EPL - Arsenal v Everton

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2023/24 English Premier League
Matchday 38
Arsenal v Everton
Emirates Stadium
London, England
Sunday, 19 May 2024
Kick-off is at 17h00 
Nothing but victory will do for Premier League title hopefuls Arsenal when they welcome Everton to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, May 19.
The Gunners go into the final game of the season two points behind league leaders Manchester City in second place, but with a slightly better goal difference (+61 to +60).
Mikel Arteta's side saw the Citizens climb above them after beating Tottenham 2-0 in the capital on May 14, with the North Londoners having kept their title hopes alive courtesy of a 1-0 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford two days earlier.
It had been a three-horse race until Liverpool slipped up a month ago, allowing their two rivals to pull away and they've remained neck-and-neck in the run-in.
The Toffees survived a points deduction to retain their top-flight status and they're looking to finish the campaign on a high to fend off Brentford for 15th position.
Sean Dyche's side extended their unbeaten run to five matches with a 1-0 triumph over relegated Sheffield United on May 11 to remain one point clear of the Bees (16th).

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In team news, Bukayo Saka is expected to be fit to face the Merseysiders which means that Jurrien Timber is the only absentee for the hosts. Andre Gomes (face) is rated doubtful for the visitors, who will definitely be without Jack Harrison, Nathan Patterson (both thigh), Dele Alli (groin) and Vitaliy Mykolenko (ankle).
Arsenal recorded only their second win in 17 seasons at Old Trafford and Arteta admitted it gave them the chance to experience something special in front of their home fans on the final day of the campaign.
"This result opens another box, another window, which is the last day of the season," the Spaniard said. "Fighting for the Premier League in front of our people, with our families who are there. And we're going to live an amazing day together.
"I can't wait to live that. We talked about it yesterday and let's open that door. Football is about moments and enjoying this journey and that last day is going to be something that I don't know how many times we're going to live together.
"So let's enjoy, let's prepare what to do, what we have to do, and hopefully a great outcome could happen."
Dyche insisted much still needs to be done to take the club forward after they were staring relegation in the face midway through February.
"It's a big levelling-off period for this club - on and off the pitch," he said. "There's more to come, more to do. A lot of good work done over the season. 
"The bar for next season is making sure we safeguard this club in the Premier League. It's not going to be fixed overnight. There is a long way to go. I'm trying to do that."

Head-to-Head (Last Five Premier League Meetings)

Matches - 5
Arsenal wins - 3
Everton wins - 2
Draws - 0

Premier League Matchday 38 fixtures:

Sunday, May 19
17h00: Arsenal v Everton
17h00: Brentford v Newcastle United
17h00: Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester United
17h00: Burnley v Nottingham Forest
17h00: Chelsea v Bournemouth
17h00: Crystal Palace v Aston Villa
17h00: Liverpool v Wolverhampton Wanderers
17h00: Luton Town v Fulham
17h00: Manchester City v West Ham United
17h00: Sheffield United v Tottenham Hotspur

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Published: 05/17/2024