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Everton v Arsenal live & preview Premier League 2013-14

Everton v Arsenal live & preview Premier League 2013-14 Photo: TT

Fourth placed Arsenal head to the city of Liverpool to take on Everton in a bid to revive their sagging fortunes in the English Premier League on Sunday.

Arsenal never really picked up since they were routed 6-0 at the hands of Chelsea a fortnight ago. Consecutive draws since then with Swansea and Manchester City mean that Arsene Wenger’s side has only been able to pocket 13 points from their last ten matches.

Wenger knows that a few more results like that would mean dropping out of the Champions League places and with Everton within touching distance, only four points adrift and with a game in hand, the pressure is building on the Londoners to perform.

Aaron Ramsey would be available for selection for the match after having recovered from a thigh injury which had kept him out since the beginning of the year. However, Mesut Ozil would be sitting out this match due to a hamstring problem.

The home side is in the middle of a spectacular run of form with five wins out of their last five matches. The Merseyside team has only lost one match at home in all competitions this season and are at the fifth position in the league with 60 points from 31 games.

The momentum is with Everton who now need to push with all their might to break into the top four spots.

Manager Roberto Martinez will be missing the services of team captain Phil Jagielka who is still out with a hamstring injury, along with midfielder Steven Pienaar who has a knee injury. Leading goalscorer Romelu Lukaku will be leading the line for the home side.

In the return fixture earlier in the season, Everton clawed back into the match with a late Gerard Deulofeu goal after Mesut Ozil had put the then league-leaders Arsenal in front in the 80th minute to hold on to a 1-1 draw. The sides met again in the FA Cup quarter-final last month where the Londoners triumphed 4-1.

Though the Toffees have not won against Arsenal in London since March 2007, they will pose a big threat to Arsenal’s ambitions for this season.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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