Arsenal head into the final day of the 2021/22 Premier League season requiring a huge favour from the already relegated Norwich City if they’re to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
A four-game winning streak in response to a three-game losing slump meant the Gunners held a four-point advantage over north London rivals Tottenham in the race for fourth spot heading into the all-important derby earlier this month.
A resounding defeat for Mikel Arteta’s boys handed Spurs a lifeline before they succumbed away at Newcastle on Monday night to hand those folk from N17 the initiative.
Thus, Antonio Conte’s side need just a point at Carrow Road on Sunday to secure Champions League football for next season while Arsenal host Everton at the Emirates. Arteta’s side must beat the now safe Toffees on the final day to have any hope of pipping the Lilywhites to fourth spot.
There were scenes of delirium at Goodison Park on Thursday night as Everton overturned a two-goal deficit to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 and preserve their position in the Premier League. They’ll be relaxed heading into the final day, but there’s no way Frank Lampard will allow his side to sleepwalk through Sunday’s bout.
Arsenal vs Everton preview: How to watch, Premier League final day, score prediction, team lineups, live stream
Here’s our preview of Arsenal’s Premier League clash against Everton on the final day of the season.
How to Watch Arsenal vs Everton
When is kick-off? Sunday 22 May
What time is kick-off? 16:00 (BST)
Where is it played? Emirates Stadium
TV channel/live stream? Sky Sports (UK), fuboTV (US)
Arsenal Team News
Benjamin White struggled through Monday night’s game but should keep his place in the XI for Sunday. He’ll be joined at the back by Gabriel, but Takehiro Tomiyasu is set to miss out after he pulled up short at St James’ Park.
Rob Holding, though, is back in contention after serving his one-game suspension which means we could see White at right-back and no Cedric Soares. YAY! Nuno Tavares, however, should start at left-back.
Arsenal’s new #11, Gabriel Martinelli, will surely come back into the team and replace Emile Smith-Rowe on the left.
Everton Team News
Lampard is set to make several changes from Thursday night’s starting XI. Although, his 3-4-2-1 system should be retained.
Dele Alli could come in for Andre Gomes after he impressed as a substitute against Palace, while Demarai Gray could usurp Anthony Gordon and join Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the front three.
Alex Iwobi should get another start against his former club.
Jarrad Branthwaite and Solomon Rondon are still suspended for the away side, who are also without Nathan Patterson, Andros Townsend, Fabian Delph and Yerry Mina due to injuries.
Arsenal vs Everton predicted lineups
Arsenal: Ramsdale; White, Holding, Gabriel, Tavares; Elneny, Ødegaard, Xhaka; Saka, Nketiah, Martinelli.
Everton: Pickford; Godfrey, Keane, Holgate; Iwobi, Doucoure, Dele, Mykolenko; Gray, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin.
Arsenal’s Recent Form
Newcastle 2-0 Arsenal (16/05) – Premier League
Tottenham 3-0 Arsenal (12/05) – Premier League
Arsenal 2-1 Leeds United (08/05) – Premier League
West Ham United 1-2 Arsenal (01/05) – Premier League
Arsenal 3-1 Manchester United (23/04) – Premier League
Everton’s Recent Form
Everton 3-2 Crystal Palace (19/05) – Premier League
Everton 2-3 Brentford (15/05) – Premier League
Watford 0-0 Everton (11/05) – Premier League
Leicester City 1-2 Everton (08/05) – Premier League
Everton 1-0 Chelsea (01/05) – Premier League
The handbrake will be off for Frank Lampard on Sunday as his now safe Toffees visit the Emirates. The Chelsea legend, though, will be keen to get one over the Gunners in this one and put to rest their faint hopes of Champions League football.
The mood in the Emirates is set to be pretty subdued after Monday night’s dismal showing, but the rather relaxed atmosphere should suit the home side.
The Gunners have recently succumbed to the pressure in recent weeks, but knowing that fourth spot is out of their hands will allow them to play with a touch more freedom.
This is poised to be an entertaining bout with goals coming at both ends, but the Gunners should end their campaign on a high note.
Over to you, Norwich.
Prediction: Arsenal 3-2 Everton