Arsenal have been granted a major boost ahead of their clash with Everton.
The internal issues at Arsenal are some of the worst ever seen in the Premier League era, and while solving those comes first and foremost, they’ve been handed a big lifeline for the weekend.
In trend with recent transfer windows, the Toffees splashed heavily in the summer transfer window under Ancelotti’s instructions, bringing in a wealth of talent who’ve since drastically altered the club’s fortunes.
Midfielders Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure joined from Napoli and Watford respectively, adding ball progression and leadership in an area of the pitch where Everton were at their weakest.
Ben Godfrey was signed to bolster the defensive numbers, although it was the addition of James Rodriguez from Real Madrid which has made the most notable impact. The Colombian has contributed three goals and three assists in the Premier League this season, but has been forced to sit out the previous two matches through injury.
He was expected to return for the Toffees for Saturday’s visit of Arsenal, but it’s since been confirmed by Ancelotti. that the influential 29-year-old will not be fit to face the Gunners.
Such an absence naturally aids Arsenal’s cause, but Allan will also sit out the Goodison Park clash having sustained a hamstring pull in the recent win over Leicester.
Two players of huge value to Everton not featuring will doubtlessly please Arteta, for more reasons than one.