Arteta looking forward to Toffees test

Arsenal v Everton – Emirates Stadium – Premier League – Sunday 4:30pm

Arsenal v Everton – Preview:

Mikel Arteta’s improving Arsenal side take on Everton at the Emirates Stadium and the Gunners chief admitted it will be an unusual experience to face the club were he made his name in the Premier League before switching to North London in 2011.

The Gunners are unbeaten in eight top-flight matches, but face a tough test against an Everton side themselves picking up momentum following an indifferent start to the season.

“It’s going to be strange,” he told www.arsenal.com.

“I played there for seven years and I have some great memories and great friends and people that I love a lot. It was weird because when I was appointed manager I had to go to Goodison and Carlo as well was appointed on that day if I’m not wrong.

“But yes, it’s always special for me to play against Everton and I’m really looking forward to it.

Arteta wasn’t convinced that Gunners fans were seeing the real deal just yet, but thought they were on the right tracks, adding: “In some aspects, yes. I think we have a long way to go in this process to develop a lot of things that I want to implement, but we need time.

“We have to maintain the things that we’re doing well and every day we have clear margins of improvement that we have to achieve as well.”

The fitness of Sokratis Papastathopoulos after the Greek defender ruptured his knee during Arsenal’s midweek UEFA Europa League win at Olympiacos. Lucas Torreira and Mesut Ozil are both available for selection.

Arsenal v Everton – Head to head:

Arsenal won: 106
Drawn: 46
Everton won: 61

Arsenal v Everton – Last five meetings (all competitions):

October 22, 2017 – Premier League
Everton 2-5 Arsenal

February 3, 2018 – Premier League
Arsenal 5-1 Everton

September 23, 2018 – Premier League
Arsenal 2-0 Everton

April 7, 2019 – Premier League
Everton 1-0 Arsenal

December 21, 2019 – Premier League
Everton 0-0 Arsenal

Jeevesie’s prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Everton

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