North London giants Arsenal will be without their first choice fullbacks for the visit of Everton in their last game of the season as far as Premier League football is concerned. The Gunners play hosts to Everton on Sunday evening hoping to secure Champions League football ahead of North London rivals Spurs.
The Arsenal fullback duo of Scotland international Kieran Tierney and Japan international TakehiroTomiyasu will miss the Everton game due to injury. Scotsman Tierney is the first choice left-back at Arsenal, while Japan national team star Tomiyasu is the first choice right-back for the Gunners following his transfer from Italian Serie A club Bologna last summer.
Tierney has been injured since the March international break. He had to undergo a knee surgery to correct the knee problem aggravated from playing twice for his country during the last international break. Japan international Tomiyasu has been injured for the whole of this year except some few weeks and he will miss the Everton game after suffering an injury during the last league game at Newcastle United.
In the absence of Tierney, Portuguese fullback Nuno Tavares will likely start the Everton game at left-back. For the right-back spot, Portuguese international Cedric Soareswill likely start against the Toffees in the absence of the injured Tomiyasu.
Arsenal can still finish in fourth spot on the Premier League log to join the top three teams namely Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea in the Champions League next season. The Gunners are in the fight for fourth spot alongside North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, but they are massive underdogs ahead of the final game of the season. Arsenal will have to beat Everton to have any chance of finishing ahead of Spurs to secure fourth spot. For Spurs, they are in a fantastic position as only a draw is required to secure the much-coveted fourth spot.