Arsenal can expect midfielder Tomas Rosicky to return from injury however understudy keeper Lukasz Fabianski is expected to miss the game with a rib injury. The Gunners mercurial defender Per Metesacker is available for selection again after missing a game through suspension.
Everton have no injury problems ahead of the game. Defender Tony Hibbert may feature on the bench after his return from calf surgery in the Under-21 side last night.
Arsenal came back in impressive fashion at the weekend after being a goal down with five minutes remaining at the Emirates against Norwich City. Three late goals have put the Gunners in the driving seat for one out of the two Champions League spaces that are currently up for grabs.
Everton continued their impressive league form with a 2-0 victory at home against league strugglers QPR. With difficult away ties to come at Liverpool and Chelsea as well as tonights game at the Emirates, a win against Arsenal (something manager Moyes has so far not yet achieved away from home) would put the Toffees joint on 58 points with Chelsea and Spurs and 1 point behind tonights opposition, Arsenal.
Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 11 Premier League games against Everton (W8, D3) since a 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park in March 2007 when Andrew Johnson scored a stoppage-time winner.
The Gunners have more wins (26) and scored more goals (82) against Everton than they have against any other side in Premier League era.
Arsenal have lost only one of their 20 Premier League home matches against Everton (W16, D3, L1). The Merseyside club’s only win at Arsenal in that period was when they came from behind for a 2-1 victory in January 1996.
Arsenal are looking for their fifth consecutive league win, which would be the longest winning run for them this season.
Only runaway leaders Manchester United have scored more Premier League goals than Arsenal’s 64 this season.
The Gunners have led nine times at half-time in the league this season. They have converted all nine of those scores into victories.
Arsenal have lost just one of their last 25 home meetings against Merseyside opposition – the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in August 2011.
Everton have won four of their last five Premier League matches (W4, D1).
But the Toffees have not won any of their last four away league matches (D2, L2).
Everton are unbeaten in their four visits to London this season (W1, D3). But they haven’t kept a clean sheet in 13 trips to the capital since a 0-0 draw at Fulham in September 2010.
This is Everton’s third consecutive match against London opposition, following games at Tottenham and at home to QPR. They still have to face Fulham, West Ham and Chelsea in their final five matches.
Match facts via http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/22075444