Everton’s Jack Rodwell (L) and Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere (R)
Everton vs Arsenal
Barclays Premier League
Venue: Goodison Park Date: 15 August 2009 Kick-off: 1730 BST
• Arsenal have only lost at Goodison Park four times in 17 Premier League matches.
• The Gunners thrashed Everton 4-1 on the opening day of the season at Goodison Park in 2004 and repeated the same scoreline, again on Merseyside, in December 2007.
• Arsenal also beat Everton 2-1 on the opening day of the season at Highbury in 2003.
Wenger will go for the 4-3-3 formation playing against David Moyes 4-5-1. Mikel Arteta is out with a knee injury as is Phil Jagielka. Arsenal will have to do without Samir Nasri, Tomas Rosicky, and Theo Walcott. Which could mean two of the hottest English prospects, Everton’s Jack Rodwell and Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere will see extended minutes.
The last time they met, January 28, 2009 Everton nearly pulled of a win before RVP equalized with a last ditch effort in the 90th minute.