By George Overhill

17th Sep, 2023 | 3:32pm

James Garner and Nathan Patterson axed as Sean Dyche makes Dominic Calvert-Lewin call - Everton confirmed XI vs Arsenal

Sean Dyche’s confirmed Everton starting XI to face Arsenal at Goodison Park in their first Premier League game after the international break has been released by the club.

The Toffees boss has dropped Nathan Patterson and James Garner in favour of Vitalii Mykolenko and Dwight McNeil, with Ashley Young switching from left to right at the back.

Dominic Cavlert-Lewin has returned to the squad but has to be content with a place on the bench as Beto keeps his place up front.

Otherwise it is the same as the previous outing, with Jordan Pickford in goal and a centre-back pairing of James Tarkowski as captain with Jarrad Branthwaite.

Idrissa Gana Gueye and Amadou Onana at in the midfield with Arnaut Danjuma on the opposite wing and Abdoulaye Doucouré behind the striker.

Back to business

As is now customary at Everton there has been little in the way of stability on the pitch or off so far this season, and results have raised fears of another relegation battle.

But with the transfer window shut Dyche’s squad is now set so he can at least focus entirely on getting his players ready for games rather than fearing further exits.

A visit from Mikel Arteta’s Gunners is by no means a straight forward game to start putting together a run of positive results, but there have been a number of occasions in the past two years where this team have got important wins at home against top sides.

One of those was famously Dyche’s first game in charge in this very fixture back in January so if he needs a blueprint to show his players what he wants he’s got a clear one right there.

Goals from Doucouré and Danjuma in the 2-2 draw at Sheffield United prior to the fortnight away broke the habit of failing to score in every game prior.

It will be a tough task to keep the visitors out at the other end so if the Toffees want to get anything from this they are likely going to need to find the net themselves.

In other Everton news, the club were looking for a “tidy profit” this summer and were ready to sell another player who has been ever-present this season.