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Fellaini: Back in attack

Fellaini: Back in attack

Everton and Arsenal will clash in a proverbial 'six-pointer' when they meet in the Premier League at Goodison Park on Wednesday evening.


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The two clubs are currently separated by one point, the Toffees sitting in fifth on the table with 21 points while the Gunners are one place lower in the order.

A win for either side this week would go a long way in terms of their respective top-four aspirations, although a draw would allow Tottenham the opportunity to leap-frog the pair.

Heading into the midweek tie, Arsene Wenger's men have more momentum going for them than their upcoming opponents.

The capital outfit are undefeated in their last five outings in all competitions, although their most recent clash ended goalless against strugglers Aston Villa.

Meanwhile, the Merseysiders bounced back from defeat against Reading two weeks ago with a 1-1 draw against Norwich on Saturday, meaning they have won just one of their last seven league matches.

David Moyes's troops has also not beaten Arsenal in any of the two sides' last ten meetings in all competitions.

On the team front, the hosts will be able to call on top-scorer Marouane Fellaini after he completed his one-match ban, while Tony Hibbert has overcome a groin strain and could return.

Darron Gibson, though, is doubtful with a similar injury to Hibbert's, but Victor Anichebe and Kevin Mirallas are both expected to return from hamstring injuries, albeit on the bench.

Phil Neville remains a long-term absentee after undergoing knee surgery.

For the visitors, Abou Diaby and Andre Santos remain out with thigh and abdominal injuries respectively, but contract rebel Theo Walcott is back in contention after overcoming a shoulder problem.

A huge boost for Wenger is Thomas Rosicky's "imminent" return to the side after being back in training following a lengthy lay-off with an Achilles problem.

Posted: 27/11/12 08:48

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