Arsenal v Everton

Arsenal need to beat Everton in the final game of the Premier League campaign at the Emirates on Sunday to stand any chance of qualifying for next season's Champions League.

19/05/2017 - 21:15 -

Arsenal need to beat Everton in the final game of the Premier League campaign at the Emirates on Sunday to stand any chance of qualifying for next season's Champions League.

Once thought to be in the hunt for a top-four finish, Everton's campaign has ended on a poor note with just one win in their last four games seeing them drop as low as seventh in the standings.

They picked up an unconvincing 1-0 win over Watford last time out, but there are suggestions the players already have half a mind on their holidays with nothing to play for except pride on Sunday.

However, manager Ronald Koeman spoke of his pride at their home record this season and is determined to keep it intact.

"We have a strong home record but we need to improve away from home and be more clinical next season. We want to finish strong. We can beat them. We showed that at home. I have a good record against Arsenal," he said.

Arsenal are on a four-game winning streak, which has seen them right back into the thick of the fight for fourth place, but Arsene Wenger downplayed the importance of finishing the season in the top four.

"I answered for 20 years the question, 'the top four is nothing special'. So I don't know why suddenly it could become such a big problem. I'm quite surprised. I want to absolutely make sure that we are in there but after that let's get to 75 points and see what happens," he said.

In team news, the Toffees have no new injury worries, but remain somewhat in the middle of an crisis with the likes of Maarten Stekelenburg, Aaron Lennon, Ramiro Funes Mori, Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Yannick Bolasie all out injured.

For the Gunners, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain misses out through injury while Laurent Koscielny is rated 50-50. However, Aaron Ramsey is fit again and could return to action.

Comments

TWITTER FEEDS @FoxSportsAfrica


Facebook Feeds