Arsenal on the brink

It is Everton hosting the Gunners in the game week 14 of the Premier League with the Merseyside on a rampage and form this season, all hopes will be that Arsenal can if possible secure at worst a draw at Goodison Park, but a win can’t be ruled out now, as it is desperately needed for the confidence of the Arsenal team.

This season, Mikel Arteta’s team has performed poorly with the team receiving 3 red cards in at least 4 games in a row, and words on the street are that “London is Red” after all.

With potential January signings awaited, the London side will be without key Midfielder Thomas Partey who is yet to recover from his injury sustained last month against Aston Villa, also Granit Xhaka who’s reportedly a huge addition in the dressing room will not feature after he was red-carded against Burnley, this will be something not many fans will easily forget for a long time, while right-back Hector Bellerin and forward Nicolas Pepe are available for selection, forward Gabriel Martinelli has stepped upon his recovery and maybe could be seen on the touchline today.

Chances are that the midfield pairing of Mohammed El-Neny and Dani Ceballos will be seen again but there shouldn’t be surprised if Willian starts this week.

A draw at home against Ralph Hansenhutti’s Southampton midweek after going down 1-nil at half time, and club captain Aubameyang scoring in the second half after the team went 1 man down with Gabriel Mangalehes seeing red, could be taken as the Arsenal players trying to gather their confidence and strength now and rally for a win in today’s match.

Everton will be handed a boost as club captain Seamus Coleman will be returning to the squad for the visit against Arsenal as the right-back had been out for 2 months, although the Toffees will be cautious to bring him on, probably can test run him if they get a huge goal lead against Arsenal.

The Everton squad has had a formidable defense so far with the backline keeping a back-to-back clean sheet, and their goalie Jordan Pickford who was rested against Leicester could start today. Midfielder Allan {Hamstring injury} and Fabian Delph {thigh injury} remain unavailable and also James Rodriguez {calf Injury} will not be playing in today’s game.

We need a United Team

Everton vs Arsenal Preview 2

on whether he will be given time to get things right...

“I said it from the start that I felt really supported by the owners, by the board, by the technical director and then by everybody that is at the club. At the end of the day, it’s the feeling that I have with the staff, with the coaching, with the players – the most important one. It’s about what chemistry you have with them, what understanding they have. Do they follow you? Do they believe in what you are trying to do? I always have to say thank you, because I haven’t seen anything that goes against what we are trying to do. It’s like anything. This industry needs results. After a big shakeup we need to find the stability. In order to do that, we need time. We all knew – at leas the people who made the decision with me to start this new project – that it wouldn’t be a quick fix and it was going to take time. When you are shaking things up, things can take a while.”

~ Mikel Arteta

TEAM NEWS:

ARSENAL:

David Luiz: Available after a head injury

Gabriel Martinelli: Available for selection

Nicolas Pepe: Available for selection.

Granit Xhaka: still serving a 3 match ban

Hector Bellerin: available for selection after missing a match due to suspension.

EVERTON:

Seamus Coleman: Available for selection

Allan: hamstring injury.

Fabian Delph: remains unavailable due to thigh injury.

James Rodriguez: unavailable with a calf injury {to return on Wednesday for Carabao cup against Manchester United}

WHAT WE SHOULD KNOW EVE-ARS:

The last time these two teams met, Arsenal won 3-2 with goals from Dominic Calvert of Everton scoring in an amazing time of 1’ minute, Eddie Nketiah equalized for the gunners in 27th minutes, P. Aubameyang scored in the 33rd and 46th Minutes respectively, while Richarlison scored for the Toffees at 45+4 minutes at the Emirates last season.

Everton who is a team known for its big bang theory is 5th on the Premier League table {with 23 points} while Arsenal which history cannot be set aside is 15th on the table {with 14 points} Everton has a rate of 2.24 goal conversion and Arsenal has 1.68.

LAST 6 MATCHES:

EVERTON: W-3, D-1, L-2

ARSENAL: W-2, D-1, L-3

On history count, Arsenal has won more matches {30} against Everton which has won 7 and 9 matches between both teams ended in draws.

Kick Off Time: 5:30 PM

Possible Starting Lineup:

Everton possible starting lineup:
Pickford; Holgate, Mina, Keane, Godfrey, Kenny; Iwobi, Gomes, Doucoure, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin

Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Leno; Holding, Luiz, Tierney; Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Ceballos, Saka; Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang

COYG!!!

Match Preview by Adeyemo Adesola