Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a recent interview with Arsenal player exposed the possible threat that the Everton full backs might pose on the game on Sunday.
Both Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines have caught the eye with a series of fine performances for Roberto Martinez’s side this term.
Although the gunners go into the match against the Toffees’ high in siprit after having knocked them out of the FA Cup quarter final last month in a match that ended 4-1.
The young English midfielder however acknowledged the difficulty of the clash at Goodison Park, but remained positive that Arsenal will get all three points off them.
Chamberlain told Arsenal Player…
“Everton have got great players, and great attacking players especially so they are a real threat going forward,”
“Even their defensive players are a threat going forward, and both their full backs have massive attacking potential.
“We have played them twice this year, so we know what to expect, and it is going to be a hard game for us.
“Goodison Park is always a really hard place to go to, but in the recent years since I’ve been at the club we’ve always done alright there so hopefully we can do the same again this time.”
While recalling Arsenal 4-1 victory against the Tofees’ in last months’ FA Cup quarter-final, the young midfielder admitted that the tie was closer than it sounds.
“I think 4-1 maybe didn’t do Everton too much justice, they had a lot of chances themselves and played well for the majority of the game – as we did,” he said.
“It was a really good game, it just happened that towards the end of the match they were pushing to equalise and we managed to get two really good goals on the counter.
“To take a win like that into the next time you face them is always a positive. But we can’t let that cloud our judgement on what to expect because it is going to be a really hard game for us.”
Also, Ross Barkley is a doubt for Everton’s crunch clash with Arsenal at Goodison Park due to a calf injury, his absence in this Weekends clash would go along way in ensuring our dominace in the midfield as the 20-year-old had earlier this season caused problems for the gunners by putting up a man-of-the-match performance with Martínez describing him as a mix of Paul Gascoigne and Michael Ballack.
Also Jagielka has over the years been a major part of the Toffees’ defence but has been sidelined for over 6weeks due to a hamstring injury, which is also set to keep him out of the top-four showdown this Sunday.