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by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

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Darron Gibson is back in the Everton side to face Arsenal.

The midfielder returns after nearly three months out with a thigh problem as one of three changes to the Blues starting XI.

Everton are also able to recall Marouane Fellaini with the Belgian available again after a one-match ban. He is likely to start just off Nikica Jelavic.

The third change sees Tony Hibbert back in the defence after his calf problems.

Hibbert's return means John Heitinga drops to the bench while Thomas Hitzlsperger and Bryan Oviedo make way for Gibson and Fellaini.

Phil Jagielka again captains the side as he switches back to central defence, having operated as a full-back last time out.

Arsenal name former Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta in their starting XI.

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Baines, Gibson, Jagielka (c), Jelavic, Naismith, Distin, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini. Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Wilshere, Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla, Walcott, Giroud. Subs: Mannone, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Coquelin, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho.

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