Competition: Premier League – Arsenal vs. Everton
Venue: Emirates Stadium – Saturday, October 24 – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET)
Match Odds: Arsenal 4/9 – Draw 15/4 – Everton 11/2
Arsenal welcome Everton to the Emirates on Saturday evening fresh from beating German giants Bayern Munich 2-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Many are wondering if this could finally be the year Arsenal grab themselves the title that has evaded them since 2004. And many believe they stand a serious chance.
The Gunners are on a high after winning their last three on the bounce and will be confident of making it four with a win on Saturday.
Arsenal’s record in the Premier League: P9 – W6 – D1 – L2Embed from Getty Images
Everton are suffering from a bit of a stutter at the moment, having only managed one win in their last four.
Given the current quality of the squad and the added luxury of having no European football as a distraction, there is no reason why the Toffees can’t challenge for a European spot this term.
However, with key starters Leighton Baines and Tom Cleverley on the sidelines, perhaps the injuries are hindering Everton at the moment. That was certainly evident in last week’s 3-0 loss to Manchester United.
Everton’s record in the Premier League: P9 – W3 – D4 – L2
Arsenal won the most recent meeting between these two back in March in a 2-0 victory at the Emirates. That was the Gunners’ only league win against Everton in their last six clashes.Embed from Getty Images
Arsenal will be without Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, David Ospina, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky for the visit of Everton as all of them are out through injury.
Everton are still missing Leighton Baines, Tony Hibbert, Steven Pienaar and Tom Cleverley through injury, although they are all nearing a return. Muhamed Besic is doubtful but could feature at some point.
Arsenal’s last five: W/L/W/W/W
Everton’s last five: W/D/W/D/L
Key Stat: Arsenal are undefeated in their last 18 home matches against Everton in all competitions, with the Toffees’ last win at Arsenal coming in January 1996.
Key Player: Alexis Sanchez – It would seem unjust to highlight anyone else as Sanchez is the key man in this Arsenal side. He is world class in the final third so expect some more magic.Embed from Getty Images
Arsenal 2-0 Everton – Arsenal were sensational in midweek, downing Bayern Munich in the Champions League, while Everton were slack in their 3-0 loss at home to Manchester United last weekend. This should be an easy home win.