Early Everton team news: Koeman reveals line-up for clash v Arsenal
By Danny Wright
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has revealed that he will make no changes to his team for the final game of their season at Arsenal on Sunday.
The Toffees earned a narrow 1-0 win against Watford last Friday and it will be the same 11 that line-up once more after it was confirmed in an early team news update that there are no fresh injury worries.
“No changes. It will be the same squad as last week,” said Koeman in his pre-match press conference on Friday, as quoted by Everton’s official Twitter account.
RK: "No changes. It will be the same squad as last week." https://t.co/M67nbvwoP3
— Everton (@Everton) May 19, 2017
This means that Joel Robles will keep his place in goal behind a back four of Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka, Ashley Williams and Mason Holgate.
Tom Davies, Morgan Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gueye will make the up midfield three if Koeman’s formation remains unchanged, while Romelu Lukaku spearheads an attack which includes Ross Barkley and Kevin Mirallas.
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Barkley, 23, scored his sixth goal of the campaign in what was the only goal in the win at Watford last week.
Whatever the outcome of Everton’s trip to the Emirates on Sunday, they will still finish in seventh place as they are currently five points shy of Manchester United and 15 ahead of Southampton.
This weekend’s hosts Arsenal will be gunning to earn a top four spot but they will have to better Liverpool’s result to do so.
The Reds welcome Middlesbrough to Anfield in their final fixture and a win would ensure them of Champions League football next season.
In other Everton news, Koeman has admitted that this senior Toffees player is not the complete package.