Arsenal XI: Ramsdale; Cedric, White, Gabriel, Tavares; Elneny, Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Nketiah.