LIVERPOOL (Sporting Alert) — Everton manager Roberto Martinez makes two changes to the side which started against Fulham, while Arsene Wenger made just one change to the side that started the last time out for today’s Barclays Premier League clash at Goodison Park.
Steven Naismith, who was impressive when coming on as a substitute at half-time for Everton in their 3-1 win at Fulham, comes in for Ross Barkley, who is on the bench today, while Kevin Mirallas starts ahead of Spanish striker Gerard Deulofeu.
Arsenal start with Nacho Monreal instead of Kieran Gibbs at left-back today, with the England defender out with an ankle problem.
Midfielder Aaron Ramsey returns for Arsenal for the first time since Boxing Day after recovering from a thigh injury, as he has been named on the bench.
Everton v Arsenal
Everton: Howard, Coleman, Stones, Distin, Baines, McCarthy, Barry, Naismith, Osman, Mirallas, Lukaku. Subs: Robles, Hibbert, McGeady, Barkley, Garbutt, Alcaraz, Deulofeu.
Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Monreal, Flamini, Arteta, Rosicky, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud. Subs: Viviano, Ramsey, Sanogo, Jenkinson, Kallstrom, Bellerin, Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)