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Arsenal team news: Midfield duo to return for Everton clash

Arsenal could receive a double midfield boost ahead of their clash with Everton on Sunday.

Arsenal will be looking to keep their slender hopes of a top five finish alive when they welcome Everton to the Emirates on Sunday.

The Gunners are just two points behind their opponents heading into this weekend’s clash, and a victory would help the home side leapfrog the Toffees.

Mikel Arteta could welcome back Mesut Ozil according to BBC Sport, as the Arsenal midfielder didn’t travel to Greece during midweek due to personal reasons.

Lucas Torreira could also return, as he missed their Europa League Round of 32 first leg because of an illness.

Although Arsenal were missing the influential duo, they still managed to pick up a valuable 1-0 victory over Olympiakos thanks to a late strike by Alexandre Lacazette.

Before any games were played this weekend, the Gunners were sat six points off fifth place, with a Champions League spot a further point away.

It has been a frustrating campaign for Arsenal, as they fell off the pace early on and haven’t been able to recover.

Dreams of securing a place in Europe next season are still alive, although they will have to enjoy a brilliant end to the campaign.

Arsenal’s current form is their best of the season though, as they are unbeaten in their last six league fixtures, and have kept three consecutive clean sheets.

In the reverse fixture earlier in the season, the two sides played out a frustrating goalless draw at Goodison Park in Duncan Ferguson’s last game as caretaker boss.

Everton are in fine form too, with only Liverpool picking up more points in the last 11 games, however they very rarely enjoy their visits to Arsenal.

The Gunners have won their last five home league fixtures against the Toffees, and are unbeaten in the last 23 Premier League home meetings.

Both sides could turn their disappointing season’s into one to remember with a late push for a European spot, and the winner of this game could do just that.

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