Unai Emery has faced a number of challenges this season but perhaps the one he hasn’t quite mastered is Arsenal’s away form, which has offered mixed results. Arsenal visit Goodison Park for their Premier League clash against Everton tonight.
The Emirates has become something of a fortress and the Gunners seem comfortable and in control on their own turf but at this stage of the season, Emery has to find a miracle potion in the run in to secure a top four slot in the premiership.
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Koscileny, Xhaka and Torreira were missing from the win against Newcastle. The Uruguayan will not feature again until after the contest against Everton and doubts remain over the fitness of the other two players but, its thought that neither are seriously injured.
Ramsey traipsed off against Newcastle as a precautionary measure with a groin issue but could also make the final cut.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan could make his way back at the expense of Alex Iwobi and no doubt Denis Suarez will take to the bench again, as he always seems to. I’ve given up thinking about his inclusion or when he might play. No time soon seems to be the answer.
Marco Silva’s Everton have been a complete disappointment this term and they can certainly be accused of seriously underachieving on a grand scale.
They have found a decent run of form recently, not enough to make the season worthwhile but they join a host of other clubs that could have a say on the finishing positions of teams such as Arsenal.
They have the tools to upset the odds and get a result, with a host of talented players at their disposal such as Idrissa Gueye, Richarlison, André Gomes, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Gylfi Sigurðsson.
Gueye and Richarlison will be the subject of transfer speculation, if not in the summer, then definitely next.
Everton just seem to misfire regularly. On certain occasions, they appear compact and organised, then in other games, disjointed and minus any cohesion. In truth, Everton are a average team looking at themselves in a fairground mirror which makes them appear twice the size.
They’ve spent phenomenal money to achieve their ambitions but there have been a number of poor choices such as Wayne Rooney and Theo Walcott who is still trying to catch up with all his so called potential.
It will also be interesting to see if Jordan Pickford can resist the urge to get involved in any form of altercation after his recent fracas outside a club in Sunderland.
Arsenal need to be quicker and dictate the pace of the game against Everton, the long layoff had an effect in the first 45 minutes against Newcastle and ideally, they will be ready from the first whistle.
Leno will have to be alert to the danger, especially the threat posed by Richarlison, who is an instinctive nuisance.
If Koscileny is replaced by Mustafi, Richarlison will not focus his attentions on the flappy German.
Ozil, Ramsey and Lacazette were in blistering form against Newcastle and the margin of the win would have been higher, if the referee had his contact lenses in. Let’s hope the ref in charge of this encounter is a little less benevolent.
Preferred Team Against Everton:
Leno, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Kosceilny,Monreal, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette.
Probable lineup Against Everton:
Leno, Sokratis, Mustafi, Monreal, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Iwobi, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette.