The Toffees will host Arsenal at Goodison Park on 13th December, even as there is a mighty gap of 14 points between the two.
Arsenal have been having a splendid season so far. Given their strong form though, a defeat seems unlikely for Wenger’s men.
Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have formed a beautiful symphony within the team, and its a wonder how earlier a lot of people felt like they wouldn’t be able to play together. Sanchez has been moved further forward, and the pair work very well with each other. When these two are on the teamsheet, it feels like Arsenal have an edge over their opponents.
Everton, on the other hand, have been struggling this season. They seem to have lost their mojo after putting up a good fight last time. However, they remain unbeaten in their home ground so far, and since the match will take place at Goodison Park, perhaps the Toffees will manage to do well.
Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck remain on the sidelines while Santi Cazorla is also out as he is due to get surgery on his ankle. He did, however, hint on Twitter recently that he might make a return in February. The Gunners can only hope he’s right!
In their previous game against Watford, Ronald Koeman played James McCarthy and Gerard Deulofeu, while Phil Jagielka and Ross Barkley remained sidelined. However, even that change could not yield much for them as Watford won 3-2. Koeman is likely to make more changes in the team this time, especially since they’re slated to face a powerhouse like Arsenal.
League Head to Head
19/03/2016 Premier League 2015/2016 Everton 0 – 2 Arsenal
24/10/2015 Premier League 2015/2016 Arsenal 2 – 1 Everton
01/03/2015 Premier League 2014/2015 Arsenal 2 – 0 Everton
23/08/2014 Premier League 2014/2015 Everton 2 – 2 Arsenal
06/04/2014 Premier League 2013/2014 Everton 3 – 0 Arsenal
08/03/2014 FA Cup 2013/2014 Arsenal 4 – 1 Everton
While Arsenal remain unbeaten in 14 games, their only league loss on the opening day to Liverpool, Everton are unbeaten in their home ground at Goodison Park.
Everton have conceded 11 goals in their last four away games in the Premier League, including three or more on two occasions. No player has hand a hand in more Premier League goals this season than Alexis Sanchez (11 goals, five assists).
The only English player with more Premier League goals than Theo Walcott (seven) this season is Jermain Defoe (eight).
Keeping all that in mind, the match might incline towards yet another a draw. However, Arsenal have found a bit of momentum after a stale month or so, and might push for a win to collect more precious points. The likely outcome is a 2-1 victory for Arsenal.