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Everton is set to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in a Premier League match tonight.

The upcoming game will pose a significant challenge for Sean Dyche and his team as they are currently in the relegation zone following their recent defeat to Aston Villa.

With league leaders Arsenal as their opponents, the pressure will be on Dyche to ensure his team delivers a strong performance.

Several players remain injured and unavailable for selection for Everton, including Andros Townsend, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and Nathan Patterson.

According to Dyche, Patterson is still not ready to return to action yet. In a pre-match press conference, the former Burnley boss provided an update on Patterson and his young teammate James Garner.

“They’ve [Garner and Patterson] been out a while, and they both need games.

“Jimmy is going well, he is getting fitter and stronger. There’s another [Under-21] game this week, so I will try and get him in that one.

“Patto is just a bit behind (Garner), he will need a bit more.”

What is Everton’s predicted XI vs Arsenal?

Jordan Pickford (GK), Seamus Coleman (RB), Conor Coady (CB), James Tarkowski (CB), Vitaliy Mykolenko (LB), Alex Iwobi (RCM), Idrissa Gana Gueye (CM), Amadou Onana (CM), Abdoulaye Doucoure (LCM), Ellis Simms (ST), Demarai Gray (ST).

We anticipate that Dyche will only make two adjustments to his starting lineup, opting for a 4-4-2 formation to confront Mikel Arteta’s team following their loss to Villa.

After signing a new contract recently, we expect Jordan Pickford to continue as the goalkeeper with an unaltered defensive setup, including James Tarkowski and Conor Coady at centre-back, club captain Seamus Coleman on the right, and Vitaliy Mykolenko on the left.

Should Demarai Gray start vs Arsenal?

The predicted starting lineup for Everton against Arsenal includes two changes, with a shift to a 4-4-2 formation.

Jordan Pickford is expected to be in goal, while the defensive setup remains the same as the previous game.

The midfield personnel is unchanged, but Demarai Gray is expected to replace Dwight McNeil in the starting lineup due to his pace and creativity.

Ellis Simms is also expected to join Gray in the final third to potentially form a new attacking partnership, as Neal Maupay had an uninspiring performance in the last game.

Dyche hopes that Gray’s speed and creativity, along with Simms’ goal-scoring ability, will help the team succeed against Arsenal.

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