After all the euphoria post the Crystal Palace win, Everton now go into the final game of the season against Arsenal with a renewed hope and an aim to finish the season in the best way possible. However, securing a win against the mighty Gunners isn’t an easy task.
Arsenal are still in the top four race but their fate is not in their hands. They need to win and hope that Norwich City spring up a surprise against Tottenham Hotspur. Mikel Arteta’s men will be coming with all their might. Frank Lampard spoke about relaxing a bit as the pressure of relegation battle has subsided and that means the players can approach the game with a bit of an ease rather than having a an axe to their head.
In the press conference leading to the game, Lampard reinstated that despite having a relaxed atmosphere; Everton won’t take the game lightly and push to get the right result. He also indicated that a few players who haven’t had many opportunities can play against Arsenal.
Goalkeeper: Asmir Begovic
Asmir Begovic hasn’t had too many opportunities this season. In total, he has played just six games this term, with Jordan Pickford remaining undoubted No.1. With Everton’s Premier League status now secured, Begovic should get a game. He recently signed a contract extension extending his stay till 2023 and as a bonus, Lampard should start the Bosnian.
Centre back: Seamus Coleman
Seamus Coleman has slotted well in the role of a centre back. He has been defensively sound and kept a good connect with Alex Iwobi. Coleman’s captaincy and leadership have been crucial in Everton’s survival fight.
Centre back: Michael Keane
Michael Keane returned to Everton’s lineup against Crystal Palace and was crucial in defence and attack, scoring the first goal and initiating the comeback, meanwhile, also remaining solid positionally to stop Palace from scoring the third goal.
Keane has received a lot of criticism this season for his lack of consistency and errors he’s committed, so the Englishman will want to finish the season on a positive note. He will have a tough battle with Alexandre Lacazette who plays his final game in an Arsenal shirt.
Centre back: Mason Holgate
Mason Holgate was massive in the Crystal Palace game. He has stepped up and remained consistent when his partners kept on changing due to injury and suspension. The Englishman has really improved his positional game and seems as though he’s hitting his best form.
Right wing back: Alex Iwobi
Iwobi has stepped up to a whole new level in Everton’s relegation fight. The Nigerian has been one of the most dedicated and confident players, paving way for others to follow. He has received a lot of slack for his otherwise underwhelming performances in the Everton shirt but his resurgence under Lampard is worthy of applause.
Central midfield: Allan
Allan hasn’t played much in recent games. Fabian Delph kept him out of the side but when Delph picked up an injury, Andre Gomes came into the team. Allan should get to start the game against Arsenal. The holding midfielder will be tasked with restricting the movement of Martin Odegaard. There is a slight chance that this could be Allan’s last game for the Toffees as he remains a target for Italian sides and a summer move may be on the cards.
Central midfield: Dele Alli
Dele Alli starting the game means that Lampard will start a completely different central midfield than what he started against Palace. Alli was quintessential in Everton’s comeback, playing a jey role from the middle of the park. This is the Alli that Everton fans want to see and before the season comes to a close, fans will be hoping to see more of Alli.