Premier League: Everton vs Arsenal match preview
A look ahead to Saturday evening’s Premier League clash at Goodison Park
Friday 22 August 2014
Arsenal will still have nightmares about their last visit to Goodison Park, where they were turned over 3-0. Everton’s attacking display, with Romelu Lukaku moved wide and Steven Naismith operating as a false nine, left Arsene Wenger and his back four shell-shocked. That encounter was back in April and really stoked the flames of the race for the top four. This year’s fixture comes considerably earlier in the calendar, and with the Gunners fancying themselves not just as top-four material but genuine title contenders.
They certainly proved in last weekend’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace that they possess that most important of title-winning credentials: the ability to grind out three points while not being at your best. Aaron Ramsey’s late winner will give him the confidence to continue the form he showed last season with the red card he received in midweek not affecting his eligibility for this encounter.
Everton had a shaky start to the season, their defensive lapses against Leicester costing them two points. Boss Roberto Martínez had a stuttering – if not disastrous – start to last season with three draws, and he’ll be eager to pick up points earlier this time around as the Toffees look to launch a concerted bid for the top four.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 5.30pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Everton 3 (Naismith, Lukaku, Arteta og) Arsenal 0, Premier League, April 2014
Arsenal 4 (Ozil, Arteta, Giroud 2) Everton 1 (Lukaku), FA Cup, March 2014
Arsenal 1 (Ozil) Everton 1 (Deulofeu), Premier League, December 2013
Everton’s 3-0 win in April ended a run of 14 games against Arsenal without a win.
Everton haven’t lost to Arsenal in four Premier League games. Prior to that they lost four in a row.
Arsenal thrashed Everton 6-1 at Goodison Park very early in the 2009-10 season.
Aaron Ramsey has scored in four of Arsenal’s last five competitive fixtures.
Everton to win: 2.7
Arsenal to win: 2.5
Live on Sky Sports at 5.30pm. Highlights on BBC1 at 10.30pm.
Latest in Sport
- 1 Snoop Dogg and Jared Leto buy a stake in Reddit as A-list invests $50m
- 2 Prince held a Facebook Q&A and this is the only question he answered
- 3 Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
- 4 Now we know whose fault it is if you end up being murdered in Thailand
- 5 35,000 walrus gather ashore on north-west Alaska beach 'for a rest'
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
Benefits 'smart cards' plan revealed by Iain Duncan Smith to stop claimants spending welfare money on alcohol