Before every Arsenal fixture, we’ll bring you a Scouting Report on the Gunners’ next opponents.

Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson will give his pre-match view and you can get his post-match verdict in our Talking Tactics feature on Arsenal Player.

Arsène Wenger and his side host Everton at Emirates Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday so, to find out more, we also asked journalist Dave Prentice for his thoughts and analysis.

Stewart Robson

"The sale of Mikel Arteta means that Everton now lack a penetrative passer in midfield. However, an even greater loss has been Steven Pienaar because David Moyes hasn’t found anybody to run with the ball as he did for the Toffees.

"They do have a brilliant player in Marouane Fellaini, who I believe is as good as any midfield player in the Premier League. The best midfield players are the ones who can do all aspects of the game - pass, score goals and defend. There aren`t many around but Fellaini is certainly one of them."

Scouting Report - Tactics

"It's whoever David Moyes has got available for Everton at the moment, which isn't very many! To be fair they have been lining up pretty much in a 4-4-2 formation this season, using Tim Cahill more as an out-and-out striker. It's all depended on Louis Saha's availability really, as he's been in and out through injury.

"They're doing less well than in recent years and that is largely down to a lack of resources. Up front is the problem they have to try and address in particular because Saha is the only experienced out-and-out striker they've got. He's 33 now and picking up a few injuries, Cahill celebrated his 32nd birthday the other day and he hasn't scored a goal this calendar year.

"Then you're left with a young Greek kid, Apostolos Vellios, who is very promising but is still learning the game. Denis Stracqualursi, who came in on loan from Argentina, is struggling to adapt to the demands of English football.

"Defensively they're looking OK, despite not keeping that many clean sheets. It's a strong defence on paper - Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin are a very resolute partnership. Distin will hopefully be back for the game as he's missed the last couple through injury.

"Leighton Baines for me is the best left-back in English football, and I include Ashley Cole in that, who I am a big fan of. His performances over the last 12 months have been outstanding. Tony Hibbert is also a very solid right-back.

"In midfield, Marouane Fellaini is still an absolute class act, but it's the wide positions they have to see a little bit more from. Seamus Coleman hasn't quite had the impact he had last season and Royston Drenthe has looked very good in flashes but has also been injured for the last few games. But he is bright and they could unsettle Arsenal.

"I'm going to have to be positive, so I'll go for Everton to grind out a 1-1 draw with Cahill to finally break his duck."

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    8 Dec 2011