It’s the first time the attacking trio have started together as Arsene Wenger looks to seal a first win on the road this season in the top flight of English football. The Chilean international returns after being left out for last weekend’s loss against Watford.
Ozil – who has been linked with a move to Manchester United this week – replaces Alex Iwobi and takes a place in one of the two attacking roles behind Lacazette, while Aaron Ramsey is also restored to the XI.
Per Mertesacker captains the side again as he lines up in a back three alongside Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal.
Everton XI vs. Arsenal: Pickford; Keane, Jagielka, Williams; Kenny, Vlasić, Gueye, Baines; Sigurdsson; Rooney, Calvert-Lewin.
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) October 22, 2017
As for the hosts, Phil Jagielka, Wayne Rooney and Leighton Baines return, while Jonjoe Kenny replaces Mason Holgate and will line up in the right-wing back role with under pressure manager Ronald Koeman matching the Gunners’ formation.
Here’s how social media reacted to the team news…
AT. LAST. https://t.co/NpOIsw7RWV
— Nic English (@nicwenglish) October 22, 2017
The strongest XI we could field. Nice to see Ramsey and Alexis back in – we lacked spark in the final third vs Watford. PLEASE TURN UP. https://t.co/MBKqwH8suc
— Phil Costa (@_PhilCosta) October 22, 2017
This, in theory, should pretty much be Arsenal's strongest team. No excuses today. https://t.co/5G3kq5MnOl
— Lewis (@LGAmbrose) October 22, 2017
— Caine Lawson (@MoeyBrownn) October 22, 2017
ITS HAPPENING GUYS!
After soo many discussions,
blood shed !
Ozil-Alexis-Lacazette is finally happening! pic.twitter.com/bzi14YSV4u
— Römeo (@Arsenal490304) October 22, 2017
Arsene Wenger with the team selection on his birthday. OZIL, ALEXIS, LACAZETTE pic.twitter.com/Bpd9rBccLT
— Yem Yem (@Teddy_Jenkins) October 22, 2017
We finally have the magic trio !
— Urban Arsenal (@ArsenalUrban) October 22, 2017
Finally getting to see Ozil, Alexis and Lacazette all play together today! It’s been a long wait for us gooners!
— #AFCFollowback (@J4CK_G0DD4RD) October 22, 2017
Ozil Alexis Lacazette. Arsenal fans have been waiting for this for so long ?? https://t.co/BIoJayefuF
— LWANDILE ☁️ (@Cekeshe) October 22, 2017
Alexis, Lacazette and Ozil all playing together pic.twitter.com/aguls9ly0u
— Younes Delfi FC (@Donhbankz2) October 22, 2017