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ARSENAL take on Everton tonight in the Premier League – their first game since last week’s proposed European Super League breakaway plans.
Fans are protesting outside the Emirates tonight, just days after the Gunners pulled out of the Super League, with owner Stan Kroenke under fire.
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Start time: 8pm GMT
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Gylfi Sigurdsson is in some fine form and he’s one Arsenal will have to keep an eye on tonight.
Everton’s Sigurdsson has been involved in five goals in his last seven Premier League games (3 goals, 2 assists), as many as in his previous 23 in the competition.
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ARTETA ON PROTEST
Speaking ahead of tonight’s game, Mikel Arteta acknowledged that fans want to express their feelings towards the club’s ownership.
Arteta said: “I will try to prepare the team in the best possible way so that isn’t the case.
“We know that we might have a situation outside the stadium because our fans want to express their feelings, and they made it loud and clear they weren’t having it.
“But our job is to try to make the team as focused as possible to perform on the pitch.
“I am getting used to it, since I joined it has been a rollercoaster and more things have happened in those 18 months than probably in the last 20 years.
“We need to win every game now in the Premier League to give us the best possible chance to be in Europe next season through that competition.”
UNBEATEN ON FRIDAYS
Arsenal have never lost in nine previous Premier League games played on Fridays (W7 D2), the most a team has played on a specific day of the week without ever losing.
These games have produced 42 goals in total (4.7 per game), with the Gunners scoring 28 and conceding 14.
OUTSIDE THE GROUND
“We want our Arsenal back,” the crowd chants.ONE TO WATCH
Arsenal’s Nicolas Pépé has been involved in six goals in 24 Premier League appearances this season (5 goals, 1 assist), compared to nine goals in 16 games in all other competitions this term (5 goals, 4 assists).
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Arsenal fans have gathered outside the Emirates tonight to protest against the club’s owner, Stan Kroenke.
The fans wanting rid of American owner Kroenke isn’t anything new.
But after this week’s failed attempt of a European breakaway league alongside Man Utd, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham, the fans are back out in full force.
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Everton are sat one place above Arsenal in 8th, but there’s three points between them.
Everton are looking to complete their first league double over Arsenal since the 1985-86 season, following their 2-1 win at Goodison Park in December.
However, Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 24 Premier League home games against Everton (W20 D4) since a 1-2 loss at Highbury in January 1996.
This will be the 200th top-flight meeting between Arsenal and Everton – the Gunners have won 98 of the 199 so far, more than any side has beaten another in top-flight history.
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And welcome to the live blog for Arsenal vs Everton!
Arsenal are heading into tonight’s game three points behind opponents Everton.
So if Everton beat Arsenal tonight, the gap will grow to six points and Carlo Ancelotti’s men will have a game in hand still.
The Gunners already find themselves nine points off Chelsea in 4th and West Ham in 5th.
And seven points off 6th place Tottenham and 7th place Liverpool – the latter could see the Gunners qualify for next season’s new UEFA European competition, the Europa Conference League.
As for Everton, a win takes up to 52 points and come Monday, they’ll have a game in hand on some of their European rivals.
In terms of team news, Key men Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (malaria) and Alexandre Lacazette (hamstring) are both set to miss tonight’s game.
Which could hand youngster Gabriel Martinelli a start in the frontline.
Martin Odegaard, David Luiz and Kieran Tierney won’t be in Mikel Arteta’s matchday squad either.
Midfield duo Abdoulaye Doucoure and Jean-Philippe Gbamin are out for the visitors.
But goal-scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin is set to return, bolstering Ancelotti’s attacking options.
The teamsheets are due to be released in an hour so don’t go anywhere!