Everton expected 4-2-3-1 v Arsenal: Senior trio axed
By Emma Sanders
Everton are expected to make three changes to the side which lost 3-2 against Watford when they host Arsenal at Goodison Park on Tuesday evening.
Ross Barkley could be handed his first start in three games, replacing James McCarthy, after coming on as a substitute in the 3-2 defeat against Watford.
Enner Valencia and Phil Jagielka could also be restored to the starting XI in place of Gerard Deulofeu and Ashley Williams, who were both poor at the weekend.
Attacking midfielder Barkley has been largely overlooked by Ronald Koeman this season but poor results may push the Dutchman into given Barkley a chance.
Gareth Barry is set to equal Ryan Giggs’ record of most Premier League game with his 610th appearance against Everton, starting in midfield alongside Idrissa Gueye.
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Kevin Mirallas should retain his place in the attacking three behind Romelu Lukaku, who should start up front.
The striker netted his first goals since October but his brace wasn’t enough to give Everton a much-needed win against Stoke but they will need him firing again on all fronts against the Gunners.
Marteen Stekelenburg should start in goal, while Koeman is expected to keep Ramrio Funes-Mori and Ashley Williams as the centre-back pairing in defence.
Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines should retain their places in the full-back roles and are relatively unchallenged in those positions.
In other Everton news, Lukaku has delivered this brutally honest verdict on his team’s current form.