With Christmas approaching, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal seems to have put themselves in quite a comfortable position in the Premier League table sitting at the second position just three points behind table toppers Chelsea having played 15 games apiece. It has been a long time, specifically 12 years, since Arsenal last won the Premier League title and this time, things are looking up for the gunners as they take on Everton in a matchday 16 clash at the Goodison Park.

The Gunners are unbeaten in the top flight since the first day of the season and will move above Chelsea if they secure their 11th win of the season against Ronald Koeman’s side.  It marks the first of two very crucial games for Arsene Wenger’s men as they attempt to underline their title credentials at Everton before a trip to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. Ronald Koeman has a strong record against Arsenal as a manager at previous clubs Southampton and PSV, though his Everton side are stuttering somewhat after a initial strong start to the season.

Everton take on Arsenal at the Goodison park on Premier League Matchday 16.

Everton vs Arsenal Team News

Everton

Everton have won just once in their last 10 Premier League matches and manager Ronald Koeman has the option of recalling Ross Barkley, Aaron Lennon and Enner Valencia to the starting side. The toffees do not have major injury concerns that would drastically affect their starting line-up with only Yannick Bolasie and Mo Besic out with long-term knee ligament problems. Barkley and  Lennon may be brought back in by Koeman, and Phil Jagielka looks deserving of a start in defence after some unconvincing performances from Ramiro Funes-Mori.

Arsenal

Gabriel is set to replace the injured Shkodran Mustafi in the Arsenal defence as they travel to Everton on Tuesday with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirming that the Germany international would be sidelined for around three weeks, and will miss much of the Christmas period.  Rob Holding is likely to come into the squad for the Premier League trip as further cover in central defence, with Mustafi out of action for three weeks. Aaron Ramsey remains sidelined with a hamstring problem of his own, with Arsenal’s longer-term injured stars including Santi Cazorla, Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck still not ready to return.

Everton vs Arsenal : Predicted Starting Line-up

Everton

Stekelenburg, Coleman, Williams, Funes Mori, Baines, Gueye, Barry, Deulofeu, McCarthy, Barkley, Lukaku

Arsenal

Cech, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Xhaka, Coquelin, Walcott, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez

Everton vs Arsenal : Match Details

Venue: Goodison Park

Date: December 12, 2016

Time: 19:45 (01:15 AM IST December 14)

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Everton vs Arsenal : TV Guide

The clash between Arsenal and Everton will be telecaste on BT Sport Live Streaming, BBC Radio 5 Live, BT Sport 1, BT Sport 4K UHD in the UK, SiriusXM FC, NBCSN, NBC Sports Live in the U.S and Star Sports Select HD 1 in India.

Everton vs Arsenal : Match Predictions

Arsenal are in red hot form and will look to continue their winning ways away against Koeman’s side on matchday 16. Our prediction stands at a 1-0 win for Arsenal with Mesut Ozil turning up on the scoresheet for the Gunners.

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