Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has highlighted the “massive attacking potential” of Everton’s full backs ahead of Sunday’s game at Goodison Park.
Both Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines have caught the eye with a series of fine performances for Roberto Martinez’s side this term.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is a big admirer of both and says that the Gunners will have to be wary of Coleman and Baines.
“Everton have got great players, and great attacking players especially so they are a real threat going forward,” he told Arsenal Player.
I think 4-1 maybe didn’t do Everton too much justice, they had a lot of chances themselves and played well for the majority of the game - as we did
“Even their defensive players are a threat going forward, and both their full backs have massive attacking potential.
“We have played them twice this year, so we know what to expect, and it is going to be a hard game for us.
“Goodison Park is always a really hard place to to go to, but in the recent years since I’ve been at the club we’ve always done alright there so hopefully we can do the same again this time.”
Arsenal beat Everton 4-1 in the FA Cup quarter-final last month, but Oxlade-Chamberlain admits the tie was closer than it sounds.
“I think 4-1 maybe didn’t do Everton too much justice, they had a lot of chances themselves and played well for the majority of the game - as we did,” he said.
“It was a really good game, it just happened that towards the end of the match they were pushing to equalise and we managed to get two really good goals on the counter.
“To take a win like that into the next time you face them is always a positive. But we can’t let that cloud our judgement on what to expect because it is going to be a really hard game for us.”Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 3 Apr 2014