Let’s look at the team news as Arsenal travel to Goodison Park to face Everton later today. The Gunners will face an unknown test from the Merseyside club as Sean Dyche takes charge of the Toffees for the first time in the Premier League.
Thirty-five points separate the two sides, with with the North London side aiming to extend their lead at the top of the table to eight points. The Toffees opted for Dyche’s tight-knit defence to replace the departed Frank Lampard after a 2-0 loss to West Ham United.
Dyche inherits a team 19th in the Premier League rankings and on a 10-game winless streak, but a shock win over the Gunners can possibly lift them above the relegation line. Meanwhile, Arsenal are on course to match the 2017-18 centurions, Manchester City and are unbeaten in 13 top-flight matches, although they have lost their last two games against Everton at Goodison Park.
New Everton manager Sean Dyche will be without Andros Townsend, Michael Keane and Nathan Patterson. A few players like James Garner and Ben Godfrey are reaching closer to full fitness and will be assessed before the match-day.
The English manager must decide whether to use his tactics from his Burnley days or opt for a defence-oriented safe approach. Dyche will be pleased to work with James Tarkowski and Dwight McNeil again, and Everton are reportedly trying to bring Andre Ayew to the club. For now, the out-of-form Dominic Calvert-Lewin will lead the attack.
Arsenal announced that Mohamed Elneny will be out for a long time, likely the rest of the season, due to knee surgery, which prompted the club to sign Jorginho. The Italian midfielder is likely to debut from the bench, after having scored the winner for Chelsea against the Toffees earlier this season.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is also without Gabriel Jesus, Reiss Nelson, and Emile Smith Rowe. Thomas Partey’s rib injury is a cause of concern but he is expected to retain his place in the starting lineup at Goodison Park.
Player To Watch Out For – Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Calvert-Lewin is one of the bright prospects in this Everton side, having scored 59 goals and assisted 18 times in 202 appearances for the Toffees (stats via Transfermarkt). This season, he has been plagued with injuries and has been out-of-form but will be looking to make an immediate impact under Sean Dyche.
He is known for his physicality, aerial ability, finishing, work rate, and hold-up play. He has a strong aerial presence and is particularly effective at scoring from crosses and set-pieces. Calvert-Lewin also possesses excellent movement and anticipation, allowing him to create space for himself and make threatening runs into the box.
With his first-class finishing ability, he is amongst the most skilled forwards in the Premier League right now. Furthermore, he brings a tireless work ethic and tenacity to the pitch, making him a valuable asset for both club and country.
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Arsenal Predicted Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1):
Aaron Ramsdale (GK); Ben White (RB), William Saliba (CB), Gabriel (CB), Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB); Granit Xhaka (CM), Thomas Partey (CM); Bukayo Saka (RW), Martin Odegaard (CAM), Gabriel Martinelli (LW); Eddie Nketiah (ST).
Predicted Score: Everton 0-3 Arsenal
Everton look unlikely to secure a win against Arsenal with Dyche’s appointment happening just a few days before the match. Unless a new manager bounce happens, the Gunners should sail to a comfortable 3-0 win with goals from in-form Nketiah, Odegaard and Gabriel.
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