Injuries cost Arsenal the chance of making a serious title charge, and now they look at risk of dropping them out of the Champions League places altogether. The Gunners have won only once in their last five Premier League matches, and are just four points clear of fifth-placed Everton with the Toffees still having a game in hand.
That makes their clash at Goodison Park on Sunday all the more important, with Roberto Martínez's outfit breathing down Arsenal's necks. Having strung five consecutive league wins together, confidence on the blue half of Merseyside must almost be as high as their league-leading cross-town rivals', while Arsenal can be forgiven for their sweaty palms.
Fortunately for Arsène Wenger, it isn't just his squad that is being pushed to the limit. For this match, Everton too still without a handful of long-term injuries, while Steven Pienaar and captain Phil Jagielka are new arrivals to the physio's table. However, they should have wonderkid Ross Barkley back from a calf injury.
Everton injuries and suspensions
Arsenal injuries and suspensions
Match Date/Time: Sunday, 1:30 p.m. local, 8:30 a.m. ET
Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool, England
TV: NBCSN (U.S.), RDS 2, TSN (Canada), Sky Sports 1/HD (U.K.)
Online: NBC Sports Live Extra (U.S.), Sky Go (U.K.), Arsenal Player (international)