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Everton v Arsenal live & preview Premier League 2014-15: Everton hunt for first win

Everton will be hoping to register their first win of the season when they play host to Arsenal on Saturday, 23 August 2014 at Goodison Park at 1730 hours BST.

Arsenal managed to scrape through their first game with Aaron Ramsey scoring the winner in injury time. Arsene Wenger will be hoping that his team puts in a good performance in what seems to be a challenging game early in the season.

As for the new faces, Alexis Sanchez had a good debut and looked sharp. He looks set to get another starting berth in this game as well. Calum Chambers put in a very impressive performance and should start this game as well.

Mesut Ozil however, is not yet fully fit after joining the team later than the rest. He though could be put on the bench and called on if required. Mikel Arteta is another player that will miss the game as he is out of action for at least another two weeks due to injury.

Arsenal could play a 4-3-3 formation with Olivier Giroud up front. Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere will line up in midfield. It is highly doubtful that David Ospina will be given his debut.

Everton’s new striker, Romelu Lukaku wasn’t at his best and lacked finesse. He did not look very comfortable while he had the ball at his feet. He will have to be back to his best as he will need to have a good day at the office if Everton want to win their first home game.

Seamus Coleman, who missed the first game could be in line to make his first appearance of the season. Darron Gibson, however could miss out.

Everton could line-up similar to last week in a 4-3-2-1 formation.

The battles between Leighton Everton’s Baines and Steven Pineaar and Arsenal’s Mathieu Debuchy will be worth a watch. The two Evertonians will be hoping to work their magic around the new Arsenal left-back, Debuchy.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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