Everton vs. Arsenal: Gunners Who Must Shine in Crucial Premier League Match

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent INovember 28, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24:  Olivier Giroud of Arsenal looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park on November 24, 2012 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Arsenal and Everton will battle in a crucial Premier League match on Wednesday as both teams attempt to continue their pursuit of a top-four finish in the league table and of Champions League qualification for next season.

The Gunners' most recent match ended in a disappointing scoreless draw with Aston Villa as Arsenal's scoring woes continued.

Let's look at three Arsenal players who must shine for manager Arsene Wenger in Wednesday's match.


Santi Cazorla

Cazorla has been fantastic this season, but if he were to play poorly, Arsenal's chances of beating Everton would decline significantly.

The Spanish midfielder is the team's best passer and has the ability to make the final pass that leads to a quality shot on goal.

If opposing teams are able to shut down Cazorla, they usually are able to stop Arsenal's attack from creating many chances, so it's important that he performs at a high level in this match.

Everton will do everything they can to prevent him from dominating in the attacking third of the pitch. If Cazorla impacts the game in a major way, it's hard to imagine Arsenal not earning a favorable result.


Olivier Giroud

After scoring five goals in six games, French striker Olivier Giroud was not able to find the back of the net against Aston Villa.

He has not been a consistent attacking player this season, and has missed several quality scoring opportunities that could have resulted in victories if taken advantage of.

Giroud has to be a force in the air. He must use his strength and size to his advantage for Arsenal in this match because Everton has a talented back four that won't concede goals easily.

The Frenchman is currently tied for the team lead in league goals this season with four, but that's a small total for someone of Giroud's caliber.


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

One of the disappointing players in the Aston Villa match last weekend was young forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was unable to make a difference in the final third.

He still has not scored during Premier League play, and in eight games played, he has just one shot on target.

To really become a major part of the attack and prove that he deserves a regular place in the starting XI, Oxlade-Chamberlain needs to play better on a consistent basis.

A good performance against Everton would be a huge confidence booster for the 19-year-old winger.


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