The Gunners currently sit ninth in the table, just three points behind the eighth-placed Toffees who still have ambitions to finish in the European positions.
Fresh from announcing their intentions to withdraw from the proposed European Super League, Arsenal will be keen to put the last few days behind them when they face Everton.
The Gunners’ inconsistency has been evident in the past week, with an impressive 4-0 win away to Slavia Prague last Thursday preceding a disappointing draw against relegation-threatened Fulham, as Eddie Nketiah’s last-gasp equaliser kept their unbeaten run over four games.
The Gunners have lost 12 of their 32 league matches, while Everton have played five league games without a win, causing setbacks in their hopes to make the top four.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side last won a match in the Premier League against West Brom in early March and will be hoping to return to winning ways following back-to-back draws with Crystal Palace, Brighton and Tottenham Hotspur. Even so, the Toffees are only six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and an impressive win would put them firmly in the running for the top four.
Here’s everything you need to know before the match.
When is the match?
The game kicks off at 8pm on Friday 23 April.
Where can I watch it?
The match will be televised live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HD with coverage getting underway at 7:30pm. If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.
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What is the team news?
Arsenal will continue to be without David Luiz and Kieran Tierney because of injuries, while Alexandre Lacazette could also be a doubt following a hamstring issue. However, Martin Odegaard could return to the team following a foot injury, as could Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was recently treated for malaria.
Arteta is likely to make changes to his starting XI, with Nicholas Pepe and Thomas Partey likely to be included. Nketiah could play in the middle if Aubameyang has not returned.
Everton have a number of injury concerns, with Abdoulaye Doucoure, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Fabian Delph, Yerry Mina and Bernard all unavailable for this fixture.
Andre Gomes is likely to return from injury and the Toffees will be hoping that Dominic Calvert-Lewin is cleared in time for the match.
Predicted line ups
Arsenal: Ryan, Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Xhaka, Thomas, Ceballos, Pepe, Smith Rowe, Saka, Aubameyang.
Everton: Pickford, Keane, Godfrey, Holgate, Coleman, Davies, Allan, Digne, Rodriguez, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.
Everton’s away form this season has been very good, but they haven’t won at Arsenal since January 1996. Both teams have had unreliable form in recent weeks and with Everton’s many injuries, it is likely that Arsenal will come away with a victory on Friday night. Arsenal 2-1 Everton
Arsenal – 10/11
Draw – 13/5
Everton – 3/1