After another impressive victory over Stoke City on Saturday, we head to Goodison Park to face Ronald Koeman and his Everton side on Tuesday.
- Everton’s only win in their last 18 league games against Arsenal was their 3-0 victory in April 2014 (D6 L11).
- Arsenal have won more Premier League games against Everton (29) than they have against any other side.
- In fact, Everton have lost 93 times to Arsenal in the league, the most defeats by one club to another in English league history.
- A win for the Gunners at Goodison Park would make it their 12th in the Premier League there – only at Villa Park (12) have they obtained as many away wins at a single ground.
- Everton have conceded exactly two goals in each of their last four league games against Arsenal.
- Olivier Giroud has scored five goals in his last six games against Everton in all competitions.
- The Gunners haven’t lost on a Tuesday in the Premier League since February 2006 v Liverpool (W10 D7).
- Romelu Lukaku has scored (9) or assisted (3) 12 of Everton’s last 15 Premier League goals.
- Since the start of 2013-14, Lukaku has scored 52 of Everton’s 187 Premier League goals (28%) and no other player has more than 20 goals for the club in this period.
- Alexis Sanchez has had a hand in 26 goals in his last 26 Premier League appearances for Arsenal (18 goals, 8 assists).
(Stats Courtesy of Statszone)
Everton have no fresh injury concerns after losing Yannick Bolasie to a long term injury last week. Seamus Coleman recovered to feature at Watford.
Arsenal lost Shkodran Mustafi to a hamstring injury on Saturday. He will be out till after Christmas. Aaron Ramsey was injured in training on Friday and will miss the tie. Per Mertesacker is back to light training but Santi Cazorla and Danny Welbeck are out indefinitely.
HOW BOTH TEAMS WILL LINE UP
Everton are currently experiencing a slump in form and Koeman has tweaked his line up for several weeks. Martin Stekelenburg should start in goal behind Coleman, Ashley Williams, Ramiro Funes Mori or Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines. Idrissa Gana Gueye will be enforcer in midfield alongside Gareth Barry but I expect Ross Barkley to be given another chance at the expense of James McCarthy. Gerard Deulofeu was impressive at Watford and he will start with Kevin Mirallas and the rejuvenated Romelu Lukaku in attack.
I don’t expect Arsene Wenger to make any changes to the Arsenal XI other than Gabriel Paulista replacing the injured Mustafi and Hector Bellerin starting at Right back. Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal will keep their places in front of Petr Cech. Granit Xhaka, Francis Coquelin and Mesut Ozil in midfield, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott will support Alexis Sanchez in attack.
This game will be very difficult even though we have a great record at Goodison park. Everton will be itching to turn the tide and get a great result to turn their season around but i believe we are capable of beating them. In the last few weeks, Everton have gone route one by lumping long balls to Lukaku in attack. Gabriel always has good games against Lukaku and i expect him to do another one on him by marking him tight. Gana in midfield is a terrier in Ngolo Kante proportions and Everton will want running at Granit Xhaka to stop passes coming out quickly. In that case, we have to switch the passes quickly to the wings to byepass them in midfield and attack their full backs with the pace of Walcott and Chamberlain. Nacho Monreal must be wary of the pace and trickery of Deulofeu because I expect most Everton attacks to come from that side to swing in crosses to Lukaku. Overall, I think our movement has improved especially in attack because of the pace. If Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil manage to find spaces, I believe we will win. It won’t be easy but i predict a hard fought 1-2 win for Arsenal