Premier League team news: Everton v Arsenal

Mikel Arteta is absent. Photo: PA

Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta will miss the trip to former club Everton on Saturday because of an ankle problem.

World Cup winners Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil could return to the squad after being given extra time off, as could forward Yaya Sanogo (hamstring) who did not travel in the midweek Champions League play-off away to Besiktas.

Full-back Kieran Gibbs (hamstring) remains sidelined, while midfielders Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry continue their recovery from knee problems and will not feature in the Barclays Premier League contest.

Everton midfielder Darron Gibson could be back in contention after 10 months on the sidelines. The Irishman, who suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage last October, has steadily built his fitness and is thought to be nearing a return.

Right-back Seamus Coleman (hamstring) is also fit after appearing as a late substitute at Leicester last week but striker Arouna Kone (knee) and midfielder Bryan Oviedo (leg) are not yet ready and midfielder Ross Barkley (knee) faces a lengthy lay-off.

Provisional squads

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Barry, McCarthy, Osman, Pienaar, Lukaku, Robles, Hibbert, Stones, Alcaraz, Gibson, Besic, McGeady, Naismith, Mirallas, Atsu.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Debuchy, Chambers, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Wilshere, Ramsey, Sanchez, Cazorla, Giroud, Martinez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Campbell, Miquel, Rosicky, Bellerin, Diaby, Sanogo, Mertesacker, Podolski, Ozil.