Arsenal face Everton in the Premier League at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
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KEY BATTLE - MERTESACKER v LUKAKU
Since his arrival on loan from Chelsea, Romelu Lukaku has added a fresh dimension to the Everton attack. The 20-year-old is blessed with raw pace and power, and his eight goals in 11 games underline his status as one of the most dangerous strikers in the Premier League - and one Arsenal will have to keep a very close eye on this Sunday.
The in-form Per Mertesacker will likely be charged with keeping Lukaku quiet, and he will look to dominate in the air. The Germany international has won 69.4 per cent of his aerial duels this season (compared with Lukaku's 32.9 per cent) and 67.1 per cent of his overall duels.
Mertesacker will be at a disadvantage in terms of pace, but the 29-year-old boasts an impressive 85.7 per cent tackle success rate and has only conceded four fouls in the Premier League. His immaculate displays also include 54 clearances and 19 interceptions and he has led a backline that has kept six clean sheets in their last seven top-flight games.
The German may be facing a major challenge in trying to shackle Lukaku, but as he has proven already this season, he is more than ready to take it on.
ARSENAL v EVERTON - MATCH FACTS
- Arsenal have won eight and lost none of their last 12 Premier League games against Everton
- Everton have only managed more than one goal in a league game against Arsenal on one occasion in the last 21 meetings
- The Gunners have won 14 and lost none of the last 17 Premier League home games against the Toffees (D3)
- There have been just four goals scored in the last four Premier League meetings between Everton and Arsenal
- Howard Webb will officiate Arsenal v Everton on Sunday. The Gunners have won their last eight Premier League games with him as the man in the middle
- Arsenal are unbeaten at home in the Premier League with Howard Webb as referee (W10 D4 L0)
- Mesut Ozil has three goals and six assists in 11 Premier League appearances
- The Gunners have kept six clean sheets in their last seven games in all competitions, conceding just one goal in the other match (0-1 at Man Utd)
- Everton have only lost one Premier League game this season, fewer than any other side
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