It feels like a lot more than just two weeks since Mikel Arteta's Arsenal were last in action. Following the dramatic nature of their 3-1 win over Manchester United, the fortnight of international matches took on an even more background setting for the football world.
Now, with demons of the past to face up to and set straight, the Spaniard will be keen to ensure his side pick up where they left off. It was the atmosphere and controversy of a late afternoon summer's day at the Emirates Stadium plus some key internal grit, that got the Gunners across the line against their old enemy but the boss will now be after improved performances.
Arteta has struggled to settle on a team this season due to defensive injuries, transfer thoughts and tactical tweaks but it was back to the tried and trusted against the Red Devils. Away to Everton, who will be buoyed on by memories of a 1-0 win over the table toppers last season, a mixture of technical dominance and serious fight will be needed once more.
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Luckily for Arteta there are very few issues for him to have to deal with. Oleksandr Zinchenko returned to the team against United, his first start of the season, whilst Gabriel Magalhaes' appearance seemed to settle the backline. The Brazilian allowed Ben White to return to his favoured spot at right-back and order resumed.
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