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Selection dilemma for crucial clash; Martinez has plenty to think about for Arsenal.

Byline: True Blue hero tackling Goodison talking points IAN SNODIN

OBERTO MARTINEZ has a problem this weekend - but one all managers would love to have.

REverton's manager has got arguably the biggest selection dilemma of the entire season to solve ahead of Arsenal's visit to Goodison Park on Sunday.

It is an unenviable task. Martinez kept faith with the starting line-up at Fulham on Sunday that had swept Newcastle United aside a few days earlier.

For whatever reason, those same 11 players were not clicking and so the Blues boss made changes in the second half.

And they proved match-winning changes as substitutes Steven Naismith, Kevin Mirallas and Aiden McGeady all made the difference in the 3-1 win.

So what does Martinez do now? Modern football is a squad game, Everton have a fantastic squad at present and the manager has a clear week to spend on the training pitch at Finch Farm with them.

It is there he will decide his team for Sunday.

I can't wait for the team sheet to drop around an hour before kick-off.

Some players will be left disappointed but one of the successes of Martinez this season is that he has been able to keep everyone happy.

Players coming off the bench have all shown a real hunger and desire to do well and impress.

It has won the Blues a number of points and that spirit can hopefully count for a lot on Sunday.

Arguably the biggest selection issue Martinez will face in at the heart of his defence.

Phil Jagielka, out injured since the West Ham game, is likely to be fit again, but can the manager drop John Stones who has been outstanding? And there are so many options in midfield, it is hard to second guess the manager.

The only four certainties in the line-up are Tim Howard, Romelu Lukaku and the two full-backs.

Whatever side the manager picks, we will all get behind it and have full confidence that they can get the win.

Boy, Sunday is going to be exciting.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 1, 2014
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