Arsenal v Everton FA Cup Quarter-Final: Key Battles

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Arsenal play host to Everton in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup at the Emirates on Saturday lunch time in what is the undoubted tie of the round, and these are the key battles that are likely to decide this fascinating contest …. 

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Sylvain Distin Everton

Sylvain Distin v Olivier Giroud

The silky smooth French centre back is enjoying yet another highly impressive campaign at the back for the Toffees, however, in the possible injury-enforced absence of his regular central defensive partner at the back this weekend, Phil Jagielka, the experienced defender will need to once again bring his A-game to north London if Roberto Martinez’s men are to make it through to the semi-finals.

And in particular, Distin will need to keep a close eye on the Gunners front man Giroud who despite having not been quite so prolific in front of goal for the north Londoners in recent weeks, will still represent a major threat though to the Merseyside giants’ chances of progressing in the competition. 

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