Mangala Handed Blues Bow

Eliaquim Mangala will make his Everton debut in this evening’s clash with Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

The France international centre-half, signed on a transfer deadline day loan deal from Premier League leaders Manchester City, is poised to line-up in a Toffees back three also featuring Ashley Williams and Michael Keane.

Boss Sam Allardyce makes five changes in all from the team which beat Leicester City three days ago, with Mangala and Williams joined in the starting XI by Jonjoe Kenny, Morgan Schneiderlin and Yannick Bolasie.

Kenny will be deployed as a right wing-back, with Cuco Martina doing the same job down the opposite side.

Schneiderlin is set to sit alongside Idrissa Gana Gueye in midfield, with the French/Senegalese pair providing a solid base from which an attacking trio of Bolasie, Theo Walcott and Oumar Niasse can operate.

The dependable Jordan Pickford maintains his top-flight ever-present record in the Blues' goal.

Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Tom Davies all start on the bench, with Everton’s complement of substitutes completed by Cenk Tosun, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Mason Holgate and goalkeeper Joel Robles.

“We have picked a system to try to combat Arsenal’s home record and stop them getting in the areas they like,” said Allardyce, explaining his selection. “Then we will see whether, in possession, we can get at the defence.

“It is a terrific stadium and I want the lads to perform the best they can in the structure we have set out today.

“Arsenal are good at keeping the ball, and when they are in possession they force you back. 

“The key element is how good we are in possession when we get it and what we do when we have the ball to expose Arsenal’s defence.

“We have two very fast wingers today and, hopefully, we can see a few weaknesses and expose them.”





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