Midfielders & Wing-Backs
Hector Bellerin (RWB) – Straight back in. Arteta values Hector Bellerin for his contributions in the final third, as well as tucking in to midfield, with him being reinstated the expected decision. Furthermore, opting for a back three will reduce the defensive workload on the full-back, who’s been guilty of weak defending in transition.
Mohamed Elneny (CM) – Had a bit of a stinker against Southampton, and while he did improve slightly after the break, his overall display was a big drop off from the form he’d shown in the opening stages of the season.
However, without Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka there are no other options to playing the holding role, thus Elneny will need to actually turn up this time.
Dani Ceballos (CM) – Can we have less of the pathetic dives in the box, please? He’s clearly desperate for a positive result, but nobody enjoys resorting to such measures.
Away from the negatives, Dani Ceballos was one of Arsenal’s better (that says little) players against the Saints, with some positive passing through the lines that had been sorely missed all season. Still guilty of other errors, enhancing the former and eliminating the carelessness would be greatly appreciated at Goodison Park. Can’t see Arteta playing Willock in this one.
Ainsley Maitland Niles (LWB) – I can see Arteta changing things up on Merseyside. Fully aware of the threat that Richarlison poses, and maybe even Alex Iwobi who is in decent form, he’ll want adequate protection in wide areas. Given Maitland-Niles is the more defensively disciplined of the left wing-back options, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him switch flanks for Saturday.