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Saturday 23 August 2014 | Goodison Park | Kick-off 17:30

0 - 0

Fixture change notice

This fixture was arranged to be played at Goodison Park on Saturday 23 August 2014 at 15:00. Due to live broadcasting on Sky Sports it has been moved to a new scheduled date Saturday 23 August 2014 at 17:30.


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Match preview

Roberto Martinez does not believe that Arsenal's trip to Turkey in midweek will give Everton an advantage in Saturday's meeting at Goodison Park.

Arsene Wenger's side travel to Merseyside for a Barclays Premier League encounter just four days after they were held to a goalless draw by Besiktas in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off tie in Istanbul.

Everton beat Arsenal 3-0 in the BPL at Goodison Park in April and the London club can expect a stern test in their first away match in the top flight this season.

Martinez is uncertain about whether his Everton side's chances of pulling off a repeat performance will be enhanced by the fact their opponents will be playing their third game in the space of a week.

"It depends how you look at it," said the Everton manager. "I'm looking at Arsenal with the experience and know-how they have and don't think playing on Tuesday is going to affect them negatively.

"They have a big enough squad to cope with that and the mentality to cope with that. If anything, it could be a positive because you can get rid of that rustiness and can get you into a real competitive frame of mind straight away."

Martinez also has mixed feelings over whether playing what could be a rival for a top-four finish so early in the new campaign is a good thing.

"You want to play teams like Arsenal early on in the season when they are not hitting their top potential, but when you see them in Turkey, you see them reaching full levels very quickly, and that could be a negative for us," he said. "We need to replicate the level of performance from when we faced them at Goodison last season."

Prior to their comfortable home victory over the north London club, Everton had failed to beat Arsenal in 14 matches in all competitions.

The Merseyside outfit were unable to make a winning start to their Barclays Premier League campaign last weekend, as newly promoted Leicester City held them to a 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium.

Right-back Seamus Coleman could come back into the Everton starting line-up after being restricted to a substitute appearance at Leicester due to a hamstring injury, but Ross Barkley and Bryan Oviedo (both knee) are unavailable.

Arsenal were able to begin their BPL campaign with a win, but were forced to do it the hard way as Aaron Ramsey's last-gasp goal at Emirates Stadium secured a 2-1 victory after Crystal Palace had taken the lead.

It has been an eventful start to 2014-15 for Ramsey, who was sent off for the first time in his club career at Besiktas after being shown two yellow cards; a decision that baffled Wenger.

Ramsey will be suspended for the second leg of the clash with the Turkish side on Wednesday, but is eligible to feature against Everton.

Fellow midfielder Mikel Arteta will not play against his former club, though, having sustained an ankle injury at the Ataturk Stadium and so Mathieu Flamini could come into the side.

Wenger revealed he will check whether Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski will come into contention this weekend for the first time this season after being given an extended break following Germany's FIFA World Cup victory.

Kieran Gibbs will not feature due to a hamstring injury and it remains to be seen whether Yaya Sanogo will feature, having also missed out in Istanbul due to a hamstring problem.

David Ospina (thigh), Abou Diaby (hip), Theo Walcott (knee), Ryo Miyaichi (knock) and Serge Gnabry (knock) remain sidelined.

Everton (from): Howard, Robles, Stanek, Alcaraz, Baines, Browning, Coleman, Distin, Duffy, Galloway, Garbutt, Hibbert, Jagielka, Stones, Pennington, Atsu, Barry, Besic, Grant, Gibson, Kennedy, McCarthy, McGeady, Osman, Pienaar, Byrne, Hope, Kone, Long, Lukaku, McAleny, Mirallas, Naismith.

Arsenal (from): Martinez; Szczesny, Chambers, Debuchy, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Cazorla, Coquelin, Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Ramsey, Rosicky, Wilshere, Zelalem, Campbell, Giroud, Podolski, Sanchez, Sanogo.

Match Appointments
Kevin Friend Assistants: A Garratt, M McDonough Fourth Official: M Oliver

Current form

Last six matches


2 - 2 v Leicester (A) 16 Aug 2014
Last win/defeat


0 - 2 v Hull (A) 11 May 2014


2 - 3 v Man City (H) 03 May 2014

Current form

Last six matches


2 - 1 v Crystal Palace (H) 16 Aug 2014
Last win/defeat


2 - 1 v Crystal Palace (H) 16 Aug 2014


3 - 0 v Everton (A) 06 Apr 2014

Last corresponding meeting

Everton Arsenal

Sun 06 Apr 2014 | Goodison Park | Attendance: 39,504

Everton 3 - 0 Arsenal
  • Steven Naismith (14)
  • Romelu Lukaku (34)
  • Mikel Arteta (61 OG)
Everton 42%
Arsenal 58%
Shots on Goal On Target Off Target
Everton 7 2
Arsenal 5 4
  Fouls Yellow Cards Red Cards
Everton 6 1 0
Arsenal 5 2 0
Total 11 3 0
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Fixture change history

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Sat 23 Aug 2014 15:00 Sat 23 Aug 2014 17:30 Live broadcasting on Sky Sports

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