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01:35  20 may  2017
01:35  20 may  2017 Source:   Sky Sports

Koscielny banned for FA Cup final after Arsenal's appeal rejected

  Koscielny banned for FA Cup final after Arsenal's appeal rejected Arsenal's appeal against the red card shown to Laurent Koscielny in Sunday's Premier League game against Everton was rejected by the FA.Laurent Koscielny will miss the FA Cup after Arsenal's appeal against the defender's red card in a Premier League game against Everton was rejected.

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Arsenal are reliant on other results to make the top four as they host Everton in what could be Arsene Wenger's last league game in charge.

The Gunners currently sit fifth in the Premier League, one point behind Liverpool in fourth.

Arsenal need to win and hope Liverpool drop points or that Man City lose (while overhauling City's superior goal difference in the progress). Arsenal can also make the top four if they draw and Liverpool lose (while overhauling Liverpool's superior goal difference in the progress).

Wenger, whose contract is up in the summer, could be on the verge of finishing outside the top four for the first time in his 20-year tenure as Arsenal boss.

Koscielny banned for FA Cup final after Arsenal's appeal rejected

  Koscielny banned for FA Cup final after Arsenal's appeal rejected Arsenal's appeal against the red card shown to Laurent Koscielny in Sunday's Premier League game against Everton was rejected by the FA.Laurent Koscielny will miss the FA Cup after Arsenal's appeal against the defender's red card in a Premier League game against Everton was rejected.

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Predictably, Arsenal have finished the season strongly, winning their last four Premier League games and they are unbeaten in their last 11 final day fixtures (won nine), winning each of the last five.

Meanwhile, Everton, who are set for a seventh-placed finish in Ronald Koeman's first season in charge, are on a run of seven games without a win away from home in the Premier League.

Team news

Arsenal are once again sweating on the fitness of Laurent Koscielny ahead of their final Premier League game of the season.

The France defender is struggling with a calf issue and could be left out as a precaution ahead of the FA Cup final having missed two of the last three games.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) is definitely out but Aaron Ramsey (leg) should be available despite limping out of Tuesday's win over Sunderland.

Koscielny banned for FA Cup final after Arsenal's appeal rejected

  Koscielny banned for FA Cup final after Arsenal's appeal rejected Arsenal's appeal against the red card shown to Laurent Koscielny in Sunday's Premier League game against Everton was rejected by the FA.Laurent Koscielny will miss the FA Cup after Arsenal's appeal against the defender's red card in a Premier League game against Everton was rejected.

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Everton are set to have an unchanged squad.

Goalkeeper Joel Robles replaced Maarten Stekelenburg (groin) for the club's 1-0 home win over Watford last week.

Along with Stekelenburg, the Toffees remain without Aaron Lennon (stress-related illness), James McCarthy (hamstring), Seamus Coleman (broken leg), Ramiro Funes Mori (knee) and Yannick Bolasie (knee).

Opta stats

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 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 in his last three appearances in all competitions against Everton at the Emirates.

Arsenal enter discussions with Onyekuru

  Arsenal enter discussions with Onyekuru Arsenal are in talks to sign promising Nigerian forward Henry Onyekuru from Eupen, according to Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol. Twitter: Arsenal in talks to sign Nigerian striker Henry Onyekuru from Belgian side KAS Eupen. Release clause £6.8m. Top scorer in Belgium (@SkyKaveh) The 19-year-old striker has been in sublime form out in Belgium this season and has netted a quite staggering total of 24 goals in just 41 appearances. He has also chipped in with an impressive 14 assists in what has been his breakthrough campaign at senior level. At a lowly sum of just £6.8m, Onyekuru is undoubtedly an affordable acquisition for the Gunners if they choose to pursue a deal, but they won’t be without competition this summer. Southampton had emerged as the leading suitors for the Nigerian youngster, while Premier League rivals Everton, West Brom and Crystal Palace have all been touted with interest as well. Onyekuru is clearly a player with potential and given his season out in Belgium, there’s no surprise to see Arsenal keen.

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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).

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 Iván 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).

Merson predicts

I expect Arsenal to win. They need to win and Everton haven't been great away from home recently. Lukaku will want to score to make sure he wins the Golden Boot, but Arsenal need the three points to give them a chance for the top four.

PAUL PREDICTS: 3-1 (10/1 with Sky Bet)

Martina in talks over move to Everton .
Southampton defender Cuco Martina has flown to Liverpool to hold talks with Everton, according to The Express. The report claims that Martina flew from Amsterdam to Liverpool early on Wednesday morning to talk with Everton officials over a potential move to the club. Martina is out of contract this summer, with his Southampton deal expiring at the end of next month, which means he is free to discuss a move to other clubs for next season. Southampton will not be offering Martina an extended deal, after the defender fell down the pecking order this season. Cedric Soares and Jeremy Pied have taken over their right-back position, making him surplus to requirements. Now, former Saints manager Ronald Koeman wants to take him to Everton. Koeman was the man who signed Martina for Southampton in 2015 from FC Twente. Everton are looking for right-back options this summer and see Martina as an astute signing.

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