Arsenal vs Everton preview: Team news, ones to watch, predicted line ups and how to watch
Emile Smith Rowe of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Fulham at Emirates Stadium on April 18, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The news of the European Super League has dominated headlines so much this week, that it is easy to forget that Premier League fixtures are still taking place.

Friday evening will see Arsenal host Everton at the Emirates Stadium in a Premier League clash that will shape both sides’ remainder of the season.

Arsenal failed to capitalise on other teams dropping points in the Premier League, as they drew 1-1 with Fulham last Sunday, but with Everton visiting North London, Mikel Arteta and his side will be looking to pick up a crucial three points as the season comes to a close.

Should The Gunners come out of this tie victorious, they would move level on points with their Merseyside visitors in eighth place.

With more difficult games on the horizon, Arteta will see it as essential that his side picks up maximum points while they hold the home advantage.

The last time these two sides met was in December – a 2-1 victory for the Toffees at Goodison Park, in the midst of Arsenal’s winter-time slump, which saw them drop as low as 15th in the table.

A win for Everton would see them move within one point of local rivals Liverpool, as they fight for the European places in the final few games of the season.

The teams competing for both Europa League and Champions League football edge closer together, as the season comes to a conclusion, and it is very much still all to play for.

  • Team News

The Gunners will have to make do without captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as he continues his recovery from malaria, having caught the disease while on international duty with Gabon.

Arteta will also have to make his team selection without Alexandre Lacazette – The in-form striker picked up a hamstring injury in the Fulham game.

Amid fears that he would be out for an extended period, the club’s injury update mentioned that he will be assessed ahead of next week’s Europa League semi-final clash against Villarreal.

Norweigan creative midfielder Martin Odegaard has returned to light training this week – he remains a doubt for the Everton fixture, but it seems more than likely that Arsenal fans will be treated to an appearance or two before the season comes to a close.

Both Kieran Tierney and David Luiz remain side-lined with ongoing issues. It is reported that Scottish left-back is making good progress amid his recovery, while Luiz is expected to return to full training next week.

  • Ones to Watch

Arsenal youngster Emile Smith-Rowe has time and time again proved his worth to this Arsenal side.

The 21-year-olds ability to progress the ball through clever touched and movement has demonstrated just how important he is to the side.

Coming back from injury in recent weeks, now is the opportunity for the young midfielder to affirm his place in the starting line-up, for all of the important games that the Gunners have remaining this season.

With both Lacazette and Aubameyang out, it could be the perfect time for Gabriel Martinelli to step into the frame.

The Brazilian forward will be keen to show his ability to Arteta, with his first team chances being few and far between since returning from injury.

He does however seem to be in better favour in recent weeks, with the Spanish coach opting to start Martinelli out wide in the PL clash with Fulham.

The Brazilian will be looking to put in a statement performance against the Toffees, as he tries to make the most of his opportunities.

  • Predicted Line-ups

Arsenal - Leno, Cedric, Holding, Gabriel, Xhaka; Partey, Ceballos; Smith-Rowe, Pepe, Saka; Martinelli

Everton - Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Holgate, Digne; Davies, Allan, Sigurdsson, Iwobi, Richarlison, Rodriguez

  • How to Watch

Arsenal vs Everton will kick of at 8:00pm BST and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Premier League