Senior duo recalled in Koeman 4-2-3-1: Everton best possible XI to face Arsenal
By Emma Sanders
Everton must start Ross Barkley against Arsenal and Phil Jagielka should be brought back into the back four.
The Blues’ defensive woes were highlighted in the disappointing 3-2 defeat against Watford on Saturday so Ronald Koeman should bring some experience into the side for the crucial clash against Arsenal and recall the senior duo.
Therefore Ramiro Funes-Mori should make way for Jagielka and Barkley must start in place of James McCarthy to give Everton a spark in attack.
The England international has played a bit-part since Koeman’s arrival but, as one of the best Everton midfielders, he simply has to start.
He should play in an advanced number 10 role, with Gareth Barry and Idrissa Gueye lining up as holding midfielders.
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Barry was excellent against Watford, getting an assist and producing a number of good passes and he could equal Ryan Giggs’ Premier League record for most appearances if he plays in his 610th match against the Gunners.
Gerard Delofeu and Kevin Mirallas should line up on the wings as part of an attacking three but James McCarthy should make way for Barkley to come into the side.
Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines will bring Everton width in the full-back roles and Ashley Williams is the obvious centre-back partner for Jagielka.
Marteen Stekelenburg should also line-up as the Blues’ number one, while Romelu Lukaku will be the star man up front and completes the starting XI.
In other Everton news, Lukaku gave this brutally honest verdict on his team’s current form.