Arsenal and Everton go into this key clash with plenty on the line. Everton are six points off fourth spot while Arsenal are two points adrift of the promised land. A victory for either side would put them back in the hunt, with Everton’s need slightly greater. Their past six meetings have resulted in six Arsenal wins and two draws, which is not a good omen for Everton. In fact, David Moyes has never won an away game against Arsenal during his time as Everton boss.[quote_right]”This promises to be a thrilling game, with both sides having plenty at stake.”[/quote_right]
Despite Arsenal’s recent dominance over Everton, none of their victories have been by a high margin. One goal is all it will take to separate these sides, so expect a midfield battle for most of the game. Everton may not possess the same quality as Arsenal going forward, but they will not give an inch in this game. David Moyes will have them set up defensively, and they are extremely difficult to break down.
The Gunners’ battle for fourth place in the English Premier League against Everton could prove to be a crucial match in a Champions League spot race, and while there are still tickets for Arsenal v Everton available, this might not last for too long. This promises to be a thrilling game, with both sides having plenty at stake.
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The away side will keep it tight at the back, and they boast a formidable back five. Tim Howard is a top class goalkeeper, and it usually takes something exceptional to beat him. Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin will patrol the centre of defence. Distin is prone to the odd howler, but his pace gives Everton’s defence an extra dimension.
One of Everton’s best attacking weapons is their left back, Leighton Baines. The England international has created more chances than any other player in Europe’s top leagues, showing how effective he is from the left side. His crossing is something Arsenal will be wary of, so expect either a central midfielder or winger to help out Carl Jenkinson at right back.
When Everton need a goal, there is one man who usually steps up: Marouane Fellaini. The versatile Belgian can play anywhere along the midfield, or up front. Expect him to line up just behind Nikica Jelavic as he attempts to find space between the lines. His passing is excellent, but his heading and finishing are the qualities Everton rely on the most. If they can get enough crosses into the box, Fellaini will get his head on most of them.
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When Arsenal are on their game, there are few sides in Europe who can match their passing and quick movement. The likes of Cazorla, Ramsey, Podolski, Walcott, and Giroud are exceedingly difficult to defend. Expect them to attack Everton with speed and purpose.
Arsenal’s biggest chances may come after Everton attack as they will leave space at the back. Baines is terrific going forward, but Walcott can punish him at the other end with his supreme speed.
The fact that David Moyes has never won at the grounds of United, Arsenal, Chelsea or Liverpool is a telling stat. Everton lack ambition in these games. While they can hold their own against the big boys at home, they go into their shell on away days. Expect Arsenal to open the scoring and hold on to their lead.
Everton could secure a point if the Gunners’ strike force has an off day, but it is unlikely.
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