After three wins against some of the worst teams in the Premier League, Arsenal face a step up in competition against Everton. The Toffees have struggled, but they have the talent to push the Gunners. Unai Emery’s men are in a key part of there schedule where they can’t really afford to drop any points, so they’ll be looking to take three more against Everton.
Everton find themselves mid-table but will be discouraged by Everton’s loss to a previously winless and generally abject West Ham side on Sunday. They’ll be looking to bounce back at the Emirates. The Gunners have won three straight, but haven’t been convincing in any of them. Everton will look to exploit their defensive weaknesses and steal a point or maybe even three away to a top six side.
Carl Jenkinson, Laurent Koscielny, Sead Kolasinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles will all miss out with long-term injuries. Aaron Ramsey, Lucas Torreira and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are all doubts for the match, according to Physioroom.com.
Michael Keane, Phil Jagielka, Andre Gomes and James McCarthy are all out for Everton withing term injuries. Seamus Coleman and Yerry Mina are both major doubts, according to Physioroom.com.
Arsenal: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Arsenal have a lot of star power in attack, but it hasn’t really been clicking so far. Aubameyang, in particular, has struggled to get going this season, with only one goal so far. He did score a brace in the Europa League on Thursday, so Emery will hope that’s what he needs to get going in the Premier League, because, without him firing, Arsenal don’t stand much of a chance in the top four race.
Everton’s defence has been a bit of a mess this season, so they’re going to need to try to outscore teams. Richarlison can certainly help with that. Before getting suspended, the Brazilian had scored three goals in three games. He’s probably Everton’s best player and most certainly their biggest goal threat.
This should be a high scoring game. Neither Arsenal nor Everton are particularly competent defensively and both have skilled players in attack.
Prediction: Arsenal 3-2 Everton