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ARSENAL VS EVERTON

Published:Friday | February 27, 2015 | 2:00 AM

ARSENAL (4-1-4-1)

OSPINA,

CHAMBERS, KOSCIELNY, MERTESACKER, MONREAL,

COQUELIN,

WALCOTT, CAZORLA, OZIL, SANCHEZ,

GIROUD

EVERTON (4-2-3-1)

LUKAKU,

NAISMITH, BARKLEY, LENNON,

BARRY, McCARTHY,

BAINES, JAGIELKA, STONES, COLEMAN,

HOWARD

Arsenal are in a good place at the moment in the Barclays Premier League. The Gunners have won five of their last six games, most recently the 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace last Saturday where striker Olivier Giroud netted his 50th goal for the club.

That victory took Arsene Wenger's side into third place, their highest standing this season since August, when the Gunners started the campaign with a 2-1 home win over Palace followed by the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park.

In that game, Everton led 2-0 until the 83rd minute, but Arsenal stole a point with a last-minute goal from Giroud. That was the Gunners' fifth game without a win against Everton.

Giroud now has 11 goals this season in his total of 50 for the Gunners with a strike-rate of 0.42, better than Arsenal greats such as Dennis Bergkamp, Cesc Fabregas, Paul Merson and Alan Smith.

At the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal have scored 28 goals in 12 games, the joint highest home return in the Premier League and same as Manchester United.

They have also conceded 11; only league leaders Chelsea (with five) have let in fewer. Everton, by contrast, have won only three away games all season.

But on Wednesday, Arsenal lost 3-1 at home to Monaco in the Champions League.

Arsenal test Aaron Ramsey and miss Mathieu Debuchy and Mikel Arteta. Everton, in Europa League action on Thursday, are without Tony Hibbert, Aidan McGeady, Steven Pienaar and Leon Osman.