Arsenal are back in Premier League action this evening when they take on an Everton side scrapping to keep their European hopes alive.
But the show must go on, and Mikel Arteta and his men will attempt to show that Arsenal Football Club can send a message on the pitch, even with little to play for domestically.
The Gunners are seven points off the top six, and while their most likely route to European football next season is by winning the Europa League, Arteta will still be looking to put out his strongest side this evening.
However, there are some key players missing with Alexandre Lacazette ruled out for this one, the club saying “he will continue to work with the medical team and will be assessed ahead of next week’s matches,” when Arsenal face Villarreal.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also out having battled malaria, though he could return ahead of next week’s Europa League first leg.
Kieran Tierney and David Luiz also remain out, both with knee injuries, while Martin Odegaard is being assessed ahead of the game.
Speaking ahead of the game about injuries, Arteta said: “Yeah it’s unfortunately the situation that we have at the moment. They’re all doing really well to be fair they’re a little bit ahead of schedule.
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“We don’t expect them for Everton I think. We have the doubt with Martin [Odegaard], let’s see how he is in training. The rest will be out and let’s get them as quick as possible back in the team.”
With that in mind, here is the full squad Arteta will have available for the Everton clash.
Goalkeepers – Bernd Leno, Runa Runarsson, Mat Ryan, Karl Hein.
Defenders – Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers, Gabriel Magalhaes, Cedric Soares, Pablo Mari, Joel Lopez.
Midfielders – Mohamed Elneny, Emile Smith Rowe, Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey, Martin Odegaard (doubt), Dani Ceballos, Ben Cottrell, Miguel Azeez.
Forwards – Bukayo Saka, Nicolas Pepe, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Martinelli, Willian, Folarin Balogun.