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Sunday 20 April K.O. 16:10

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Emirates Stadium | 16th April 2013 19:45

Arsenal v Everton

Team News (new)
 
David Moyes says he will need to assess the shape of his squad following Saturday’s bruising 2-0 win over QPR, though the Blues boss could potentially have a full quota to choose from with no players currently on the Club’s injury list. Tony Hibbert played for Alan Stubbs' Under-21s at Middlesbrough on Monday afternoon as he continued his return from calf surgery.

Midfielder Abou Diaby, who faces up to nine months out with a knee ligament injury, is Arsenal's only definite absentee. Czech international Tomas Rosicky missed the Gunners' 3-1 win over Norwich on Saturday and could be a doubt.

Form (new)
 
Arsenal
Last five: WWWWW
Last outing: Arsenal 3-1 Norwich City, Saturday 13 April

Arsene Wenger’s side overcame a scare against Norwich City on Saturday, scoring three times in the final five minutes to keep up a recent winning habit which has lifted them to third in the Barclays Premier League table. The Gunners have picked up eight victories in their last 10 league games, losing just once. They have, however, been beaten three times at Emirates Stadium this season. 

Everton
Last five: LWWDW
Last outing: Everton 2-0 QPR, Saturday 13 April

Everton’s own good form continued on Saturday as goals from Darron Gibson and Victor Anichebe saw off Harry Redknapp’s QPR at Goodison Park. The Toffees have lost just twice in the league in 2013, including a defeat at champions-elect Manchester United, and go into Tuesday’s game on a five-game unbeaten run.

Match Stats (new)

1) Everton will be looking to end a run of 11 matches against the Gunners without a win. The Blues' last victory over Tuesday's opponents came at Goodison in March 2007 when Andy Johnson grabbed the only goal of the game.

2) The Blues have collected 13 points from their last five league matches - their best haul since winning six league games on the trot in October and November 2002.

3) Midfielder Steven Pienaar will make his 200th appearance in English football should he feature against the Gunners, while goalkeeper Tim Howard is set to rack up his 300th outing in the Premier League.

What They Sat (new) 
Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain talking to Arsenal.com...
"We just want to win every game that comes our way. That's the best way to put pressure on the teams around us. We can't worry about what they're doing and what their results are. We can only control our own results. We looked after that against Norwich and now it will be another tough game against Everton on Tuesday. You can't get caught up looking around at other teams in the table. You have to concentrate on yourselves and on the next match because it can all change very quickly."

Everton defender Sylvain Distin... "We have three clean sheets out of the last four games. Tuesday is only as important as the QPR game or any of the other 30 we have played. There are no small games, we have to be consistent. We just have the final push to get fourth or fifth place."

Last Meeting (new)
Everton 1-1 Arsenal, 28 November 2012. David Moyes' men came from behind to earn a point against the Gunners as Marouane Fellaini's low, long-range effort skidded beyond the reach of Wojciech Szczesny to cancel out Theo Walcott's first-minute opener. In fact, the England winger took just 51 seconds to put the Gunners in front at Goodison Park but Fellaini's intervention just before the half-hour mark was more than worthy of a share of the spoils.

Classic Match (new)
 
Everton 3-0 Arsenal, 21 October 1989. Colin Harvey's Blues strolled to a remarkable victory over champions Arsenal to leapfrog George Graham's side and hit the top of the First Division table in October 1989. The Gunners side boasted the likes of David O'Leary, David Rocastle and Paul Merson but they were powerless to stop nippy Pat Nevin, who struck either side of Neil McDonald's effort as the hosts eased up from fourth to first. Harvey's side went on to finish the campaign in sixth, three points and two places below the Gunners.

Flashback 
Everton's most recent game on 16 April was just two years ago when Leon Osman and Leighton Baines netted in a 2-0 home win against Blackburn Rovers. A decent result, it was still some way off the Blues’ best performance on the date - a Dixie Dean inspired 6-1 thrashing of West Ham United in 1932. The legendary striker notched three of his side's goals, with Tommy Johnson bagging two and Jimmy Stein chipping in with the other. The only previous meeting between Everton and Arsenal on 16 April was a goalless draw at Goodison in 1949.

Club Connections
Anders Limpar, Kevin Campbell and Francis Jeffers are just a handful of the players who have played for both clubs in their careers.

Perhaps the most iconic player on the list is the legendary Alan Ball. The former midfielder, who passed away in 2007, made over 200 appearances in a Blue shirt and 170 in the red of the Londoners during a distinguished two-decade playing career.

Current Gunners midfielder Mikel Arteta is, of course, another player with ties to both clubs having switched Goodison Park for Emirates Stadium in the summer of 2011.
 
Match Officials
Referee: Mr N Swarbrick
Assistant Referee: Mr G Beswick
Assistant Referee: Mr L Betts
Fourth Official: Mr K Friend
 
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Betting (new)

Our official online betting partner Paddy Power are offering a range of odds on Tuesday’s game. Here's our pick of the best:

Everton to win @ 10/3
Darron Gibson to score first @ 18/1
Victor Anichebe to score at any time @ 5/2
Everton to keep a clean sheet @ 4/1
Everton to win to nil @ 15/2

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