Unai Emery reported no new injury concerns ahead of the meeting with Vorskla on Thursday evening, though Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Lucas Torreira picked up knocks in the 4-2 victory over the Ukrainian side – their manager doesn’t think either injury is serious, though, and the pair will be assessed before the visit of Everton.
Emery’s starting XI in that UEFA Europa League match was perhaps a good indication as to his thinking for the weekend, as he made eight changes to his team from the side that beat Newcastle United in Gameweek 5.
The three players who kept their places – Sokratis, Nacho Monreal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – will likely be back in the line-up again on Sunday, with Aubameyang being withdrawn on 57 minutes with one eye perhaps on the home encounter with the Toffees.
Mkhitaryan played the full 90 minutes on Thursday so even if passed fit, would seem set to return to the bench this weekend, with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey in contention for a recall.
Torreira has impressed in recent weeks and will put pressure on Matteo Guendouzi and Granit Xhaka in central midfield, though any knock he may have picked up could lead to the latter two retaining their places.