The pressure has been mounting on Mikel Arteta, who has not seen his side win in the league since the 1-0 triumph against Manchester United at Old Trafford at the start of November.
Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with Southampton at least ended a run of four straight home league defeats, but did little to appease the feeling of crisis in north London.
Everton had slumped after a fast start to the season, but marquee wins over Chelsea and Leicester in their last two games have marked a return to form.
Everton vs Arsenal prediction: 2-1 home win
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal in the draw against Southampton ended his drought and Mikel Arteta will be hoping that it will open the floodgates, with his side having struggled badly in a creative sense.
However, the absence of the Gunners’ best defender, Gabriel, at the other end could see the likes of Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin getting plenty of joy.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Everton vs Arsenal is scheduled for a 5:30pm kick-off on Saturday, December 19, 2020.
The game will be played at Goodison Park, with 2,000 fans allowed in attendance because Liverpool is under Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions.
Arsenal team news
Arsenal will be without Gabriel because of suspension after he was sent off in the draw with Southampton, but Hector Bellerin is available again after a suspension of his own.
Thomas Partey remains absent while Gabriel Martinelli is back in full training after a long-term knee injury but is unlikely to return.