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The Final Day

"It's just about having the mentality of being a great player and going out on the pitch already thinking about winning" Alexis

The last game day of the Premier League season is upon us, and after a very up and down season we finish with a home game against Everton. It is another game that we ned to treat like a cup final, as we need maximum points to have any chance of a top four finish.

We come into this game on the back of a well won victory against Sunderland.

Two goals from Alexis saw us win the game with their keeper playing a blinder to keep the score to two.

The gunners are waiting on the results of fitness test to see whether Laurent Koscielny will be fit enough to start. No such luck for Ox who is still struggling with a dead leg. Ramsey should be available despite limping off the field on Tuesday night.

Everton are expected to be unchanged, with Joel Robles remaining in goal.

Facts

Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 20 Premier League home games against Everton (W16 D4); their longest ever unbeaten streak against a side in the competition.

Indeed, this run started when Arsene Wenger became manager in 1996, beating all five Everton managers he has faced in that time.

After beating the Gunners in the reverse fixture this season; the Toffees are looking to do the league double over Arsenal for the first time since the 1985-86 season.

Olivier Giroud has scored four goals inhis last three appearances in all competitions against Everton at the Emirates.

Arsenal have won each of their last nine matches on home turf contested on the final day of the season, scoring four times in each of the last five.

After failing to win in 11 successive games on the final day of the season, Everton have picked up victories in seven of the last nine seasons (L2).

Alexis Sanchez has 23 Premier League goals this season and is in the race for the Golden Boot. The last Chilean player to finish as top goalscorer in one of the big five European leagues was Ivan Zamorano in La Liga for Real Madrid in 1994-95 (28 goals).

Romelu Lukaku has now gone four games without scoring for the Toffees. He last went longer without a goal in the Premier League between March and August (11 games).

If Lukaku does end the season as the Premier League's top scorer, he'll be the first Belgian to win the Premier League Golden Boot and the first player to win it from a club outside the top four since Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink for Chelsea in 2000-01.

Alexis Sanchez has 23 Premier League goals this season and is in the race for the Golden Boot. The last Chilean player to finish as top goalscorer in one of the big five European leagues was Ivan Zamorano in La Liga for Real Madrid in 1994-95 (28 goals).

Sanchez has now scored in three successive appearances in all competitions for Arsenal and will be looking to net in four in a row for the first time since April 2016.

The Gunners attempted 36 shots in total in their midweek win over Sunderland – their most in a Premier League game analysed by Opta (since 2003-04) and more than in their previous three Premier League matches combined (30).

Ref Watch

The ref for this game will be Michael Oliver. Which isn't good news for us.

We have won only 3 out of 18 league games he has officiated at. Most recently he was in charge against Palace and the Totts, both of which we lost. Everton have only lost 5 out of the 24 matches he has been in charge for them. Oliver has issued 4 reds from 42 matches. He is assisted by Simon Bennett and Adrian Holmes

My Team

Cech; Monreal, Mustafi,Holding;Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Gibbs; Alexis, Ozil, Giroud

Final Thoughts

The sting has gone out of the tail of Everton somewhat since we last played them but they can still be dangerous.

We can expect more physicality, but should have that covered if recent Rob Holding performances are anything to go by.

We need to keep Lukaku quiet, he hasn't scored recently and will be looking to rectify this on the last day of the season.

Alexis will again be looking for the net, as the golden boot is still up for grabs. Hard to see how the large chinned Kane can lose it though, so prepare for the incoming DVD and open top bus parade.

We have to win this game, any way we can, but with Michael Oliver in charge it will be even harder

The permutations for Champion League places are complicated but suffice to say we need a few favours from other teams. Lasagne gate springs to mind but I doubt it will happen again.

Hopefully the faithful fans will have lots to cheer on, and the players will give them the ending to the season they deserve. All we can do is look forward to next season and hope the uncertainty surrounding the club is put to bed while having a good summer transfer window. Onwards and upwards once more.

Thanks to everyone for the support of the blog and the site this season. I hope you enjoyed it, despite results being less than we would have wanted.

We look forward now to next week, and the small matter of the Emirates FA Cup. North London is, and always has been RED!

So sing loud and sing proud gooners, keep the faith! COME ON YOU GUNNERS!

Spicy :)x

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