Arsenal welcomes The Toffees

Fresh out of their withdrawal from the proposed European super league, the gunners continue their campaign in the premier league hosting Everton in the hope of top four spots on Friday evening.

Arsenal are currently sitting in 9th position in the table, 3 points behind Everton who sits in 8th place and who still have the desire to finish with a Champions League qualification despite all odds and disappointing form run.

Arsenal will be coming into this match with a four-game unbeaten run including an impressive match at Slavia Prague {Czech} in the second leg of the Europa League quarter-finals, which set them up to face their former boss, Unai Emery and his new team Villarreal in the Semi-finals, which the first leg is next Thursday.

On the last encounter, Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw by Fulham, a team which doesn’t strike the balance when compared to the gunner’s squad, but wonder raised high to see that the gunners almost recorded a loss against Fulham until the last minute {90+4} when Eddie Nketiah got the equalizer for Mikel Arteta’s team, although Dani Ceballos had scored earlier, but VAR review flagged it for offside, a totally wrong call, which should raise an eyebrow relating to speculations that “the English F.A is and have always been against Arsenal, and are ready to kill the joy of the team whichever way they can”.

The gunners are hopeful of fleeing the bottom page of the league as it has never been this worse for the North London side, who now sit on 9th position, with just 46 points this term out of 32 league games, nine points off 4th placed Chelsea but just 4 points behind 7th placed Tottenham Hotspur their bitter rivals who now have reasons to mock them.

Out of 16 home league games this season, Mikel Arteta’s team have lost 6, drawn 4, and won 6 games, and this record could hand a morale boost to Everton, mostly as they had been the victorious side in the last encounter at Goodison Park, winning the match 2-1 back in December.

Carlo Ancelloti’s side though, are unlucky from their last six games, having not recorded a win in all competitions, and haven’t won a Premier League game since beating West-Brom at the first week of March.

At the beginning of the season, one could boast that the Toffees would eventually go on to represent England in the Champions League come next season, but their recent form will speak otherwise, as they have recorded just 3 points from their last 5 league fixtures, all praise to 3 draws in last 3 encounters, back to back draws with Crystal Palace and then Brighton & Hove Albion which were followed by another draw with Tottenham Hotspur which ended 2-2 courtesy of a 68th-minute goal by Harry Kane, the Englishman securing his second goal of that match.

All hopes aren’t lost for the Toffees who have a game in hand and are six points behind 4th placed Chelsea, who dropped points at home to Brighton& Hove, a win for the Merseyside blues will put them firmly in the race for top four, and this term, they have been impressive on their away form.

Power to the Fans

on whether it's special for him to face Everton…

Always. I had an incredible seven years over there, there are a lot of people there that I love, a lot of feelings towards the club, towards their supporters and I’m always grateful because I had some amazing years there and will never forget them.

~ Mikel Arteta

THE BREAKDOWN:

TEAM NEWS:

ARSENAL:

Mikel Arteta is set to yet again be without central defender and big figure David Luis and left-back Kieran Tierney through injury, and fear for Alexandre Lacazette who seem to be having a Hamstring Injury and may keep him on the sideline for some weeks, a huge blow, coming at the time which he is needed and he is performing, sad yeah?.

There may likely be a rotation from the team that faced the Cottagers last time out with the duo of Thomas Partey and Nicolas Pepe set to be involved.

POSSIBLE LINEUP:

Leno, Cedric, Holding, Mari, Xhaka, Thomas, Smith-Rowe, Pepe, Odegaard, Saka, Martinelli.

EVERTON

Carlo Ancelloti will be without Abdoulaye Doucoure and Jean-Phillipe Gbamin even after he {Ancelloti} said that he has a full squad to choose from on Friday.

Fabian Delph, Yerry Mina and Bernard are now available for the trip, Andre Gomes has recovered from a thigh injury and the return of Dominic Calvert-Lewin who was struggling with an abductor problem would thrill the Toffees.

POSSIBLE LINEUP:

Pickford, Keane, Godfrey, Holgate: Coleman, Davies, Allan, Digne, Rodriguez, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.

PREDICTION:

It is a tough one, considering that Everton has had an impressive away run this season, and also looking at Arsenal’s home record, it is sure there will be goals, but to pick the winner will be a dangerous gamble.

So the prediction is:

Arsenal 2 vs. 2 Everton {by chance and sentiments, Arsenal 2-1 Everton}

I long for a win,

COYG!!!

Match Preview by Adeyemo Adesola