After a less than spectacular start to the season, Arsenal have bounced back and are looking for a strong push in the Premier League. They started horrendously, collecting just 4 points in their first 5 matches. However following a series of good results, Arsenal now lie 5th in the table with 26 points after 14 matches. With the premier league top scorer Van Persie leading the Arsenal push with 14 goals in the league, Arsenal are now looking like a revitalised team and really bring fear to the rest of the premier league.
Everton are also looking strong this year. Lying 10th in the table with 16 points, the Toffees are now pushing real hard for a spot in next season’s Europa League. With 17 goals conceded so far (6 less than Arsenal), Everton are building a somewhat solid backline with Baines and Jagielka leading the way. Arsenal may find it hard to break the deadlock against the blue portion of Merseyside.
With 30 goals scored, Arsenal are one of the top premier league scorers and they are looking to continue this good run of form. Everton though will not back down and sit back to watch an Arsenal assault.
The injuries for both sides will also be impactful on this game as both sides have regular first team players out injured.
Arsenal: Andre Santos, Bacary Sagna, Jack Wilshere.
Everton: Royston Drenthe.
It is important to note that Everton do not have a player that scored more than 3 goals so far this season so the Toffees will definitely be looking to hit Arsenal on the counter instead of dominating the game.
Men to watch.
Arsenal: Mikel Arteta. The former Everton man will be facing his old club for the first time this season. After a good game against Wigan last week, can the Spaniard repeat his performance and show his previous employers he made the right choice?
Everton: Sheamus Coleman. The youngster has shown remarkable talent so far in the premier league. Is it due to continue?
Prediction. Arsenal 2-0 Everton