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 face Everton at Goodison Park on Wednesday so, to find out more, we also asked journalist Dave Prentice for his analysis.

Stewart Robson

"Everton have had a difficult week, losing the Merseyside derby 3-0 and then only getting a draw against Sunderland in the FA Cup. Against Sunderland they played in a 4-4-1-1 formation with Cahill behind Jelavic. If they play this combination against Arsenal the two centre backs will need to be at their best to thwart them. Jelavic has good movement and excellent awareness in the box while Cahill attacks crosses with spring and determination.

"However the best players at Everton are Fellaini and Baines. Fellaini, I believe, is one of the best central midfield players in Europe. He is good in the air, passes with accuracy and is brilliant at regaining possession through his workrate and positional intelligence. Baines must be watched closely because his crossing has been Everton's greatest attacking threat. If Cahill and Fellaini both start, the left back's crossing will cause Arsenal problems.

"Arsenal will need to match Everton's aggressive and determined approach before they can play their more expansive game.."

Scouting Report - Tactics

"Everton have been very impressive recently - until the last few games that is, which is good news as far as Arsenal are concerned. They were on a nine-match unbeaten run, which included victories over Manchester City and Chelsea at Goodison Park, but then they mixed the side up for the Merseyside derby. They came unstuck and lost 3-0 and deserved to lose by that margin. On Saturday against Sunderland in the FA Cup they played OK, but it was very tough. Sunderland defended really well, and it was a tight match with not much in it.

"Their schedule is a problem, but everyone should be fit now. Darron Gibson was the only absentee at the weekend, but he might be fit for the Arsenal game.They have a clean bill of health, and they can mix it up, but I don't think they will on Wednesday. They'll give everything for that match and I suspect that if there are to be any changes, they would happen on Saturday rather than on Wednesday.

"Steven Pienaar has done very well on his return and has slipped seamlessly back into the side, almost like he has never been away. He always had a great left-sided partnership with Leighton Baines and it might be no coincidence that we are starting to see the best out of Baines again. He is having a great season anyway, but his performance levels have gone up a notch since Steven returned. Nikica Jelavic has looked like a decent acquisition since joining from Rangers, too. But first and foremost it has been a team effort, in the true Everton tradition.

"They will show an intense work ethic on Wednesday and try to close Arsenal down and get at them because it is obvious that if you sit back and let Arsenal play football against you, you are going to get cut to pieces. Their record against Arsenal at Goodison has been a bit up and down in recent years as well so it is a difficult one to predict."

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    21 Mar 2012